EMERGING actress Lena Kaur is starring in a new television comedy sketch show.
And the 21-year-old, who grew up in Almondbury, says many of the characters on Scallywagga, which launched on BBC3 last night, will seem familiar to viewers.
The fast paced, six-part comedy, aimed at teenagers and young adults, was filmed in Manchester and features a cast of northern twenty-something actors.
Lena, who went to Almondbury High School, said: “It’s about working class, northern England and when I read some of the characters, it was like I knew them.
“They are like people that you have met in real life.
“All the other actors are like best mates now. We would go into work and it was genuinely fun to do. When it’s your mates, it’s not like work.”
Lena, whose family still lives at Penistone Road, Waterloo, graduated from the highly regarded London drama school Rose Bruford College in July.
She then went on to feature in The Sky’s the Limit at the Old Vic on the West End and Silver Street before getting the part on Scallywagga.
She has also landed a starring role on Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks. Her character will be introduced in the summer.
Hollyoaks is the only soap to have two nominations for best storyline in next week’s British Soap Awards.
The nominations were for Hannah’s anorexia and John Paul and Craig’s affair. JP (James Sutton) and Craig (Guy Burnet) had long been best pals, and it was only after Craig became jealous of his relationship with Spike that he realised his true feelings. The pair were sneaking around behind Craig’s girlfriend’s back and eventually Craig had to confront his sexuality, but ended up hurting JP in the process.
Scallywagga is on Tuesdays at 10.30pm.
Lena added: “I don’t think there’s anything else like it on TV.”