Ashton modelling agency producing next generation of TV stars
Tuesday 29th November 2016 @ 14:56 by Adam Higgins
Ashton Community News

The next generation of TV stars are being discovered close to home in Tameside, thanks to the work of Ashton-based Strawberry Angels Studio.

Since opening 12 months ago, the studio and young modelling agency has gone from strength to strength and now see on average around 400 children a month, from newborns to 18-year-olds.

Now several of their talented children will be appearing on television sets up and down the country, after they secured contracts with some of the nation’s biggest brands.

Asda, Bensons for Beds and Sofology are just some of the companies that have chosen Tameside children to sell their brand to the rest of country.

The children work on their acting talents on site at the Stamford Street studio where international casting director Lee Mountjoy leads workshops to prepare them.

The workshops also include celebrity guests who work with the children to develop their talents.

Alice Barlow, who plays Rae Wilson in Hollyoaks, is one of the latest to offer up advice to the youngsters.

Kate Laughton, 29, co-owner of the studio says that she’s delighted with the progress they’ve made over the last year: “I was in the cinema last night and we had two of our adverts on the screen with our children on and there were five of our children taking part.

“It’s a bit surreal when we see Tameside children in the cinema in Manchester on two massive commercials.”

The good news doesn’t stop there as Kate says that the soaps are now looking for talent at the agency too.

Kate added that people are travelling ‘from all over’ to visit the agency.

“We had people from Liverpool last week; we had people travel up from Portsmouth a few months ago.

“We’ve just had a workshop here where we’ve had three very well respected and well known photographers, and photographers have travelled from all over the country too.

“It’s now getting a name for itself where people want to come and be seen by ourselves and be part of the Strawberry Angels team.”

Strawberry Angels are always looking for budding actors and actresses and if you think your child has what it takes you can book a free test shoot on


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