MP’s daughter Katie Amess is now a Hollywood starlet

MP’s daughter Katie Amess is now a Hollywood starlet

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AN MP’s daughter is following in the footsteps of Dame Helen Mirren by going from the streets of Southend to Hollywood.

Katie Amess, 26, moved to Los Angeles last year in an attempt to break into films after building a career starring in TV adverts in the UK.

Since arriving, the actress has picked up roles in TV shows including NBC’s Fatal Attractions and auditioned for parts in major movies including the latest American Pie film.

Katie, the daughter of Southend West MP David Amess, said despite packing her bags to move more than 8,000 miles away, she is having a great time and settled in quickly.

She said: “I went to LA in 2008 to go to drama school and I still have friends there, so I ended up moving in with one of them who even came to the airport to pick me up.

“I am loving it out here. My home is just round the corner from the Walk of Fame, so I live in a fantastic spot.

“I am only young once, so I have to give this a shot and I feel I can always come back to the UK with my background in commercials as a fall back if necessary.”

While living in LA, Katie has spotted Jennifer Aniston, Reece Witherspoon and the Beckhams.

She even got career advice from Essex native Dermot O’Leary while he was filming for the the X Factor in LA.

Katie said: “I was chatting to him while they were filming the judges homes section, so he was giving me all the juicy gossip from that.

“But he said it was really great that I was working out here and that I should just give it my best shot.”

She also said her parents have been very supportive of the move, even though they miss her.

She added: “Mum and dad have always been very supportive. I think they both feel sad I am thousands of miles away, but they have always said I should do what makes me feel happy, which I am.”

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2:35pm Thu 3 May 12

Leighdweller says...

I wonder if Mr Aimless will ask David cameron to congratulate his daughter in the House of Commons on her success, like he did when his mother turned 100 recently.
I wonder if Mr Aimless will ask David cameron to congratulate his daughter in the House of Commons on her success, like he did when his mother turned 100 recently. Leighdweller
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2:37pm Thu 3 May 12

Andycal 172D says...

I wonder if Ms Amess is as handy with a champagne bottle as her brother?
I wonder if Ms Amess is as handy with a champagne bottle as her brother? Andycal 172D
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2:50pm Thu 3 May 12

notinwestcliffanymore says...

while noting the two comments above.. you could add well done to the lass for going off to stand on her own two feet and trying to forge a career.
while noting the two comments above.. you could add well done to the lass for going off to stand on her own two feet and trying to forge a career. notinwestcliffanymore
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2:52pm Thu 3 May 12

southendshrimper says...

Good luck Katie, hope all goes well for you. As for the imbeciles who will undoubtedly knock you & your family ignore them. They are just jealous.
Good luck Katie, hope all goes well for you. As for the imbeciles who will undoubtedly knock you & your family ignore them. They are just jealous. southendshrimper
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3:00pm Thu 3 May 12

liveforlove says...

Well done and good luck Katie. My sister is out there and doing very very well. I'm very proud of her, as I'm sure your family are of you :-) xx
Well done and good luck Katie. My sister is out there and doing very very well. I'm very proud of her, as I'm sure your family are of you :-) xx liveforlove
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3:38pm Thu 3 May 12

E-Types says...

America not all is hyped up to be. To get by in the acting business you have to be prepared to sell your soul and all that comes with it.
America not all is hyped up to be. To get by in the acting business you have to be prepared to sell your soul and all that comes with it. E-Types
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4:58pm Thu 3 May 12

AndyBSG says...

Maybe i'm missing something but it says she's a Hollywood starlet just because she's auditioned for roles and had a bit part in some NBC web show?

Surely you'd need to actually land some of those roles before that term can be bandied otherwise you can call me a rising premiership footballer just because I once had a trial with a premiership team even though they told me I was rubbish!
Maybe i'm missing something but it says she's a Hollywood starlet just because she's auditioned for roles and had a bit part in some NBC web show? Surely you'd need to actually land some of those roles before that term can be bandied otherwise you can call me a rising premiership footballer just because I once had a trial with a premiership team even though they told me I was rubbish! AndyBSG
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5:04pm Thu 3 May 12

E-Types says...

Perhaps she has completed the casting couch phase and this now makes her a "starlet" What a ridiculous word!
Perhaps she has completed the casting couch phase and this now makes her a "starlet" What a ridiculous word! E-Types
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5:19pm Thu 3 May 12

jolllyboy says...

Perhaps she could explain to her dad that whatever your politics to see his photo at every turn and with every tory candidate at every election is TOTAL PUT OFF. He has nothing going for him in the looks department and never does anything except forward correspondence for someone else to answer. Totally useless.
Perhaps she could explain to her dad that whatever your politics to see his photo at every turn and with every tory candidate at every election is TOTAL PUT OFF. He has nothing going for him in the looks department and never does anything except forward correspondence for someone else to answer. Totally useless. jolllyboy
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5:31pm Thu 3 May 12

Southendian says...

