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Victoria adds royal touch to a US faire

TREADING ye olde boards in style is a Solihull actress who is now the star attraction of the prestigious Southern California Renaissance Faire.

TREADING ye olde boards in style is a Solihull actress who is now the star attraction of the prestigious Southern California Renaissance Faire.

Victoria Hanlin, whose family live in Earlswood, has played the central role of Queen Elizabeth 1 in the eight week extravaganza which recreates a 16th century English sea port town’s fair and marketplace, for the last two years.

The event attracts around just under 100,000 people a year including celebrities like Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman.

The 27-year-old ex St Martin’s and Tudor Grange pupil knew from the age of five that she wanted to act and has a string of stage and film credits to her name.

“I went to drama school and then won a scholarship to The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art at 18.

“I now live in Los Angeles and have an agent and a manager. Everybody is an actor! It does help a little to be English though in LA it is what you look like.”

“Winning the role of Queen Elizabeth was like stepping into a different world. Everything is set in the Elizabethan era and all the stallholders are in the right attire.

“I get on stage about 7.30am and then spend two and a half hours with the make-up artist. Sometimes it can hit 100 degrees and the wig and dresses are very heavy.”

But the actress has had a long time to get used to period costume - this photo taken from our picture library shows a teenage Victoria, appearing in Much Ado About Nothing.

Victoria, whose parents still live in Wood Lane, is widely recognised with lots of fans and even has her own paparazzi. She has just completed a film called “Conversations with Lucifer”.

Let’s hope she continues to “break a leg”.

 

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