‘When I came downstairs the next morning she was crying, and when I asked what was wrong she sobbed that she’d emailed me because she was too emotional to speak.
At home, Tom would teach her dance moves that he had learnt and the pair would sing together for the fun of it, which helped Carrie develop her voice.
Aged seven, she played the young Eponine in Having played the young Eponine in 2001, she had always harboured an ambition to follow the character through her dramatic journey.
She is the only actress to have played both young and adult Eponine in the West End and describes the feeling as ‘bliss.
I have completed that circle and I’m literally living my childhood dream; I have to pinch myself every so often because it doesn’t get any better than this.
Her father worked at Kodak and her mother, formerly a learning-support teacher, has just taken on the role of paid nanny to her first grandchild Buzz, the one-year-old son of Tom and his wife Giovanna. ‘Holding him, I feel such strong emotions that I fear that when I eventually have a child of my own, I might accidentally squish it to death with love!
’Although there was no performing tradition in the family, Tom knew from an early age that he wanted to sing and act and begged his parents to let him attend the Sylvia Young Theatre School.She got the help she needed, but we never spoke again because I had betrayed her trust.That was sad but, under the circumstances, I think it was the right outcome.’It’s easy to see why Carrie has been told she has an ‘old soul’, despite the fact that she’s been to Disneyland 15 times and is due to go again later this year with her boyfriend Pete Bucknell, 21, a fellow You Tuber who works for a video games company and lives in Leamington Spa.‘I started posting initially because I just wanted to get my voice heard.I sang cover versions of show tunes and got such nice feedback that I began singing songs I had written,’ says Carrie.And the very next day they turned to me and said, “We don’t want to be your friends now we’ve seen the band.” I was gutted.