Letchworth teenager to star in BBC feature film
A TEENAGER will have her first big break as she appears in a BBC feature film on Wednesday.
Aspiring actress Mandeep Dhillon, 19, from Letchworth GC, auditioned for a part in one-off drama Some Dogs Bite last year and, after getting the role, will now have her moment in the limelight as it comes to BBC3.
The former Icknield, Wilbury and Fearnhill pupil plays teenage rebel Seema in the production, which follows the tale of three brothers who have been split up after their mother’s death but are brought to together by 14-year-old Casey (Thomas Sangster of Love Actually fame) to embark on a road trip to Scotland in search of their estranged dad.
Along the way they meet Venetia (Michelle Asante) and her best-friend Seema, who is intent on getting what she’s owed by her mum’s useless ex-boyfriends.
Directed by Mark Munden, Some Dogs Bite had a world premiere at New York’s Woodstock Film Festival earlier this year and also featured at the British Film Festival in Nantes.
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Speaking before the drama is aired, Mandeep, who also has a part-time job at Letchworth GC-based gym Nuffield Health, said: “I’m quite nervous about watching it as it’s the first thing I’ve done - it’s quite scary!
“It was brilliant to work alongside Thomas - he’s such a funny person in real life but is so professional as well.
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The 19-year-old, who spent eight weeks filming in Manchester, added: “That was the first time I stayed away from home living by myself.
“I had nobody to wake me up or doing the washing up and we had to be up at 4am for four days and then we got two days off.
“It did take its toll but we all had rooms next to each other so after filming we had a chance to chill out and play Playstation!”
Following Wednesday’s 9pm BBC3 showing, Mandeep will be looking forward to appearing on stage at Bush Theatre in London’s West End.