Former Mayfield girl wins Hollywood role

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Stephanie Tarling, a former student of St. Leonards Mayfield School, has landed a starring role in a Hollywood film due out later this month.

She gained her first Hollywood part after emigrating to America to pursue a career in acting.

The 23 year old grew up in East Grinstead, graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York last year, which boasts high profile alumni including Danny DeVito, Robert Redford and Kirk Douglas.

Her dream to be a world-famous actress is growing ever closer, thanks to her starring role in the forthcoming short film ‘Not Another High School Musical’. The film, which takes on a style similar to the hit US television show Glee, is due for release in August, with Warner Brothers Studios and Universal Studios in the running to premiere the production.

Stephanie, who now lives in California, plays lead female character Amy Smith in the film, who at first appears to fit the typical all-American cheerleader stereotype. However, as the story unfolds, the ‘real’ Amy is revealed and a romance unfolds.

She commented: “My background studying theatre at St. Leonards-Mayfield School and the Backbone Theatre Company in Tunbridge Wells really supported everything I’ve been able to achieve. I am especially grateful to Mayfield’s drama department, which cast me in my first major role in the play Top Girls when I was 16. I am very excited about my upcoming projects and cannot wait for the release of Not Another High School Musical.”

Stephanie is also due to shoot a second Hollywood film, due to appear at the forthcoming NBC Short Cut Film Festival. She is also currently filming a pilot for a television show, with the potential re-occurring role, and is to appear in an episode of True Blood.

St Leonards-Mayfield School, currently celebrating its 150th anniversary, was founded in 1863 when Mother Cornelia Connelly and her group of young pupils enjoyed a picnic in the grounds of The Old Palace, leading to the restoration of the medieval ruin and the establishment of St Leonards-Mayfield School.

Today the school looks to the future with an Independent Schools Inspectorate report from September 2012 which gave an overall rating of ‘excellent. It is included in the 2012 list of the Top 50 Girls’ Boarding Schools in the UK.