Eastbourne’s child star Isabelle Allen has appeared on the red carpet with A-list celebrities at the premiere of Les Miserables.
The 10-year-old Moira House pupil was in Leicester Square with her co-stars of the film adaptation of the hit musical on Wednesday night (December 5). They included the likes of Hugh Jackman, Helena Bonham Carter and Russell Crowe.
The youngster told reporters, “It’s been so exciting and so much fun.
“All the stars were so nice to me and I love Anne Hathaway.”
Young Isabelle seemed at ease as she walked down the red carpet in front of the cameras in a pretty pink dress. She has been praised by her co-stars in the new film, with Hugh Jackman describing her as ‘incredible’.
Isabelle was picked from thousands of young girls to star in the big budget cinema release alongside a long list of Hollywood heavyweights.
She landed the role of the young Cosette in the film after being spotted during a school production of Pied Piper of Hamelin.
Jeremy Taylor, who heads the National Youth Theatre, was directing the show in Eastbourne and was bowled over by Isabelle after seeing her sing a solo. A quick call to casting agents in London convinced them to take a look at her and the rest, as they say, is history.
Isabelle was whisked up to the capital for an audition, was given the part and soon found herself filming scenes at London’s historic Pinewood Studios with some of the biggest names in the business.
Isabelle became particularly close to High Jackman, of X-Men fame.
She said, “Hugh Jackman was really nice and friendly.
“He was funny and helped me a lot. He gave me a great tip on how to look scared but told me not to tell anyone what it was.”
Isabelle added, “I owe a lot to Jeremy Taylor. If he had not seen me and put me forward, I wouldn’t be doing any of this.”