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It's a Sin star Callum Scott Howells once auditioned for this reality show

The actor is currently starring in Russell T. Davies' brand new drama

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Francesca Shillcock
Francesca ShillcockSenior Features Writer
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It's a Sin has been wowing audiences recently with its powerful story and incredible acting performances. And it seems that one of the stars of the show, Callum Scott Howells, is no stranger to TV work.

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Back in 2017, the Welsh actor auditioned for Gary Barlow's BBC talent show, Let it Shine, impressing both the judging panel and the live audience.

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The actor, who was 17-years-old at the time, sang You'll Be Back from hit Broadway show Hamilton, showing off his talent for singing to Gary's fellow judges, Dannii Minogue, Martin Kemp and Glee star Amber Riley.

After his performance, the fresh-faced star was delighted when he found out he made it through to the next round. Callum then ended up making it to one of the final groups in the show, but later dropped out to pursue a role on the West End, instead.

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Callum Howells performs 'You'll Be Back' from the musical Hamilton - Let It Shine - BBC One

Callum Scott Howells auditioned for Let It Shine back in 2017

Meanwhile, his turn as Colin in Channel 4's It's A Sin has won him even further recognition. Callum stars in the Russell T. Davies drama alongside the likes of Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander, Omari Douglas and Lydia West. Keeley Hawes, Neil Patrick-Harris and Stephen Fry also appear.

The five-part series, set in the 1980s, documents a group of five friends who all live in London during the devastating AIDs epidemic. Together, they navigate each year through the crises as their lives change forever.

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Callum Scott Howells as Colin in It's a Sin

Callum plays sweet Colin, who arrives in London from Wales to start an apprenticeship. Speaking of the role to Attitude, he said: "I'm really excited for people to see it and for people to go on a bit of a journey. Because fundamentally, as well as being an 'Aids drama' it's the story of these characters. Off they go to London and then the universe takes them on this existential journey." 

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