Rachel joins Hollyoaks as girl looking for fame
ACTRESS Rachel Shenton is to grace the nation's screens again after securing a role in a popular soap.
The 23-year-old has appeared before audiences in several dramas over the years but taking on a new character in Channel 4's Hollyoaks will be her first regular job.
She told The Sentinel: "It is great as an actress to get regular work and I am looking forward to getting into the character."
Rachel auditioned for the part four weeks ago and her involvement with the show begins next week.
She initially auditioned for another role but says the part of Mitzee, someone desperate for fame and fortune, will be an interesting one.
Rachel said: "It is a really good time to join Hollyoaks. They have a great producer who has come in and is really changing things around. "He has got rid of some cast members and is starting to bring new ones into focus. Mitzee seems very fun to play."
It is not yet known when Rachel will first appear on screen but she expects it to be a couple of months after filming starts.
Among those eager to see her on the show are staff and users of the charity dDeaflinks.
Rachel has been working as a volunteer receptionist at their centre in Shelton for around 18 months after learning sign language following the death of her father Geoff Shenton when she was 14.
Rachel said: "My dad was deaf for the last two years of his life. I saw first hand how deafness affects people and families.
"As I got older and started going into acting professionally I thought I should have another job in between acting and sign language seemed like the natural thing to do.
"Working at dDeaflinks has been absolutely fantastic and they have been so supportive of my acting."
Centre user Sandra Lancaster, aged 61, from Fenton, said: "Rachel is always very respectful. We will be very sad when she goes. We have never watched Hollyoaks before but we will once she is on."
Fellow user Jennifer Callaghan, aged 59, from Hanley, added: "We wish Rachel lots of luck for the future."
Hazel Williams, managing executive at dDeaflinks, said: "We're happy for Rachel because she is such a lovely girl. We are pleased someone from our community has made good.
Colleague Sue Metters, added: "All our volunteers are very special and work very hard, bringing different backgrounds and qualities here.
"Everyone has really warmed to Rachel."