Colne UCLan student stars alongside Game of Thrones actor Joel Fry in Netflix film Bank of Dave

A Colne student has shown the world just how lovely Burnley people can be, in a new Netflix movie.

Charis Deighton stars in a scene alongside Joel Fry (of Games of Thrones) in Bank of Dave. The feel-good drama based on the life of Burnley businessman David Fishwick follows his journey as he takes on London’s elite to set up a bank and help local people.

Charis, a member of Burnley Garrick Theatre Group, plays a local woman who helps Joel’s character, Hugh, pick up items after he drops them on the floor.

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Talking about her role, she said: “I love the fact that the film is Northern. It was an honour to be part of it. It was amazing.

Charis Deighton stars in a scene alongside Joel Fry (of Games of Thrones) in Netflix film, Bank of Dave.

"It shows Burnley in a good light. The town does get a bad reputation every so often but the film is a great representation of how people up North are nice. Some people in London won’t pick something up for someone but it’s just a thing people up North do to help others. We do that: we help people when we can. I couldn’t live anywhere else but the North.”

After a production company contacted Burnley Garrick appealing for actors to appear in the film, Charis sent them a tape of herself and secured the part, meeting both leading men, Joel Fry and Rory Kinnear, of The Imitation Game, during filming.

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"It’s a very short scene but I was in costume and makeup for a couple of hours so it took maybe an hour to film."

Commenting on the support she received from her family and friends, she added: “They’re all proud. I had a lot of messages from people saying the film is heart-warming. I’m very proud.

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"People need to watch it. It’s a great feel-good film.

Apart from her movie stint, Charis most recently played Linda Croxley in the Garrick’s production of Our Day Out, but for now, she’s concentrating on her university degree.

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“I don’t know what’s next for me at the minute. I’m back at university studying policing at UCLan so I’m just trying to focus on that.”

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