Carley remembers her Dirty Rotten stage past

Stars of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, left to right, Mark Benton, Carley Stenson and Michael Praed

Stars of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, left to right, Mark Benton, Carley Stenson and Michael Praed

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CARLEY Stenson has been reminiscing about where her stage career began.

The Billinge-born actress, who is currently touring the country with musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, remembers one of her first performances - with Mr T - from The A Team.

When I was very little I did pantomime with Mr T. I think it was Aladdin, and we had one of the Nolan sisters as our Jasmine

Carley Stenson

Carley told Liverpool Echo: “When I was very little I did pantomime with Mr T. I think it was Aladdin, and we had one of the Nolan sisters as our Jasmine.

“I went to Miss Elizabeth Taverner’s in St Helens, and every year we used to audition to do the pantomime. I was fortunate enough to be in two.

“Since then I’ve done a little concert here or there, but not for years and years, so it’s going to be wonderful to get back on that stage.”

And now she is the lead in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, playing Christine. She said: “I always seem to go for the sweet, kind of funny girl. But Christine has got a few tricks up her sleeve.

“They underestimate her.

“And I love playing strong women; women who can look after themselves.

“She’s fun – and I just love the songs she sings.”

The musical, written by Steve Martin, sees rival conmen Lawrence and Freddy going head-to-head in a battle for the affections of millionaire soap heiress Christine Colgate.

The production, which also stars Noel Sullivan, Mark Benton and Michael Praed, reunites Carley with American choreographer and director Jerry Mitchell, who was responsible for her first stage break in the West End run of Legally Blonde.

Carley, who first found fame in Channel Four soap Hollyoaks, said: “He’s a true gentleman, and I’d work for him until the day I die.”