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All the world's a stage

Filed: Thursday, 5th April 2018
By: Staff Writer

A former West Ham striker is receiving rave reviews after giving up the beautiful game for a career as an actor.

John Carew, who spent the 2011/12 season at the Boleyn Ground turned to acting at the end of a long and successful career that included spells at Roma, Rosenborg and Aston Villa before a brief spell as a Hammer.

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His first film, a Canadia horror/survival production entitled 'Dead of Winter' was well received - as was a follow up appearance as a gangster a year later in 2015's 'Hovdinger', made in his home country of Norway.

However it is his role in a hit Norwegian TV series for which he is currently receiving positive reviews from many critics. 'Heimebane', which you might describe as a Scadinavian version of Footballers' Wives is topping the ratings charts.

Carew alongside Heimebane co-star Ane Dahl Torp

Carew, who played 21 times for West Ham during his year in east London and represented his country on 91 occasions plays an aging professional footballer - Michael Ellingsen - in a series about a female coach - Helena Mikkelsen - in a man's world.

"What's amazing is that John Carew is incredibly good, and very charismatic" wrote one reviewer - although not all have been full positive. According to dagsivasen.no, Carew's character is "too tame, for monotonous" and "has no record as an actor".

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