Fairy-tale return

Victoria Holtom as Fairy.
Victoria Holtom as Fairy.

AN actress is looking forward to entertaining the crowds when she performs in panto in her home town.

Victoria Holtom has landed the role of the Vegetable Fairy in Billingham Forum’s pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk.

The 29-year-old secured the key part after she wrote to producer Douggie Chapman.

Victoria said: “I wrote to him saying I was a Billingham girl and would love to be in Billingham’s panto now the Forum has opened again.

“I have been in pantomimes across the country and Scotland, but never in Billingham.

“I have always played the role of the princess or Snow White and Cinderella.

“This is the first time I have played a fairy so it is quite exciting.

“She is there to bring a bit of fun to the panto and has a very funky costume.

“She is not your traditional white fairy.”

Victoria is back in Billingham after a spell living in London.

She recently appeared at Middlesbrough Theatre in Miss Crispy 1988 about Billingham’s former crisp factory.

“Everything is Billingham this year,” said Victoria.

But she admits there is something special about starring in panto.

Victoria said: “It is definitely more fun. It is hard work with two shows a day, but I just love it.

“Everyone is in the Christmas spirit and everyone who comes is really up for a good time.

“The kids also love it and I really enjoy it.”

Victoria has been acting professionally since she graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London in 2007.

Jack and the Beanstalk also stars Hayley Tamaddon from Emmerdale and winner of Dancing On Ice and Ben-Ryan Davies, star of BBC’s Waterloo Road.

World famous circus clown Charlie Cairoli junior completes the line up.

The Forum says tickets are selling well.

It runs for four weeks from December 8 to January 6.