The Kids of Tracey Ullman's Show: Newmarket youngster bags spot in opening sequence of Tracey Ullman television show
Budding actress Ruby MacDonald, 7, is the newest star of The Tracey Ullman Show
Budding actor Ruby MacDonald, 7, is the newest star of The Tracey Ullman Show after she successfully auditioned for a spot in its opening sequence.
And it's thanks to modern technology that Ruby was able to clinch the part after her family couldn't make the October casting – so they sent an audition tape over messaging app WhatsApp instead.
Ruby, who attends Exning Primary School, lives in Newmarket with her parents Carl, 38, and Ali, 43, and older sister Lola, 9.
Lola has previously modelled for shoe brand Clarks and it was this which spurred Ruby on to take the plunge and sign up to London agency, Daisy and Dukes.
Carl explained: "Ruby has gone to two castings and got them.
"They are literally watching the kids from the moment they walk into the room. It's just about getting them to talk and discovering their personalities."
The opening sequence of the show features Ruby dancing and singing alongside Tracey in scenes which were filmed at the end of last year.
"It's a lovely day out and we couldn't have met nicer people," said Carl.
"There were about 40 people there and she had her own trailer.
"Both of my girls love the process more than the result itself, so we are quite pleased about that. If they didn't like the process they wouldn't do it."
The Tracey Ullman Show is a comedy sketch programme, which showcases Tracey's unique take on some extraordinary characters living in, or visiting, the UK.
Ruby will also be the star of a new Asda television advert later this month and her family are hoping both could spell the start of a dazzling acting career.
But Carl said her time with Tracey would still be the source of fond memories if not.
He added: "Everyone is really proud of her – all the family are over the moon.
"If this is all we ever do it will be nice in 20 years' time to say, 'Do you remember doing that?'
"But these kids that are in films have got to got to come from somewhere, so why not Newmarket?"
The Tracey Ullman Show is airing on Monday nights at 10.45pm on BBC One.
Source: Cambridge News