Wigan schoolgirl’s monster role

Sophia Andrews
Sophia Andrews

SCHOOLGIRL actress Sophia Andrews is to become the new voice of a hit American TV show.

The animated series Dinosaur Train has already won millions of young fans overseas with its adventures of the Pteranodon family.

But before it hits British screens it is being given a new, English-accented soundtrack and 11-year-old Standish High School pupil Sophia has won the starring role.

She will play lead character, Tiny, and is now making regular trips to a Manchester studio to record 40 half-hour episodes.

Her distinctive voice, excellent diction and an acting ability honed over the past four years at Wigan’s Willpower Youth Theatre clearly helped clinch the audition for Sophia.

Dinosaur Train is destined to appear on the Nickelodean channel, probably later this year.

And Sophia’s mum Jill says the whole experience has been an enjoyable one. She said: “Sophia was put forward by Intercity Casting that Willpower’s Caroline Joynt runs and she went for an audition in Manchester where she read out something about the character and then performed some lines.

“She was also in contention for another part, Shiny, but was in the end told she had got the main one.

“It’s dead exciting.

“She has done two episodes so far and records her part in an isolation booth at the Flix Studios in Manchester.

“Apparently other actors have recorded quite a few of the episodes already but it’s taking Sophia longer because she’s got a much bigger part. She hasn’t seen any of the actors yet because apparently the parts are usually recorded separately.

“It is not just a question of reading from a script. She has to prepare well for the part to know how to vocally act it and she has to practise her squawking too!”

Sophia, of Viola Close, Standish, first acted when she was in the infant school of St Wilfrid’s Primary, giving an acclaimed performance aged five in Whoops-a-daisy Angel.

Joining Willpower came a couple of years later and she has appeared in all of its productions since and has also auditioned for Hollyoaks.

Jill said her daughter’s school friends had been very encouraging, adding: “They are really pleased for her and keep asking for her autograph.”