Rising star Emilie Fleming is feeling on top of the world after finishing her West End debut.
The 24-year-old, from Boldon Colliery, has spent the last year starring as Cosette in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, London.
The leading role was the former St Joseph’s Catholic Academy pupil’s first time on the West End stage.
The Guildford School of Acting graduate said: “It was incredible. It was an amazing opportunity for me.
“The best thing about it was just how much I learned. It’s kind of on-the-job training in a way and I learned so much about my craft.
“Obviously you study for years in drama school but you learn so much more from being in a show and being around people who have been doing it for a lot longer than you.
Being in the show for the last year has been incredible, but I still got nervous every night, even after doing it for that long.Emilie Fleming
“Being in the show for the last year has been incredible, but I still got nervous every night, even after doing it for that long, because every night was a different crowd and new people to perform for.
“It did feel amazing to play Cosette though. When I was at St Joseph’s we did Les Mis and I was Little Cosette, so it was a part I’d always wanted.”
Les Mis tells the story of Jean Valjean, who skips his parole after being sent to prison for stealing a loaf of bread.
Emilie added: “After doing the show for a year, it becomes so ingrained in your body, and you know it so well that there comes a time when you want to move on.
“It was really hard to say goodbye because I’ve loved being a part of the show so much but I’m looking forward to the future.
“I’ve got a part in a different show and I’m very excited about it. I can’t say what it is yet, but I can say that I’ll be starting it in October.”
Before that, Emilie, who reached the live finals of BBC talent contest Over The Rainbow in 2010, is set to appear in a one-woman show at the Camden Fringe, in London, from August 28 to 30.
The show, Monster, penned by her boyfriend Abram Rooney, is on at the Camden People’s Theatre.
Emilie met Abram, who plays Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the theatre next door to Les Mis, shortly after beginning the show.
It tells the story of Elsie, who after falling in love with a monster, becomes a monster too.
The couple are fundraising to put the show on. To support the project, go to www.kickstarter.com and search for ‘Monster Abram Rooney’.
To book tickets to see the show, visit the Camden Fringe website HERE.