Bryony makes an emotional return

Bryony Corrigan
Bryony Corrigan

As a child growing up on Tyneside, Bryony Corrigan dreamt of the day she would become an actor.

Inspired by trips to the theatre with her parents Nikki and Bill, she made her first stage appearance as a dancer aged nine in Christmas pantomime at Tynemouth’s Priory Theatre.

She would later graduate from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with honours.

Now, with stints in London’s West End and New York’s Broadway behind her, she is on an emotional return to Tyneside appearing at the Live Theatre, Newcastle, in the comedy, My Romantic History.

The Live Theatre’s emeritus artistic director, Max Roberts, believes Bryony, who plays Amy, a young woman involved in an whirlwind office romance, is a star in the making.

Now 25, one of her most notable successes to date is seven months in the Broadway production of the farce, The Play That Goes Wrong.

Her television credits include Inspector George Gently, Holby City and, next year, Good Omens, and she is a member of the Olivier award winning Mischief Theatre company based in London.

Born in Cullercoats, Bryony was a pupil at Marden High School and St Thomas More RC Academy, and recalls gratefully the support she received from her English Literature teacher, Judith Clughen.

She was a member of the Newcastle Theatre Royal Youth Theatre and Dance City, and did work experience at Northern Stage.

Bryony lives in London and returns to visit her parents Nikki, a sports therapist, and Bill, a construction planning manager, at their home in Tynemouth when she can.

Max Roberts, who directs the production of My Romantic History, hopes Bryony will follow in the footsteps of Tyneside-born stars such as Denise Welch, Charlie Hardwick and Joe Caffrey.

“Bryony is enormously talented,’’ he said. “As her star rises, I hope Bryony’s debut for Live Theatre marks the beginning of a long term relationship with the company that allows her hometown audience to see her on our stage in the future.”

My Romantic History is at the Live Theatre until Saturday, May 12.