Wetherby's young film star

A WETHERBY actress will star alongside comedienne Catherine Tate in a major new film released on Friday. Jessica Barden, 15, plays the TV star's 12-year-old daughter Mary in Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution. Based on a true story, the film follows Bingley man Mr Ratcliffe as he drags his family off to East Berlin in the mid-60s, only to realise that life in the communist bloc is not the idyll he'd imagined. Jessica took her first steps on the red carpet last Sunday at the film's pr


The Wetherby High School student won the role after two auditions and said she was really excited to get the part – but less thrilled to have her hair cut for the role.

She said: "It was a home-made bob. It took a bit of getting used to but people were really nice about it."

Jessica said she doesn't think people at school really believed she would land the role.

"At the moment they are being nice about it but I think once they see me in the film they will say why do you look stupid in it!" she laughed.

Coronation Street

While this is her first big-screen role, Jessica has already appeared on The Chase and No Angels and since March she has been a Coronation Street regular, playing young rebel Kayleigh Morton.

She said: "It's completely different being in films. When you are doing a film it is very much completely that role because you are filming it for two months and filming every day. With TV you go there do a scene and you might not be back for another week."

Jessica said from the moment she met Catherine Tate, famous for her catchphrase "am I bovvered?", she was a really nice, down to earth person.

"She occasionally did a few of her characters messing around.

"She promised to come to Wetherby and said she would come to Morrisons cafe with me!"


Jessica studies at the Northern Film and Drama school at Wetherby District Social Club and said landing the role was quite a big thing for her drama teacher Alyson Connew.

"She has been just as excited as I have and has been really supportive," said Jessica.

Also extremely excited about their daughter have been parents, Samantha and Paul.

Mr Barden said: "We have seen the film and it is quite emotional. She does a crying scene, which really makes me fill up. "

Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution opens nationally today. It will be coming to Wetherby's cinema on October 19.