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Bessie as Jasmine Hart (second from right) in My Phone Genie
|Birth name||Bessie Cursons|
|Born||8 June 1995|
|Origin||Portsmouth, Hampshire, England|
|Occupations||Singer, actress, performer|
|Years active||2007 — present|
Bessie Cursons (born 8 June 1995) is an English actress from Portsmouth, Hampshire. She reached the final of the first series of the ITV talent show Britain's Got Talent in 2007. Cursons currently stars in the children's comedy-drama, My Phone Genie.
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2007: Britain's Got Talent
Cursons and her family were on holiday in Goa in India when the Britain's Got Talent auditions were being held, in May 2007, but, along with her father, she made the trip back to the UK to take part in them. In her audition, which was the last of the show and was televised on 13 June 2007, she performed "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" from the musical My Fair Lady and received a standing ovation from the audience, with Simon Cowell saying her audition was the most professional in the whole competition. She received three "yes" votes from the judges and was placed in the next round. She was chosen as one of the 24 semi-finalists for the semi finals in June.
In the semi-final, on 15 June 2007, she performed "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from the musical Mary Poppins and received a standing ovation and positive comments from the judges saying that she managed to improve on her audition. Cursons was automatically placed in the final after receiving the highest number of votes.
In the final, on 17 June 2007, she performed "Get Me to the Church on Time" from My Fair Lady. Judges Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden said Cursons 'deserves to be in the West End'. Simon Cowell, however, preferred her previous performances. Cursons lost in the final to opera singer Paul Potts.
2007-present: Post Talent
Cursons filmed alongside Alan Carr, Martin Freeman, Marc Wootton and Jake Pratt in the film Nativity!, in which two schools compete to put on the best nativity show. Cursons played posh pupil Christy in the film, and leads a rendition of Ding Dong Merrily On High in which she is flanked by two choirs on stage. The film was released on 27 November 2009. The film made almost £800,000 in its first week, and went in at number six in the UK film chart. Cursons had three auditions for the film and was overjoyed to get the part. She said 'I was so excited. I really didn't know what to expect'. We filmed for about two or three months at this really old, posh-looking school in Coventry - it was a lot of fun.'
Cursons performed at the Guide Awards in November 2007 and was among the star performers. Cursons performed her audition routine from Britain's Got Talent, Wouldn't It Be Loverly from My Fair Lady, at the showbiz ceremony at the Kings Theatre in Southsea. Cursons also does the voice of Victoria the dog in popular children's cartoon Gaspard and Lisa.
Portsmouth Today on 25 February 2009 reported that Cursons had landed a role in the West End production of Oliver!, alongside Rowan Atkinson at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Cursons appeared in the show from the beginning of March until August.
Cursons is currently living in Cosham, Hampshire with her mother and father, Sarah and Andy, both 41, and her younger brother Billy, 7, who aspires to be like his older sister. Cursons, whose screen idol is Audrey Hepburn, hopes one day to carve out a career for herself in the films. She said: 'I'd like to get in another film, because it was such a great experience. She attended Sylvia Young Theatre School. After Cursons' appearance on Britain's Got Talent, her mother swapped her job as a secretarial manager at St Mary's Hospital in Portsmouth for a similar role at St Thomas's Hospital in London so her daughter would not be alone on the commute to the capital to attend theatre school. She is currently a teacher at Youngstar Television & Film Acting School in Hampshire.
|2007||Britain's Got Talent||Herself||Finalist|
|2009||Gaspard and Lisa||Victoria,Donnie,Tad,Lila,Chad,Franny||Voice|
|2012||My Phone Genie||Jasmine Hart|
|2013||By Any Means||Miss Cummings|
|2009||Oliver!||TBC||In role March–August 2009|
- "Talented Bessie through to final". InTheNews. 16 June 2007. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
- Powell, Michael (9 December 2009). "From city schoolgirl to star of the silver screen". Portsmouth Today. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
- Hurley, David (25 February 2009). "Bessie's talent gets her a part in West End show Oliver!". Portsmouth Today. Retrieved 25 June 2009.
- Patfield, Graeme (13 November 2007). "Stars shine as local talent is celebrated". Portsmouth Today. Retrieved 25 June 2009.
- Hurley, David (24 March 2009). "Billy's got talent – just like his big sister Bessie". Portsmouth Today. Retrieved 26 August 2009.