Stars’ big BBC break

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A trio of talented Ripley Academy of Drama pupils are set for millions of TV screens after landing roles in a big budget new BBC drama.

Youngsters Chantal Griffiths, Daniel Smith and Eleanor Denman spent last week filming period drama The Ark - set to air in 2014.

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The World War One based epic focuses on a group of nurses posted in a French field hospital during the conflict.

Elanor, nine, of Cromford Road, Langley Mill played the part of a French peasant and can’t wait to see herself on TV.

“The best bit was getting to do some speaking parts,” she said. Eleanor, who has also appeared in Tess of the D’urbevilles and wants to be an actress when she grows up, got to meet starring actors Suranne Jones and Hermione Norris during filming.

Daniel Smith, 11, of Derby Road Marehay, who is no stranger to television having already appeared in a Hot Wheels advert, said filming in Wiltshire was a fun experience: ”I’m looking forward to seeing myself, but I get really embarrassed.”

And it is not the only period drama the Ripley Academy has been supplying talent for. Twelve pupils have landed roles in BBC drama WPC 56, set to hit screens next year.