Talented teenager Bessie Cursons has landed a role in a top West End musical.
Since her appearance in the final of Britain's Got Talent in 2007, the 13-year-old has been very busy indeed.
She has been commuting to London every day to attend the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School and completed acting in her first film, Nativity, to be released in December this year.
But, topping all of that, she has just won a role in Oliver! alongside Rowan Atkinson at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London.
Bessie will be appearing in the show from the beginning of March until August.
Speaking to The News, a delighted Bessie said: 'I had to go to about five auditions then they called to say I had got a part. It's going to be hard work but it will be worth it in the end.
'I'm so excited about it. Hopefully, one day I will get to play Nancy.'
Bessie, from Cosham, is now busy in rehearsals for the show before she discovers which role she will play.
Before getting the part, the youngster filmed alongside Alan Carr and Martin Freeman in film Nativity, in which two schools compete to put on the best nativity show.
Bessie, whose screen idol is Audrey Hepburn, hopes one day to carve out a career for herself in the movies. She said: 'I'd like to get in another film, because it was such a great experience.
'That's what the course I'm doing is geared to.'
After Bessie's appearance on Britain's Got Talent, mum Sarah swapped her job as a secretarial manager at St Mary's Hospital in Portsmouth for a similar role at St Thomas's Hospital in London so her daughter wouldn't be alone on the commute to the capital to attend theatre school.
Mrs Cursons, 41, said: 'Ever since she was a baby she was always dancing around to musicals from the West End.'
Her dad Andrew, also 41, added: 'Since Britain's Got Talent we have been getting emails about Bessie from all over the world. We're proud she's got a part in Oliver!'
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