Layton Williams

LAYTON

Layton was born in Bury, Manchester and he began his career at the age of 12 playing the title role of Billy in the West End production of Billy Elliot. He made his debut TV appearance as Kylie in the BBC comedy Beautiful People. He went on to train at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts which was documented on CBBC’s School for Stars.

Layton will be returning to the title role of Jamie in Everybody’s Talking about Jamie on the UK/International Tour of the show in Autumn 2021. Over lockdown, Layton shot The Bremmer Files for Shiny Button and was recently announced to be starring in Greg Davies’ new BBC One comedy The Cleaner alongside Helena Bonham-Carter and David Mitchell. 

Theatre Credits include Jamie in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Apollo Theatre and UK Tour); Paul in Kiss Me Kate (Sheffield Crucible); Seaweed in Hairspray! (2018 UK Tour); Angel in RENT (London/UK Tour); The Car Man (Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures); Simon in The Lord of the Flies (Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures) and Young Michael in Thriller Live! (West End).

TV/Film credits include Rocketman (Paramount); Larry in Benidorm (ITV). Layton played series regular ‘Stephen’ in the BBC Comedy Bad Education and reprised his role in the Bad Education feature film.

Layton is the director of ‘Pros from The Shows’ which provides high quality workshops for young performers. They have reached thousands of students across the country hoping to inspire the next generation and nurture talent.

A regular supporter of the charities Stonewall and Ditch the Label, Layton regularly visits schools and makes speeches at events to raise awareness of LGBTQI+ issues and bullying. This year, Layton won the LGBTQI+ Champion Award at the Black British Theatre Awards.