Felton's Dad Forced Parking Attendant Job Between Potter Shoots
Tom Felton knows the value of a hard day's work - his dad forced him to take a job as a car park attendant in a fishery at the height of his Harry Potter fame.
The actor was plucked from obscurity to play wizard bully Draco Malfoy in the hit series, starring alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. And even though he was earning a fortune from his work in the movies, Felton was ordered by his father to take a low-paid job when he was just 13 years old so he could learn the value of money.
He tells Britain's Sunday Mirror, "Around the third film, The Prisoner of Azkaban, my dad had a thing about me not understanding the value of the pound. While my mum was always protective, saying, 'You've earned it, do what you like,' my dad was like, 'Acting's not a proper job, standing around doing s** all (nothing). You need to learn.' So I went to the fishery my brother worked at from 6am until 8pm, working in the car park for £20 a day."
But despite his tender age, Felton reveals not all his customers were impressed with his star status. He adds, "Fisheries don't always attract the nicest people, so as a little 13-year-old kid telling them where to park, there were lots of 'F**k yous' and middle fingers flying about. It was very different from life at Harry Potter. But that £20 was all of a sudden b**ody valuable." (MJ&ZN/WNSMI/CL)
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