Actress from Harlow theatre group lands advert

Lifestyle / Mon 15th May 2017 at 12:08pm


FOUR-year-old Broxbourne girl, Annie Wiggins has landed herself a starring role in a national internet advert for big brand Ikea, along with photos which are featured on their UK and Ireland site and printed materials. The video was filmed in March and aired last week and will be airing for 1 year.

Annie auditioned for the role (which was her first audition ever) on her 4th birthday after attending the Make Believe Harlow Theatre School since September 2016. After only a few weeks attending the school, Principals Emma Murphy and Kelly Murphy soon saw that she had bags of talent along with lots of confidence for such a little girl, they had to put her forward for the agency Make Believe Talent.

Annie’s mum Kelly Hook is overly proud of her daughters quick success. She said “I always knew she was very confident and her Nursery Teacher told me to get her into drama. I met Emma at a BBQ and instantly Make Believe sounded perfect for Annie. When we went to the audition, Annie had no fear and just went straight in there without me as she wanted to make the cakes!”

Emma said “Annie is incredibly confident and we knew she would be perfect for the agency, We are so proud Annie got her first audition she went on and we are so excited about what the future holds for her.”

Founded by Joel Kern in 2004 Make Believe have 50 schools in and around London, Australia and most recently Manchester, teaching youngsters the basic skills in the performing arts. Kern, who started Make Believe aged 15 by teaching five students to sing, dance and act, has seen the company grow into one of the most exciting performing arts companies with around 3500 children enjoying the after-school classes on a weekly basis. And with a raft of talent coming out of the Make Believe Talent Agency (including youngsters landing roles in West end Musicals, TV shows and adverts) the future is looking very bright for the Ilford-based producer who won the Federation of Small Business Young Entrepreneur of the year for South East England award.

Joel said “To see someone as young and as talented as Annie doing what they love is exactly why we do what we do!”

Make Believe has grown over the 13 years and now has a party division, summer camp, talent agency and now a worldwide name!

Make Believe Harlow runs on Tuesday evenings 5:30-8:30 at Burnt Mill Academy, First Avenue, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2NR and offers children aged 3-18 the chance to sing, act and dance.

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