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Jake Pratt
Born 25 September 1996 (1996-09-25) (age 13)
Origin Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England
Genres Comedy
Occupations Singer, actor, comedian
Years active 2007 — present

Jake Pratt, also known as Jakey P (born 25 September 1996 in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England) is a English teen actor and comedian. He entered the public eye when he appeared on the first series of the ITV1 television show Britain's Got Talent in June 2007 where he reached the semi-finals, where he lost out in a place in the grand final.[1] He has since appeared in a British children's television programme and also worked as a voice over artist. He stars as Olly in the BBC comedy film Nativity, which was released on 27 November 2009.[2]

Pratt is also appearing as a stage actor and is appearing in the West End show Billy Elliot The Musical, where he is playing the role of Michael.[3][3][4][5] He began the role on 1 June 2009 and he is currently playing the role.


Early life

Pratt was born on 25 September 1996 in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England. He has been attending the Sylvia Young Theatre School since his appearance on Britain's Got Talent.[2] He previously attended YMCA Scarborough, and the Scarborough Dance Centre.[6][7]

He has also won the Park Resorts National Finals for the 11 and Under Section for three years in a row.[8]

Before Britain's Got Talent, Pratt appeared at BBC Radio York's stand-up comedy event, More Front Than Scarborough, on 11 March 2007. He impressed the judges with his jokes but ended up coming in second place, to Karen Tite.[8]

Pratt has also appeared on The Paul O'Grady Show.[8]



Britain's Got Talent

Pratt, at the age of 10, was a contestant on the first series of the ITV television talent show Britain's Got Talent.[9]

In his audition, which took place at the Manchester auditions at the Apollo Theatre in March 2007, and was televised on 9 June 2007,[10] he performed a stand-up comedy routine and at the end sang a part of the song Life is a Cabaret by Liza Minnelli. His performance received positive comments from all three judges, from Morgan's "You've got brilliant, distinctive comic timing", to Holden's "You're a real star in the making, real showman, great confidence, you were fantastic", with the exception of Simon Cowell, saying "I think you're funnier than Peter Kay", but said that the singing was terrible but the comedy was fantastic.[11] He was placed into the next round, after receiving three yeses from the judges. However, on the day the judges were to choose the 24 semi-finalists for the live semi-finals, on May 10, 2007, at first the judges decided not to put Pratt through. The following day, the judges changed their minds after they realised they made a mistake, and decided to put Pratt and a beatboxing group called Crew 82, the two acts they previously rejected, through to the live semi-finals.

In the live semi-final, on 15 June 2007, he performed again a stand-up comedy routine, and sang the chorus of There's No Business Like Show Business, where this time Cowell buzzed. He told Pratt he should have stuck to telling jokes, so did Amanda Holden, who said he should "ditch" the singing at the end, but Piers Morgan decided that he should carry on singing. Simon asked him why he sang, and he replied "'Cos the producers said I should'". Simon considered firing the producer, but instead gave him a "done" to finish off. He also said that if he made it to the final, he would improve the singing. He failed to get through to the final and was eliminated from the competition.

Post Talent

Pratt has also performed at the fair in Braeburn House, an old people's home in Moor Lane, Eastfield, alongside Bessie Cursons, who reached the final of the talent show, but lost to Paul Potts.[12] Pratt also entered a talent show called at the end of 2007. He did a variety of talents; Poetry, singing, jokes etc. Pratt appeared on Lori Kellett's fundraising show Lori's One Night Only at the Spa Theatre on 24 June 2007.[13]

Pratt's first major acting role was as nature reporter Jay in the CBeebies television series Green Balloon Club about the environment. In this show all the presenting children are giving names related to the subjects they present. Pratt presents items about birds. The show began in June 2008 and finished in May 2009. Pratt also sang several songs for the show, along with the cast.[2][14][15] In the summer of 2008, Pratt worked on a film called Nativity alongside Martin Freeman, and Extras and Ugly Betty actress, Ashley Jensen, playing the role of Olly. It was released on 27 November 2009.[2]

Pratt has also been commended by the mayor of Scarborough, Janet Jefferson, for his success on Britain's Got Talent.[16] He has also been appearing in cabaret shows organised by his theatre school.[2] He has also opened the mayor of Scarborough's summer fair in 2007, with Sir Jimmy Savile. Money raised went towards local charities.[17]

