SHE’S a small star with big talent – now actress Laura Whitfield is to appear in a new TV show.
The 21-year-old will feature in Channel 4 programme, The Seven Dwarves, which follows the lives of the seven small people living together and performing in a panto production of Snow White.
Laura, a former St Anthony’s RC School pupil, took up acting a few years ago and, as well as performing in pantomime, she has also 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 will show all aspects of life for people with dwarfism.
She said: “I want people to enjoy watching us working hard and having fun. But, also to understand some of the problems we face every day. It doesn’t always feel like a small world we’re all living in.”
Laura, who is from East Herrington, said: “When we go out, there’s name-calling. They think we’re some sort of freaks. We want to show people we’re human beings just like them and we work hard.”
Laura, who has a passion for fashion, hair and make-up, was a child swimming champion on Wearside before the bright lights beckoned and she took to the stage aged 16.
Joining Laura in the Seven Dwarves house is her best friend, Josh Bennett, who plays Sniffly, Craig Garner – Prof; Karen Anderson – Blusher; Ryan Webb – Snoozy; Max Laird, – Grumbly and Jamie John – Cheeky. The group ranges in age from 20 to 43 and are all under 5ft.
Seven Dwarves aims to give an insight into the personal and professional lives of the dwarves cast together for panto at Woking’s New Victoria Theatre
Made by the BAFTA-award winning executive producers Magnus Temple and Nick Curwin, who also produced One Born Every Minute and 24 Hours in A&E, the seven-part series follows the group throughout their time in the pantomime, including celebrating Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, winding down after performances, out with friends and family and during their regular lives out of panto season.