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Inspired by... Big break: Royal Holloway student takes lead role in TV drama

Posted on 17/04/2013
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Georgina Campbell (right) plays Serena in ITV drama The Ice Cream Girls

The Inspired by... series continues this month with actress and Film Studies student Georgina Campbell, who will hit our screens on Friday night in the ITV drama The Ice Cream Girls.

Georgina, a second year student in the Department of Media Arts, plays the role of Serena, a vulnerable teenager who, along with her friend Poppy, is accused of murdering their schoolteacher.

Georgina’s role in the three-part series is the latest in a promising acting career, which has included playing the lead role in BBC1 drama One Night, along with appearances in Holby City, Casualty and Doctors.

We caught up with her to find out about acting inspirations, auditions and fake blood:

Who are the actors that have inspired you?

A childhood favourite that has stayed with me over the years is Kate Winslet. She's an amazing British actress who always delivers no matter what role she's in. Another actress I’ve found incredibly inspiring is Olivia Colman. While I was doing research for my role in The Ice Cream Girls, I watched Tyrannosaur and I was completely blown away by her performance. She's very diverse and makes combining comedy and drama, which is incredibly difficult, look so easy. On that note, I have to mention Jessica Hynes as well, who I've had the pleasure of working with. She is an amazing woman, writer and actress.

How did you land the role in The Ice Cream Girls?

I’m lucky enough to have a London-based agent who organises auditions for me. It was quite a long process, spanning a couple of months, with quite a few different auditions, but somehow I managed to bag it! My parents had a few concerns at first because of the violent content, but I was more than happy to take on the role.

How does it feel to play the part of a suspected killer?

It was very intense - different from any other role I've played before. When I got the part, the Director Dan Zeff warned me about the emotional weight of playing Serena, which I of course shrugged off! But by the end of filming, I was emotionally drained. It was a tough role to step in and out of every day, but at the same time it was exciting and challenging. There were also some amazing prosthetics - I always get a bit geekily excited by fake blood and all that sort of thing. I've already had a number of people say they are convinced that I'm the murderer... obviously I have that murderous look about me!

How did you manage to juggle filming with your studies?

Luckily the filming was perfectly slotted into my summer holiday, so there were no problems juggling my studies and the filming. In my acting career so far I've been really fortunate, as the parts I've been getting have been arranged across the year, so that I can manage both my studies and my work.

What are your long-term aspirations?

I would definitely like to carry on acting. Once I've finished my studies, I'll be able to focus on my career and reaching my potential. I wouldn't mind branching out into other areas of the film industry, maybe eventually writing or producing, but that's a long way off. I'm just concentrating on getting my degree at the moment - one step at a time!

For more information about The Ice Cream Girls, click here.



 
 
 

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