On her way to Hollywood?

Hollyoaks star Carley Stenson could be on her way to Hollywood
Hollyoaks star Carley Stenson could be on her way to Hollywood

COULD Carley Stenson be trading the sunny climes of Billinge and heading for the Hollywood hills?

The former Hollyoaks actress, who is now a big West End star, starred in a pilot of a reality show depicting the climb to a singing career in Los Angeles.

The show, which is yet to be named, focuses on five young female singers who aspire to crack the music industry.

And if TV channels approve the show, the 30-year-old could make a semi-permanent move to LA.

Carley spent a week filming for the show in April, whilst she was in America with boyfriend, Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac.

She has now moved back to her family home in Billinge and is busy auditioning for new roles after finishing her stint in Shrek The Musical in February.

She said: “I am good friends with Jason Haigh-Ellery, who is a producer for Big Finish Products and he put me forward for a pilot about girls who are singers like myself who are trying to make it in LA.

“I was a bit dubious about the term reality show, as I didn’t want it to be about girls fighting and crying, like a lot of reality dramas, as that is not what I am about

“But this was to show the work that goes into being a singer.

“Viewers will get to see the reaction to where we were living in the hills, as it was beautiful.

“We had parties and dinners outs, singing lessons, recording sessions and personal training sessions, which was the most painful thing I had ever done. It also focuses on things we have to do to make ourselves a brand and how it is all about image.”

Carley joined Hollyoaks as Stephanie Dean in 2000 and left after 10 years to become a West End star.

Her roles have included Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical and Princess Fiona in Shrek.

She has also been performing gigs across the country as part of a girl group, Diamond, as well as a solo artist.

She said: “When I first thought of being an entertainer it was more musical theatre, combining singing with acting and dancing and I was gigging and writing my own songs.

“I was too young to decide and then I joined Hollyoaks.

“I would be more than happy to have my songs out there, but if just a few people hear my songs through Twitter, I don’t mind.”