In Emmerdale soapland, it is probably fair to say the character played by Liverpudlian heartthrob, Kurtis Stacey, has had more girlfriends than pints in The Woolpack.
So it should come as no surprise that the 21-year-old is all set to play the ultimate panto hunk role when he arrives at The Deco theatre, in Northampton next month, to star in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He will, of course, take the part of the heroine’s handsome prince.
But despite having the whitest teeth I have ever seen on a man, I note thankfully that Kurtis does not seem in the slightest bit vain; instead, he is very down-to-earth and ordinary, explaining to me with good humour that he only just caught the train, having been forced to sprint across Birmingham New Street station in three minutes flat.
He said: “This is my first panto and I’m very excited and not sure what to expect. Panto is really good for both children and adults. No one is going to come away from it with anything negative.”
Landing a part in one of the country’s biggest soaps was Kurtis’s big career break.
He said: “I had thought ‘I’m not acting any more,’ I got accepted for a job on a cruise ship and my agent rang to tell me about the audition for Emmerdale. I said ‘I’m a Scouser, I’m not going to get this.’ So I was very relaxed about it because I thought I’m not going to get it. But I thought I would go and give it my best shot.
“They asked me to go back again and they said ‘we will let you know sooner rather than later’. I was sitting on the bus in Bootle and I got the phone call from my agent. He said ‘are you ready for this? You got the part.’
“It has changed things in amazing ways, people start noticing you and saying ‘can I have your picture?’
“Nothing really in my life has changed properly because I have my two best friends and my family and they keep me steady. If you are grounded and you stick to your roots, not much will change.”
It has been a big year for Emmerdale this year, as the soap celebrated its 40th anniversary with a special live episode, which Kurtis’ character Alex Moss played a part in.
Speaking about Alex’s womanising ways and the juicy story line in which he recently had an affair with Natalie J Robb’s character, Moira, an older woman, he said: “My character has been with four women in two years, he has that cheeky charm.
“I always wanted to play it that it is okay for an older woman to date a younger man. Just because he is a younger boy it doesn’t mean he can’t cope with a woman. If it was the other way around, it would be different. In the soap you have Declan and Katie, but no one bats an eyelid about that age difference.”
Kurtis is just one member of Snow White’s star-studded cast, which also includes X Factor finalist Lucie Jones. The show will run from December 15 to 27. Tickets cost £8. For more information, call the box office on 01604 622749 or log on to www. decotickets.co.uk