PROUD mum Sharon Cook is living in a “surreal” world - with pictures of her film star daughter appearing all over Hartlepool.
Bus stops around town are covered with posters for the latest movie All Stars starring John Barrowman, Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh, and Hartlepool’s own rising star Fleur Houdijk, 15.
Fleur, Sharon’s daughter, plays the role of Amy in the street dancing film which opens in UK cinemas this Friday.
Its premiere was held last week at Vue cinema in Leicester Square, London, with Fleur and Sharon among the audience.
Sharon, 54, said: “I was sitting there at the premiere thinking ‘is this really happening’. I didn’t speak to any of the stars. I was just enjoying the moment with my daughter. Then, when I got back home to Hartlepool, there were posters for the film all over with Fleur on them.”
Fleur is due back in Hartlepool this Friday, for a break from studies at the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School in London.
Sharon, from the Clavering area of Hartlepool, said: “It has all been surreal. I have been driving past bus stops in Hartlepool, seeing my own daughter on posters and saying ‘hi pet, see you soon!”
But Sharon, a mental health nurse, said Fleur was taking the whole experience in her stride. “She is very grounded and down to earth, said Sharon”
Fleur landed the role of Amy after impressing producers during a series of auditions.
She previously told the Hartlepool Mail that her character is a martial arts tomboy and had to learn taekwondo for the role.
She said the film was about a youth centre threatened with demolition so two boys organise a street dance battle to raise money. Fleur previously told the Mail: “My character Amy is part of that group.”
The dance crew members are a band of misfits who come together with a common love of dancing.
Her dad in the film is played by BBC presenter and Torchwood actor Barrowman.
Other famous faces in the movie include Extras and Ugly Betty actress Ashley Jensen, Outnumbered actor Hugh Dennis, and Theo Stevenson from Horrid Henry The Movie.
Fleur has starred in the West End musicals Billy Elliot and Matilda and won Performer of the Year in this year’s Pride of Hartlepool Awards.