Long Melford girl's haircut fundraiser for Downton Abbey appearance
- Credit: Michael Scott
Eleven-year-old Freya Scott from Long Melford appeared as an extra in the new film Downton Abbey: A New Era - and helped a charity at the same time.
Freya raised £325 for the Little Princess Trust when she had her hair cut into a bob for her big-screen appearance.
Freya said: "Cutting off my hair was a good thing because I got to donate it to charity."
Freya's father Michael Scott said they responded to a casting call which was sent to local Theatretrain pupils at the beginning of 2021.
As filming took place in the midst of Covid lockdown measures, Mr Scott said the production needed extras for the film but didn't want them to travel down from London.
He applied for Freya to take part in the film on the same evening that the casting call was sent out.
Over the coming weeks Mr Scott had to provide measurements and profile shots of Freya to casting directors at all times of the day and night.
- 1 Man jailed for modifying guns and trying to smuggle weapons into UK
- 2 Inquest opened into human remains found by Suffolk river
- 3 When will bins be emptied during the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend?
- 4 Jailed in Suffolk: The criminals put behind bars this week
- 5 Trio deny assaulting man and woman and will face trial
- 6 Boy, 10, asked to get in car by two men near Sudbury
- 7 Revealed: The most popular Suffolk fish and chip shop
- 8 Witches 46 Wolves 44. Sensational finish at Foxhall as Ipswich win
- 9 Temporary Post Office to open in Sudbury when branch closes
- 10 Sudbury's new mayor on crime, Belle Vue Park and tourism
Freya had to take a PCR on set at Belchamp Hall, Sudbury, every day of the three-day filming period.
While on set, Freya met Hugh Bonneville, who played the Earl of Grantham, and Raquel Cassidy, who played lady's maid Phyllis Baxter.
She said she was more starstruck by the latter as she's a fan of her performance as Miss Hardbroom in CBBC's The Worst Witch series.
Once filming had finished, Freya and her parents signed a non-disclosure agreement with NBC Studios.
Freya said: "I had to keep it a secret from my friends for a very long time."
Her grandparents saw Downton Abbey: A New Era on opening night on Friday, April 29, spotting their granddaughter in the first five minutes of the film.
Freya's mum took her to a screening at the cinema in which Freya pointed out her appearance in the wedding reception scene.
Mr Scott says they will be buying the movie on DVD and watching back Freya's appearance multiple times.
Freya has attended singing, acting and dancing classes at Theatretrain since she was six years old.
She said her favourite classes are "singing and acting" and she'd love to be an extra on a film set again: "It was really fun, I'd definitely do it again."