Little star Mary-Anne Dymond, of Sketty Park, hopes to shine in screen debut
A SKETTY girl is preparing to shine on the big screen, after she began filming with the likes of Bill Nighy and Dominic West.
Mary-Anne Dymond, who has attended Swansea’s Stagecoach performing arts group since the age of just three, is currently filming Pride with the Love Actually star.
Last week, the crew were filming in Banwen in the Dulais Valley and next week, the 10-year-old will head to London for more time under the lights.
Mum, Kerrie Dymond, said: "She’s been a member of Stagecoach for the past seven years.
"This was her first audition, and she got the part.
"I’m bouncing, absolutely bouncing, I’m so proud of her."
She said her daughter was born to perform, adding: "She could speak when she was 10 months old, fluently.
"She’s loving absolutely every minute of it.
"She’s got an autograph book that she takes with her, with Bill’s autograph in it."
Mary-Anne said: "For my audition, I had to do some on the spot improvisation and tell them what I liked doing and what my hobbies were.
"Then when I found out I got the part, I was shaking.
"I’m looking forward to going to London on the weekend for more filming, and I’ll be staying in a hotel and everything.
"I couldn’t believe it when I did one scene and I was in front of Bill Nighy, it was amazing.
"And Imelda Staunton, who’s in Harry Potter, is in it too, I couldn’t believe it when she came up to me and said hello.
"They’re all really nice and they look after me on the set."
She said her favourite part about the film was the fact that she was in it.
"I’m the child lead, which I’m really excited about," added the Parklands Primary pupil.
"I hope to be able to go to and get more auditions, I definitely want to do this again."
She said she loved all aspects of going to Stagecoach, but said acting class was her favourite, followed by singing and then dancing.
Based on a true story, the script for Pride was penned by Stephen Beresford and the film is directed by Matthew Warchus.
It’s set over the summer of 1984 during the Margaret Thatcher era, following a group of gay and lesbian activists who decide to raise money to support the families of National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members who are on strike.
While the Union seems embarrassed to receive their support, the activists are not deterred.
They decide to identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person.
The two communities end up forming a surprising and triumphant partnership. The film is due to be released next year according to website imdb.com