Christopher Power - Wirral actor's life story could be made into a film
PUBLISHED: 12:08 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:40 20 February 2013
A Wirral actor whose lifeÂ story has caught the attention of a film company, says there's hope for youngsters down on theirÂ luck. WORDS BY JAMES RAE
An actor from Wirral could be about to see his own life story on the big screen.
Christopher Lee Power, a professional actor from Birkenhead, is in negotiations over the screen rights to his life story with a London-based film company.
Christopher, aged 44, whose stage and screen credits range from Shakespeare to Coronation Street, began training in his late 20s at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and Richmond Drama School. He later attended the Lee Strasbourg School in London, studying the revolutionary Method approach to acting learned by Marlon Brando and James Dean.
Life however began very differently for Christopher. His tough upbringing in Rock Ferry was compounded by dyslexia, problems with physical co-ordination and a traumatic incident of abuse at the age of eight, which he kept secret for years. As a teenager he ran riot with local gangs and fell foul of the law, eventually serving time in prison for petty crime.
Remarkably, he turned his life around, discovering a talent for acting in his teens when he attended Liverpools Rathbone Theatre Project. For Christopher, it proved the turning point on his journey from rebel without a cause to happily married father of one, who is now following his acting dreams.
In 2008 Christopher decided to tell his story in his autobiography Breaking Free, which has now caught the imagination of a film company.
I wanted to tell my story as honestly and openly as possible, to hopefully show that no matter where you start in life, thats not how you have to end up, said Christopher. I make no excuses for my behaviour and I know I made wrong choices but the important thing is I got back on the right track. I started believing in myself and believing that maybe God had a better plan for me.
Christopher has since gone on to appear in TV dramas including Coronation Street and The Building of the Titanic as well as Sky TVs Mystery Files and touring in an award-winning play Remembrance Day.
Last year he appeared as Bill Sykes in Birkenhead Operatic Society Trusts production of Oliver! at the Floral Pavilion and more recently in Bullets and Daffodils, the critically acclaimed musical by Dean Johnson, reading the poems of Wilfred Owen.
His life story has not only captured the imagination of the film company, whose identity cannot be revealed until the negotiations are concluded, but also other young people from Wirral with similar deprived backgrounds to his own.
After the book came out I was approached by The Gideons, a local charity, to go and talk to young people with similar backgrounds to my own, which I have really enjoyed doin, he said. I believe that young people have so much to offer but just need a little encouragement.