A SET of twins played their part in a new feature film aged just six years old.

Anton Palmer, from Darlington, was cast in the role of Teddy in ‘Lady MacBeth’, while his brother Bailey acted as a body double for him.

Filming took place at Lambton Castle in Chester-le-Street and on location in Northumberland.

The film`s world premiere was at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year and its European premiere was at San Sebastián in Spain. It has also been screened at the London Film Festival.

The twins, now both seven and pupils at Abbey Junior School, will face a long wait before they can watch it though – its certificate in the UK is 15.

Their mother Siobhan said: “It was an amazing opportunity for the boys. Everyone on set was very welcoming and the director made sure Anton met the main cast members before filming began, so that he would feel relaxed with them.”

Anton and Bailey attend performing arts classes at Stagecoach Theatre Arts Darlington and Yarm and were sent to the audition by its principal Trudy Hindmarsh, who helped Jamie Bell get his big break by auditioning in the film ‘Billy Elliot’.

She said: “I am thrilled for the boys winning such a wonderful opportunity, so early on in their young lives. I can`t wait to see the film myself. Who knows what it might lead to.”

Lady MacBeth is presented by Creative England, BBC Films and BFI in association with Oldgarth Media and is a Sixty Six Pictures & iFeatures production.

It is directed by William Oldroyd and was written by Alice Birch and produced by Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly.