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Emma in dramatic TV debut

PUBLISHED: 16:22 30 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:42 23 August 2010

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A TEENAGER has appeared in an episode of popular BBC1 crime drama Waking the Dead. Emma True, 16, from Dartford, was seen in an episode called Missing Persons. The pupil at St George s School, in Gravesend, played a 15-year-old prostitute called Rose De

A TEENAGER has appeared in an episode of popular BBC1 crime drama Waking the Dead.

Emma True, 16, from Dartford, was seen in an episode called Missing Persons.

The pupil at St George's School, in Gravesend, played a 15-year-old prostitute called Rose Delaney, who is witness to a woman being burned to death in a cargo container.

She was seen in a flashback as the adult version of her character, a dental nurse played by Hannah Storey, had her life turned around.

Emma, who attends Walk Tall, a performing arts charity based in Northfleet, said: "It was my first audition for a television show, and there were four of five other girls who were also there.

"Because it was my first television role, it was really exciting. They were long days though. I worked over two days, from 11am in the morning until midnight. It was quite tough, but I really enjoyed it."

Waking the Dead follows the work of a Cold Case Unit, investigating unsolved murders. It stars Trevor Eve as Peter Boyd, head of the unit, and Sue Johnston, who plays a psychological profiler. She played the part of Jim Royle's wife Barbara in the Royle Family and was a regular in Brookside.

Emma added: "I met Sue Johnston, which was great. I don't think my friends could quite believe it when they saw me on television. Everyone has been supportive of me, including my family and my two younger sisters.

"I hope to carry on acting and would love to perform on a West End stage, or even get into films."

Ann Duke, chief executive of Walk Tall who put Emma forward for the audition, said: "We are very, very proud of Emma. She is a very focused and talented actress. She has the right attitude and will go a long way.

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