Sophie Boyne

YEAR OF AWARD: 2005
AGE AT AWARD: 18
ARTFORMS: Musical Theatre
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Biography

Sophie started to learn to sing at the age of two and to learn to dance at three. Her first audition was at the age of five in Aberdeen for The Sound of Music.

By the time she was 18, Sophie had been a member of Aberdeen Youth Music Theatre for seven years and been accepted into the National Youth Music Theatre three times (once as the youngest person, twice as the only Scot).

She has performed twice at the Edinburgh Festival, danced in The Nutcracker with both Siaga Ballet in Japan and with the Scottish Ballet and toured with Atomic Kitten, Liberty X and Steps. When she supported one of her favourite pop bands 5ive, she performed solo in front of a 15,000 crowd at the Glasgow Exhibition and Conference Centre.

How the Award Helped

Since she was thirteen, Sophie dreamed of becoming a performer. Being accepted by the Guildford School of Music and Drama brought her a huge step closer to the fulfilment of that dream.

Since the Award

Sophie graduated in 2008 with a first class honours. After the final Showcase she was signed up by an agent and immediately walked into a job at Greenwich Theatre playing the female lead in 'Jack and the Beanstalk' where she got excellent reviews. Sophie writes, "without the scholarship I would have not been able to accept my place at Guildford School of Acting."



I have been doing well in my course and enjoying it immensely. Getting this award means I can concentrate on my course work without having to worry about when I can work