A young actor is set to follow in his famous little sister’s footsteps to make his West End bow.
Joshua Steel, 19, will join the ensemble in the stage show of Mamma Mia as he looks to emulate the success of his sister, Britain’s Got Talent singing sensation Hollie.
Joshua moved from Huncoat to study at Italia Conti Arts Centre and graduated early so he could make his West End debut.
He is among 24 new cast members in the latest version of the show which hits the stage on Monday, June 10.
Joshua, formerly of Bluebell Way, said he was delighted to be involved and said musicals were his passion.
He said: “I love musicals with the combination of singing, dancing and acting.
“My biggest dream would be to be in We Will Rock You and play Galileo Figaro.
“Hopefully I could go onto Broadway or be in some new musicals.” Joshua started dance lessons at the age of 11 after being inspired to go along by a friend.
He then took up theatre and dance in Burnley. He added: “Everything just fell into place for me then, I loved it. I went to gymnastics as well and had private singing lessons. I practised hard but now it’s all paid off and I even got my first paycheck last week.”
Joshua is in rehearsals six days a week learning choreography, singing and stage directions and said he is thoroughly enjoying the experience.
He said: “Mamma Mia is a great show – it’s got a lot of characters people can relate to which is why I think people like it. When I found out I’d got the part I called my mum straight away and she was crying down the phone.”
Joshua’s mum Nina still lives in Huncoat and will be going to watch her son perform, as will his dad Jason. Hollie appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2010 and made national headlines after being reduced to tears after forgetting the words to her song, sparking a debate about children in the spotlight. Now 14, she is studying at a theatre school in London.