A PLUCKY teenager has fought back from serious childhood illness to win a place at a stage school.
Kimberley Booth, 15, of Hill Grove, Salendine Nook, will be heading off to Liverpool Theatre School and College in September for a year - taking one step closer to her dream of appearing in the West End and on Broadway.
Kimberley had to have a kidney removed when she was just nine. The organ eventually failed after she caught e.coli at the age of four.
Kimberley, who is taking her GCSEs at Salendine Nook High School, goes to Oscars School of Performing Arts in Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield.
She studies dance, singing and drama.
has appeared in many musicals and other productions at Huddersfield's Lawrence Batley Theatre, as well as in shows and competitions around the country.
She also sang for the Princess Royal during her visit to the region last November and has performed alongside world- famous tenor Russell Watson.
Kimberley said: "When I went for the Liverpool audition there were a lot of talented girls and I thought I wasn't going to get in because of my age," she said.
"But when the letter came through it was a dream come true," added Kimberley.
After her year-long course she can re-audition and get on a three- year course.