Dagenham woman who never acted before stars in celebrated feature film Lynn + Lucy
PUBLISHED: 12:01 08 July 2020 | UPDATED: 12:01 08 July 2020
A former Lidl worker has become a movie star after an appeal in the Post.
Roxanne Scrimshaw from Dagenham Heathway won a starring role after mum Diane spotted an appeal from a casting agent in the Post in September 2018.
Roxanne went on to audition for the movie Lynn + Lucy written and directed by Fyzal Boulifa. It premiered on July 2 with Roxanne, 29, starring as Lynn.
Since the movie’s release, the former Jo Richardson pupil, who was totally new to acting, has gone on to win best actress awards at film festivals in China, Morocco and France.
Along with Fyzal, Roxanne was nominated in best newcomer categories at the 2019 BIFA awards. Film critic Mark Kermode has given the feature five stars.
“Everything has just gone upside down,” the mother of one said. “It was really amazing. I didn’t think someone like me could be doing something like that.
“It was such a surreal experience,” she added.
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The film tells the story of Lynn who is delighted when best friend Lucy has her first baby. Lucy, however, does not react to motherhood as Lynn expects. Soon, they find their friendship tested.
But in spite of the accolades, Roxanne remains grounded.
“I’m still the same person. Growing up in Dagenham it will take a few more holidays to change me. We’re a breed of our own round here.”
And eight-year-old daughter, Talia, keeps mum’s feet firmly on the ground.
“She is super proud. But sometimes I just embarrass her. I’ll be standing in the street having a picture taken, and she’s like, ‘Stop it mum’,” Roxanne joked.
“I’ve met the most amazing people. One minute I can be flying off to a beautiful location, and the next I’m queuing up outside Iceland to get a piece of chicken. It’s crazy,” she said.
On what prompted her to audition, Roxanne explained how she always dreamt there could be more to life. She now plans to get an agent.
“It was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done,” Roxanne said.
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