An actor’s life for me, says ‘little’ Eva

Eva McKenna, Blackpool actress
Eva McKenna, Blackpool actress
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Not many people start in their line of work at the age of just two.

But that’s exactly what Thornton actress Eva McKenna did.

Now 23, she is gearing up for a busy few weeks – including the MonologueSlam event in Manchester on Monday and playing a lead role in panto in Jack And The Beanstalk, which is touring for three weeks in December at theatres across the North West.

She recently appeared in the lead role of Kate in the play A Walk in The Park.

And Eva had an early start in her chosen career.

She trained with The Poor School, in London, National Youth Theatre and graduated from the School of Creative Arts, at Blackpool And The Fylde College.

Eva said: “I have been performing since the age of two.

“Throughout my childhood, I toured with several professional theatre productions and had a few small television and film roles.

“My training at Blackpool was fantastic, it was on a par, if not better, than some of the training at the top London drama schools.

“I secured my first professional job a week after graduating, and have been lucky enough to be working consistently in the industry for the past 18 months.”

But Eve says it’s not all glowing reviews and bouquets.

“There’s no escaping the fact it’s hard to make a living professionally in acting,” she said.

“There are thousands of female actors in my age group, all trying to make it.

“I’m really grateful to all my family and my boyfriend for their support. And my teachers and Barbara Jackson’s theatre arts centre for the brilliant lessons they taught me.

“If it is really what you want to do, and you believe you have a chance, it’s worth going for it.

“I would advise any young aspiring actress to get themselves out there, try and get roles in amateur shows and listen to the advice you get if you go to drama school.”