Britain's Tallest Man Visits College

Neil Fingleton, the tallest man in Britain, paid a visit to East Durham College in Peterlee. Neil, 29, from Gilesgate in Durham was at the College to discuss a new drama and acting project.

Neil who is 7ft 7.56in (232.6 cm) tall and become the tallest man in Britain back in 2007, has recently finished a role as the giant in Jack & The Beanstalk at the Lighthouse theatre in Poole, Dorset.

Neil, said; “Although I played professional basketball I’ve always had a love of acting. So when I retired from playing, acting was my next big ambition. I’ve been lucky enough to have parts in TV commercials and documentaries plus the theatre. I’m also travelling to the US in February to film a pilot for a new TV show and a role in a nationwide production of The BFG may be in the pipeline. Plus of course Panto – next year I’ll be the Genie in Aladdin in Manchester.

“But I am really looking forward to the prospect of giving something back and helping to inspire the new generation of acting talent. So often you have to be in London to believe you have a chance in this business, but hopefully I can get more young people in the north east involved in drama and the arts, helping them to have the belief they can make it.”

Ian Prescott, Principal and Chief Executive, commented that: “The College are very excited about this new partnership. The initiative will really add to experiences our students can gain at the College. Neil has some fantastic experiences he can share with the Students and he will also provide links with a number of high profile people in the business to provide sessions and inspiration for our students.”

On top of all his acting, Neil still has a passion for Basketball and has been instrumental at East Durham College, along with players from the Tees Valley Mohawks 1st team, in providing high quality training sessions for the students within the College’s Basketball Development Centre.

Tony Hanson director of the Tees Valley Mohawks, added: “I am delighted to be involved with the Basketball Development Centre here at the College and look forward to another exciting partnership.”

The new drama project will be staring in April.