ACTRESS Laura Whitfield will reveal all about her life in Sunderland in a television documentary tomorrow.
The 21-year-old is one of the people featured in Channel 4’ Seven Dwarves, which follows the lives of seven people living together and performing in a panto production of Snow White.
Each week the show focuses on one of the dwarves, as they tell their story of how the condition has affected their lives and tomorrow it will be the turn of the East Herrington woman.
A former St Anthony’s RC School pupil, Laura took up acting a few years ago and as well as performing in pantomime, has worked in the Harry Potter films and tours the world with the Barney the Dinosaur live show.
Laura, who plays the character Loopy in the pantomime, hopes the documentary is showing all aspects of life for people with dwarfism and the problems they face.
She said: “I think the programme has come across really well so far and we have had nothing but good comments from people.
“The response has been brilliant, which is what we hoped for.”
Laura, who lives with her dad Dave and has a brother, David, 17, and sisters, Louisa, 23, and Kristen, 15, said she is really nervous about her episode, which will be aired at 9pm.
“My episode is pretty deep,” she added. “There are things on there that I had never told my family and friends before, so I am nervous about what the response if going to be.”
Laura said the lowest point of her life was when her mum Christine died eight years, which is also covered in the programme.
“I didn’t do this to get work or fame or money, nothing like that.
“It was just I wanted to show people of average height that taking the Mickey or calling us names does actually hurt really badly.
“I am hoping it will open some eyes.”
Laura said she was never bullied at school, but the name-calling started when she got older and began going out clubbing.
“That’s the worst thing because people have had a drink and try to act clever, but I will always give as good as I get.”
Laura, who is single, was a child swimming champion on Wearside before the bright lights beckoned and she took to the stage aged 16.
Now Laura has an agent and would like to do personal appearances in Sunderland.
People can follow her on twitter @laurawhitfield, or contact her manager by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 728 77490.