Scots star sacked for adult movie appearance
A SCOTS theatre star has been sacked from his panto after it emerged he had appeared in an adult movie.
Craig Chalmers, 31, rose to fame after making it to the finals of a BBC talent show search for a new Joseph in Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s musical Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.
The actor was due to play Prince Charming, alongside Still Game actress Jane McCarry, in Cinderella at the Alhambra Theatre in Dunfermline.
But he has been ditched after an anonymous tip off from a member of the public revealing his involvement in a porn movie under the name Ryan Ryder.
The caller also revealed that Chalmers’ profile and photograph were included on an X-rated adult website.
As well as losing his starring role in Cinderella, Chalmers has been ditched by his talent agency as a direct result of the revelations.
Speaking at the family home this morning, Craig’s father Stephen Chalmers, said: “I spoke to him earlier on the phone about it, but would rather not get into it. I don’t really want to talk about it.”
Mr Chalmers said his son was “making a go of it down south”.
He added: “He lives down south so you won’t get hold of him up here. This is the family home, he doesn’t live here.”
The Alhambra has already removed Craig’s face from the poster for the show and replaced him with CBBC star James Mackenzie, who was originally due to play Dandini.
Chalmers, who was part short-lived boy-band No Reason and an all-male strip group G-Force before finding fame on the BBC TV show, admitted his porn film role to theatre bosses.
The cast and crew of Cinderella have been made aware of Chalmer’s departure and are said to agree with the decision.
This is the second controversy to hit the Alhambra theatre in recent weeks after theatre workers spent five hours in police cells earlier this month after staging a prank using the Nazi flag from their production of the Sound of Music.
A spokeswoman for the Alhambra Theatre Trust said that Chalmers had confirmed his involvement in an “adult porn film movie”.
She added: “In light of information given by an anonymous member of the public, of which we were completely unaware, we can confirm that Craig Chalmers is no longer taking part in our pantomime Cinderella.
“We are extremely disappointed that Craig Chalmers did not see fit to make us aware of his involvement in the adult entertainment business. If we had been made aware Craig would never have been cast in our panto. The Alhambra panto is all about fun for all the family and it would be entirely inappropriate for him to take part.
“The role of Prince Charming will now be played by CBBC’s Raven star James Mackenzie. James has performed his role in Raven for over 10 series.”
The actor, a former pupil of Craigmount High, Edinburgh, appears to have removed his Facebook page and has been airbrushed out of the theatre’s publicity for the upcoming pantomime.
On his personal website, Craig listed his agent as Urban Talent Agency in Manchester. A spokeswoman at the company said they were no longer representing the performer.
Spokeswoman Liz Beeley said: “We discontinued representation once these allegations came to light.”
Dunfermline councillor, Helen Law, praised the theatre for their prompt action.
She said: “I think they have taken the right action and congratulate them for being so prompt about it.
“In light of recent publicity I think people are very aware of not having their stars, local or otherwise, involved with such things. I hope the show is still a success.”
Craig Chalmers came fifth in the BBC’s Any Dream Will Do, before playing Joseph in a nationwide tour.
The Scots actor played Aladdin at the Alhambra Theatre alongside Emma Soraya Beard who played Princess Jasmine.
Earlier this year Craig Chalmers spoke of his role in a “steamy comedy” stage show called Guilty Pleasures, which toured theatres in England.
He told a theatre website: “First of all, I never thought that after Joseph and the loincloth that I would ever appear in even less clothing but, low and behold, that’s exactly what’s happened.
“It’s a show that you have to be over 18 to come and see.
“There is some nudity at points in the play, but the thing about it is that it’s more of a raunchy carry-on kind of show… The one thing it certainly isn’t is seedy. It’s racy, but it’s essentially an adult comedy.”
On his personal blog, Chalmers recently wrote of his love for wife of two years, Jen.
He wrote: “Today is the 5th September and it is my second Wedding Anniversary. I am gutted that I can’t spend it with my wife Jen. Two years ago today I became the luckiest man in the world and so I am feeling a bit down that I cannot spend time with her today, but that is the nature of the show business.”
The Alhambra hit the headlines earlier this month after technicians used the swastika flag as a “joke” in a demonstration against what they claimed was their “bullying” local council.
But when Fife Police spotted the Nazi symbol on their CCTV system, officers swooped on the group and led them away in handcuffs.
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