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‘This Is England’ actor Andrew Shim avoids jail sentence

Having dropped in and out of acting following the last series of This is England ‘90, actor Andrew Shim, known for his character ‘Milky’ in Shane Meadows’ iconic series, has avoided jail time in Spain after being caught with £75,000 worth of cannabis in his possession.  

Let off with a suspended sentence, Shim was jailed on remand at Alhaurin de la Torre prison, close to Malaga, where he is said to have admitted to one count of drug trafficking on day one of his trial. 

According to the British tabloid, The Mirror, Shim’s three-year sentence was suspended once the court heard that the actor suffers from addiction, with two accomplices Matthew Adam Neale and Michael Regan also seeing suspended sentences. In addition to the suspension, however, if Andrew Shim reoffends within five years, he will face jail time. 

Rising to fame at the turn of the century, Shim frequently collaborated with filmmaker Shane Meadows, with the director offering Shim his very first film role, appearing alongside Paddy Considine in 1999s A Room for Romeo Brass. This would be the start of a flourishing relationship, with Shim rising with Meadows, appearing in subsequent films Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, Dead Man’s Shoes, and most notably, This is England, in 2006. 

Recognised as one of contemporary British cinema’s very best films, This is England sparked three sequel TV series, This is England ‘86, This is England ‘88 and This is England ‘90, in which Shim played a major role. 
Recently on Shimmy Corona Diaries Ch.2 on YouTube, where filmmaker Shane Meadows appears, the two collaborators commented on their enthusiasm for a continuation of the This is England story, with a new series set in 2000.

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