A Disney fairytale come true for Amy

A FORMER Harborough-based drama school student had a dream come true when she was chosen to play a lead role in a Disney Channel sitcom.

Amy Wren, of Fleckney Road, Kibworth, had big ambitions when she attended Parsnips Youth Theatre in Harborough but the 18-year-old was overwhelmed when she beat off competition from hundreds of others at audition to star in Lifebites, a sitcom about the relationship between a brother and sister living in London.

Amy spent four weeks through July and August filming the 20-episode series in the capital. She said: “It was totally surreal. Everybody on set was really supportive and all my friends and family have been great.

“Watching it back is wicked. It’s amazing because I watch the Disney Channel and to see myself on it is great.”

The programme, which is being aired in five-minute bites on the Disney Channel at 9.20am on Saturdays, started three weeks ago. Amy said she used her real-life experiences with her brother Sam (21) to make the relationship with her on-screen brother work. She said: “Having a brother made it quite easy to get into the role.”

She attended Robert Smyth School in Harborough before doing a BTEC in acting at Brooksby Melton College and is now waiting to see what offers come her way after her appearance in Lifebites.

She said: “I’m not sure what I’m going to do next but hopefully some more work with Disney.”

Claire Parsons of Parsnips Youth Theatre, who trained Amy, said: “She’s wonderful and she was someone who walked into a room and you knew she had something special about her.

“She was in Parsnips for four years and after that she’s helped me out with the younger groups. Amy’s greatest quality is that she’s very humble about it all.

“When I first saw her on the television I just cried because I’m so proud of her.”

Amy was featured in the Mail in July 2006 when she and two others from Parsnips were chosen to be a part of the National Youth Theatre.