A West End actor from Linslade has a starring role in the video for Rik Mayall’s England World Cup song, which hit number seven in the charts on Sunday evening.
Following an audition, Richard Reynard, 37, bagged a key part in the video for Noble England headed by the 56-year-old comedian, who died unexpectedly last week.
The song was originally released in 2010 to coincide with the last World Cup, but with all the other football songs that were launched at the time, it got lost amongst them and didn’t reach the success it had originally anticipated, failing to even make the top 100.
But after a campaign by fans to pay tribute to the late comedian, the tune has roared up the charts to hit the top ten four years later.
And the video featuring Richard has had more than 800,000 hits on YouTube as well as being shown on the news up and down the country.
In the footage, Richard, who runs the Musical Theatre High! Academy at Vandyke Upper School, sports a pair of large black rimmed glasses as the geek of a frail five-a-side football team).
In the final shot he gets the glory of holding the winning trophy aloft.
For more on this story – including how Richard’s car stalled twice when he was asked to give Rik Mayall a lift to the filming location – see the June 7 issue of the Leighton Buzzard Observer.
See the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMAFme1hBH0