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Nottingham-born Actress wins BAFTA

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Vicky McClure is certainly now an inspiration to all young aspiring actors. In the famous style of the underdog, the twenty-eight year old beat two renowned television actresses to win a BAFTA in the leading actress category for her role in Shane Meadow’s drama This is England 86. Both Anna Maxwell Martin (from South Riding and Bleak House) and Juliet Stevenson (from Accused and Bend it Like Beckham) were in the nominations for the leading actress award yet the Nottingham talent stole the show. Having been a member at the Junior Television Workshop in Lenton Lane, Nottingham, McClure can most definitely be considered a local role model.

The actor attributes her win to pure hard work, claiming that she gave her all to the character, a tough act that has been fully rewarded. Yet, her involvement with the Workshop in Nottingham has also undoubtedly been a trigger in her success story. Shane Meadows is in fact a patron of the independent organisation which says that it ‘develops and trains young actors for stage and screen’. Supported by the BBC, the workshop’s website seems to scream out its success in the entertainment industry from BAFTAs galore to the Royal Television Society’s Midlands Award. Having such an organisation in the area which can cultivate talents and then offer aspiring stars opportunities in television dramas is a helping hand which no one should ignore. If it can work for Vicky McClure, then history can almost certainly repeat itself and we can definitely expect a lot more from the talents emerging from the workshop with members appearing in Doctors, Skins and Shameless to name but a few.

For all the aspiring actors out there, try looking for opportunities in your local area. Many students that I spoke to did not even realise this workshop existed in Nottingham so it just goes to show that an opportunity to shine could be around the corner.

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