Miley Locke is best known for her role as Sara Alice in E!’s The Royals, the eight-year-old actress can also be seen in the Christmas special of Grantchester and as Izzy in a 2017 episode of Not Going Out. Having originally started out in modelling, Miley went on to sign with an acting agency where her acting career is sure to lead to a bright future. Chatting to the young star, we find out about her time on Grantchester, her role as Sara Alice and what she gets up to in breaks from filming.
How did you find out you’d been cast as Sara Alice in The Royals?
My mum actually got the call from my agent to say I had got the role when I was at school. I remember it so clearly, when I came out of school that day she was waiting for me in the school playground like she does every day. She had the biggest smile I’ve ever seen on her face and the first thing she said to me was, “I’m going to have to start calling you Sara Alice from now on,” I knew then I had got the job, she picked me up and spun me round and round, I couldn’t stop screaming. We celebrated by going for a smoothie.
How would you describe your character?
Sara Alice is very chatty and cheeky just like me! She’s very outspoken and loves to ask lots of questions and be nosey. She also has a really kind side to her character, she wants to make everyone around her happy. She’s very grown-up for her age like I am and understands how to deal with situations really well. I think she’s awesome.
What do you get up to when you’re on a break on set?
Breaks are really fun on the set of The Royals, my favourite thing to do is to eat lots of yummy food from craft. Playing frisbee with some of the cast and crew is really cool. I like to go back to my dressing room and draw pictures for everyone and post them through their dressing room doors. Also, my mum always packs lots of board games for us to play.
Where is the show filmed?
The Royals is filmed in London and Blenheim Palace, and sometimes on different locations.
Do you have to spend a lot of time away from home while filming?
No, luckily I live so close to London where so much filming takes place, but sometimes I’ve had to stay away which is really fun just me and my mum.
What was it like on set of Grantchester?
It was so much fun, I made some great friends. Grantchester is actually a real town and they film the series there, it’s so beautiful. We filmed a Christmas episode and they had snow machines cover the houses in snow, that was fun to watch.
Did you meet the main cast?
Yes, I met them all. They were really nice, especially James Norton, we had a really funny scene with him and he would make us laugh during takes.
Where’s been the best place you’ve visited in your acting career so far?
The Royals film set is the best place I’ve visited. The rooms in the studio are incredible, it’s exactly like a real palace.
At what age did you get into acting?
I was four years old when I first got into acting. My mum will always say she knew from the moment I could walk I would grow up and entertain people. I have always loved to put on shows for the family, my favourite being Annie and I would play every character. I did modelling when I was younger which led to a commercial, the director told my mum I should get an acting agent and it all went from there.
Do you come from an acting background?
No-one in my family acts. They didn’t know anything about the industry. My family often say they wonder where I get it from.
Do you attend drama classes?
Yes, I attended a performing arts class called Pauline Quirke Academy, it’s really fun, I’ve made some lovely friends there and it’s great to hang out with kids that enjoy the same things as me, we’re all a bit crazy.
What do your friends think about you being on TV?
I don’t really talk about it that much at school, but my friends do think it’s really cool that I’m on TV.
We understand you enjoy theatre, do you remember the first show you went to see?
My first theatre experience was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London. I couldn’t take my eyes off the stage, the children were so amazing. I’ve seen the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical and School of Rock recently which were also great. I really enjoy the theatre especially when there are children performing.
Do you have any acting roles coming up?
Yes, I’m filming in a couple of weeks’ time. I can’t really say anything about it at the moment but I’m really excited.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
Hopefully lots more filming, visit America, I really want to see the Hollywood sign.
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