TEENAGER Natasha Agnew is being tipped for stardom after winning a place at a top theatre school.
The 16-year-old, from Newbottle, is one of the youngest performers to be accepted at the internationally renowned Arts Educational School, beating competition from more than 200 other applicants.
The centre in London, whose alumni include Martin Clunes, Nigel Havers and Will Young, accepts just 18 students a year onto its musical theatre course.
Proud mum Lynn, 45, said: “This is pretty much all she has ever wanted to do. She has been dancing since she was three.”
Earlier this year, Natasha travelled to the capital to take part in a series of gruelling workshops and auditions, lasting 10 hours and covering ballet, jazz, drama and solo singing.
“They were really impressed with her performance – and her local accent,” said mum-of-one Lynn. “They loved her voice and said she would do really well. They have high hopes for her.
“Most of the people who go there are at least 18, so Natasha will be among the youngest there.
“But she is not fazed by any of it. She is not worried about moving down to London, although we’ll all miss her.
“We’re all really proud of her.”
The pupil at Houghton Kepier School, who also attended the local Zazz dance centre, is expected to start at the privately-funded school in September. Following the course, which could take up to up five years, the youngster wants to perform in the West End.
“I’m really excited,” said Natasha, “I can’t wait.”