Previously making her acting debut in top crime drama series Scott & Bailey as Rosie Medford in 2016, Chloe Lea has most recently starred in Jacqueline Wilson’s new CBBC adaptation, Katy. Chloe played the lead role of Katy Carr in the mini-series which aired on TV last month and she attended the BAFTA Kids TV Preview event in promotion for the show. Chatting to us, Chloe tells us more about playing the lead role of Katy Carr in new CBBC drama Katy, working on a Jacqueline Wilson TV series and promoting the show at the BAFTA Kids event.
What was it like filming the new Jacqueline Wilson TV adaptation Katy?
It was a massive learning experience for me because I had the opportunity to learn off other actors.
You play the titled role of Katy, can you tell us about your character?
Katy is very sporty and quite a tomboy, I also think she is very determined.
How does it feel to be part of a Jacqueline Wilson adaptation?
It feels amazing and phenomenal because this is a massive achievement for me.
What was a typical day on set?
Well, first I would go into makeup and costume, then I would be called on set and then I would have tutoring in between scenes.
How did you find out you’d booked the role of Katy?
I found out I got the part whilst I was eating pizza in a restaurant.
Had you read any of Jacqueline Wilson’s books before starring in her latest CBBC series?
Yes, I had read Cliffhanger and The Story of Tracy Beaker.
Was Jacqueline Wilson part of the casting panel?
No, but I think she was happy with the performance I did.
Did you have to do any research for the role?
Yes, I had to learn off a wheelchair basketball player called Jordanna and she helped me with the wheelchair.
How difficult was it learning how to use a wheelchair?
It wasn’t really hard but it was very enjoyable. As I said, Jordanna taught me the basics.
Can you tell us about the BAFTA Kids TV Preview event that you attended?
At the BAFTA Kids event, they introduced me to Dame Jacqueline Wilson. I had to do an interview for the YouTube channel and had to do a Q&A after the screening.
You previously filmed for Scott & Bailey, what do you remember about this?
I remember when I got the part, I was really excited.
Was this your first acting role?
Scott & Bailey was my first acting role.
How did you get into acting?
My nanna suggested I should start doing acting at a drama school so I signed up to 13 Performing Arts School and loved it ever since.
Apart from acting, do you have any other talents?
I think I’m pretty good at sports, particularly football.
Are you currently working on any projects?
Not at the moment but I’m doing auditions and looking for parts.
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