Grace is the new star of CBBC show the 4 O’Clock Club

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An Ossett Academy pupil has become the star of a popular Children’s BBC show.

Grace McIntosh plays cheeky Eleesha Rashad in the third series of CBBC’s 4 0’Clock Club, which started airing on Wednesday.

The 12-year-old has been interested in drama from a young age and became a member of the Cathedral Academy for Performing Arts when she was five.

Mum Deon Bryan, of Brookdale Avenue, Gawthorpe, said: “She is a little natural and has lots of potential. I am so proud of her.”

Grace originally auditioned for a children’s show called All at Sea at Enfield Studios in London last April, and got down to the last two candidates.

Ms Bryan, 47, said: “She didn’t get that one, but they thought she would be perfect for the 4 0’Clock Club.”

Filming took place from June to September and tutors provided for the young actors, meant she did not miss out on her education.

There were plenty of other things to learn on set too.

Ms Bryan said: “It is her first professional job and a huge learning curve. She had to learn about scripts , make-up and costumes and got to see how the show is put together.

“But she also got to learn from professional actors, producers and directors she worked alongside.”

Grace and her family are now hoping the show will be a stepping stone to even bigger things.

Ms Bryan added: “Who knows what it might lead to?

“We always knew she was good, but it’s nice to get approval like this from those who work in the industry.

“This experience has given Grace the bug for more TV work. It’s what she really wants to do.”

The 4 O’Clock Club is a BAFTA-nominated British children’s television series, which premiered on January 13 2012.

Set in a school with an after-school detention class known as the 4 0’Clock Club, the comedy also stars actor and rapper Khalil Madovi.