Jake Pratt also provided the voices of several cartoon characters. He voices Wibbly Pig in a cartoon based on the books by Mick Inkpen on Cbeebies where he is the narrator, which started on September 7, 2009. For the cartoon Claude, broadcast on the channel Playhouse Disney, he provided the voice for grizzly bear Boris. And in the Cartoon Network show Gumball he voices the fish Darwin.[2]

The Scarborough Evening News on 5 June 2009 reported that Pratt had joined the cast of Billy Elliot The Musical. On 1 June 2009 he made his West End debut, taking the role of Billy's best friend, Michael. Pratt did a comic performance for his audition, which got him the role of Michael.[3][4][5] He moved into the Billy Elliot house, along with the other youngsters who play the lead roles in the musical.


Year Film Role Notes
2009 Nativity! Alfie
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Britain's Got Talent Himself Contestant
2009 Wibbly Pig Wibbly Pig Narrator, Voice
Green Balloon Club Jay
Claude Boris Voice
Gumball Darwin Voice
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Billy Elliot The Musical Michael In role 1 June 2009 — present

Personal life

Pratt currently lives in Ickenham, London (previously Scarborough) with his mum Johanne, dad and sisters Ellie-Jo, 10, and Tilly, 3, whom also made an appearance on Pratt's show Green Balloon Club on 20 February 2009.[18]

He currently attends Sylvia Young Theatre School, which he has been attending ever since his appearance on Britain's Got Talent in 2007.[19]


  1. ^ Porter, Rachel (14 June 2007). "Express Yourself :: Britain's Got Talent". Daily Express.'s+got+talent. Retrieved 8 April 2009.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f Stephenson, Susan (7 November 2008). "Jake's busy with film and TV roles". Scarborough Evening News. Retrieved 8 April 2009.  
  3. ^ a b c "Jake Pratt joins the cast of a top West End show". Scarborough Evening News. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2009.  
  4. ^ a b Yeomans, Fay (22 August 2009). "From silly billy to Billy Elliot!". BBC Yorkshire. Retrieved 3 September 2009.  
  5. ^ a b Paddock, Terry (6 May 2009). "Cast: Real Twin Brothers, Billy, Praed Tours Music". What's On Stage. Retrieved 4 August 2009.  
  6. ^ "YMCA Leisure Centre News: Jake Pratt". YMCA Leisure Centre. Retrieved 8 April 2009.  
  7. ^ "Scarborough's got talent". (Scarborough YMCA). 12 June 2007. Retrieved 8 April 2009.  
  8. ^ a b c Seymour, Matthew (11 March 2007). "Jakey P steals the spotlight". BBC Yorkshire. Retrieved 29 July 2009.  
  9. ^ "Jake Pratt, 10, auditions on TV talent show". Scarborough Evening News. 9 June 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2009.  
  10. ^ McGarry, Lisa (9 June 2007). "Britain's Got Talent starts tomorrow!". Unreality TV. Retrieved 2 August 2009.  
  11. ^ Fulton, Rick (9 June 2007). "Check out the talent!". Daily Record. Retrieved 4 August 2009.  
  12. ^ "Jake and Bessie charm residents". Scarborough Evening News. 25 August 2007. Retrieved 2 August 2009.  
  13. ^ Derrick, Paul (20 June 2007). "Jake stars in line-up with Lori for One Night Only". Scarborough Evening News. Retrieved 19 August 2009.  
  14. ^ Conlan, Tara (14 April 2008). "CBeebies to broadcast eco season". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 April 2009.  
  15. ^ McGarry, Lisa (6 June 2008). "CBeebies goes green with EcoBeebies". Unreality Primetime. Retrieved 4 August 2009.  
  16. ^ Barley, Sophie (20 July 2007). "TV talents get a mayoral greeting". Scarborough Evening News. Retrieved 28 July 2009.  
  17. ^ "Sir Jimmy and Jake boost mayor's fair". Scarborough Evening News. 9 August 2007. Retrieved 29 July 2009.  
  18. ^ Barley, Sophie (19 February 2009). "Jake's sister act". Scarborough Evening News. Retrieved 28 July 2009.  
  19. ^ "Jake Pratt laughing all the way to theatre school". Scarborough Evening News. 23 August 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2009.  

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