Ronan's TV stardom arrives in kit form

TEENAGER Ronan Carter hits the small screen in a big way today as he stars in a new CBBC comedy.

The Calderdale schoolboy, who has already battled dyslexia to learn lines for two short films, has a starring role in the 13-part, high-profile children's series.

Ronan, 14, a student at Brighouse High School and the Stardom School of Performing Arts and Casting Agency based in Shelf and Northowram, Halifax, plays Kit Karter in tea-time sitcom Sadie J.

It has been billed as a British version of glossy US-style shows like Stateside smash Hannah Montana.

Kit – given the name Karter before Ronan auditioned – is a flamboyant friend of Sadie Jones, a stylish and switched-on 13-year-old who believes her sunny disposition can help her find the solution to any problem – including her dad, who has been single since the death of her mum six years ago.

The 30-minute, studio-based show starts at 5.25pm on CBBC, the digital satellite TV channel aimed at viewers aged six to 12 years.

Having pipped hundreds of other hopefuls to the role, Ronan spent four months away from his Bailiff Bridge home last year filming in London.

His proud mum Caroline, who drove to the city regularly to collect him so he could spend time with friends and family, said: "He is just not fazed by it – he is loving the experience.

"He missed a lot of school but they had a private tutor which was brilliant. He had a lot of one-to-one tutoring which has helped with his dyslexia."

Also in the show is comedian Mel Giedroyc, half of the comedy duo Mel and Sue.

Ronan played a leading role in Mam, a short film by Full Monty actor Hugo Speer, which is now on the festival circuit.