Musical Monika tipped for the top

Monika Godlewska, Polish chart star from Barnsley.
Monika Godlewska, Polish chart star from Barnsley.
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A former Barnsley student is on her way to stardom after her debut single Clouds topped the charts in Poland.

Monika Godlewska, who took a degree course in popular music at University Campus Barnsley, came to the town from Poland in 2007 with her partner, Pawel Zimny, also a musician.

The 26-year-old is now recording an album of 17 original songs in English and Polish with Pawel, now her husband.

Over the summer she performed at several concerts and at a gallery opening in Poland.

She said: “I encourage everyone to believe in the impossible - I came from a small village with fewer than 50 homes and have always believed that with a good education and strong will, you can achieve your dreams.”

Monika has also worked as a model and actress and plays the female lead in Two Gunned Saint, an action-thriller feature film directed by Joshua Fowler, to be released next summer.