BAFTA awards excitement for 15-year-old Uckfield actress

Uckfield teenager Maddie Holliday is excited to hear that a Hank Zipzer film and series she appears in have been nominated for three BAFTA awards and an International Emmy.


Maddie Holliday. Picture: David Myers.

Maddie Holliday appeared as Emily Zipzer in the BBC series, which is now showing in about 20 other countries around the world and has just been sold to America.

Hank Zipzer has been nominated in the BAFTA comedy category and Hank Zipzer’s Christmas Catastrophe, a film, has been nominated in categories for writer and drama.

Hank Zipzer’s Christmas Catastrophe has also been nominated in the Kids TV Movie/Mini Series category in the International Emmy Awards.

Maddie’s other film credits include The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm and Professor Branestawm Returns.

Leading role

More recently she played the leading role in a short film about a 13-year-old girl’s first crush – Crush – which was selected for many prestigious short film festivals, including Edinburgh International Film Festival, TIFF Kids International Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival and more.

It will be screened at Brighton Film Festival on Sunday, November 12, and Maddie will be there. Read more about Maddie winning the leading role here.

There was another accolade for Maddie when she received the Child of Sussex Award for Performance at a ceremony at Brighton Metropole Hotel, on Friday, October 20 and she was delighted about that.

The YouTube video below was shown at the awards ceremony and features her mum Wendy. Maddie lives with Wendy, her father Stephen, and brother Finn.


The focus for 15-year-old Maddie this year has been on her studies. She previously attended Heathfield Community College but has been home-schooled for the last 12 months, gaining half her GCSEs this summer, including an A* in drama.

She will take the rest of her exams in 2018.

Maddie has had the opportunity of attending extra acting classes and workshops at The Theatre Workshop, in Brighton, and a film-making course at Brighton Film School. She has also attended accent coaching and casting directors workshops.

After she is 16 in March she will be able to audition for more mature roles and is really looking forward to that.

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