TEENAGER Holly Cofield is hoping to make it as a soap star after following in the footsteps of some of Britain’s most famous actresses, writes David Kessen.
Holly, aged 18, from Bawtry Road, Bessacarr, has already taken her first steps onto the small screen after taking a part in the school soap Waterloo Road.
Now she has her sights set on getting a role on Channel Four teen soap Hollyoaks.
Holly is a former pupil of the Nellie Stagles School of Dance in Doncaster, which she joined as a four-year-old.
After leaving school she went on to become a drama graduate of the Tring Park School for Performing Arts in Hertfordshire.
Getting her qualifications at Tring Park has put her in famous company. Its alumni include Sound of Music star Julie Andrews, Thandie Newton, Jane Seymour and comedy actress Caroline Quentin.
Her mum Suzanne is proud of her daughter’s achievements.
Holly has appeared in BBC’s Waterloo Road as a new pupil from the John Foster private school which merged with Waterloo Road.
She is currently working with an agent and has recently auditioned for Hollyoaks.
Holly has appeared in many stage productions in the Markova Theatre including Stepping Out, Antigone and Dangerous Liaisons. Many productions were taken to the Shaw Theatre in London.
She said: “It was great getting a part on Waterloo Road and meeting actors I knew of.
“It was not a huge part but it was good experience for me.
“Now I’ve auditioned for Hollyoaks and I’m hoping to hear back from them soon.”
Holly, a former pupil of Hill House School and McAuley School, left school at the age of 16 and worked 11 hour days at Tring Park.
She said: “A lot of the famous former pupils came back to the school to encourage us. They showed us their old places in the dormitories.”
She is also hoping to make it as a beauty queen, after beating thousands of other hopefuls to reach the semi-finals of the Miss Teen Queen contest, where she is representing Doncaster.
Holly was approached in the Meadowhall shopping centre and asked to enter the competition.