Life is going well for Aimée Kelly. She is following a major role in the Idris Elba thriller Hijack with a one-woman play at the Soho Theatre.
She has a clear idea of what success looks like. "If I can continue to do projects that differ from my last and make a positive impact on people then I would say that is the ultimate achievement."
For this talented and versatile actress, the projects should keep coming for a while yet
What upcoming project(s) are you most excited about?
I have a series premiering this winter on ITVX called Platform 7. It’s a ghost story based on their Novel by Louise Doughty.
I'm also starring in the one-woman production of Boy Parts at the Soho Theatre.
What is your proudest professional accomplishment?
Probably the Best British Newcomer nomination at the BFI London Film festival or BAFTA children nomination for Best Performer.
If you could change one thing about your career, what would it be?
I don’t think I would change anything about my career so far. I never done the typical route of drama school because my first job I was still in school so my introduction to the industry was straight onto a film set.
For me, it truly has been the best way to learn and grow. Each project is instrumental to your process because you pick up things from people you work with along the way.
What do you hope to achieve that you haven’t yet?
If I can continue to do projects that differ from my last and make a positive impact on people then I would say that is the ultimate achievement.
I did a show called Wolfblood when I was younger that was bought by Disney Channel and so was dubbed in tonnes of languages and distributed globally.
Still to this day, the viewers of that show who are now grown up will stop me in coffee shops, airports and say you don’t understand how much that show helped me as a teen or I had a tough time as a teenager and that show got me through.
Having those encounters and being reminded how much a show makes an impact for me, is the biggest achievement.
Outside of your family, who is / was your biggest inspiration?
I worked with Helen Mirren on Roger Michelles’s The Duke and she was such a brilliant mentor. Her dedication to investigate beyond what was written on the page was inspiring and she was always encouraging me to voice my suggestions and make sure everyones voice was heard.
Tell us something nobody knows about you...
I have been a motocross racer since I was a kid!
Favourite accessory – watch / jewellery / etc – and why is it special to you?
I have a gold necklace with my dog's name (Sid) that I rarely take off. He’s a good boy.
It’s funny because we got a second sausage dog called Martha and I keep meaning to get her name put on the necklace but haven’t had time so it’s still just Sid for now.
What's your biggest style disaster?
If ever my call time is before 6am (it was usually 4am on Hijack) it will guarantee a daily style disaster. It’s usually PJs on the bottom and whatever I can find in the dark on the top and then at the end of the work day when its broad daylight I realise everyone sees me and I have to face the driver in the chaotic outfit.
Is there an item you threw away – or lost – that you really miss?
I have a really bad habit of binging The Home Edit on Netflix, doing a clear out of all my clothes and then the following week going to look for something I’ve gotten rid of.
What’s next on your shopping list?
I used to go to school in LA and so became obsessed with American snacks and candy.
One of my best friends comes to stay usually once a year and I make her a huge shopping list of all the snacks I miss and she very kindly brings them over in her suitcase. I owe you one Lexi!
What would you buy if money was no object?
A holiday home for sure!
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