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Young local actor get's set for stardom as he stars in new Brit horror flick Tormented

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: June 09, 2009

Tormented star Calvin Dean from Polruan, left, at St Austell's White River cinema, with cinema staff Charles Gunning and Zowie Pearce. 0906mr008tormented02

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ST AUSTELL'S White River Cinema welcomed a star actor through its doors on the opening night of his teen horror flick.

Calvin Dean, 23, from Polruan, who finished filming horror/comedy Tormented last summer in Birmingham, has been swept up in a champagne soaked whirlwind of screenings, premieres and press junkets ever since.

He told the St Austell Guardian: "When I was cast in Tormented, I didn't quite expect to be thrust in to the public eye like we have been.

"I play Darren Mullet in the teen slasher Tormented. Basically I get bullied so badly at school that I commit suicide, but then come back from the dead as a zombie to take my revenge upon all the 'cool' kids who bullied me.

"Filming was like going back to school. All the cast stayed in shared accommodation and we spent the whole summer wearing school uniforms and eating in the real school canteen."

Calvin said working on low budget films was always a risk. "Quite often nothing ever comes of them because of the costs of distributing. We were very lucky and had some great companies working alongside the producers – Pathe, Warner Brothers, BBC Films and Screen West Midlands. This meant we got a wide distribution in the UK and a decent amount of advertising and publicity including two premieres. The Leicester Square premiere was the first one and I was petrified.

"To walk down a red carpet and have lots of TV interviews and sign autographs is a very strange feeling."

The 23-year-old then enjoyed the slightly quieter premiere in Birmingham a week later and is waiting for the release of the DVD in September.

Calvin's first job out of drama school was for The Duchess, a film with British actors Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes. He has also been in Casualty and other British films.

He went to Polruan Primary School and Fowey Community College and has an older brother Lewis in the Ministry of Defence.

He returns to Cornwall when he can to see his mother, Lorraine, who works as a teaching assistant at Polruan Primary School; his father, Graham, who works for the Fowey Harbour Commissioners and his gran Barbara.

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