Plymouth woman lands lead role in Sky One drama Strike Back
A PLYMOUTH actress who has landed a highly coveted role on a popular television show has spoken out about dyslexia.
Tracy Ifeachor has been chosen to appear as the guest lead, a Zimbabwean lawyer, in the upcoming HBO series Strike Back: Vengeance, alongside Charles Dance and Eamonn Walker and filmed in Cape Town.
Tracy, who attended Eggbuckland Community College and Norma Blake's Raleigh School of Speech and Drama in Plymouth, has spoken out about the importance of youngsters being offered support and screening for dyslexia. "I remember that my primary school teachers told my parents 'I would never amount to anything'," said the 27-year-old.
"I was dyslexic and didn't find out until I was 20 years old. I would love to see all Plymothian children screened early in life. With the right support and mentoring dyslexia doesn't have to be a problem if you catch it early in life. You just learn in a slightly different way."
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The actor who also featured in episodes of Doctor Who just finished filming in Paris with Jean Reno who starred in 90s film Leon: the Professional.
Tracy said: "I watched Jean in Leon when I was growing up and thought he was fantastic. I never imagined I would get to work with him a few years later."
She put her success down to her parents' and drama teacher's belief in her.
"They were amazing," she said.
"My parents really made sure that my education always came first.
"I didn't like it at the time but looking back I know it is the most important thing you can do if you are thinking about becoming an actor. Higher education gives you something to fall back on in the quieter times and gives the characters you play greater emotional depth."
Tracy often returns to the city to help pupils auditioning for drama schools.
"I really enjoy it," she said. "It's important to give something back. Filming Strike Back had definitely opened a lot more doors for me and I'm really grateful for the start I received in Plymouth."
Tracy's double episode of Strike Back: Vengeance will be shown this Sunday and the following Sunday at 9pm on Sky One.
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