Lee Ryan will be making hearts melt when he appears as the Prince in Darlington Hippodome’s pantomime of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”.

The Blue singer and “Eastenders” actor took some time out from his busy schedule to chat to Wriggy about his upcoming role.

Is this your first visit to Darlington or have you been before. What are your impressions of the town?

I’ve never been to Darlington before, no, so yeah this is my first time.

Do you feel like you’ve been welcomed?

Yeah, it’s been lovely. I just haven’t had a lot of time to walk around. I got straight here and straight off the train and straight to doing interviews and pictures, but I’m sure I’ll have a lot of time to say hello and walk around the place at Christmas.

What’s your favourite thing about doing pantomime?

My favourite thing about doing pantomime is that my kids love it.

Will they be coming to see the show?

Yeah, hopefully.

That’ll be nice. You’re playing the Prince in this year’s pantomime. In what ways would you say you’re similar to your character in terms of characteristics? Good-looking?

I don’t know. Everyone has their own kind of place to fit into the panto and playing the Prince… I suppose I’m from a boyband and it makes sense that I’m being that character I suppose.

This is the first full-scale production in the newly-refurbished Darlington Hippodrome. What does it mean to be performing at such an extraordinary venue at such an iconic time?

I’m looking forward to seeing what it looks like because they’ve spent like a million on it. I’m sure it’s going to look awesome.

You’re working alongside a solid cast (Zoe Birkett, Eric Potts, Liam Miller) What do you think of them? Do you gel well together?

We’ve really only just met today really. I’ve met Zoe before. I’m sure everybody’s going to be amazing. They’re great actors. Hopefully we’re all going to gel on stage. We’ve still got rehearsals yet. Once we get together, I’m sure we’ll make the show come to life.

And finally, why should people come see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs this Christmas? 

Because it’s great. It gets you in the spirit of Christmas and panto is always great fun to take the kids to. Kids are always wanting entertaining. I know what kids are like. I’ve got kids myself. You’ve gotta find things for them to do. It’s the perfect family day out.

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” runs at Darlington Hippodrome from Saturday, December 9th, 2017 until Sunday, January 14th, 2018. Tickets can be purchased from the box office on 01325 405405 or by visiting the Darlington Hippodrome website.