The awards scooped by the Sam Mendes film, 1917, at this year’s Baftas were a proud moment for a studio assistant who worked on the First World War movie.

Sam Lincoln, from Slaley, played a key role in the film, working on the locations, including a makeshift bomb-hit French town.

Based at Shepperton Studios, Surrey, and Salisbury Plain, Sam was responsible for the smooth running process on location between the production and studio team.

He said: “I got to read the script very early on and I knew the film would be something special.”

The 24-year-old, who attended Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham before leaving to work on the sets of blockbuster movies around the world, said: “The work involved 16-hour shifts each day and I only got one week off work all year.”

1917 won seven Baftas including best film and outstanding British film.