Hartlepool starlet to be seen by millions in My Little Pony film

A HARTLEPOOL youngster is set to be seen by millions of TV viewers after starring in an advert for a new children’s movie.

Talented 10-year-old Victoria Bell will be seen on satellite channel Nickelodeon in the promotional video for the animated film My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks.

Victoria Bell

Victoria Bell

The advert is due to air on Friday afternoon and will also be screened on other channels.

Victoria, who goes to West Park Primary School, was one of just six young girls chosen out of hundreds of hopefuls from all over the country who auditioned to appear in the TV advert.

In it she plays the My Little Pony character from the film, Rarity.

She and mum Elizabeth Bell enjoyed an all-expenses paid two-day trip to London for the filming.

Victoria Bell with choreographer Nathan Bell during the shooting of the advert in London

Victoria Bell with choreographer Nathan Bell during the shooting of the advert in London

Elizabeth said: “Victoria saw an advert inviting people to audition on Nickelodeon.

“She choreographed a 60-second video clip of her singing and dancing and I videoed her.

“Victoria absolutely loved making the advert, she thought it was amazing.”

In the advert, Victoria and the five other girls perform a dance routine called the Equestrian Girls Stomp, and special effects were added to show them transform from ponies to girls.

Victoria Bell

Victoria Bell

It relates to the story of the movie when one of the My Little Ponies transforms into a teenage girl and must survive her biggest challenge – high school.

The dance routine was put together by Diversity choreographer Nathan James.

And Victoria, who is a grade four trained singer and grade three piano player, came home with a bag full of toys and goodies for winning the role.

The advert is Victoria’s first TV work. Last year she starred in the leading role of Molly in Annie at The Arc Theatre in Stockton.

Victoria Bell

Victoria Bell

And in July she won the under nines category of an NSPCC talent competition after performing at the grand final at Alnwick Castle.

Victoria lives with parents Elizabeth and John and brothers Alex, 16, and James, 13, in the Hart Lane area of town.

Elizabeth added: “She doesn’t go to any dance schools but she has worked hard to get where she is.

“I’m really proud of her.”

Victoria Bell

Victoria Bell