Clive to play Robin Hood's TV brother

A FORMER Melton man will be hitting the screens this weekend in the BBC blockbuster Robin Hood.

Clive Standen (27) will burst onto TV screens across the country as Robin's brother Archer on Saturday in what looks set to be a nail-biting climax to the end of the third series.

But the former King Edward VII School pupil has been kept under strict orders not to spoil the plot and could only reveal he was even in the show this week.

He said: "This is a huge, juggernaut of a show. It's fantastic to be a part of it, but it's been really tough keeping it secret. I keep being asked by magazines, newspapers and radio shows to say what happens, but all I can say is wait and see."

What Clive can reveal is Robin, played by Jonas Armstrong, and Guy of Gisborne (Richard Armitage), discover a shared half-brother who is to be hanged in York.

In Saturday's episode they must work together to rescue him, and from there ensues much action and drama, leading into the final nail- biting two-part episode.

Clive, who lives in London with wife Francesca and children Hayden (6) and Edi (2), started acting in Melton at the Grove School and got his first job aged 11 as Wolf Little in Sherwood Forest entertaining tourists.

He continued to hone his skills at Sarson and King Edward VII schools before studying drama at Brooksby Melton College where his tutor Jo Drummond persuaded him to consider it as a professional vocation.

He joined the National Youth Theatre and National Youth Musical Theatre, but could not afford to go until Sylvia English and John Taylor offered to pay after seeing his plight in the Melton Times.

He said: "I really hope to one day win something so that I can thank everyone in Melton who helped me. Without them I don't think I would be a professional actor."

And it wasn't just the acting that has helped him as he was a member of Melton-based Muay Thai Assassins, nd travelled to Thailand with instructor Mark Barlow.

Clive said: "Thai boxing really helped with filming for Robin Hood. I did a lot of my own stunts because my stunt double was right handed and I'm left. It could be nerve racking. At one point I was riding a horse through fire, shooting off flaming arrows. And in all that I was trying to stay in character."

And Clive's mum and step-dad Judy and Steve Wallbanks and brother Tom (18) will be crowding round the TV set at their Melton home on Saturday.

Steve said: "We are all very proud in the family and so excited. Hopefully after it's been in the Melton Times everyone in the town will be watching it."

l Clive's first appearance on BBC One's Robin Hood will be at 6.45pm on Saturday, June 13.