Cara Theobold the award winning actress is our latest Style Insider with roles in ‘Call the Midwife’ and ‘Downton Abbey’ under her belt, we find out what is next for Cara as her career goes from strength to strength. Cara’s portrayal of kitchen maid Ivy Stuart in Downton Abbey took her immediately from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to launching a successful career. We caught up with the passionate actress to discuss denim styles, acting tips and her latest role.
What are your key pieces for SS15?
Cara Theobold: My key piece has to be high-waist flares, I love the IDA Adelaide Flares I wore on the shoot.
What is your go-to style for jeans?
Cara: I am quite particular, usually high waist, ankle grazing black skinny jeans, I live in mine!
Which was your favourite piece from the Style Insider shoot and why?
Cara: I loved the high-waist IDA Ella denim skirt with the Crossley stripy t-shirt the look was cute, summery and Parisian chic. I have hundreds of stripy tees but always looking to add to the collection. You can never have too many!
Are you Team High (high waist denim) or Team Low (low waist denim)?
Cara: Definitely high!
What made you get into acting? How did you get started?
Cara: I wanted to be an actress since I was young and I started off at youth theatre back home in Yorkshire. I played Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream when I was 10 - I was the youngest in the cast and I got carried around by all the fairies. But it was moving to London and going to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama that gave me the opportunity to be an actress professionally.
What would be your dream role?
Cara: I would love to play a superhero, who wouldn’t!
What 5 tips would you give to an aspiring actress?
1. Be yourself, remember no one else can do that as well as you.
2. Have confidence in yourself.
3. Enjoy it!
4. Watch anything that inspires you and gets you excited.
5. Keep a good group of friends around you, support is very important.
Your next role is in the 6 part drama – ‘The Syndicate’. Tell us more about your role and what we can expect from the show.
Cara: I play Sarah, the house manager of a stately home called Hazelwood Manor. She is a young woman who is trying to work hard and keep everyone together whilst battling with her own personal heartache. Along with her colleagues, she wins the lottery and their lives change forever. Over the series we see the characters deal with the drama that comes with winning the lottery and how it affects their lives, livelihood and relationships.
What is next for you?
Cara: I am currently filming a new comedy series written by Jonny Sweet for the BBC called Together.
Who is your fashion icon?
Cara: Audrey Hepburn and Marion Cotillard.
And finally can you reveal any hidden London gems to us?
Cara: Choccywoccydoodah by Carnaby Street. Trust me!
With thanks to Cara Theobold
Kay Mellor’s BBC One drama THE SYNDICATE will air from Tuesday 2nd June at 9pm.