Young Edinburgh actress Abby makes her on-screen BBC debut after landing 'Dinosaur' role

A schoolgirl from Edinburgh has made her television debut after landing a prime role in BBC series ‘Dinosaur’.

By Isla Whateley
Monday, 31st May 2021, 4:45 pm

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Abby Wallace, who is nine, plays ‘young Nina’ in the new comedy series on BBC Three – a younger version of the lead character.

She trained with award-winning talent management and training programme Stagebox, which has recently expanded to Scotland to offer opportunities to young performers outside of London.

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Abby as 'young Nina' in the BBC Three series

Abby follows in the footsteps of 11-year-old Lexi Sheppard, another Scottish Stagebox client, who played Young Cosette in Les Miserables on London’s West End, and is currently filming for a Netflix movie musical.

Stagebox offers industry membership to young actors across the UK, and is currently on the lookout for new undiscovered performers aged between eight and 18 – hosting a series of free auditions throughout the country.

With training taking place throughout the school holidays, Stagebox alumni have gone on to secure lead roles for Disney, Netflix, in the West End – and now Abby for the BBC.

From the producers of ‘Fleabag’, ‘Dinosaur’ follows the life of an undiagnosed autistic young woman, Nina, venturing into the world of modern dating.

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First airing on BBC Three on May 27 Glaswegian comedian Ashley Storrie, who is also autistic, plays the lead role.

It marks a watershed moment for BBC Three, as now over half of scripted comedy on the channel is written by women.

‘Dinosaur’ will be shown on BBC One on Monday, June 7.

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