South Yorkshire actress lands leading role

Aspiring acress Carla Cresswell
Aspiring acress Carla Cresswell
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A small town girl with big dreams of stardom hopes she’s inching closer to her lucky break.

Carla Cresswell has landed her first leading role in an independent film set to be completed later this year.

The 19-year-old, of Laughton Common near Dinnington, Sheffield, will play the role of a dancer suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease in a film called The Real Thing.

Carla, who has had an interest in acting since she joined the Gillian Banks musical theatre school when she was six, said: “It’s really hard to get into the film industry and it’s especially hard for independent film makers and people involved in independent films because you don’t have a massive American studio behind you.

“Sometimes it can be hard to sell in the script but the script for The Real Thing is absolutely brilliant.

“Having to go to London for auditions on a 2am coach because it’s the cheapest way to travel is really not pleasant. It’s been such hard work but it’s finally starting to pay off.”

Directed by West Sussex-based Neil Marlow of Neil James Movies, the plot follows the stories of eight different people who are unaware they are all connected.

Carla studied performing arts on a musical theatre course at Doncaster College. After completing her studies last year, she has dedicated her time to attending auditions and seeking acting opportunities.

She scours talent search websites and watches plenty of independent films.

If she likes a particular film, she will find out who has directed it and then contact them to see if there is any way she can be involved with their next project.

“It’s about looking at what’s out there, keeping connected and networking.”

In the past Carla has landed a supporting role in a film called Age of Kill, which is out on DVD.

In a few weeks, Carla is moving to London to juggle a new job as an au pair with attending auditions.

You can keep tabs on her quest for stardom by following @carlamay95 on twitter.