A tattooist turned film-maker has attracted TV stars to appear in his new Maldon-based movie.

Danniella Westbrook, of EastEnders fame, will star alongside Emmerdale actor Michael Mckell, and John Altman, known for playing Nick Cotton in EastEnders, in Terry Coker’s new film On a Prayer.

Mr Coker, 43, who owns the Cobra Custom Tattoo studio, in Imperial Avenue, Maylandsea, has drawn on his own extraordinary life experiences and those of the people he tattoos to pen a crime thriller screenplay set in the Maldon district.

The dad-of-two, who is directing the film and has a producer on board to locate sets and actors, promises that he is due to bag an even bigger TV star.

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