Jamie Foreman: Gangsters, Guns & Me

Jamie Foreman: Gangsters, Guns & Me

Jamie Foreman

Language: English

Pages: 152

ISBN: B011T865IM

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Jamie Foreman is one of Britain's most iconic actors. He is also the son of Britain's most notorious gangster, Freddie Foreman. Jamie's life has been anything but ordinary. Right from the start, his world was one of contrast and contradiction: he grew up surrounded by London's criminal elite, living by their code of honour and respect, yet he himself was brought up to be a 'straight goer'.

The backdrop of his home life was to differ greatly from his time at school as, at seven years old, Jamie found himself in the unlikely surroundings of a boarding school. The happiness of his family and school life was snatched from Jamie when his father was sentenced to ten years in prison for his involvement in the killing of Jack 'The Hat' McVitie. The subsequent years saw Jamie without the father he adored and the whole family was put under enormous strain.

At 14, Jamie decided that his passion was for acting and, having been encouraged by Barbara Windsor, he discovered yet another new environment at the Italia Conti Stage School. Jamie thrived in the acting world and was soon enjoying success on both stage and screen. By the time of his dad's release from prison, Jamie had carved a 'straight' career for himself - but after years apart, there was plenty of lost time to make up for. Soon, he was dividing his time between acting and assisting with Freddie's 'business.' Before long, though, life took a surprising turn when a drug deal his father was heavily involved in went tragically wrong and he was forced to go on the run to America with his dad, which marked the start of a whole new adventure.

A truly fascinating story of a unique life. From being babysat by the Kray Twins to his life-changing meeting with Lawrence Olivier. Jamie's is a compelling tale of a boy becoming a man, of a father lost and found (and nearly lost again), and of the adventure, violence and tenderness that forged an unbreakable father-son relationship.

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was another show today,’ I said, hoping she would take the hint. ‘You want to see it again?’ said Barbara with a smile. ‘Well, if that’s all right with…’ ‘’Course it is!’ She sounded delighted, and laughed a little as she turned to Annie Ross. ‘Here, Annie, he wants to stay for the next show.’ ‘Oh no,’ joked Annie, a cigarette poised in her hand. ‘He’s hooked. Another one who’s been bitten by the bug.’ Barbara nodded and looked at me with a glint in her eye. ‘You’ll do,’ she said. ‘You’ll

Soon afterwards he was taken to Arbour Square Police Station in Stepney for questioning, but his only answer to whatever they came at him with was: ‘No comment.’ Next came the formal murder charge. Three of Dad’s friends and associates were also accused of being involved: Alf Gerrard, Jerry Callaghan and Ronnie Everett. It was a terrifying situation. Just when we were about to get Dad back, there was a chance he would be snatched away from us again. Mum must have been even more worried than me,

was with that same old wink and a smile. ‘It’s all a get-up,’ he said. ‘We’ll beat this, don’t you worry. They haven’t got anything.’ Knowing what he knew, Dad must have been sick with worry, but he didn’t let on for a second. As always, he was a pillar of strength in front of me and Mum. Even so, there were things we needed to discuss. The cogs for building his defence needed to be set in motion, but we couldn’t say a thing thanks to two screws noting down every word we said. ‘Is this how

in an effort to flush Dad out? Would I become a sprat to catch a mackerel? I couldn’t say, but it worried me. On the other hand, I was falling deeply in love with Julie and my career looked like it was about to really take off. My agent Bill’s prophecy that good things were going to happen to me seemed about to come true. Thanks to him, I’d laid down a couple of screen tests for a new movie that was soon to be made. As a result I was offered a role in Quest for Fire, a film by French director

feisty souls from the wrong side of the tracks. We had the lot, from white trailer trash to unemployed black kids and rowdy Puerto Ricans. Our customers were a handful from the off. A right lairy lot. They’d come in with their quarters and spend their days pumping them into our machines – just what we wanted, of course. Trouble was, different factions and gangs would constantly squabble and fight. But worse still was the liberties that were taken with our machines. Bad losers would kick and shake

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