The spotlight beckons for Fleur

Fleur Houdijk.
Fleur Houdijk.

A TEENAGE sensation has won a part in her second West End show.

Hartlepool youngster Fleur Houdijk, 13, will make her big stage appearance tonight on the opening night of the musical Matilda, at the Cambridge Theatre in London.

And there to watch her will be her proud mum Sharon Cook.

Sharon, 52, a mental health care worker in town who also has a son, Aaron Cook, 21, said: “I could not be more proud of her.

“Fleur is 13 and she is already in her second West End show. It is amazing.”

Fleur was 11 when she landed a leading role in Billy Elliot, at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre, in 2009.

She beat off hundreds of hopefuls to win the part of Debbie after impressing producers at auditions in Newcastle. This time, she has beaten the challenge of thousands of other auditioning youngsters to clinch the role of Hortensia in Roald Dahl’s Matilda.

Fleur (right) first developed her talents at the Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts in Hartlepool. She is now a student at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, in Marylebone, London.

Sharon said: “I can’t wait to see her perform. Fleur has been rehearsing for this since July and she has always wanted to be an actress.

“I will be excited and nervous for her and I will be emotional. I will have the tissues at the ready.”

The cast of children in the production of Matilda are split into three teams.

But it is Fleur’s team which has been chosen to open the London show which has arrived in the West End after a run in Cambridge.

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