Inside Brit Awards host Jack Whitehall’s life and career including Kate Middleton connection and failed Harry Potter audition

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The Brit Awards host Jack Whitehall has made a name for himself in the worlds of stand-up, acting and now presenting.

And with his career going from strength to strength, Jack is even preparing to take Hollywood by storm with roles in films like Jungle Cruise and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

But how much do you know about the popular 32-year-old’s life behind-the-scenes?

The star, who previously worked as a child actor, landed his first major gig on the box as one of the presenters on the 2008 series of Big Brother spin-off show, Big Brother’s Big Mouth.

The following year, in 2009, he became the show’s main host for the sixth installment of the celebrity edition.

And after he’d made it on to the small screen aged just 21, Jack switched his focus to comedy and acting, dominating the stand-up circuit and winning roles in series like Fresh Meat and Bad Education.

However, it wasn’t all plain sailing throughout his career, as it’s previously been revealed that Jack auditioned for roles in both the Harry Potter and The Hobbit film franchises to no avail.

Speaking about going up against Daniel Radcliffe for the part of the famous wizard, Jack explained: “I tried out for Harry Potter… but I didn't get past the first audition. I had read those books and I was a big fan.”

But it seems stardom was always destined for the Londoner, even back when he attended the Tower House School in South West London – although one very famous classmate nearly got in his way.

Revealing all in his stand-up routines, Jack said he regularly missed out on all the big parts in the school plays – because they went to Twilight actor Robert Pattison instead.

He said: “When I was at school, I was a big fan of drama. I know, shock horror! But [I was] not the only fan of drama at my school, though.”

“The other guy that was really into drama at my school was a chap called Robert Pattinson,” Jack continued.

“And every time there was a school play at my school, Robert Pattinson would get cast in the lead role and ‘villager 17’ would go to this guy,” he added, pointing at himself.

And that’s not the only school connection Jack has to someone in the public eye, as he’s previously shared that he attended Marlborough College, the same school Kate Middleton studied at.

Speaking during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Jack said: “I wasn’t there at the same time, but I knew people who went out with her.”

He went on to joke: “I’m so envious. If I’d got with the Queen at school, I’d never shut up about that s*** for the rest of my life!”

Jack hosts The BRIT Awards tonight at 8pm on ITV

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