Finding their way to Waterloo Road

Normanton Freeston pupils Natalie Skeene (right) and Sophie Marsh who are appearing in BBC's Waterloo Road
Normanton Freeston pupils Natalie Skeene (right) and Sophie Marsh who are appearing in BBC's Waterloo Road

TWO fledgling actresses have swapped their school uniforms to appear in a top BBC drama.

If you watch carefully during the current series of Waterloo Road, you may be able to catch a glimpse of Freeston Academy pupils Natalie Skeene and Sophie Marsh.

The pair play extras in the drama, which is set in a challenging comprehensive school in Rochdale.

Natalie, 15, of Normanton, has appeared in the hit show for the past three years, whereas her fellow pupil Sophie, 14, made her debut last week.

The television programme has seen many stars appear in it and Natalie includes Robson Green among the best.

She said: “It was really weird at first to see loads of famous people and I kept looking at the camera, but you soon get used to it.

“Acting is something I have always wanted to do and I have really enjoyed it.”

Sophie, 14, of Altofts said: “I didn’t know what to expect, but I have made loads of new friends.

“I would love to get into proper acting and be in television programmes, but you have to have a second plan and I would also like to be a drama teacher.”

The pair, who got paid £30 a day, got the roles thanks to their Northern Film and Drama Agency coach Alison Connew.

This is the last time they will appear on our screens in Waterloo Road uniforms as filming is being moved from Rochdale to Scotland.

But they could soon return in other programmes as they are auditioning all the time.