Falkirk teen turns spygirl

Natasha and the cast of M.I. High
Natasha and the cast of M.I. High
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A teenage actress from Falkirk is about to enter the action-packed world of high octane espionage.

Former St Mungo’s High School pupil Natasha Watson was studying ballet at the prestigious Ballet West school in Oban when she landed a major part in the forthcoming series of CBBC’s ‘M.I. High’.

Natasha, originally from Carron, said: “I went to a few auditions and workshops and then they offered me the part. I’ve done some films in the past, but this is the first series like this I have ever been in.”

The talented young actress attended the Glasgow Acting Academy and at the age of eight was the youngest ever person nominated for a Scottish BAFTA for her role in short film ‘Iota’.

Since then she has appeared in ‘River City’ and was named best actor at the Scottish Variety Awards 2011 for her role in the television drama ‘Single Father’ with former Doctor Who David Tennant.

However, she has never been in something which requires just as much “action” as “acting” before.

The former St Francis Primary School pupil said: “My character has a mysterious past - I don’t want to say too much about it so I don’t give it away, but I join the school and become friends with the new agents.

“It was very different to things I’ve done before - there are such a lot of action scenes, we had to do a lot of rehearsals beforehand.

“I get to wear lots of different costumes and hairstyles in the series that are all a bit funky. It was good to do something new like this.”

Now entering its sixth series, ‘M.I. High’ is gaining popularity every year and the next 13 episodes will introduce a whole new group of young agents to viewers - including Natasha.

The series kicks off with a thrilling cliffhanger as the new team face their first ever mission - intercepting a heavily guarded cargo.

To their astonishment the package turns out to be a girl, Zoe, played by Natasha, who helps the team track down the evil Grand Master.

Natasha said: “I watched a couple of episodes of ‘M.I. High’ before, so it was cool to actually become of part of it.”

Filming for the children’s series finished earlier this year and Natasha is now concentrating on her ballet studies at Ballet West.

Outwitting double agents has given way to the hard work of rehearsals for an upcoming production of ‘The Nutcracker’.

“I like acting and I like dancing,” said Natasha. “Luckily I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do both the things I love.”

Kids will love Natasha’s performance as Zoe in the new series of ‘M.I. High’ 
which starts on CBBC on Monday, January 7.