NY Elite Magazine: Tell us a little bit more about your and your passions?
Katie Proctor: My name is Katie Proctor. I am a young actor, aged 15 from Leeds, West Yorkshire. I have been acting since the age of 8, starting in amateur productions and moving on to professional work. I am represented by YAFTA, the Yorkshire Academy of Film & TV Acting, with whom I train.
I have had roles in professional stage shows Peter Grimes with Opera North and the UK tour of Fiddler on the Roof at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. My career has progressed to me being cast in the CBBC show Creeped Out and this then led on to a lead guest role in an episode of BBC Casualty, my biggest role to date.
I used to compete in Speech & Drama Festivals when I was younger and won quite a few top three places for verse speaking and acting solos. I have passed all of my LAMDA exams up to bronze and took my silver only a few days ago. Unfortunately, I have to wait quite a few weeks for the result! I have won Best Teenage Actress twice at the YAFTA awards.
NY Elite: What are you latest and current movie projects?
Katie Proctor: My latest TV project was a lead guest role in BBC Casualty.
NY Elite: Can you tell us about your character in the film?
Katie Proctor: I play a girl called Chloe with a very interesting story. I can’t say much as it hasn’t aired yet, but she’s a wonderful character and I loved playing her.
NY Elite: What was it like working with the director?
Katie Proctor: I worked with Steve Hughes, the director, previously on CBBC’s Creeped Out. It was great to work with him more as we get on well – we have a similar interest in science fiction. Having a much bigger role than I did in Creeped Out, I had more of an opportunity to really discuss the character with Steve and really add depth to her. He’s brilliant to work with.
NY Elite: In which movies have you played lead role?
Katie Proctor: Aside from Casualty, I played the title character Nelly in a short film called Nelly and Noah in 2016.
NY Elite: Among all your roles so far, which has been your favorite one and why?
Katie Proctor: I really enjoyed playing Kelly, my character in Creeped Out, because she started out perfectly ordinary and ended the episode possessed, and it was fun to play creepy.
But Chloe would have to be my favourite as she’s a very interesting character with lots of conflicting thoughts and feelings, so it was a good challenge for me to get all that across on screen. Plus, she has an awesome personality and some great one liners.
NY Elite: What do you enjoy most about your acting career?
Katie Proctor: The entire process of being on set and filming a project is very exciting. But I also enjoy any opportunity to play any kind of character, and I have had quite a lot of experience in playing different characters in the training I have done.
NY Elite: What other hobbies and interests do you have?
Katie Proctor: I’ve had a love for creative writing and reading ever since I was young, and if I was ever to go into a career that wasn’t acting related it would definitely be down that route. I think drama and literature go very well together, though, and I find each of them frequently help me with the other. I also play guitar and ukulele which are only hobbies as I can’t read music.
NY Elite: Are you working on your next project now?
Katie Proctor: I’m currently auditioning regularly but have nothing upcoming as of yet, however I’ve been busy with GCSE Drama at school and also my LAMDA Silver Award exam. It would be great if my Casualty episode leads me onto more work in future.
NY Elite: What personal advice would you give to someone about impressing the directors during audition? How to audition?
Katie Proctor: The main thing I would say is be prepared. It’s something you learn as you do more auditions but it’s really important. Find out as much as you can about the people you will meet and the project before the audition. Be polite and know what you’re doing – learn the lines off by heart if possible. Sometimes you’ll click with directors, sometimes you won’t. It’s all part of the job. Think on your feet and be prepared to take direction and change your performance if asked, that’s one of the most important things.
NY Elite: What causes/charities that you support?
Katie Proctor: Gender equality is something that’s really important to me. I’m more optimistic about a future in acting given recent developments in this area.
A charity I support is Mind, a mental health charity in the UK. I recently spent some time volunteering in my local shop. I think it’s something that has been mistakenly overlooked in the past and it’s great that it’s now being discussed more.
NY Elite: What are the things in your life that you’re most grateful for?
Katie Proctor: My parents and family who continuously support me in my acting endeavours and provide constant emotional support. I’m so grateful I have had so many acting opportunities as I know not everyone is so lucky.