From city schoolgirl to star of the silver screen

She was an overnight TV sensation after making it to the final of Britain's Got Talent.

Now 14-year-old Bessie Cursons has hit the big screen.

The Cosham teenager has a starring role in festive comedy Nativity, alongside comedian Alan Carr and comedy actor Martin Freeman.

Bessie plays posh pupil Christy in the BBC film about two schools competing to put on the best nativity play.

The talented youngster had three auditions for Nativity and was overjoyed to get the part.

'I was so excited. I really didn't know what to expect,' she said.

'We filmed for about two or three months at this really old, posh-looking school in Coventry - it was a lot of fun.'

Bessie was just 11 years old when she first appeared on our TV screens during the first series of Britain's Got Talent.

Her life has not been the same since.

She landed a place at the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School in London and leaves home at 6am every weekday to get there.

She has already appeared in the West End production of Oliver! this year.

In the film, in which she stars alongside Portsmouth-born actor Marc Wooton, Bessie leads a rendition of Ding Dong Merrily On High in which she is flanked by two choirs on stage.

After filming, Bessie, who once appeared in a nativity at Court Lane Infant School in Cosham, had to wait the best part of two years for it to be released in cinemas.

She has since seen the film twice - once at the big premiere, where she walked her first red carpet, and at the cinema with her mum.

Nativity made almost 800,000 in its first week, and went in at number six in the UK film chart.


As well as starring in a film and the West End and studying towards a glittering showbiz career, Bessie Cursons also does the voice of Victoria the dog in popular children's cartoon Gaspard and Lisa.

Her father, Andy, 41, said: 'She's doing so well, me and her mum couldn't be more proud of her. People say we must be pushy parents but the truth is she's a pushy kid – she loves what she does and never has a problem getting up so early in the mornings, plus, she still goes to Hayley Sexton's Dance School in Portsmouth almost every week.'

Mum Sarah, 41, added: 'She's done fantastically, not just with the stage school stuff but also academically.' Bessie's younger brother, Billy, plans to follow in her footsteps and has appeared in a Coldplay video.