Faces of 2011

Gina Carpenito of Poulton, who is the new face of the Houndshill after winning the Gazette competition.
Gina Carpenito of Poulton, who is the new face of the Houndshill after winning the Gazette competition.
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THOSE who have watched Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows, Part 2, might already know her face.

But now 16-year-old Gina Carpenito’s face will be well-known across the whole of the Fylde coast, after she was crowned winner of The Gazette Face 2011 grand final, at the Houndshill shopping centre.

The bubbly musical theatre student wowed the judging panel with her stunning smile and confidence.

Gina, who attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School and hopes to become an actress one day, was entered into the contest by her mum.

She said: “I couldn’t believe it when I won the competition to be The Face.

“I never thought I would win, especially as I was the youngest contestant – it was a big surprise, but a nice surprise.

“It was my mum who put me up for it and I felt it would be a good idea, just to get the publicity and so on – to get me better known as I would love to become and actress, although I also love singing.

“I have done some modelling in the past and really enjoy it and I love fashion – so it seemed like a great competition to enter.”

Gina, from Poulton, has already had a taste of the acting life, after getting a walk-in part in the latest Harry Potter movie.

She said: “I just saw a poster up at Sylvia Young for people to audition, so I did.

“It was a fantastic experience, being on the set. When you see all the behind-the-scenes things, all the costumes, how they do the make-up and everything, it’s really interesting.

“It did give me a taste of what I would like to do one day.”

Gina – who currently attends the Urdang Academy for performing arts, in London – is really excited about being The Face of the Gazette.

“It’s my dream to go into acting or musical theatre, but this is really exciting for me.”

And Tyler Atak, the male winner of the competition, is hoping he could one day follow in the footsteps of world-famous footballer David Beckham.

The 17-year-old, from Park Road, Blackpool, is an apprentice with Fleetwood Town Football Club and studying for a diploma in sports science.

It was a surprise to the former St Mary’s Catholic College pupil when he found out he was in the competition – his mum and older sister had sent in his entry without telling him!

He said: “The first I knew was when I saw my picture in the paper – it was a bit of a shock. I thought it would be a good laugh to take part and I couldn’t believe it when I won.

“I’ve been playing football since I was about five – so all my life really.

“I would love to one day be like David Beckham and maybe combine playing football and modelling. But I am also interested in becoming a physio.

“So if it didn’t work out becoming a footballer or if I got injured, then I could follow that path.”