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Young sisters to appear on the big screen in Christmas movie

November 14, 2013

YellowBrix

Christmas will come early for aspiring young actresses Lily and Beatrice Garrett who are appearing in a new film which opens in America next week and in the UK at the end of the November.

Sisters Lily, nine, and Beatrice, seven, will be starring alongside singer Susan Boyle and Les Miserables star Samantha Barks in The Christmas Candle, which has been adapted from a novel by Max Lucado.

The girls, who live in Charlton and go to Kilmersdon School, filmed their part in the movie earlier this year and cannot wait to see themselves on the big screen.

They are no strangers to the world of acting with appearances in Dorian Grey and Johnny English already in the can.

The movie is set deep in the heart of the English countryside and centres on an enduring Christmas legend about a candle which sparks an annual Christmas miracle.

The girls play sisters Sarah and Maggie Finch who along with their family want the Christmas candle and appear in several scenes in the film.

Filming took place at Luton Hoo, Stanway in Gloucestershire and Biddestone in Wiltshire.

Mum Lisa and dad Paul say they are really proud of their daughters.

Mrs Garrett said: "They had costumes and even the gloves had to be specially made for them.

"It has been a fantastic experience for them and they have grown in confidence."

While on set the girls had tutors to keep them up with school work.

Mrs Garrett said: "Not being with them while they were filming has given the girls some independence.

"We are looking forward to seeing the film."

Both the girls are keen to continue acting and say their favourite actor in the film was Sherlock Holmes star Hans Matheson.

Also appearing are former Dr Who, Sylvester McCoy, Lesley Manville, John Hannah and Barbara Flynn.

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