Growing up on the barricade: ‘Les Miserables’ star Daniel Huttlestone is a pint-sized powerhouse talent

Huttlestone as a young revolutionary

Huttlestone as Gavroche in ‘Les Mis’

Daniel Huttlestone is an up-and-coming young actor based in the UK who is best known for his role as Gavroche in the wildly successful film Les Miserables. His own popularity is no surprise to fans of the franchise who watched him steal almost every scene he was in.

Huttlestone’s character, Gavroche, is a pint-sized revolutionary member of the barricade boys who sings and fights to liberate France for the people. His piping voice and sunshiny attitude appears just in time to bring some levity and comic relief to the doomed fight ahead.

Huttlestone’s talents shine most when he gets to lead off one of the film’s most iconic songs, “Can You Hear the People Sing.” His character introduction during “Look Down (The Beggars)” sums up the revolution and his character perfectly. Definitely pay attention to his work on other songs, especially “Drink With Me” as he hauntingly echoes the barricade boys and their ode to days gone by. In “Little People” he literally goes head to head with Russell Crowe and outs him as the devious Inspector Javert. “The Second Attack,” when Gavroche is shot to death by soldiers storming the barricade, is tragic and moving without being melodramatic. All in all, Huttlestone is currently riding high on a very talented performance and the phenomenal success of Les Miserables.

The talent on display has not come out of nowhere.

Now 13, Huttlestone has been working in theater since he was nine, when he landed the role of Nipper in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London’s West End. He performed from the 2008 opening night (which also starred Rowan Atkinson) until closing in 2010. In 2011 he graduated to his well-known role of Gavroche in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre which he successfully reprised for the 2012 film version of Les Miserables. Having earned his stripes in the West End and acted his heart out in a multi-nominated star-studded blockbuster film, Huttlestone is back home touring and playing the Artful Dodger in the UK tour of Oliver!

Celebrities grow up quickly and you can already find Huttlestone on Twitter, informing his fans and friends about video games, what he eats for lunch as well as his latest projects. Whether you’re lucky enough to catch him on his UK tour, hopefully we will all be seeing more of this talented actor soon.

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