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Birmingham actress makes TV debut in top BBC series

CALL THE MIDWIFE: Cherelle Skeete

BIRMINGHAM-BORN actress Cherrelle Skeete is about to make her TV debut in style by appearing in one of the BBC’s most popular drama series, Call the Midwife.

The 26-year-old, who is already a seasoned theatre actress, will play the role of a heavily pregnant Trinidadian woman in the second episode of the latest series of the popular period drama tomorrow (Jan 25).

Skeete, a former pupil of Kings Norton Girls School, said: “I’m so proud to be playing this character in my TV debut as I feel it’s a very important role.

“I play a woman called Abigail Bissette who is part of the Windrush generation of the 1960s who arrived in the UK with her husband to start a new life here. The storyline centres around the racism she experienced, but how she handles it with dignity.

“It portrays those first Windrush settlers in such a positive light – as hard working people who were pursuing their own British version of the American dream.”

Skeete said the rest of the Call the Midwife staff, who include actress Pam Ferris, were a joy to work with and were so supportive of her in her first TV role. So far 2015 looks set to be a busy year as she has already been named by Hello! magazine as one of this year’s rising stars.

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Her Call the Midwife role will quickly be followed by another part in the BBC1 drama Ordinary Lies to be screened later this year. Cherrelle will star alongside Michelle Keegan of Coronation Street fame, and Max Beesley of Hotel Babylon.

Earlier last year Cherrelle featured as one of the Brummie hairdressers in an advert for Hellman’s mayonnaise, featuring actor Brian Blessed.

A graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama, she made her West End debut in 2012 in The Lion King as Shenzi and in 2013 she played Sister Sally in the Olivier Award-nominated play Amen Corner at the National Theatre.

But she is also keen to remain true to her Birmingham roots and is currently working with young people at the Lozells-based Lighthouse Youth Project, helping to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.

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