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Following in the footsteps of a famous granddad
9:00am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
SUPERSTAR in the making, Chloe Brookes, is following in her famous grandfather’s footsteps when she takes on the starring role in the theatre production of Annie in November.
The 10-year-old was inspired by her grandfather, Nicky Martyn, after becoming memorised by his performances on both stage and screen.
The youngster from Appleton would watch, with fascination, re-runs of television talent show New Faces, which her grandfather won and later presented in the 1970s.
Chloe, who attends Bowdon Preparatory School in Altrincham, said: “I want to go and perform on all the cruises like my granddad, singing for everyone on board.”
Nicky, aged 72, has enjoyed a fruitful career in the music industry, which includes countless performances at the London Palladium and many appearances on TV shows such as The Comedians and Video Entertainers.
Since winning New Faces in the 70s, Nicky has had a long and successful career as a cruise ship entertainer, travelling the globe while following his dream of entertaining people.
“This is just what I want to do,” said Chloe. “I’d love, one day, to play Matilda on stage.”
The aspiring musical performer is currently in rehearsals for the role of Annie at The Brindley Theatre in Runcorn, which will hit the stage on November 12 to 16.
But the youngster is no stranger to the spotlight having already taken on a number of lead roles including Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty and Frosty in Frosty the Snowman.
Chloe was also a finalist in Warrington’s Got Talent in 2012 and 2013, performing at the Parr Hall Theatre - the same venue her grandfather took centre stage in 1958.
Nicky said: “She has got a real talent and, when she is on stage, the audience are just drawn to her.”
Chloe’s mum, Phillippa, labels herself as one of the proudest mum’s in the world.
“It’s like history repeating itself. It’s very exciting to see what will happen next,” she said. “She definitely gets her voice from my dad as it isn’t me. Sadly it skipped a generation.”
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