Billy: "I don't want a childhood. I want to be a ballet dancer."
The inspiring story of a striking Durham miner's son and his dreams of succeeding as a ballet dancer attracted three Oscar nominations and made a star of Jamie Bell.
He played 11-year-old Billy, who rejects his widowed father's suggestion that he takes up boxing and, instead, finds himself drawn to a ballet class taught by Georgia Wilkinson (Julie Walters).
After initial objections from his roughie-toughie dad, Georgie convinces him Billy has a future at the Royal Ballet School...and he eventually passes the audition.