And Finally... Britain's tallest man gets a job - as a giant
Fee-high-fo-fum... Britain's tallest man has landed a perfect job as the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk.
Neil Fingleton, who is 7ft 71/2 ins, will make his panto debut on December 11.
Traditional versions of the Christmas favourite rely on actors on stilts, huge puppets or a booming voice-over to fill the huge shoes of the giant.
But Neil, 28, is head and shoulders above the rest.
He wears size 15 shoes, weighs 25 stone and has a 54-inch leg.
He said yesterday: "I can't wait to start playing the giant.
"It's like the part was written for me. I'm told I'm the first real tall person to take the role in panto. It's a unique niche.
"Not a day goes by when people don't point at me and tell me how tall I am, so it's great to make the most of it."
Neil, from Durham, dwarfs the rest of the cast at the Lighthouse Theatre in Poole, Dorset. He said: "I'm proud of my height. I wouldn't be playing a giant if I had an issue with it."
Extreme tallness runs in the family. His brother is 6ft 10ins and his sister 6ft 3ins tall.
When he was 16 he won a scholarship to America to play basketball but a back injury meant a return to Britain and a search for a new career.
Neil, currently the world's tallest actor, has already featured in documentaries based on his height.
He admitted: "I am limited in what I can do.
"But I want to be recognised as an actor and understand I'm always going to be typecast."
Panto historian Peter Latham said: "I have seen productions use a man sitting on another man's shoulders.
"Using a real giant, as it were, sounds to me like a great idea and it could be particularly scary and fun for the children."
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