Jo Gallagher, Principal of Stagecoach Loughborough, has known Bella Ramsey since she was in primary school.
Right now, the Nottingham-born 19-year-old actor is one of the most famous faces on the planet thanks to his starring role on HBO’s critically acclaimed show, The Last of Us.
The post-apocalyptic series is based on the video game of the same name and sees Bella share the screen with Pedro Pascal.
But long before she made it, Bella was just another student at Stagecoach Loughborough.
Well, not exactly, as Jo pointed out when talking to Metro.es this week, making it clear that Bella’s talents always stood out.
“We’ve known Bella since she was in grade school,” Jo explained, “because my mom was the principal.”
Asked if there was any specific advice she gave Bella, who joined Stagecoach Loughborough at the age of ‘seven or eight’, Jo revealed: ‘We always told Bella, ‘Look, if you need anything, if you go for anything, if you want to do something, come to us and we will help you.”’
‘Bella would fix things in two or three tries. What a talent, to be able to do that. They were always listening and accepting of things, but also having a lot of fun,” Jo added.
Born Isabella May Ramsey in Nottingham in September 2003, Bella has been performing since she was four years old and joined her local group Stagecoach over ten years ago.
Jo knew right away that Bella would continue to do great things.
‘We could tell from the start that they had potential in all three disciplines. They really were a triple threat,” Jo told us.
‘There was something about the drama that you could see that Bella really took on board. Somehow they took over everything and went for it. That they came and enjoyed every week was just a pleasure.’
It was Bella’s breakout role on Game of Thrones as the fearsome Lady Lyanna that earned her international recognition and in 2017 the actress made her debut as the lead character Mildred Hubble in the TV series The Worst Witch, based on the beloved series. of books of the same name.
But one of Bella’s most memorable roles in Stagecoach Loughborough was far less glamorous, Jo told us.
‘Once, Bella and her sister were the front and back of a pantomime cow. They were Ramsey Cow and it was hilarious to see the relationship between the two.”
As for Bella’s features that really stood out? “Bella grew up before her time,” Jo replied.
‘That sounds a bit old-fashioned, and I don’t mean it like that, but they had a good head on their shoulders.
“Bella was always down to earth with a fabulous sense of humor.”
We can’t wait to see what Bella does next!
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