Record breaking Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis has a link to Sutton on Sea after it was revealed former resident John Hartoch taught him to act.
John Hartoch lived in Hillside Avenue in Sutton on Sea during his teen years and attended Alford Grammar School.
Sutton on Sea resident Adrian Benjamin went to Alford Grammar with John, where they acted together.
Adrian said: “John is a fantastic actor and teacher.
“He taught Daniel Day-Lewis where his acting career began at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.”
John is currently the head of acting courses at the school.
“I was shocked when I saw John on the TV talking about Daniel Day-Lewis’ recent oscar win,” Adrian said.
In a recent interview John Hartoch praised Daniel Day-Lewis’s ‘integrity, dedication and professionalism’ as an actor.
He commented that Daniel was ‘not into celebrity’ and was a ‘very private person’.
John believes that Daniel Day-Lewis is a naturally gifted actor who has the craft of acting ‘in his blood’.
He also said that ‘there’s a certain amount that you can’t teach about acting’.
“With any art or craft you ‘have to have a natural bent’ in that craft and that Daniel is a ‘wonderful craftsman,” John said.
London-born Day-Lewis, 55, won best actor at this week’s Oscars for his portrayal as US president Abraham Lincoln in ‘Lincoln’.
He will also go into the record books for being the first actor to win the best actor accolade for the third time.
Day-Lewis previously scooped up the best actor gong in 1990 for his role in My Left Foot and again in 2008 for There Will Be Blood.
He is renowned for his obsessive preparation and remains in character throughout the filming process.
In an interview backstage after his win, Daniel Day-Lewis said he could not think of ‘anyone else he urgently wants to play’ and said he ‘needed to lie down for a couple of years’ after being unable to ‘imagine doing anything after this’.
He also dismissed an attempt to label him the greatest actor of all time as ‘daft’.
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