NEWCASTLE-raised actor and child entertainer James Buckingham is filming the second series of the program Magical Tales.
The 21-year-old stars as William the Wizard on the show based in an enchanted forest, which screens weekdays on NBN at 9am.
Sealing a second series has been a huge coup for the former captain of the Hunter School of Performing Arts and long-time member of Newcastle’s Young People’s Theatre.
‘‘I’m so happy and it’s just a relief knowing you have work as an actor,’’ he told The Word yesterday.
‘‘I feel a bit more confident in the character as well.’’
Buckingham moved to Sydney from Newcastle late last year and will continue to film the second series close to when it screens on television in March.
He has been juggling long days with late nights.
And he still commutes to Newcastle some evenings to rehearse with his band Nova and the Experience.
The band launched its debut EP, Alfresco Disco, last year and will perform at the New Beginnings festival at Morisset Showgrounds on January 15 and 16.
But while one might assume that Buckingham attracts a vastly different audience to his gigs than his television show, the actor has been surprised.
Most people who recognise him from his children’s show are in the 16 to 22 age group.
‘‘No kids watch the show actually, I think it’s just adults,’’ he joked to The Word.
The television show Magical Tales is expected to branch into live performance shows and merchandise this year.
‘‘I think there’s going to be a range of kids underwear with my face on them,’’ Buckingham said, laughing.