Probation officer Carol Plant hopes to swap her high-pressured job working with criminals in Leeds for the glamour of the film world.
The 34-year-old has worked for West Yorkshire Probation Trust for 10 years but harbours a desire to be a full-time actress – a dream which could become reality now she stars in her first feature film.
Carol, of Rothwell, plays a supporting role in horror movie Molly Crows, based on the legend of a witch from Staffordshire. The trailer has received more than 16,000 hits in its first few weeks on YouTube and has been submitted to this year’s international film festivals, including Cannes. She said: “It could be that a distributor sits up and takes notice. I’d love to go to Cannes – that would be amazing. It’s all exciting.”
Carol plays Jackie Green, the mum of the best friend of main character Jess who gets possessed by Molly Crows.
It is her first feature film but the latest in a string of roles – including an Everton FC advert and music videos – since she caught the acting bug three years ago.
She said: “It just started out as a hobby but I’d love to be able to go further. My dream is to be a full-time actress.”
As much as she enjoys her day-to-day job she admits her ultimate dream would be to work for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
She said: “Realistically, as long as I can continue getting roles in plays, I’ll just be made up. I love the buzz you get from being on stage. It’s just amazing really. And the buzz you get from seeing the finished products.”
Watch the trailer by searching YouTube for Molly Crows.
Molly Crows - which also stars Leeds actor George Newton (of ‘This is England’):
“When young Jess and her alcoholic mother arrive in the town of Haslem, Jess is an easy target for bullying. But there’s something different about her. She can see and hear things most people can’t. One by one the townsfolk are targeted by the vengeful spirit of the ancient witch, as the arrival of Jess has awakened the ghost of long-forgotten Haslem, and the spirit of vengeance that permeates the entire town begins to boil over. The community takes the law into their own hands and commits an unspeakable act, like the notorious witch-finders from centuries past.