A former Northampton schoolgirl has made her international acting debut, appearing in new Golden Globe nominated film The Theory of Everything.
Nicola Victoria Buck, who studied at Northampton High School and trained at Northampton Centre for Performing Arts appears in the biographical drama, which tells the story of infamous physicist Stephen Hawking’s life battling motor neuron disease.
She asks the protagonist, played by Eddie Redmayne, what she calls an “artistically human” question.
Miss Buck said that she has always been passionate about pursuing a career in acting over academia. She said: “I grew up in a tiny village. It takes a tremendous inner strength to follow your dreams, round the world and back again, and I have no words to describe how honoured and proud I am to be a part of this incredible story. Stephen Hawking is a deeply inspirational man who continues to lead such an utterly groundbreaking life.
“The opportunity to work on a scene with Eddie Redmayne is the stuff dreams are made of, and I am so excited to be able to watch this special film with my family and friends in the movie theatre I grew up going to every Friday night with my school friends.”
Directed by Academy Award winner, James Marsh, The Theory of Everything is based on the memoir by Jane Wilde Hawking, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen.
It will be out in cinemas from January 1 and has already received over 30 film awards nominations, including four Golden Globes, as well as eight wins at international film festivals.
A founding member of the National Youth Theatre’s outreach programme in Northampton, Miss Buck received a scholarship to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, where stars such as Gracy Kelly, Paul Rudd and Robert Redford also studied.
She now splits her time between New York, Los Angeles and Northampton, as she continues to pursue her acting career.