Every Christmas we go back to the hospital to say a huge thank you,” Jill says. “When I look at the baby photos and hear mum talking it makes me feel amazed I’ve gone through all that,” he says. Fia Tarrant “It’s mad I know but I just had a feeling this baby would be different.”. Ben, 13 in January, is already a patron of two charities: Clowns in the Sky, for children with brain tumours, and StrokeInformation.

See more of BoB from nativity what a legend on Facebook. “I remember little things like dancing for the first time. Log In. At 30 weeks, doctors fought to prevent Ben arriving early and he was finally delivered at 37 weeks, in January 2003, weighing 6lb 5oz. He really is a miracle.”, When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters.

And there was a danger he might never walk or talk. Ben Wilby, Actor: Nativity!. But Ben’s life behind the scenes has been just as dramatic. Keep your little bookworms engaged outside of the classroom with our selection of the very best literary adaptations. Even before Ben’s birth, mum-of-four Jill was convinced of her baby’s talents.

or Dave Newton / … Ben Wilby was born on January 29, 2002 in Cannock, Staffordshire, England as Ben Christian Wilby. If that failed he would have needed a permanent tracheotomy (a windpipe opening) which would have affected him speaking, let alone singing. Mum sparks debate after slamming Christmas Eve gift boxes, Internet left reeling over dad's tribute tattoos of his, Films fans challenged to name iconic rom coms in graphic, Phillip Schofield in heated debate with Minister after, woman is arrested for taking mum from care home. “He wasn’t breathing when he was born,” recalls Jill. Even more dramatic was the change in his personality. His head was swollen and I can remember thinking ‘what have I done?’ The guilt was enormous. Ben was car-mad and had been taken to theatre clutching a Matchbox toy. “The director captured all the funny little elements of a child’s nativity,” she says. “He’d never acted so I made up some details on his application,” she confesses sheepishly. “The vagus nerve which affects gross motor skills and balance had been damaged by constant pressure, which explains why his development was delayed.”. I just did my own thing to the music. “The first anyone knew was when the film premiered at Cannock – and Ben was on the red carpet and being driven around in James Bond’s car,” Jill says. Download 'Superstar' on iTunes, 17 December 2018, 11:54 | Updated: 17 December 2018, 15:01. He is an actor, known for Nativity! You can unsubscribe at any time. She says: “He slept for 19 hours out of 24, struggled to feed, lost weight, sounded like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh when he breathed and his head just seemed too big for his body – with a prominent forehead. In 2008 when Jill came across children’s casting auditions for a film starring Martin Freeman called Nativity! His family home is festooned with photos of Ben with celebrities from Barbara Windsor to David Tennant.

"But when Ben opened his eyes and asked ‘where’s my car?’ everyone was ecstatic. “I had terrible empty nest syndrome to start with. The films have transformed his life.

Ben was diagnosed with reflex anoxic seizures – where he would stop breathing without warning. 17 December 2018, 11:54 | Updated: 17 December 2018, 15:01.

The teacher refused to believe he’d never had lessons,” she says. What does Ben, of Cannock, Staffs, make of his dramatic start to life? Off to see @bonnie_langford in @42ndStreetLDN pic.twitter.com/ZTf1F1jzbn. He is now a student at Cambridge based performing arts college, Emil Dale Academy which trains its students for careers on the stage or the screen. “When I saw him in recovery I hardly recognised him. And when I held him, his head would flop forwards. "Ben has even made a video message to send to one little boy with the same condition. She says: “I didn’t want people to feel sorry for him or think he only got a part because of what he’s been through. “You can’t imagine him in Downton going ‘alright, am ya?’. But I know I’ve done the right thing. “I was convinced something was wrong, but the doctors insisted I was being an over-anxious mother.”. Thankfully, the surgery worked.”. One of the child actors that gave fans lots of laughs in his role as Bob is Ben Wilby who was seven when he starred in the film. “When we were called for an audition I was terrified.

Read more: Jude Law's daughter in The Holiday looks totally different now she's all grown up! He loved Strictly Come Dancing. The film received widespread acclaim. It was as if it was too heavy for him to hold. At check-ups doctors insisted he was just a clumsy baby and prescribed a special helmet and supportive boots to encourage his balance. But his proud mum, Jill, 48, deliberately kept his health problems quiet as he landed his big screen break. Ben with Martin Clunes in Nativity 3: Dude Where's My Donkey, Battler: Ben went from strength to strength after his brain operation when he was two, Rubbing shoulders: Ben with David Tennant and Marc Wooton on the set of Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger, Screen debut: Ben with Martin Freeman on the set of the first Nativity! Ben went on to star in all three Nativity films including Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! That’s what kids do.”. But Ben was really excited and insisted on wearing his green lycra shorts, legwarmers and a Born to Dance T-shirt.”. But, touch wood, Ben is doing great.”.

Now aged 12, he’s once again stealing the show in Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey – performing alongside stars Martin Clunes and Catherine Tate. “He thinks it’s an honour.

I just knew he was destined for big things.”. Our. “The response from talking about Ben’s condition has been overwhelming. “Suddenly he became this outgoing little character who loved to sing and dance. “We all had to learn resuscitation and revive him so many times,” she says. Now he's a grown up 16-year-old and looks totally different! “Thankfully the seizures stopped when he was seven. “He lived for dancing,” she says.

The teacher thought I’d danced before which encouraged me to carry on.”. Ben’s success is all down to his own hard work and ability.”. The photos show how far he’s come. But in surgery they found Ben had a rare condition called craniosynostosis – which causes the plates in the skull to fuse together too quickly after birth. Filming took place over the summer holidays so it didn’t disrupt his schoolwork. He has been involved in the two Nativity sequels and last January moved to London to start stage school. Nativity defensive back Eric Muldowney intercepts a pass in front of teammate Bob Brish and a Schuylkill Haven receiver during the Hilltoppers’ 14-13 victory. “Everyone used to laugh because my girls were tomboyish and not into singing or dancing at all.

