AN URMSTON actress and owner of a local drama school has been starring in a children's series on BBC Iplayer.

Susan McArdle has a rich reputation of holding roles on television shows such as Early Doors, Coronation Street and Medics.

But you can enjoy with her on-screen in Hetty Feather where she has played Nurse Macclesfield with series one to six on the BBC catch-up platform.

The 46-year-old got a phone call from her agent six years ago and was told she needed to get to London for audition.

She said: "I have loved the role and it has been great and the role has become a love of mine.

"When we started the show they were all kids but now some of them have been driving and are all grown up.

"They are my little family and it is good to watch them grow up is great.

"My character Nurse Macclesfield has been a fun role to play as she has a lot of temper and I have not had so many highs and lows playing a role.

"I can remember my agent ringing me and telling me that I needed to be in London the next day for the an audition so I had to spend £180 on a train ticket to get there.

"It's entertainment in which the whole family can enjoy and I’m, for one am very proud to be a part of this series, and in this time of lockdown maybe an uplifting watch for young and old."

Susan was born and bred in Urmston and has a love for the area.

She said: "I am very proud to be from the area and even though I have just moved I still run the Littlebug Theatre Workshop in the town.

"It has been running in the area for nine years in September.

"We are a small school working on people's voice classes and confidence building.

"We have had some wonderful students through the years and also helped some who may not have said boo to a goose and some of them have gone on to better things after building their confidence.

"It may have been onto acting careers but some people have gone into the police and other jobs as we helped them with their confidence

"I have been successful for more than 20 years and I could not write drama to save my life but some of these young people come to me and ask if they can try this and I want them to have the chance and they are doing so well."

Susan has been involved in an acting career for more than 20 years and that is not just on television but on the the West End and national tours of Blood Brothers,To kill a mocking bird and Peter Pan.

Covid-19 has affected the school as they were preparing for a performance on the Open Promenade after an invite by the Friends of Davyhulme Park but it was cancelled but Susan admits she would love to get people to perform in her hometown too.