Written by Binny Shah

Dreams on the Silver Screen

Holly, who is 21 years old, has a rare and aggressive form of cancer which has recurred several times and has been stopping her from pursuing a career in acting.

I have always wanted to get into the acting world but every time I try, cancer keeps getting in the way.” - Holly

It has been her long term dream to be an extra in either a TV show or film, and she wrote to us to ask if we could help to make her dream come true.

Little did she know that as a result she’d actually be given a role in a major feature film and her first job as an “extra” is in the newly released movie Angel has Fallen. This is the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen and stars an amazing cast that includes Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Danny Huston and Jada Pinkett-Smith.

Initially, it was planned that Holly would play an intern at the Whitehouse but treatment meant she’d be unable to make it on the day these scenes were due to be filmed. As they say good things come to those who wait and the kind crew over at Angel has Fallen resolved to find her an even more exciting part.

Holly: The FBI analyst

Holly was cast as an FBI analyst instead and even better, her sister Beth was given a part to play alongside her!

The sisters travelled down to London together, ready to learn all they could about the movie world and full of hopes that they might get to catch a glimpse of Gerard!

On the day of the filming, the director and crew treated Holly and Beth so well that the other extras wondered who they were!

“I don’t think they realised we were extras too, they were probably wondering why people kept bringing us coffee and checking we were alright all the time!” - Holly

Thank you message

It was amazing! Genuinely one of best experiences of my life. It was such a great weekend and I'm so thankful. I keep looking at photos and wishing I was back there.” - Holly

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