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  'More drama clubs needed for child actors'
Updated 11 January 2002, 10.12
Harry Potter cast
Rebecca from London has noticed more children wanting to act thanks to Daniel Radcliffe and friends. But she says more should be done to help them.

"Many young people have been inspired to start acting after seeing films and television programmes like Harry Potter and Malcolm in the Middle.

They all know how to join local theatre groups but where are they supposed to go from there?

Hermione, Rupert and Daniel
I think that it can be quite scary if you don't know what you are doing.

If they search the net, all that comes up is American theatre sites, that cost thousands of dollars and aren't very much use to those young hopefuls who live in the UK.

Answering appeals like on Newsround is definitely a push in the right direction, but are there enough of these? I think there should be more opportunities for these people.

In schools there are very few drama clubs and sometimes child actors and actresses don't get taken seriously.

More theatre groups

I would like to see some change and hopefully people will begin to open up more theatre groups and more auditions to make it easier for actors just starting out.

More and more children and teenagers want to follow in the footsteps of Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson and I hope they all have their chance."

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