El­lie’s bid to be a star in the city

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By TARA DUN­DON

AS­PIR­ING ac­tress El­lie Grayson has her sights set on Broad­way af­ter land­ing a cov­eted place at one of the world’s lead­ing con­ser­va­toires.

The 19-year-old, of Teasles, Deep­ing St James, near Mar­ket deep­ing, will fol­low in the foot­steps of Hollywood greats Kim Cat­trall, Robert Red­ford and Grace Kelly, when she jets off in Septem­ber to study at the Amer­i­can Academy of Dra­matic Arts (AADA) in New York.

The stars be­gan their act­ing ca­reers at the academy and the bud­ding ac­tress, singer and dancer is pur- su­ing her dreams af­ter suc­cess­fully pass­ing an au­di­tion at London’s Prince of Wales The­atre.

And even El­lie’s medium saw in her dreams how she would move to the Big Ap­ple pre­dict­ing that she would move to Amer­ica to be an ac­tress.

She said: “I am so ex­cited but also a lit­tle ner­vous. “Act­ing, sing­ing and danc­ing has al­ways been my dream. Now that I am mov­ing to New York, my dream has fi­nally come true.

“This academy has taught so many big names in­clud­ing Danny Devito and Adrien Brody and it would be amaz­ing to fol­low in their foot­steps.”

The for­mer Arthur Mellows Vil­lage Col­lege pupil’s pas­sion for the arts be­gan when she was a fouryear-old tot and loved to en­ter­tain her friends and relatives with her sweet voice and bal­let.

El­lie’s dream con­tin­ued through­out school and onto the Brooksby Academy of Per­form­ing Arts in Le­ices­ter­shire, where she got a dis­tinc­tion in mu­si­cal the­atre.

And with ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing on mu­si­cals such as High School Mu­si­cal at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val, work­ing for the Na­tional Youth The­atre and act­ing groups in­clud­ing You Rock and the Polka Dot Academy in Spald­ing, un­der her belt, El­lie is ready for the big lights of New York.

She said: “I have worked on mu­si­cals a lot now so ide­ally I would like to work on films such as Pi­rates Of The Caribbean, Sex And The City or The Lord Of The Rings.

“I will be stay­ing at the New Yorker Ho­tel dur­ing my two-year course and will learn ev­ery­thing from stage-fight­ing to how to do stage make-up.

“It was my nan, Carol, who sug­gested I visit a medium but I never imag­ined what she would tell me, would ac­tu­ally come true a few months later. I never even dreamed of ap­ply­ing for an academy like this one.”

To help her pur­sue her dreams of be­com­ing the next Kim Cat­trall and star­ring in the next big film to hit cin­ema screens across the world, El­lie is look­ing for a lo­cal com­pany or or­gan­i­sa­tion who would be able to give her grant to help cover her fees and liv­ing costs.

Any­one who could help should e-mail el­s_louise@


GLOBaL STar: El­lie hopes to em­u­late the suc­cess of Kim Cat­trall.

TraINed aT THe Same aCademY: Adrien Brody.

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