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Thursday, 17th July, 2003
Attending the real Fame Academy
Image of Rachel Harvey As seen in BBC One's My Family and Busted's debut video, Rachel Harvey can boast being known for attending the real Fame Academy.

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A star in the making, Rachel Harvey has just finished her four year stint at a top London stage school.

The Northamptonshire student won a scholarship to the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London’s trendy Marylebone after successfully winning a place through a Popstars style audition.

And now having learnt how to sing, dance and act, she has seen her career go from strength to strength.

While attending the school, Rachel was signed to the Sylvia Young agency, which recruits its students for the industry.

In the short space of time Rachel has already starred in the Busted video, That’s What I Go To School For, and featured in top BBC One comedy, My Family.

But she is now ditching the hours of commuting to and from London to return to her former Bishop Stopford school to study A-Levels.

But that doesn't mean she's given up on her dream of becoming an established actress. Far from it!

Getting Started

Rachel was bitten by the acting bug at an early age. "I started off going to a small stage school in Northampton, Chaplins. I did dance classes, singing and it worked on my confidence."

This helped when it came to auditioning for Sylvia Young’s after her parents applied for an application.

"I was a bit scared because of their reputation....but it wasn’t like that at all, everyone there is so supportive and nice.

Getting into Sylvia Young, Rachel had to go through three stages of auditions.

She performed a drama piece, an acting piece and finally a singing piece in front of a big panel including film producers, Tony Blackburn and Sylvia herself.

But she is not fazed by her success so far. "It’s just a job" she said.

Having left Bishop Stopford when she was 12 to attend Sylvia Young’s, Rachel will enrol back at her old school in the county for the new term to study music, art, english literature and drama A-levels.

So would the tempting offer of a big movie or top part tempt her away from her studies?

"That would be the only thing that could. Education can only get you so far in drama and theatre....It's all about experience."

And as for it being and ideal job? "I’ve always been a bit of a drama queen!"


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