A COLCHESTER actress who is set to star in the new series of a hit Netflix show returned to her former performing arts school to officially open its new gym.

Hannah Dodd visited the Evolution Foundation College, in Severalls Business Park, where she helped unveil the complex’s new Evo Gym and Physio Studio.

The 27-year-old, best known for her roles in Find Me In Paris and Anatomy of a Scandal, was one of the school’s first students when it opened in 2013.

As a patron for the college, run by Jacqui and Kevin Tapsell, she recently made the trip back to Colchester to oversee the launch of its state-of-the-art exercise facility.

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Kevin said: “The opening of our new gym went really well. We invited Hannah Dodd and all our staff were present as well. It was a brilliant day.

“It will be a great asset to our already amazing and award-winning performing arts foundation course.

“This will give our students the added benefit of improving their strength and flexibility with specific training requirements.

“The gym course has been designed by a dance fitness expert with specific training requirements that will further enhance a dance/performing arts student needs.

“Our on-site dance-based college will also be on hand to advise and guide our students as they begin their professional training journey.”

After leaving Evolution, Hannah continued her training at London Studio Centre and went on to model for high-end fashion brands such as Burberry and Topshop.

She is next to set appear in Enola Holmes 2, alongside Millie Bobbie Brown and Henry Cavill, and has also recently joined the main cast of season three of Bridgerton.

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“We are so proud of Hannah and what she has achieved so far,” added Kevin, whose college has just entered its tenth year.   

“She is such a humble and down to earth person and really is one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet.”

To find out more information about the Evolution Foundation College, which teaches everything from acting and dance to ballet, visit evolutionfoundationcollege.co.uk.