Ben was snapped up by an agent and landed roles on TV and in advertisements – working with the likes of John Bishop and Cheryl Cole. Now aged 12, he’s once again stealing the show in Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey – performing alongside stars Martin Clunes and Catherine Tate. But I knew there was something wrong.

Finally, specialists at Birmingham Children’s Hospital agreed to carry out craniofacial surgery to improve the shape of Ben’s head. Cute Ben Wilby was just six when he first melted cinema audiences’ hearts with a lead role in the hit Nativity! That’s what made it so magical. Ben’s stunned family were warned he might not survive the 10-hour intricate operation. During routine injections at 12 weeks, panic broke out when Ben stopped breathing. “They insisted it was purely a cosmetic procedure. Looking for some great streaming picks? “He likes the attention, especially from girls!”. He overcame a whole catalogue of health problems to succeed. But as the swelling reduced I could see a huge improvement. “If I placed him on his tummy, he couldn’t lift his head. For more information email jill1ben@sky.com. “The nurse had to resuscitate him. “The doctors are amazed at how well he’s done,” she says. Ben Wilby was born on January 29, 2002 in Cannock, Staffordshire, England as Ben Christian Wilby. Jill says: “He needed more surgery at 16 months. Display cabinets groan with the weight of glittering dance trophies he has won. Families say Ben’s story has given them hope. “People always say ‘it’s Bob’ or ‘there’s that boy!’” laughs Jill.

and Nativity 3: Dude Where's My Donkey, in the latest of which he was 12-years-old. “At one point, Ben holds a solo note for ages and all the kids burst out laughing. The 2009 film starring Martin Freeman, Pam Ferris and Alan Carr was a smash hit at the cinemas thanks to its catchy songs and adorable cast of primary school kids. It’s hard financially – without my parents we’d never be able to manage.”, Her son, who turns 13 in January, is recognised wherever he goes. “He’d love to do period dramas but knows he wouldn’t be taken seriously,” explains Jill. film, Subscribe to Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror newspapers, US Election results 2020 LIVE: Armed Trump supporters force election centre to close, An election centre in Maricopa County, Arizona has been forced to close after a protest outside by dozens of supporters of Donald Trump, Ex-Corrie star's mum arrested after trying to remove gran, 97, from care home, Leandra Ashton posted distressing footage of her retired nurse mum being handcuffed by officers, when she wanted to take her dementia-stricken mother home so she could be looked after by loved ones, Mum's rant about 'ridiculous' email from school divides fellow parents, A mum has criticised her daughter's school for sending out a 'ridiculous' message to parents saying they were only allowed to email teachers at specific times of the day, Aldi shopper's unbelievable panic-buying haul of rice and pasta mountain, Stuart Darben popped into his Aldi branch in Lincoln with his partner when he spotted the shopper at the tills with their conveyor belt overflowing with the food items, Bitter Donald Trump a liar and cheat to the end as US election slips from his grasp, The US President falsely claimed he had won the election early on and alleged that Democrats were attempting to 'steal' the election - but did not offer proof because there isn't any, Arizona election centre closing due to rising unrest from crowd 'armed with guns', We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story, Biden launches transition website vowing to unite America as he edges closer to a win, Former Vice President and Senator Joe Biden has called for patience as all votes are counted, in what would be a narrow victory over President Donald Trump, though a transition site is already live, UK's 'special relationship' with US uncertain as Biden edges closer to victory, Donald Trump has been a supporter of Brexit and a UK-US trade deal, but any Biden administration is expected to be cooler on the idea, Millionaire who body-slammed journalist and misled police elected governor of Montana, Greg Gianforte assaulted Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs in 2017 and pleaded guilty to misdemeanour assault - given a sentence of community service and anger management, Biden breaks Obama's 2008 record for most votes of any election candidate in history, With mail-in ballots still to be counted, Democrat Joe Biden has already smashed former President Barack Obama's 69.4 million votes record from 2008, with the former senator on course to edge out Donald Trump, Katie Price's public plea for help as her son Harvey weighs 28 and a half stone, Katie Price asked fans to help her acquire gym equipment for her son Harvey during lockdown as she shared her son weighs 28 stone and a half, Educating Greater Manchester school headteacher Drew Povey quit after suspension, Educating Greater Manchester school headteacher Drew Povey quit his job after he was suspended amid an investigation Harrop Fold School was "off-rolling", Teen sex worker says she sees up to 21 men a day with clients just minutes apart, Channel 5 show Adults Only is about to lift the lid on the sex trade as featured Ellie, 19, says she can earn up to £1,500 every night - and told how she can see men just two minutes apart, Dancing On Ice 'crisis' as lockdown leaves celebs 'unable to train for show', The second national lockdown has left Dancing On Ice's pro skaters and celebrities in a quandary as ice rinks are forced to close due to new government measures, Europa League odds, tips and betting analysis for Spurs, Celtic, Rangers & more, Europa League odds, tips and betting analysis as Spurs face Ludogorets, Arsenal entertain Molde and Leicester host Braga, while Celtic & Rangers are also in action, Paul Scholes names only Man Utd player he constantly had to tell how to attack, Manchester United fans may yearn for the old days after watching their side lose to Istanbul Basaksehir in embarrassing fashion but Paul Scholes has reminded them of one player that needed constant instructions, New lockdown restrictions in full - all the rules you need to know from today, Boris Johnson will put England into a second national lockdown from midnight tonight.



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