Martial artist’s latest role in football hooligan movie Green Street 3

Tony Crookes
Tony Crookes

A young martial artist is appearing in an independent film about football hooligans.

Tony Crookes, who teaches taekwondo at Ossett Martial Arts Academy, plays a football hooligan in the British drama Green Street 3, which is currently being shown on cinema screens.

It follows the story of Danny Harvey, played by Scott Adkins, whose brother was murdered in an arranged fight.

Mr Crookes, of Dewsbury Road, Ossett, said his admiration for the previous two films in the series meant he couldn’t turn down the role.

He said: “I got a casting call to feature in it and couldn’t refuse after having seen the first one and being amazed.”

The Green Street films show the dangers of British football hooliganism.

And Mr Crookes, who plays a Tottenham Hotspur hooligan, gets to use his martial arts as part of his act.

He said: “I definitely wanted to combine my acting with martial arts, and this film was the perfect way to do that.”

“You can achieve any goals you want to, if you put your mind to it.”

Mr Crookes said he had been interested in martial arts from the age of 10, and begun learning his skills at Ossett School.

His parents Brian and Jan have run Ossett Martial Arts Academy, on Dewsbury Road, for about 12 years.

He said: “I started at school and began martial arts with my dad and two brothers.

“I knew I enjoyed fitness and soon began training with the best.”

Mr Crookes, who studied drama and media studies at school, was determined to get into the acting industry and said one budget film appearance led to another.

He was cast as a futuristic cop in a film called Diamond Jack, and a zombie in The Eschatrilogy: Book of the Dead.

And last year he featured in the Express when he secured a role as a tramp in a film called Wraith, which also featured Hollyoaks actress Terri Dwyer.