SARAH-GRACE Cordell is celebrating after winning a place at a drama school with alumni including comedian Miranda Hart and actress Sarah Parish.
Sarah-Grace, of Oak View, in Wellingborough, went for an intensive day of auditions at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London in December and found out the next day that she had won a place on its BA (Hons) acting course.
The 17-year-old, who is in Year 13 at Southfield School for Girls in Kettering, had to perform two monologues, take part in a movement and vocal workshop and go for a formal interview to secure her place.
She will start her course in September and is not yet sure if she will go to the South campus in London or its North campus in Wigan.
Actors who trained at the academy have gone on to appear in films including the Pirates of the Caribbean films, V for Vendetta and The Bourne Ultimatum, in soap operas including Emmerdale and Brookside and in various West End shows.
Sarah-Grace said: “I’m so excited.
“It’s such a relief to have a place.
“I wanted to do something to do with acting, I just enjoy it so much.
“This time last year I was thinking about what else I wanted to do but I enjoy it so much, there’s nothing else I want to do.”
Sarah-Grace said she had woken her family to share the good news when she got confirmation of her place.
She said: “I was checking my emails all day, it was about midnight and I thought I would check again and it said I had got a place. I can’t even describe how I was feeling, I ran into my parents’ room even though they were asleep to tell them.
“My friends were quite shocked. This particular course I’m going for, there’s about 1,200 applicants and between 30 and 60 places.”
Sarah-Grace said her drama teacher David Malone and dance teacher Sam Yeal, of YealMalone theatre school in Northampton, had been teaching her for more than four years and had been a huge help in helping her prepare for her audition.
After completing her three-year degree Sarah-Grace hopes to complete a masters degree at another drama school.