Millais pupils’s role in Horsham based thriller

Millais School pupil Charis Holloway starring with Emmerdale actress Leah Brackwell  in the Horsham based thriller A Dark Reflection - picture contributed by Fact Not Fiction Films

Millais School pupil Charis Holloway starring with Emmerdale actress Leah Brackwell in the Horsham based thriller A Dark Reflection - picture contributed by Fact Not Fiction Films

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A young pupil at Millais is to appear alongside a popular soap actress in a film being release later this month.

A Dark Reflection, which was filmed in Horsham 18 months ago, will premiere at the Capitol Theatre in Horsham on February 26.

Leah Brackwell is well known for her character Zoe Tate in ITV’s Emmerdale.

Charis Holloway, 13, who is a Year 9 student at Millais School, features in two scenes in the film playing her character’s daughter.

Charis said: “I was a bit nervous acting alongside a professional actress, but Leah was so friendly, she made me feel really relaxed on set.

“Leah showed me photos of her own daughter and told me that I looked like her, when she was my age. We did the filming over one and a half years ago, so it’s really exciting, now that it is finally going to be seen in the cinemas.”

Charis, was cast because she matched the profile of Leah’s daughter, who, like her, is a quarter Chinese.

She hopes to get into theatre when she leaves school and has won an audition with the National Youth Theatre.