Much-loved city-born actress returns to Sunderland

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One of the North East’s most loved actresses will return to her home city of Sunderland next Wednesday (March 5).

Melanie Hill will be giving a free talk discussing her life in front of the camera with broadcaster and BBC Look North presenter Jeff Brown.

The actress famously appeared in Bread, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Waterloo Road and in films Brassed Off, Stardust and White Girl.

The talk will be at 6pm in the Sir Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre at St Peter’s, with doors opening at 5:30pm.

She will also discuss what life was like growing up in Sunderland before hitting the TV screen and Hollywood.

Melanie said: “I am looking forward to coming up to University of Sunderland to talk to the students and the public.

“It’s important to encourage young people to follow their dreams no matter what they choose to do; and by sharing my experiences honestly and listening to theirs I hope I can do just that.”

She will also talk about the differences working on major films compared to shows such as Waterloo Road and her links to the North East, taking questions from the audience.

Melanie and Jeff – who were presented with an honorary fellowship from the University of Sunderland on the same day in 2011 – will be covering a range of topics.

Tickets must be booked by sending an e-mail to mark.stuart.bell@sunderland.ac.uk to reserve the number of seats required.

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