‘Gleadless girl’ wins a place at Rada

Faye Wilson
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FAYE Wilson was just four years old when she announced to her family she wanted to be an actress.

“We’d had Beauty And The Beast performed at nursery and I loved it,” she says. “But I don’t think anyone thought it would happen - even me. I’m a Gleadless girl and my dad’s a brick layer. That’s not what we do.”

More than two decades later, Faye has just become one of only 32 wannabes from across the globe to win a place at the world-famous Rada acting school in London.

The century-old Royal Academy of Dramatic Art is generally seen as a reliable springboard to theatre, TV and even Hollywood.

One old boy is Sean Bean.

“I still can’t believe it,” says the professional make- up artist and part-time model. “There were 4,000 people applied and you have to go through four days of auditions and the other people I saw were so talented I never believed they’d choose me.”

But choose her they did.

And now the former Ecclesfield School pupil, who left at 16, is spending the fortnight before term begins looking for a London pad.

“I’m not too fussy about where I live,” she says. “I’ve been in a Gleadless tower block for the last couple of years.”

She’s not a complete novice, having trod the boards with a variety of city am-dram groups, but she can’t wait to get started.

“It’s a three-year BA in acting,” she says. “I know it doesn’t guarantee success, I’m going into this with my eyes open, but I am excited. It was hard work just getting through the auditions so I’m determined to make the most of it now.”

Her ideal role would eventually be playing Queen Margaret in Shakespeare’s Henry V1 Part 3 at The Globe in London - but she wouldn’t turn down a film role.

“I’m doing this because I love acting and not because I want to be famous, so theatre would be my preference,” she says. “But obviously I wouldn’t say no to going to Hollywood.”

And she won’t let the fact that, at 28, she’ll be one of the more mature pupils there put her off.

“Ugh, do you have to include my age?” she asks. “I think I’m going to be one of those actresses who gives a false age. If you read about me in a few years, it will probably say I’m 22.”