Beth hopes film role will be her big break

Beth Lockyer (15), with computer image of herself with Elliott Tittensor from the movie, and friends Victoria Bush and Katherine Jones.
Beth Lockyer (15), with computer image of herself with Elliott Tittensor from the movie, and friends Victoria Bush and Katherine Jones.
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A night rubbing shoulders with the stars on the red carpet at a glittering film premiere in London has whetted a Spalding schoolgirl’s appetite for an acting career.

15-year-old Beth Lockyer was invited along to the special screen at the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square, of new film Spike Island after she appeared alongside TV show Downton Abbey actor Rob James-Collier as a featured extra.

Being a featured extra means Beth will be visible on screen in the finished production and is hoping it will be the springboard to a career in the entertainment industry.

Mum Mandy, of Moneybridge Lane, West Pinchbeck, said: “It was a great evening. We were a bit in awe of all the flashing cameras along the red carpet but we had a chance to meet the stars and film-makers after the showing.

“It has really whetted Beth’s appetite. This is what she wants to do, so now she is hoping to get a sixth form drama scholarship, or failing that she will stay on at Spalding sixth form before doing a three-year drama degree.”

Beth, who is a member of Spalding drama groups Act II and Polka Dot, has already had a taste of stage fame after appearing in the choir for stage musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat when it went on tour and in the ensemble for Another Brick in the Wall, a Pink Floyd tribute.

Spike Island is a British film inspired by Manchester alternative rock band The Stone Roses.

It’s about five lads in a band called Shadowcaster and their quest for tickets for the Roses’ infamous Spike Island gig in 1990.

The film, which also stars Nico Mirallegro, of Upstairs Downstairs fame, and Shameless Star Elliott Tittensor, has already received great reviews, with The Sun newspaper’s showbiz editor Gordon Smart describing it as “first class”.

Beth is now hoping it will be a big hit when it’s released next spring.