Start spreading the news! A budding actress is leaving the Fylde coast behind to make a brand new start of it in New York City.
Ellie Greenwood has been awarded a “dream” place at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) – the US equivalent of RADA in London.
Now the 21-year-old will be flying the nest from her family home in Stockydale Road, Marton, in January to move to study at America’s oldest drama school.
The budding actress will get to experience living in the Big Apple as she moves in on the corner of Madison Avenue and 42nd Street.
She said: “I’m over the moon – it’s just like a dream come true.
“The prospect of living and studying in New York is very exciting but it’s also quite daunting,” added Ellie, who wants to pursue a stage acting career in preference to film or TV.
“New York is where everything is, it’s where everything is born and the best atmosphere.”
She is taking the big step of leaving her under-graduate drama course at Kingston University in London to move to the academy in central New York.
She said: “Getting the opportunity to study at one of the world’s greatest drama schools was too good to miss so I decided not to complete the course at Kingston, even though it was very good.”
And when Ellie graduates from the academy she’ll be part of alumni that already includes famous actors such as Kim Cattrall, Danny DeVito and Robert Redford.
Ellie has already cut her teeth on the local amateur dramatics scene, performing in school productions at King Edward and Queen Mary School in St Annes, and with the Anonymous Players and Fylde Coast Players.
She delivered what critics called a ‘train-stopping’ performance as Roberta in the Railway Children in 2010, for Fylde Coast Players, and landed a leading part in independent film My Angel in 2009, starring alongside Timothy Spall.
She applied to the AADA back in January and three months later received an invitation to attend an audition in London, at which she performed extracts from Romeo and Juliet and Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy An Ideal Husband.
“I think the assessors just liked my personality, the fact I’m northern and British perhaps went in my favour,” Ellie said.
“I’d love to be able to get a Tony or Olivier award and to just keep acting.”