Yemisi gets her first big TV break as a regular role in the second series of Bancroft
Festive viewing has been a real treat for staff at BCHS as one of our former school and college student Yemisi Oyinloye has been a regular on our TV screens.
Yemisi, who lives in Locking stumps attended our school and college between 2005 and 2012 and always made us proud by being a hard worker and high achiever. Her aim was to become an actor and she was a regular performer in our fantastic school shows, working her way up from supporting to main character roles throughout her seven years here. Whilst still at college she landed her first professional part, taking time out of her college schedule to perform at the Leeds Playhouse for a two month theatre run, picking up her studies on her return.
After leaving Birchwood College, Yemisi followed the normal route of an aspiring actor, working mundane jobs to pay the rent whilst pursuing her dreams of stardom.
In 2013, Yemisi moved to London to take part in a 12 months theatre course during which time she appeared in shows in London and the Edinburgh fringe.
Upon returning home she auditioned for her fist TV part as a guest lead in the daytime series Doctors winning the part. Yemisi said “It was a fantastic feeling to get my first TV job, when I found out all I could do was cry as things were becoming real!”
After this success Yemisi was on a roll entering and winning the Monologue Slam competition in Manchester where she was spotted as a rising star by an agent, which led to more TV parts in Casualty and in Doctors again as a different character.
Her most exciting challenge and biggest break so far however was her 2020 debut, playing DC Sally Read in series 2 of Bancroft which aired over 3 nights starting on New Year’s Day. What a fantastic start to the Year!
Yemisi auditioned for the part in Manchester, beating 1000s of other submissions for audition, preparing and reading her part for the casting director. When her agent rang to offer her the part, he put her on speakerphone so the rest of the office could hear her screams of utter excitement about the news.
I asked Yemisi how she felt about her first day of filming Bancroft. She said, “I was terrified, but I soon found out that there was no reason to be worried as the cast and crew were amazing, so kind and supportive”.
And as for working with Sarah Parish, who plays title character DS Elizabeth Bancroft, Yemisi said it was a real a real honour. In her words “Sarah was lovely and a real pro. Working with such a good actor makes your performance better. She really gave me something to aspire to. Even when not acting myself if was fabulous to watch and learn from such a great cast.”
Mrs Forster, Yemisi’s drama teacher whilst with us said “It is wonderful to see Yemisi doing so well and very exciting to see her on TV and watch how well her career is progressing. She has already been in to speak to our next rising performers at school, they can learn so much from her. We are proud that her acting roots were laid at BCHS. She deserves every success as she is a talented and determined young woman.”