IT will be a real family affair at one of the world’s most prestigious drama schools this term.
Melissa Fleming has begun life at the Guildford School of Acting today after winning a three-year scholarship to study a degree in musical theatre.
Waiting for her in Surrey was sister Emilie, now in her third year of studies at the acclaimed academy.
Melissa, 18, had the chance of a berth at Hollywood-based AMDA, but chose Guildford to pursue her dreams.
It’s double delight for proud parents Maureen, 47, and Terence, 53, who now have two daughters at the school, whose former pupils include Brenda Blethyn, Bill Nighy and Gaby Roslin.
Mum Maureen, of Portchester Grove, Boldon, said: “It’s a great achievement for Melissa to be awarded a full scholarship for that school.
“The school has one of the best reputations in the world and she’s won a place there on her own merit.
“It’s great that both girls will be studying together. They’ll be just around the corner from each other.
“It’s also rare to have two siblings there, especially for people who are outside of ‘the business’ as they say.”
Melissa starts after taking a year out following her A-levels, which included working at Sunderland Empire and being part of events held at Lumley Castle.
Emilie, 21, enjoyed a spell in the national TV spotlight in 2010 after she reached the final of BBC1 show Over The Rainbow, performing in front of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber to win the role of Dorothy in a new production.