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Charlene White broke down in tears after she watched a proud video message from one of her old drama teachers on Loose Women.
The show runs a segment called “Life Before Loose” for panellists where they take a look back at their childhood and early careers and this time it was Charlene’s turn.
Before being a news anchor and Loose Women regular, the 41-year-old went to Italia Conti drama school in London, where she won a full scholarship.
Charlene, who grew up in a large Caribbean family in Lewisham, south east London, said she would have loved to have become an actress but joked her family were not so keen.
For a surprise, the show had tracked down one of her old drama teachers from Conti, Angela Michaels.
She said what a “pleasure” it has been teaching Charlene and she had a “wonderful quality and energy” – but that it was never too late if she wanted to return to acting!
As Charlene, a mum-of-two recalled her drama school days she became emotional and said that Angela had nurtured her and saw something special in her.
She also commented that she had not seen Angela since she was 18 and that she had not “aged or changed a bit”.
After drama school, Charlene landed a part in The Bill, where she had to put on a Cockney accent.
As a clip was shown, it was evident the accent was dodgy at best and Jane Moore introduced the next part of the show in a similar parodied voice.
Charlene also spoke feelingly about losing her mother as a teenager to bowel cancer and how she turned down certain work opportunities as she wanted to be at home with her dad and help raise her family.
She was also the first black woman to present ITV News at 10 in 2014. Charlene touched on the racism she has suffered at school, telling the panel about being told to “come back from where she came from”.
Her parents, who worked five jobs to afford to send Charlene and her siblings to private school, demanded action and from then on Charlene said teachers came down on racism “like a ton of bricks”.
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