Cilla musical lead met star as child
THE actress cast as Cilla Black in a new musical about her life says she was offered words of wisdom from the late star as a youngster.
Newcomer Kara Lily Hayworth landed the role over thousands of other hopefuls after entering open auditions.
She said: “When I was 11, I was shopping with my mum and bumped into Cilla and asked her for an autograph.
“I told her I wanted to be an actress – she laughed and said, ‘It’s a tough industry, but if you really work hard and go for it, you’ll be just fine’.
“To be chosen to play her is such an honour.” opens at the Liverpool Empire on September 7.