A talented Leeds actor is set for more national television exposure on BBC hospital drama Holby City this month.
Annie Lovett, who lives in Farnley, is fulfilling her childhood dream of acting on stage and screen after landing a number of parts on shows including Prisoner’s Wives and Doctors.
Having studied theatre, film and television at Ripon and York St John University, the 33-year-old fell into debt and ended up working as a womenswear buyer at Ark Fashion in Leeds to pay the bills.
After opting to take up the offer of redundancy last year, she has taken the chance to pursue the career she loves with both hands.
Annie said: “I had always tried to do as much acting as possible. For me it is all about being creative. I did have a few television and stage roles, but it was difficult to go to auditions when I was working.
“When I was offered redundancy I thought, ‘right this is it’. I could have stayed on but it just seemed to be my chance.”
She changed her agent to Polly Andrews based in London and the work started to come in, first landing a role in BBC drama Prisoner’s Wives and now she is due to appear as a heroin addict on Holby City on August 26.
“I do seem to get rather rough roles which is so far removed from my real life that it is funny,” Annie added. “I like gritty roles.”
The actor, who had acting lessons with Emmerdale’s Andy Devine when she was working, currently attends the Northern Drama Acting School and is taught by Leeds-based casting director Jo Adamson-Parker.
She added: “There is a great community here and we are all supportive of each other – it’s great.”