In the 2022 Netflix release of Scrooge: A Christmas Carol, Devon Pomeroy voiced the role of Kathy Cratchit alongside a cast including Luke Evans as Scrooge and Johnny Flynn as Bob Cratchit, and she was part of the film’s soundtrack. For her first TV character, Devon was cast as Maureen in an episode of Call the Midwife, which saw her film with Annette Crosbie, and for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 70th birthday, she performed on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. As a stage actor, Devon has performed in Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita, and she made her West End debut as Butler (and other roles) at the London Palladium in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with Jac Yarrow playing the titled character. Alongside acting, Devon also enjoys dance, with which she attends HIPA Studios and Spirit Young Dance Company, and she trains at Sylvia Young Theatre School. We spoke to Devon about voicing Kathy Cratchit in Scrooge: A Christmas Carol, playing Maureen in Call the Midwife and making her West End debut in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
You voice the role of Kathy Cratchit in Scrooge: A Christmas Carol, what is she like to voice?
Kathy was a great character to voice. I love how she is kind, caring and protective over the ones she loves but at the same time, fierce when she needs to be.
How was the experience recording as Kathy for the film’s soundtrack and was there anything that originally drew you to the character?
It was really fun recording the music for Kathy. I loved all the songs as soon as I first heard them. A lot of my voice work had to be recorded alone in the studio because the film was being made during the COVID pandemic. Luckily, I did get to work on some harmonies with Rupert (Turnbull), who voices Tiny Tim. The MD was so lovely and great to work with. I knew Kathy would be great to voice when I first saw the script and we have some similarities.
What is it like being part of the cast and what have you enjoyed most about working on the animated film?
I feel so lucky to play a part in this film with such an amazing cast such as Luke Evans, Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Jonathan Pryce etc. They are all role models to me so it feels really special. My favourite part of working on Scrooge: A Christmas Carol was seeing all the different stages of the film coming together. From sketches to the first time I was shown the film in colour and detail. It was also really cool to see how the animation team in Scotland would be on the screen in the sound booth during my sessions watching my acting so that they could piece myself and Kathy together.
Scrooge: A Christmas Carol was released on Netflix on December 2nd, what was it like seeing the finished film for the first time and the viewers’ response?
We saw a little clip of the animation on my last recording session and my mum cried! At the private screening it was really overwhelming and I think it’s an amazing film. It was really weird hearing my voice! I’m really happy that the response has been great, especially to the soundtrack!
Why would you recommend watching the film on Netflix and who do you think it will appeal to?
I would really recommend watching this film if you haven’t already because the characters, animation and soundtrack are absolutely amazing and it is a perfect film for all the family. I think it will be one of those traditional Christmas films that you watch every year.
You played Maureen in an episode of Series 8 of Call the Midwife, can you tell us about your character and what she was like to film as?
Maureen was so fun to play. She was sneaky and mischievous but her heart was in the right place. She was a real cockney character but also intelligent and I loved the costumes.
What was it like on set of the series and working with the rest of the cast?
From the second I was picked up, I was treated like royalty! The chaperones, director, cast, literally everyone was so nice! I said to my mum that I wanted to do this for the rest of my life as I literally had the best experience. The set is just so clever and I’d never seen so many people working so hard in one space. Everyone was so kind and welcoming and Kate Saxon, who was the director, was amazing to work with.
On stage, you played Butler (and other roles) in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium, how was this?
I had the best summer ever at the London Palladium! I loved this show from the moment I learnt the songs at my first performing arts school, Carmel Thomas. Throughout all the auditions and recalls, we really didn’t know what to expect because we weren’t told what our roles would be until the first day of rehearsals. It was kept secret because it was the first remake of the original show. You can’t beat the feeling of performing on a stage like that; let alone sharing it with Jason Donovan and Sheridan Smith, who were so nice to us. There were a lot of quick changes I had to make from being the butler to a wife to a child to an Ishmaelite, so most of the time I had multiple people getting me dressed at the same time. There were four teams and two teams would be performing at the same time, one on stage and the other singing live in the booth. I made so many friends and I miss seeing them all every day!
Do you have any favourite memories from your time performing in the musical for your West End debut, which saw you work alongside Jac Yarrow, Jason Donovan and Sheridan Smith?
My team’s debut was pretty hectic but fun. We were all so nervous but excited at the same time and it was just the best feeling! They had run out of time in tech week to properly rehearse all four teams, and the first time we ever did the Megamix was actually on stage so we all just kind of made it up and went along with it! A stand-out memory would definitely be performing live on This Morning with Jac. We had the most amazing day!
Over the years as an actor so far, can you say about some of your other projects, which have included Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and EastEnders?
I was lucky to tour on Bill Kenwright shows from such an early age. I think I was seven when my first opportunity came about through my performing arts teacher, Carmel Thomas. I was part of the child ensemble cast in Evita, then Joseph and then Jesus Christ Superstar. I was in Joseph quite a few times and Evita three times where the second and third times I was fortunate enough to be cast as the soloist child and I got to sing Santa Evita. I never really used to get tired, I was just so excited and I would just get up for school the next day and do it all again the next evening! I was an extra in EastEnders twice, which was a fun experience; playing a ballet girl and being part of a Nativity scene.
Do you have any stand-out highlights since starting acting that you can share?
At age nine, I performed live on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 70th birthday. That was my first experience of live TV and I found the whole thing so fun. My favourite memory though is definitely being on Call the Midwife. I loved my scenes and I had my own trailer! I got to act alongside Annette Crosbie, who is amazing!
Where does your love of performing come from and how did you start?
My parents would say I sang before I could talk and apparently I would entertain the other children in nursery singing songs from Annie at age three. I got into musical films really early and especially loved Annie and The Wizard of Oz. I started my local performing arts school at age four and I was very outgoing so I think I just loved performing and I have just never stopped!
What are some of your favourite films, TV and theatre shows to watch?
I don’t really have very much time for TV but I have loved watching Stranger Things, Harry Potter, Disney films and I love most musical films. I would say my favourite theatre shows more recently have been Heathers, Bonnie & Clyde, Back to the Future, and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, but the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical was always my favourite from a young child.
How do you like to spend your time away from your career?
I spend most of my time dancing. I compete with two different dance schools – HIPA Studios and Spirit Young Dance Company. I really love dancing and enjoy training hard. I also attend Sylvia Young Theatre School where we have three days of academic work and two days of vocational training so that and homework takes up most of my time. If I’m not dancing then I’m usually sleeping!
What are you hoping 2023 brings for you and do you have any upcoming plans that you can tell us about?
At the moment, I’m recovering from two fractures in my foot so I’m hoping for a healthy and strong recovery! Aside from improving in dancing, I would love to continue with my acting and I would love to get a part as a series regular or in a film. I also want to work on my confidence in singing. Hopefully I can gain some new experiences and have lots of fun!
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