AN eleven-year-old boy from Horwich is starring in the new Christmas film A Boy Called Christmas, and the new Coca-Cola advert.

Eden Lawrence plays the character of Patrick, who is taken into care with his Aunt Ruth (Dame Maggie Smith), after losing his mum, as well as his father having to leave on an urgent task.

Eden said he felt “so lucky to work with Maggie Smith because he loves Harry Potter”.

He added: “It’s very exciting because it makes Christmas more special.

“I love being an actor and I want to be one when I’m older. It’s hard work but really fun.”

Eden and his mum also travelled to Budapest for 10 days to film the Coco-cola advert, where he plays the lead.

Part of the filming involved the use of snow machines, and a true Hollywood-style movie set.

Eden said: “It was amazing, and it looked so cool at night with all the lights on the buildings.”

Eden - who attends St Michael’s school in Bolton - was first spotted at the age of five at a casting audition his mum Nicola went to.

This then landed him a role in the Walt Disney 25th anniversary advert, where he went to Paris for four days to film.

Nicola said: “It happened by accident really, but he has done so well.

“We are so grateful and super proud of him.

“This film is such an amazing feel good Christmas movie to cheer everyone up.”

Eden has also featured in the film Summerland, Brassic's second season , and a Disney Star Wars commercial as Lego Boy.

He comes from a star-studded family, with his siblings Gabriel and Anya, also having some big acting roles.

Parents Danny and Nicola have been a big inspiration to their children, with them both being actors and attending the Arden School of Theatre.

Danny added: “All our children have grown up with us acting, and they are really enjoying it, and having fun too.

“They have all worked so hard, and this is amazing.”

A Boy Called Christmas has just been released in cinemas, and is available on Sky, and the US version of Netflix.