Angel’s delight for Joey

Actor Joseph Phillips with father Mick, sister Nicola (23), and mum Emma.
Actor Joseph Phillips with father Mick, sister Nicola (23), and mum Emma.

TEENAGE acting sensation Joey Phillips is winging his way to the stars – but he’s still on cloud nine right now.

The award-winning 19-year-old is the lead character in My Angel - a film which has just swept the boards at a glitzy awards ceremony in Monaco.

Joey, of Victoria Street, Lytham, was not only asked to join director Stephen Cookson at the event - but he scooped the title Best Newcomer!

My Angel starring, Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn and Celia Imrie, was selected to open the Angel Film Awards at the Monaco International Film Festival earlier this month.

When Joey, and other members of the cast and production, were invited along, he had absolutely no idea the film had been nominated for an award in any of the categories - only that it had been chosen to open the festival.

It picked up seven awards.

“It’s just sinking in really,” said the teenager, who couldn’t believe he had even been asked to attend the festival. “I was jumping round the kitchen- just to go to Monaco! I didn’t even think about the awards.

He added: “The film just kept winning awards, it was amazing.”

As the awards rolled in one by one, Joey thought the film had won so much there was no chance it would scoop any more, never mind his Best Newcomer. But it did.

“It was such a shock. I hadn’t prepared a speech, or anything. I just went up and said thank you.”

My Angel’s UK premiere will take place in February.

In it Joey plays Eddie, 15, whose mother is very ill after a car accident. Eddie and his brother Stewart have to take care of themselves and one night after running out of food and electricity, he dreams his mother asks him to find an angel’s halo so that she can be saved.

A former pupil of Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College, Joey is studying acting at the esteemed London Guildhall School of Music and Drama.