Growing up in South Yorkshire, a small ex-mining town called Barnsley, I was the little chunky child who quietly watched the world pass by.
Family and friends viewed me as reserved, an introvert. Primary years passed by as I watched others succeed at school, not being aware of what, if anything, I was good at or knowing which direction my life would take.
My motto was ‘if I keep quiet, no-one will know I’m here.‘
Trying hard in my studies, I couldn’t quite find my calling until the final year in primary school when there was an announcement for a production of Sweeney Todd. Unknown to anyone, I put my name forward for the part of Sweeney Todd, the demon barber and fortunately, as no one else wanted the part, the teachers had no option but to give it to me!
Everyone was sceptical that I could ever learn the lines, never mind speak them!
How I amazed everyone!! My mother cried at each performance and others stood in awe – they couldn’t believe what they were seeing.
The transformation was unbelievable – in front of an audience, I had finally found my niche in life.
I will never forget the headmaster at school saying to my parents, ‘Of all the children in the school, Liam was the last person any of us would have imagined could have done that. Brilliant, you have a budding actor on your hands.‘
I had been ‘bitten‘ and from then on took every opportunity to pursue acting. My confidence and self esteem, from being non-existent, soared and I truly believed I could do anything if I applied myself.
Having gained the necessary qualifications, I applied for College to study Performing Arts.
Distinctions across the board led me to University – maybe not the right avenue, but I needed to prove to myself that I, Liam Rooke, could study for a BA Honours Degree and graduate – not being academically favoured, I had to work harder at theory, but sailed through practicals and performed lead parts in numerous productions.
Gaining a BA Honours Degree 2:1, I progressed into the entertainment industry.
I am currently taking on various workshops/seminars to continue my professional development.
Alongside this I decided to pursue a Personal Trainer qualification, not only to add another string to my bow, but to keep myself in tip top shape and have a thorough knowledge of body transformation.
My experience ranges from academic to intense practical work in all areas of the business.
I love what I do and am eager to climb the creative industry ladder and get involved in what I can when I can.