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Orpington starlet lands role in Bafta-winning comedy drama

PUBLISHED: 12:52 24 March 2016 | UPDATED: 12:53 24 March 2016

12-year-old Carma Hylton will star in The Dumping Ground

12-year-old Carma Hylton will star in The Dumping Ground

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Carma Hylton performed at D & B Academy of Performing Arts

A 12-year-old actress is set to star in the award-winning CBBC comedy drama, The Dumping Ground.

Starring in the Tracy Beaker spin-off, Orpington’s Carma Hylton landed the central role and has already started filming in Newcastle.

Having already starred in adverts for the Post Office and Curry’s, Carma has been with Bromley acting school D&B Academy of Performing Arts for the last 18 months.

But before she found out the news, the Academy’s talent agency set up a surprise for the promising star.

She said: “D&B Agency said I needed to come in to send another tape for the audition but when I got there they surprised me by saying I’d got the part.

“It was so lovely we were all jumping around and screaming – we were so excited.

“I love my singing and dancing lessons at D&B and I’m lucky that I find acting comes quite naturally to me. During the auditions I conducted myself professionally and knew all my lines - which I hope is what really made the difference.

Carma will first appear on screens as Candi-Rose during season five of the Bafta award-winning children’s show.

“Filming in Newcastle has been a life-changing opportunity and a great experience - I have loved my costume changes especially! Everyone in the show is really friendly.

“The series has a great mix of gripping drama and light hearted moments and it will be a fantastic opportunity for me as an actress to be part of a great show.”

D&B director Bonnie Sullivan said, “We are thrilled for Carma who is a talented young actress and we really look forward to her debut performance when it airs.

“When this came in to the agency we just knew she would be perfect for the role”

Carma is set to appear on television screens in January 2017.

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