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  Do you want to be an actor?
Updated 14 June 2004, 15.07
The Phelps twins play the Weasleys
We get loads of letters and e-mails at Newsround from kids wanting to find out how to become an actor.

Whether it's big parts, or just being a background extra, it seems every kid in the UK would love to get in front of the camera.

Staff at acting agency Barbara Speake say you should just start acting - take part in school plays, join drama clubs, anything you can to get experience.

Next, you should get in touch with an agency.

Make sure they're well known and have a good reputation - you could check them out online, and you need your parents' permission.

Tom Felton plays Draco Malfoy
"Make them laugh!"
You should send details like your age, how tall you are, a photograph, and any hobbies or skills you have.

You never know - they may need a kid who can juggle while riding a bike and singing in French!

To practise for auditions, read out loud as much as you can, so you get used to it.

If you're just trying to be an extra, what you look like and what you can do aren't really a problem.

Potter advice

We spoke to a few of the actors in the Harry Potter films to find out what they had to say.

James and Oliver Phelps, who play the Weasley twins, said: "Just be yourself - if you suit the part you'll get it."

Draco Malfoy actor Tom Felton recommends making the casting people laugh, so you stick in their minds.

He added: "Obviously being a good actor helps too!"



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