||Indeed Jude was only six when he made his first appearance in a school play. It was immediately apparent he had talent, and his parents did their best to foster his nascent love of drama by taking him to the theatre and analysing the productions afterwards.
By the age of 12 the aspiring performer had signed up with the National Youth Music Theatre where he met long-time friend Jonny Lee Miller. His television debut came with the small screen production of Beatrix Potter's The Tailor Of Gloucester and a few years later, at the age of 17, he dropped out of school to act full-time in the soap opera Families.
In the years since, members of Jude's real-life family have also found success in their artistic pursuits. Peter and Maggie now run a theatre company in France, while Natasha is a painter and photographer.