Good luck to her (sarcasm). I have been out of work since November after 38 years of working. I hope the Echo does a piece on me when I get a new job.
Good luck to her (sarcasm). I have been out of work since November after 38 years of working. I hope the Echo does a piece on me when I get a new job. Southendian
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5:36pm Thu 3 May 12

Brunning999 says...

She is beautiful at least Amess has done one thing right!!
She is beautiful at least Amess has done one thing right!! Brunning999
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6:11pm Thu 3 May 12

al coniston says...

Brunning999 wrote:
She is beautiful at least Amess has done one thing right!!
i don't believe for one minute that Aimless could have fathered such a beautiful daughter - one thing is for sure, she could only have inherited her mothers genes
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: She is beautiful at least Amess has done one thing right!![/p][/quote]i don't believe for one minute that Aimless could have fathered such a beautiful daughter - one thing is for sure, she could only have inherited her mothers genes al coniston
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9:55pm Thu 3 May 12

perini says...

So, following in Helen Mirrens footsteps eh! That'll mean getting them out at every opportunity then!
So, following in Helen Mirrens footsteps eh! That'll mean getting them out at every opportunity then! perini
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10:57pm Thu 3 May 12

AdamPug says...

I am not sure what some of you have against this beautiful actress? No one can help who their family is.

I admire this girl, she is going out there and getting what she wants. Not sitting at home waiting for something to fall in her lap. I wonder how many people here would up stick and travel around the world and try and try and try to make something of themselves like she is.

I have seen her on Just Dance adverts and Premiere Inn so if you ask me she is succeeding.

She’s a great role model and I hope many take inspiration from her. She is what this country needs more of (get up and go).

Echo please provide more news and pictures of this great homemade talent.

The real shame here is why havent the BBC or any of the English film producers picked up this stunner? Keep the talent in this country please!!
I am not sure what some of you have against this beautiful actress? No one can help who their family is. I admire this girl, she is going out there and getting what she wants. Not sitting at home waiting for something to fall in her lap. I wonder how many people here would up stick and travel around the world and try and try and try to make something of themselves like she is. I have seen her on Just Dance adverts and Premiere Inn so if you ask me she is succeeding. She’s a great role model and I hope many take inspiration from her. She is what this country needs more of (get up and go). Echo please provide more news and pictures of this great homemade talent. The real shame here is why havent the BBC or any of the English film producers picked up this stunner? Keep the talent in this country please!! AdamPug
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11:06pm Thu 3 May 12

E-Types says...

AdamPug wrote:
I am not sure what some of you have against this beautiful actress? No one can help who their family is.

I admire this girl, she is going out there and getting what she wants. Not sitting at home waiting for something to fall in her lap. I wonder how many people here would up stick and travel around the world and try and try and try to make something of themselves like she is.

I have seen her on Just Dance adverts and Premiere Inn so if you ask me she is succeeding.

She’s a great role model and I hope many take inspiration from her. She is what this country needs more of (get up and go).

Echo please provide more news and pictures of this great homemade talent.

The real shame here is why havent the BBC or any of the English film producers picked up this stunner? Keep the talent in this country please!!
She on Premiere Inn adverts? with that renowned actor Lenny Henry? Well she has certainly made it to the top then.

Great role model? Explain please.
[quote][p][bold]AdamPug[/bold] wrote: I am not sure what some of you have against this beautiful actress? No one can help who their family is. I admire this girl, she is going out there and getting what she wants. Not sitting at home waiting for something to fall in her lap. I wonder how many people here would up stick and travel around the world and try and try and try to make something of themselves like she is. I have seen her on Just Dance adverts and Premiere Inn so if you ask me she is succeeding. She’s a great role model and I hope many take inspiration from her. She is what this country needs more of (get up and go). Echo please provide more news and pictures of this great homemade talent. The real shame here is why havent the BBC or any of the English film producers picked up this stunner? Keep the talent in this country please!![/p][/quote]She on Premiere Inn adverts? with that renowned actor Lenny Henry? Well she has certainly made it to the top then. Great role model? Explain please. E-Types
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6:37am Fri 4 May 12

All 9 of me says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Perhaps she could explain to her dad that whatever your politics to see his photo at every turn and with every tory candidate at every election is TOTAL PUT OFF. He has nothing going for him in the looks department and never does anything except forward correspondence for someone else to answer. Totally useless.
maybe, but the story isn't about him, so what is the relevance of your comment ?
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Perhaps she could explain to her dad that whatever your politics to see his photo at every turn and with every tory candidate at every election is TOTAL PUT OFF. He has nothing going for him in the looks department and never does anything except forward correspondence for someone else to answer. Totally useless.[/p][/quote]maybe, but the story isn't about him, so what is the relevance of your comment ? All 9 of me
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9:16pm Sat 5 May 12

v.randy says...

like her dad another chinless wonder that will never have a real job
like her dad another chinless wonder that will never have a real job v.randy
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