This is England actor Andrew Shim in Malaga prison on drug trafficking charge

An actor who appeared in the film This Is England has been locked up in Spain on suspicion of drug trafficking.

Andrew Shim, 37, was arrested in Marbella – renowned for being a millionaire’s playground.

He is being held on remand at Alhaurin de la Torre prison near Malaga, which he entered on October 24 last year.

The Nottingham star was arrested by National Police three days earlier for drug trafficking.

A source said: "If he has done what he’s accused of, what is he up to? He had everything and he’ll have just thrown it all away."

Shim is best-known for his roles in cult Shane Meadows films A Room for Romeo Brass, This Is England and Dead
Man’s Shoes.

A spokesman for Spain’s National Police in Malaga said: "We can confirm a 37-year-old man was arrested on October 21 last year for drug trafficking."

Spanish Prison Service sources confirmed the same man was still being held on remand in jail. He was sent to prison on the orders of an investigating judge days after his arrest.

Last night, it was not made clear if he had been formally charged. In Spain, charges are normally laid out shortly before trial.

Once an investigating judge decides there is enough evidence to warrant a trial, prosecutors are invited to submit an indictment.

But these probes can take months, or even years, to be completed.

Shim shot to fame as a child star when he played the lead role in A Room for Romeo Brass in 1999.

He was lauded for his performance in the movie, which was made when he was just 15 years old.

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After the film’s success, the US-born actor famously went on to star as Milky in This Is England and the subsequent television series.

In one of the 2006 film’s most famous scenes, his character is badly beaten.

Shim, who is an MMA fighter, also appeared in 2015 Brit crime movie, Anti-Social.

During the pandemic he made a series of "corona diaries", where he chatted with some of his famous pals.

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