Class of 2017: Isis Hainsworth

Class of 2017: Isis Hainsworth

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In a series of exclusive interviews, we introduce the bright young things set to take the world by storm this year...

Most likely an Olivier award

Isis Hainsworth

At school in Edinburgh, Isis Hainsworth used to daydream of performing on the London stage – fast forward a little and the 19-year-old actress is receiving rave reviews for her West End debut. 

How did you become an actress?
I originally wanted to be a ballet dancer, then when I did drama at school, it cemented that performing was what I wanted to do so I joined two youth theatres – Strange Town Youth Theatre and Lothian Youth Arts & Musicals Company – and did auditions which led to me getting the part in Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour.

The show had originally debuted in Edinburgh in 2015 - were you surprised when you were invited to join the cast for the West End production?
I still can't believe it happened, it was the most amazing experience. I was so terrified when I started because it was all so new and different but everyone was lovely and welcoming and made me feel at home. 

I hated school. I just used to sit at the back of class quietly seething!

What were the stand out moments?
Our opening night will stay with me forever – after doing such intense work on the show, it's mind blowing when you finally perform it and people love it.

How did you find living in London?
London is cool, but it takes some getting used to. The transport in particular is very different to Edinburgh – I had quite a few stressful journeys to work!

What have we seen you in other than Our Ladies?
I played Maddy in the BBC drama One of Us, and Vivienne Watt in the ITV drama In Plain Sight.  

What are your future ambitions? Hollywood?
I’d love to do more theatre, but screen stuff would be amazing. Jobs with strong characters, that I believe in and feel good about. 

Do you have advice for other aspiring actors?
Take every opportunity you get, whether it's drama at school or youth theatre, just keep acting.

Who inspires you most?
My mum and dad are both so incredibly supportive of me. I think a lot of parents might tell you to be more realistic if you tell them you want to act, but they did everything they could to help me.

Favourite school memories?
I hated school. I just used to sit at the back of class quietly seething!  

Isis Hainsworth / Class of 2017 / Theatre

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