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Forest Gate girl making her name in Hollywood

PUBLISHED: 12:30 25 December 2011

The actress Serena Lorien, still hoping to make it big in Hollywood plays a reporter in the film Garbage, which was released last year

The actress Serena Lorien, still hoping to make it big in Hollywood plays a reporter in the film Garbage, which was released last year

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It is tempting to tell the familiar tale of humble beginnings to super stardom for one east London- born actress now making her name in Los Angeles.

But, for Serena Lorien, it has always been about hard work and commitment.

The former Forest Gate schoolgirl is about to make her mark in Hollywood after years of establishing herself as a successful voiceover artist in films and computer games across the pond.

She has been cast in the forthcoming thriller Sound of Mind, alongside Thora Birch and Efren Ramirez, on the strength of her appearance as a reporter in Garbage, with Daryl Hannah and Michael Baldwin.

Challenging? Not for the woman who turned to her mother, Ava, at the age of three and declared her ambition to become an actress.

“My family are all musicians and singers and so it was very much a part of my upbringing to be surrounded by creative individuals,” she said.

As a youngster, Serena can remember playing on Wanstead Flats with her brother and sister, and taking part in dance and acting classes in Forest Gate.

It was while she was at Woodgrange Infants that she appeared in a TV commercial at the age of six. She went on to attend Godwin Junior School and the Italia Conti drama school.

Bit parts in The Bill and EastEnders followed before, as a young woman, she decided that LA was the place for her.

Serena’s path is a well trodden one. Idris Elba (American Gangster and Luther) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dirty Pretty Things) also come from Newham.

Ava is proud of her daughter’s efforts.

“Many of the people she grew up with wanted to do what she did,” she said. “They didn’t have the motivation or drive she had. I’m amazed at what she’s done.”


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