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India Amarteifio, 21, is set to become the latest obsession of Bridgerton fans as she portrays the young life of fan-favourite character Queen Charlotte in her own spin-off.
While she admitted the project was “very daunting”, India has almost been preparing for this her entire life.
Speaking to Express.co.uk at the Queen Charlotte garden party in London, the actress revealed she was acting long before she could walk or talk after landing her first role in an advert at just eight months old.
She grew up immersed in a world of theatre and actors after making her West End debut at nine and first TV appearance at 12 and believes it all severely impacted her early years but in the best way.
India shared: “I feel like everything affects your childhood.
“If I’d had the normal Monday to Friday go to school childhood, I would not be here and vice-versa.”
The Netflix star highlighted, unlike many child actors, it was not her parents pushing her towards the career: “It’s been incredibly important in creating who I am and I love what I do so I never felt any pressure from my parents or anyone around me.
“It’s always something I’ve wanted to do and I’ve been driven to do it.”
Gazing at the incredible scenery in Leicester Square, resembling elegant gardens and palisades constructed just for the premiere of her breakout show, she added: “It’s affected my childhood but probably for the better because look where I am now.”
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India’s acting career actually started by accident when her mum spotted an open audition call looking for babies for a Vodafone ad.
While there wasn’t much thought behind it, landing this role likely changed India’s life forever.
India continued exploring her love of acting as she grew up and made her West End debut at nine-years-old playing young Nala before joining the cast of Matilda the Musical and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
At 12, the rising star received a scholarship to Sylvia Young Theatre School and made her TV debut in Gangsta Granny, however, she still had her heart set on a career on stage rather than screen.
However, at 14 India injured herself while performing at West End Live as part of the Little Shop of Horrors cast and suddenly realised she would not be able to keep up with the physical demands of musical theatre life for very long.
With her focus now on television acting, India quickly snapped up small roles in iconic series like The Interceptor, Doctor Who, Sex Education and Line of Duty.
Now, the actress has made her streaming platform debut, with her own face plastered across Netflix posters all over the internet.
She admitted it was “very daunting” taking on the project, but revealed it was more due to the expectations she had of herself rather than the public.
India confessed: “I put a lot of pressure on myself to just do it right.
“I got some really good advice from Golda [Rosheuvel] which was to take the role as my own which was really kind of her.”
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