A new year and a new start… now living here in California!
I’m so excited to see what this year will bring. Here are my new headshots. I’m so happy with them, thanks to the fantastic photographer Lily K.
I was so excited to be asked to record a track for this wonderful album release, over Christmas 2017, alongside other fantastic West End talent.
The album ‘Wish’ features eight of Anderson & Petty’s original holiday songs. I just love working with such an incredibly talented team in Mark Petty and Barry Anderson.
The album features from the US – Brynn Williams (13, Bye Bye Birdie, SpongeBob SquarePants), Drew Seeley (Jersey Boys, The Little Mermaid), Kyle Taylor Parker (Kinky Boots, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Alexa Green (Wicked, Company), Graham Scott Fleming (Miss Saigon), Liz Callaway (Merrily We Roll Along, Cats, Baby, Miss Saigon, Anastasia – Movie), Allie Trimm (13, Bye Bye Birdie), Ellen Harvey (The Phantom of the Opera, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying), Nic Rouleau (The Book of Mormon) and Sean Allan Krill (Mamma Mia, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Honeymoon In Vegas)
And from the UK – Jaime Adler (The Sound of Music, Les Misérables, Matilda, The Nether – Olivier-nomination), Ilan Galkoff (The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, The Braille Legacy, Bumblescratch, Elf) Harriet Turnbull (Young Marx, What We Did On Our Holiday – Movie) and Natasha J Barnes (American Idiot, Funny Girl, Cinderella, Mack & Mabel: In Concert)
Net proceeds from the sale of the album will benefit Housing Works in NYC.
This makes me feel happy to know that we are helping the homeless.
You can download the album from here:
Another amazing experience that I’ve really enjoyed being a part of this year, was recording a Christmas single with West End MT, with all proceeds going to the brilliant organisation Battersea Dogs Home. I was lucky enough to open the track and sing with all of the talented kids who perform at West End MT.
We chose to record Sara Bareilles’ ‘Love Is Christmas’, which is beautifully melodic and poignant, and we even got to shoot a video to accompany the track…
To top it all, Lindsey Page (the principle of West End MT) and I were asked to appear on London Live News to promote the track and talk about the performing arts school. A new experience for me, broadcasting live in a TV studio with all the cameras and lights, and no preparation! I loved it…
I hope the track sells really well as it’s all for a fantastic charity, the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home – an organisation that dedicates its time to looking after and giving a home to cats and dogs that need love and care, often having been neglected.
Christmas has been a little crazy this year. Exciting, fun, festive with plenty of singing. Having last sung back in 2012 for the very talented songwriting-team Mark Petty and Barry Anderson they asked me to sing again in their West End concert at the St James’s Theatre, in aid of the ‘Make A Difference Trust’. And to make it more special they asked me if I would sing the same song – Santa You’re Still My Friend – albeit this time as the older sister.
I sang alongside Ilan Galkoff, who played my naughty brother, and the very cute Harriet Turnbull, playing my cheeky, younger sister! We had such fun singing together in rehearsals and the night itself went off perfectly… Ilan and Harriet were both brilliant.
And what a night… some of the most amazingly talented West End stars were there, each singing an ‘Anderson and Petty’ number, including Natasha Barnes, Amy Lennox, Gloria Onitiri and Katie Brayben to name just a few. There was such a great atmosphere at the venue and I managed to take some photos with some of my favourite singers/actresses. It was also great to work with the wonderful Simon Beck, Musical Director for the evening.
So a final and BIG shout out to the wonderful writing duo Mark Petty and Barry Anderson for inviting me to take part in this great event 🙂
Over the Summer I filmed ‘Pretty Outrageous’ in Los Angeles. My first feature film. What an incredible experience… Summer 2016, my best Summer so far!!!
I was so lucky to have worked with an amazing cast of really talented actors and actresses. The film focuses on a group of girls who have moved to LA and what happens during their first Summer out of school. Forming a new band, playing modern country, they enter a competition in the hope of winning the grand finale… that’s all I should say for now. Spoiler alert!
We filmed the movie in lots of different locations, but especially around one of my favourite places in LA, Hermosa Beach. You can imagine, such a beautiful location with amazing weather, waves, sand and retro ice cream parlours. I really miss being there now. And I especially miss the other girls in the band; Isabella Blake Thomas, Scarlett Rayner and Ladybird Ward.
I play the role of Amy, one of the band members. There’s a few photos of us in my behind-the-scenes photo gallery. We worked with some amazing and really well known kids, based in LA. All so talented, and lovely at the same time; Olivia Sanabia, Gabe Eggerling, Jake Brennan, Cassie Brennan, Michelle Moores, to name a few. And an equally brilliant adult cast; Dan Richardson (we couldn’t have asked for a funnier actor to play Uncle Wayne), Cameron Bright, Georgia Hair, Charlie Wright and Franklin Vanderbilt who was our band’s drummer – this was one of the most exciting moments for me as Franklin is a famous drummer in his own right who plays with some real music legends, like Lenny Kravitz and Slash of Guns N’ Roses. Now that’s Rock & Roll!!
I also want to say a special thank you to our brilliant Director, Elizabeth Blake Thomas. She was an inspiration to us all. Calm, focused, always smiling and just brilliant to work with… as was her dog, Chai, who was always on set and somehow worked her way into getting a role in the film!
The film is now in post production, so I’m looking forward to seeing the final result. More news on that to follow…
I love these new headshots! I had them taken while out in LA shooting over the Summer. Such good times and incredible weather. Huge thanks to the photographer Jena Willard… I just loved working with you 🙂
On the 12th July I was featured in The Sunday Telegraph magazine, called Stella. The article was about my school, Sylvia Young Theatre School and focused on some of the girls who attend the school. I was the youngest of the girls chosen to feature. The article talked about the importance of our education and working hard, alongside studying acting, singing and dancing which I love. I was interviewed by the Telegraph journalists, which was a great experience, and I was able to talk about the shows I’ve appeared in and my Olivier nomination for best supporting actress. It was great to see the story appear online as well as being published in the Telegraph magazine, and now that my next personal challenge has been printed in black and white I’m definitely going to have to learn to cry on cue!!!
I had the most fantastic time filming the official trailer for London Theatre’s 15th annual Kids Week campaign. It features a montage of some of the shows from the West End. See how many theatre shows you can spot in the sequence…?
Take a look at their official website. If you love going to the theatre, us kids get to go free in August!!!
Last week the lovely Michelle George – a brilliant photographer – took new headshots for me, to update my Spotlight profile. My old Spotlight shot had me with a fringe, which I’ve been growing out recently! I love them, I hope you do too… 🙂
I had such an amazing time at the Olivier awards last Sunday. It was such a fantastic experience walking the red carpet, and soooo much fun!!! I’ve included some shots taken inside the The Royal Opera House and a clip of us being interviewed by WhatsOnStage. It’s a shame we didn’t win the Olivier award for ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’ but that’s ok because it went to Angela Lansbury, who is such an icon in TV and theatre. I was able to get a photo with her, after the ceremony, which I’ve included.
The Nether finishes on Saturday, the 25th April. It’s been such an amazing play to be involved with and I’m sad its coming to an end, but I am looking forward to working on another exciting project very soon 🙂