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Welsh Nancy and Oliver hopefuls
Francesca, Sarah and Tara - the three would-be Nancys
All three Welsh finalists have experience of performing
Five would-be West End stars from Wales are among the 24 finalists to play Nancy and Oliver for the BBC's new musical talent show I'd Do Anything.

The three Nancy hopefuls include Tara Bethan, 24, from Rhyl, who was in the Welsh language soap Rownd a Rownd.

The two hoping to play Oliver include Gwion, 11, from Carmarthenshire, who would love to act opposite Gary Oldman.

They are hoping to be cast in a revival of the musical Oliver! And will face their first public vote next Saturday.

All five are hoping to follow fellow Welsh singer Connie Fisher who went on to star as Maria in The Sound of Music after winning a similar TV show.

Tara has just completed a nine month contract on the children's soap which is based around a children's newspaper round.

Her father is an ex-pro wrestler and she says her worst job was working for her father's company when she had to load and unload the wrestling ring.

Shepherd's Pie

She has also presented on the Welsh language TV channel S4C as well as having a CD on sale in Wales.

Francesca, 24, from Swansea and Sarah, 25, originally from Cardiff are the other two Welsh contestants vying for the role as Nancy in the latest musical theatre search by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Francesca now lives in London where she studied at theatre school and has recently finished performing in the West End production of Rent.

She says she lives by cosmic ordering and loves Shepherd's pie.

Sarah, meanwhile, trained at the Royal Academy of Music and says she sees Nancy as her chance to get away from young roles.

Jordan, 13, from Wrexham and Gwion, 11, from Carmarthenshire
The two Oliver hopefuls from Wales

She also admits to idolising magician Paul Daniels when she was growing up.

She says she is still obsessed and would love to be his assistant for the day.

Gwion will be joined by fellow welsh hopeful Jordan, 13, from Wrexham as they vie with 10 others to become Oliver.

Gwion has aspirations to become director when he is older and his favourite musical is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Jordan is a big fan os Les Miserables and dreams of playing the role of Jean Valjean when he is too old to play Oliver.

Three young boys will also be chosen to play orphaned urchin Oliver.

The 24 hopefuls will face the public vote in a show hosted by Graham Norton on BBC One from next Saturday.

A trained musical theatre performer who was working in a call centre, Connie Fisher was plucked from obscurity to play Maria von Trapp in the Sound of Music at London's Palladium.

She only recently relinquished the role.

In the second TV search for a musical theatre star, Lee Mead was chosen to play the title role in a new West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.



SEE ALSO
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