A FORMER child star, who appeared in London’s West End, has danced her way to the top by securing three As at A-level.
Carmel College student Annabelle Crosby-Stewart spent two years on the stage in the Billy Elliott musical between the ages of 10 and 12.
She returned with her family to the North East and quickly excelled as a student at the Darlington school.
Today she achieved straight As in philosophy and ethics, English literature and art and textiles.
Annabelle, who is 18 and from Newton Aycliffe, said she was thrilled with her results and planned to take a year out before hopefully starting a law course at Durham University.
“I am shocked and surprised but very pleased with today’s results,” she said.
She spent her time on the London stage with an array of upcoming stars including Tom Holland, the new Spiderman.
Principal of Carmel College Mike Shorten said the staff were exceptionally proud of Annabelle.
“These results are exceptional because they show an incredible array of skills across many subjects, both creative and analytical, with confidence from Annabelle’s years in drama. They are phenomenal results,” he said.
Overall at Carmel College, 22 per cent of A Level entries achieved Grade A and A*s, and 55 per cent achieved A* to B grades.
Mr Shorten added: “Carmel has once again performed above the national standards in A level results and we are delighted to have a proven track record of performance that stands the test of time. This is a testament to the hard work of teaching staff, support of parents and the commitment of students.”