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Walking on Sunshine - Annabell Scholey recalls her Wakefield stage debut

Actress Annabel Scholey, pictured by the Barbara Hepworth Sculptures at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton...1001350h...10th April 2014 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

Actress Annabel Scholey, pictured by the Barbara Hepworth Sculptures at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton...1001350h...10th April 2014 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

 

She made her first outing on stage at Theatre Royal Wakefield aged 10 as a singing chicken, but now Horbury born actress Annabell Scholey could be about to become a star of this summer’s hit movie.

Miss Scholey, 30, will make her screen debut in the lead role of ‘Maddie’ in feel-good romantic musical ‘Walking on Sunshine’, which is released in cinemas today.

Set in scenic Puglia in Italy, Maddie plans to marry Italian stallion, Raf , played by Giulio Berruti, who she has fallen in love with.

But drama unfolds when her sister and wedding guest, Taylor ,Hannah Arterton, reveals she had a fling with Raf and thinks of him as the love of her life.

The fun film,set to the soundtrack of the biggest hits from the 1980s, follows the relationship of the two sisters and their messy romance.

Former Horbury School Pupil, Miss Scholey said: “Maddie has been my favourite character to play. She’s a warm-hearted, immature and romantic character who is so naive with men.

“I auditioned for the part last June and thought I had no chance as Kylie Minogue was originally rumoured to have it. But after several call backs I was offered the part in July and having then recorded the soundtrack CD, I jetted off to beautiful Italy to film for three months.

“Walking on Sunshine is my film debut and its also the first movie of Hannah Arterton so it has been incredibly exciting - and at times challenging - to carry the film together. Leona Lewis also features as Taylor’s best friend - it is her debut too so it’s been a big deal for all of us.

“It has been great to be able to sing and dance as I did a lot of musical theatre when I first started out but then focused more on drama.”

Miss Scholey graduated from the Oxford school of drama in 2005 and has had numerous stage appearances and TV credits to her name, including playing Lauren Drake in BBC supernatural drama, Being Human.

Laughing as she recalled her first performance, aged 10, she said: “I’ve always been into theatre and the first time I performed on stage was at Theatre Royal Wakefield. I started out in Jack and the Beanstalk, playing a golden singing chicken who laid an egg - you have to start somewhere.

“For me, the wow moment was going to the Walking on Sunshine premiere in London’s Leicester Square when I watched it for the first time - I felt like I was having a heart attack the whole way through the viewing.

“My whole family came down for it including my mum and dad, Helen and Richard and my younger sister, Rosie. They’re still my number one fans - incredibly supportive - so it was a proud moment for them too to see me on the screen.”

Miss Scholey is currently performing in Mr Burns at the Almedia Theatre in London’s West End. The play is loosley based on the Simpsons and focuses on an American apocalypse.

Walking on Sunshine, directed by Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini, is released today.

 

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