Graduate Warren stars in swim hero movie

ACTOR Warren Brown is in the swim for his first leading movie role  - Captain Webb, on release from today (August 14).

The BA Performing Arts (2008) graduate, better known as DS Ripley in the acclaimed TV cop drama Luther, plays in the biopic about unsung British sporting hero Matthew Webb.

Webb was the first recorded person to swim the English Channel without the use of artificial aids. On 25 August 1875, he swam from Dover to Calais in less than 22 hours

The Channel would not be swum again for 36 years, and to this day more people have climbed Everest than successfully swum across the Channel. His achievement is all the more remarkable given it came before sport was a fully recognised industry; before the expertise and precautions found today had even been thought of.  

Warren, from Warrington, who also appeared in Hollyoaks said: “Captain Webb was a brave and courageous man who made the impossible happen through sheer determination and courage and it has been an honour to bring his story to life.”

- Meanwhile this week, Warren spoke to Metro about his admiration for fellow Salford university drama graduate Christopher Eccleston. “All the Doctor Whos are great but Christopher is fantastic. He’s a great actor.”