Madeline Holliday in the first Professor Branestawm series.

Teenage Uckfield actress wins leading role in new film

Thirteen-year-old Uckfield actress Madeline Holliday has been asked to play the leading role in a short film about a girl’s first crush … but first £8,000 is needed to fund the project.

Maddie, whose parents are Stephen and Wendy and who has a brother Finn, attends Heathfield Community College and has already proved her talent by appearing as Emily Zipzer in the BBC series Hank Zipzer; The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm and Professor Branestawm Returns.


Madeline Holliday as seen at a preview screening of Professor Branestawm Returns.

Other TV work includes Holby City and she has also appeared in adverts for Suzuki and Sainsburys.


Madeline Holliday with Harry Hill in the Radio Times as Professor Branestawm Returns.

In the new short film Crush Maddie would work with an award-winning production company Cat Dragged in Films, with a highly experienced all-female shooting crew.

Director Rosie Westhoff has spent many years working in film and television both in production and as an assistant director. Credits include EastEnders, Kate Bush Before the Dawn DVD, Robbie Williams One Night at The Palladium and more. This will be her first venture as a director.

The directory of photography would be Eva Arnold whose work includes short films, such as the multiple competition winner Yoke Farm; commercials including Quaker Oats, fashion, accessories shoot for the Royal College of Art and art films for Channel 4 and Sky Arts, to be screened shortly.

Performing alongside Maddie will be Zara Cooper whose credits include a soon-to-be released short film, The Seedlings. She has also worked as a supporting artist on EastEnders and more.

Read more about Crush and the bid for funding here.


Madeline Holliday reads to children at the Royal Marsden Hospital in December 2015.

The biggest challenge for the production team is in covering the location fee of £2,500. The rest of the money raised will go towards covering the costs of the crew, camera and sound kit, travel, insurance, catering and art department/design.

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