Teen from Tring celebrates a decade voicing Peppa Pig

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6:51am 21st April 2017

A 15 year old girl from Tring is celebrating after taking the lead in a feature film.

Harley Bird is the voice of Peppa Pig and has been for 10 years.

The teen attends the performing arts school in the town and has just taken part in the first feature length film for the much-loved children's character.

The first movie of the franchise - called my Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience - was released earlier this month.

We caught up with Harley and asked her to reflect on her life voicing the beloved children's character.

What was it like auditioning for the role?

"I can't remember it very well because I was only 5 at the time. What I can remember is going for the audition and them thinking I had a similar voice to a 4 year old pig! It was that simple."

How do you fit voicing the role in with your studies?

"My school is quite flexible; my day is split into two halves. In the morning I do academics, and after that I do drama and dance and singing and all that jazz!"

"I normally do Peppa in the morning, and then after that I just have to catch up on my studies."

"All my teachers at the school are really supportive."

Are you able to really comprehend how big Peppa has become?

"Not really, it's amazing (how big the franchise is). The Peppa people didn't know it would get anywhere near this big, so it was quite a surprise."

"Peppa is just so relatable as a character. All the kids watching feel all the same emotions that Peppa does in an episode, which is why I think it's such a big success."

Is there any parts of Peppa's personality that you think you've taken on?

"I think laughing - Peppa laughs quite a lot! I've grown up as Peppa being part of my personality anyway. All the things that are in Peppa are all the things that are in me too."

You've done the voice of Peppa since you were 5 - how have you dealt with your voice changing as you've grown up?

"I've always been able to do the voice of Peppa, but as I've grown up I've just had to do the voice a bit higher than my normal voice, and just get myself into the mindset of a 5 year old!"

We've heard that you're a black belt kick boxer - how did you get into that?

"I was quite a tom boy as a child; I used to play rugby with my brother, and I just went to kick boxing with him and then grew up doing it every week."

You're currently at Tring Performing Arts School - how have they been with your role as Peppa?

"They're great - all my teachers are so supportive and I just do extra lessons to keep on top of things."

What are your goals for the future?

"I'm an actress (as well as voicing Peppa) so I want to carry on acting!"

Peppa's first film came out this month - what do you think of it?

"I love it - it's so funny! I went from two of my best friends from school to watch it and we could not stop laughing. It was great seeing the reaction from all the kids too."

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