Wetherby youngster makes acting debut in TV

A WETHERBY youngster has won a guest part in a top television comedy drama.

Jessica Barden, 12, will appear in an episode of the next series of Channel 4's No Angels.

She plays the part of an eight-year-old who is upset when her father begins dating a new woman. During the filming in Leeds she had the chance to meet one of the actresses who stars in the series which centres on four nurses.

She said: "I got to meet Jo, who plays Beth, and she was really nice. I was a bit nervous but she made me feel more comfortable."

Jessica, who attends the Northern Film and Drama Group in Wetherby, got the part after a casting director remembered her from some other auditions.

She filmed the episode during the summer holidays and is looking forward to doing more television work.

Her mum, Samantha Barden, said: "She loves it. She's always been interested in anything to do with acting and I think it's definitely something she wants to do in the future. I'm really proud of her."