Ellie Lands Starring Role In Doctor Who
Royal National College for the Blind, Student lands starring role in Doctor Who
Meet Ellie, an 18-year old student from the Royal National College for the Blind, who has landed a starring role in the BBCs Doctor Who, airing on Sunday 2nd December.
Ellie was born blind due to Retinopathy of Prematurity. However, this hasn’t stopped her from following her dreams.
Ellie told us… ‘Earlier in the year, a casting call came for a blind teenager to play a character in Doctor Who. I went along and I got the role. I can’t say too much or give any spoilers, but it’s been an amazing experience working with stars like Jodie Whittaker and Bradley Walsh. They were all really nice and the crew were all really helpful.’
However, Doctor Who isn’t Ellie’s first taste of fame. She has also appeared in the equally as popular BBC show, Call The Midwife.
Ellie Currently Studies Performing Arts at RNC
At the Royal National College for the Blind, we encourage all of our students to reach for the stars. Ellie’s one-year program is built around her aspirations and focuses on preparation to higher education. This was important to Ellie who felt that the jump to university may be a bit too big. Therefore after achieving excellent results in her A Levels, she enrolled with the RNC based in Hereford.
‘I felt I needed a transition year between sixth form and university to prepare me for higher education life. In addition, I needed to increase my independent living skills significantly. I just could not do that alongside my GCSEs and A Levels’.
Her timetable isn’t just packed with star-studded appearances. She also finds the time to study for her Level 3 OCR in Performing Arts. She is also able to use this course to practice and enhance her acting skills by studying units such as Skill Development in Performing Arts, Performing Arts Practice and Community Arts Project.
At RNC we support all of our students and prepare them for Higher Education
At The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) our courses aren’t just centred around academic learning. We want to help our students develop vital life skills too. Her course includes kitchen and living skills, mobility and travel techniques. As well as IT skills, to ensure she is able to use a PC and all of its packages. Ellie also has transitional support on her timetable, allowing her to focus on writing a strong personal statement for her university application, searching and evaluating the course options, and arranging visits to the universities to meet their student support teams.
In whole we want our students to develop a valuable set of skills, that will truly prepare them for uni-life.
Right now though Ellie is preparing for life in the spotlight…
‘Since the news was released that I was the guest star it’s been crazy! I have done a couple of interviews and my twitter followers have increased, it’s all been very professional.’
The RNC wishes you the best of luck Ellie and we can’t wait to watch your debut on Doctor Who. What Ellie could reveal is that the episode is titled ‘It Takes You Away’. The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz discover a boarded-up cottage and a girl named Hanne (Ellie) in need of their help. What has happened here? What monster lurks in the woods around the cottage – and beyond?
We can’t wait to find out…