Actress Ella Stokes has been awarded a scholarship by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

She will begin studying Acting at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in September.

On being awarded the Scholarship, Ella said: “It doesn’t seem real. I’m excited, thrilled and grateful to have been given such an amazing opportunity.

“I couldn’t be happier about the next three years.”

Ella grew up in Farnborough along with three siblings and from a young age, she spent her free time practising ballet, tap, and musical theatre.

She has performed in various professional pantomimes, including a role as a senior dancer in Camberley’s Beauty and The Beast.

Recently, she became a member of The Lyric Ensemble, a company of 15 actors run by the Lyric Hammersmith.

Professor Stephen Simms, Vice Principal and Head of Acting at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, said: “We would like to thank the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation for this incredibly generous scholarship, which will help us to continue attracting the most gifted actor-singers, irrespective of their financial circumstances.”

Notable alumni include Nicol Williamson, Tom Lister, Catherine Tyldesley, Rachel Bright, Nicola Coughlan, Barbara Keogh, Luke Mably and James Bradshaw, among others.

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