Interview by Carl Marsh - February 2015
if I could start by asking why you feel it is important that people, and especially young people, should read more?
I think reading greatly widens our imagination and also helps with widening vocabulary, introducing new ideas and sometimes a general understanding of life.
What is your favourite books, and why is that?
My favourite books are definitely the Harry Potter series – especially The Chamber of Secrets. The reason this is, is because my mum started reading them to me at the age of 4 or 5 and I began reading them when I was six, so I grew up with them. I always loved the themes included in the books, all the adventure and how JK Rowling valued traits such as bravery and love.
Have you been reading anything recently, if so, what is it and was it a good read?
One I read recently, which I found I could not put down, was The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz – a new Sherlock Holmes novel. I love the twists and turns the story took and the grim, murky setting and, although rather grisly and twisted, I adored it.
Whilst appearing in Waterloo Road, what has been your most memorable scene?
My most memorable scene was probably the scene where I nearly froze to death – I’m kidding, it wasn’t that bad! But it was insanely cold and windy and I was nearly completely blue – I can’t thank everyone enough for diving on me with hot water bottles and coats whenever they yelled cut. It was very fun to film, though, I love a challenge.
If you could perform with any actor, who would you choose, and why?
Ronnie Barker, who has sadly passed away now, but I adore his knack for comedy and I think he was incredible at what he did. I would also love to work with John Simm, an actor who I look up to a lot.
Would you ever consider writing a book one day, fact or fiction?
Definitely! I always write in my spare time – nearly always fiction, except the time when I spontaneously wrote a report on the history of confectionary.
How did you get into acting in the first place, and was it always your dream to be on the TV?
I joined Carol Godby’s Theatre Workshop when I was nine years old, and am still there to this day! I joined the agency which Carol also runs – Linton Management, did some extra work and then got my first part! I have always wanted to act, stage, TV, film – definitely the biggest dream I will ever have and it feels amazing to call it my job.
What advice would you be able to offer anyone considering acting as a career choice?
If you get a negative comment, don't give up as it's not the end, just get up and keep going.
What will the next 12 months hold for you?
Hopefully more auditions and hopefully more filming! Determined and looking forward to the future.
I always end on a literary theme and as if you were writing it in a book, “If you were an animal, what would it be and why?”
If I were an animal, I think I would be a bat - sleeping soundly in the day and awaken as the moon rises and night falls, the vampire of the animal kingdom. I would be but a silhouette against an inky black sky, as I beat my leathery wings and kept a keen eye out, for my unsuspecting prey.