BAFTA-winning series Three Girls was a difficult but important watch, telling the heart-breaking story of the Rochdale grooming scandal. It also shone a light on some incredible emerging acting talent, including Ria, who played Amber. She says everybody involved felt a real responsibility to do justice to this story and to tell it sensitively, which meant it was a long process bringing it to the screen. She’s very proud to have been trusted with such a complex role and was delighted to be able to learn from heroes Maxine Peake and Lesley Sharp on the job.
Ria knew from a young age that she wanted to be an actor, and did pantomimes as a child with her mum, as well as working on productions with amateur dramatics groups, but couldn’t get into drama school. Undeterred, she applied for the National Youth Theatre and stayed there until she was 21, where she met a lot of her best friends. It was at the Edinburgh Festival she got an agent, and her career kicked off. She loves being part of a collective on projects, and getting inside the psychology of different characters. Now she can’t wait to be mentored as part of the Breakthrough Brits scheme.