A PROMISING teenage actress was today set for stardom as she takes on the role of one of Liverpool’s most popular screen icons.
Lauren McQueen, from Fazakerley, will play Alison Steadman in an episode of Sky One’s Little Crackers.
The short will tell the story of the Gavin and Stacey star’s early years.
Today filming was under way in London, with 16-year-old Lauren portraying the star as a teenager and Alison, 66, playing her mum.
It will focus on a young Alison sneaking off to see the Beatles at Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club.
Lauren, who takes acting classes at Allstars Casting in Hope Street, said: “Alison’s lovely and really funny. She’s always singing on set.
“She was telling us all about when she was a child. She told us about her friends in the 60s and spoke to us about being a teenager in Liverpool.
“She doesn’t tell her mum she’s going to The Cavern. She ends up sneaking out to go to the concert. It was her first time seeing a live band.
“It’s good I can relate to the story. I’ve been to The Cavern to watch Jessie J so I know the excitement.
“She was just a normal girl. She said she went to school in Childwall and had elocution lessons. Her accent is a bit stronger than it was, so I was asking her how to say the words properly.”
Lauren has appeared alongside Warren Brown in Good Cop, playing a 14-year-old schoolgirl who is suspected of having a relationship with an older man.
She also landed the part of Yasmin Goody in the CBBC show, 4 O’Clock Club, before winning a role in the BAFTA-nominated Little Crackers.
The young model was so keen to take part in the third series she agreed to cut off her long locks.
She said: “I saw a photo of Alison as a teenager with short hair and they asked if I’d be OK cutting my hair off. I agreed to do it, but in the read-through they had wigs on the table.
“They said if they didn’t look right I’d have to get my hair chopped off. I decided to donate it to charity, but the wig looks great.”
Birkenhead comedian Paul O’Grady is also set to feature in his own one-off Little Cracker this Christmas.