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Elexie making her screen debut tonight on the BBC

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: September 02, 2014

By Richard Castle

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A TALENTED schoolgirl hoping for a career in acting is tonight making her on-screen debut in a prime time BBC drama.

Elexie Bartram is set to appear in Our Zoo, which airs on BBC One at 9pm.

The eight-year-old, who will start studying at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School this week, is already signed up to an agency and hopes to be a performer when she grows up.

Our Zoo follows the story of Chester Zoo and how it was established in the 1930s.

Elexie plays a little girl intrigued at all the animals being led through the streets.

She told the Advertiser she had no qualms about being put in front of a camera.

She said: "The filming was an excellent experience for me.

"I like it because I got to be in the shots a lot and it felt great to be filmed.

"I feel comfortable in front of a camera and can't wait to do more in the future.

"I'll certainly carry on with training and will audition for all the school plays as I grow up.

"I'll be starting my lessons soon and really can't wait.

"I hope the lessons can help me improve as an actress.

"Everything about it was just excellent."

Elexie took part in shooting the series for three days at locations near Bolton and in Cheshire.

And she features in the trailer for the show, which looks set to attract millions of viewers.

Mum Kelly Bradley has spoken of how positive the experience has been for her ambitious daughter.

She said: "You can imagine how proud I am of Elexie for what she's achieved.

"I hope she can have a future on stage or on the screen.

"I'd never pressure her into doing anything but that's what she seems to want to do, so I'm supporting her all the way.

"She's a very confident little girl and just loves to perform and make people smile.

"I can't wait to tune in tonight to see Elexie making her screen debut.

"It's going to be a very proud moment for our family.

"To get on a prime time BBC show at such a young age is a brilliant achievement."

Our Zoo follows the story of George Mottershead, an ex-serviceman who fought in the Great War.

After the war, he dreamed of building the first British zoo without bars.

His strong connection with animals was deeply seeded in his experiences recuperating from a war wound.

Lee Ingleby will play Mottershead in the period drama.

His prominent past roles include Detective Sergeant John Bacchus in the BBC drama Inspector George Gently and Stan Shunpike in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

He also played Sean O'Neill in Jimmy McGovern's The Street and was in the 2003 Russell Crowe film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, in which he played Midshipman Hollom.

Elexie will also be rubbing shoulders with celebrated English comedy actor Ralf Little, who made his name in iconic sitcom The Royle Family and went on to pioneer popular show Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

Little will play Billy Atkinson, a 'jack the lad often seen on the street corner trying to sell the latest fads from around the world'.

Miss Bradley, who is a dental nurse in Uttoxeter, last year completed a sponsored skydive in memory of her brother, Dan Bradley.

Mr Bradley sadly took his own life and Miss Bradley has embarked on a fund-raising campaign for Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) in his memory.

She is now planning another extreme sports-related fund-raising event but is yet to decide on the exact nature of the scheme.

More information on the show is available online at http://www.chesterzoo.org/global/about-us/our-zoo-bbc-drama.

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