Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff will be soon starring in a musical TV drama. After dabbling with an appearance in TV shows and boxing, the lively Englishman will now feature as the lead in Kevin Chadwick’s ‘Fat Friends’ on a tour of England, it was revealed on Thursday.
The 39-year-old former England skipper, who played 79 Tests, has previously appeared in Mellor’s TV drama ‘Love, Lies and Records’ due to screen on BBC.
The show, written by an award-winning writer Kay Mellor, will kick start at Leeds, Yorkshire in November. Affectionately known as Freddie, the 39-year-old seems very excited about the upcoming gig.
“Having had the pleasure of recently working on an episode of Kay’s latest TV series, it’s great to have the opportunity to work with her again,” said Flintoff.
“I loved the TV series and think Fat Friends – The Musical is going to give people a great night out. I’m really looking forward to it.”
For Mellor, there were no second thoughts about casting Flintoff.
“I was introduced to Freddie at one of our TV casting sessions — it was clear to me that he could leave his cricket bat behind, embody a character, and understand the drama. It was a no-brainer… he got the part,” she said.
“Then, as we were talking through Fat Friends – The Musical, I wondered if Freddie could sing.
“I am thrilled and delighted that Freddie is able to join us for our run at Leeds and part of the tour as well… I can’t wait to start working with the super talented cast we’ve got so far.”
Fat Friends is set around a slimming club in the Headingley, Leeds and explore the lives of the club members. The plot has Carol, who runs the club and always in the lookout for clients who could be persuaded to use the ‘Super Slimmers’ diet.
The characters who attend the club are mostly chubby. There have been four series of the drama so far and each episode focuses on one particular character. After the likes of famous tele-stars like comedian James Corden and Alison Steidman, Andrew Flintoff is set to undergo some really entertaining fat loss regimes.
Watch: Here is our beloved funnyman James Corden going through the struggles of Fat Friends: