If you turned on BBC1 on Sunday night and thought one of the faces looking back was a little more familiar than the others, you’d have been right.
Luke Pasqualino, who has a starring role in the new lavish production of The Musketeers, is the son of Pep, who owns Spalding’s Image International.
The 23-year-old, who’s previously worked alongside his dad at the Red Lion Street salon, is playing D’Artagnan in the swashbuckling series, which has just started a ten-week run.
“It’s absolutely fantastic – we’re so proud of him,” said Pep, speaking after the first episode the previous Sunday.
“We had all the family and a few friends round to watch.
“Luke’s worked really hard – there were about six or seven auditions before he found out he’d got the part.
“And then he had to go to a boot camp to learn the horse riding and sword fighting – it was really hard work, sometimes doing 14 or 15-hour days.”
Luke first shot to fame when he was just 18, after landing the role of Freddie McClair in the critically acclaimed teen drama Skins shown on E4.
He has since appeared in programmes including The Borgias, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome and romantic werewolf comedy Love Bite.
The Musketeers, which also stars new Doctor Who Peter Capaldi and Hugo Speer, is based on the legendary works by Alexandre Dumas, and is described as a modern day take on the story, although still set in 17th century France.
“Luke’s always wanted to be an actor, and this show for him, on BBC1 prime time, is a really big break,” Pep added.
“We’ve always supported him, but he’s a hard worker and proof that it can happen – you don’t have to be in London to be an actor – you just need to work hard.”
l You can catch Luke in the next episode of The Musketeers on BBC1 at 9pm on Sunday.