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TV wannabees head for Ipswich cinema

PUBLISHED: 15:22 16 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:40 03 March 2010

HUNDREDS of hopefuls headed for the Odeon in Ipswich today in a bid to find fame and fortune.

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By MATTHEW ELEY

matthew.eley@ecng.co.uk

HUNDREDS of hopefuls headed for the Odeon in Ipswich today in a bid to find fame and fortune.

A BBC Talent crew was in town in the search for would-be actors to star in TV hits such as Casualty, EastEnders and Holby City.

Around 1,000 people are due to audition at the cinema today and tomorrow as part of the nationwide hunt for talent.

Back in February more than 2,000 people contacted the BBC regarding the Ipswich audition. Half of the callers were randomly selected to take part in the scheme.

Those in attendance were asked to read part of a script and hope to get the call to return to a workshop in London in November.

The BBC Talent scheme – "Acting Up" is one of the Beeb's 12 national projects aiming to find top new talent.

More than 12,000 people across the country are set to audition for Acting Up in a bid to win one of ten lucrative BBC contracts.

In Ipswich today the tension could be felt inside the town centre cinema foyer as the wannabes rehearsed their scripts before their big moment.

Dan Broadbent, 17, from Thetford, was on a high following his performance.

He said: "I was looking on the internet for work as an extra and BBC Talent came up so I thought I would give it a go.

"I rung up and got a call, I have already auditioned today and it went pretty well."

Emma Cunliffe, 16, from Needham near Diss on the Suffolk Norfolk border, said: "I like acting and I have done a bit of it at local theatres, but nothing big. This is my first time doing something like this so I just hope it goes well."

Robyn Smith, of BBC Talent, said the project had received a great response in Ipswich and across the country.

She said: "We have two days here in Ipswich and there will be 500 people here each day.

"People don't have to audition in front of all the other hopefuls and nobody finds out if they have been successful today, they will find out if they have been called to the workshop next month."

Other BBC Talent schemes include the search for comedians, TV presenters and sport broadcasters.

WEBLINK: For more information check out the official website at www.bbc.co/talent

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