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Twins star in Kingdom

PUBLISHED: 10:17 09 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:19 08 July 2010

A pair of twin girls from Norfolk have been making their TV debut on the new series of Kingdom.

Sisters Aimee and Katie Skipper, two-and-a-half, were picked to share a role in the ITV series starring Stephen Fry last year.

A pair of twin girls from Norfolk have been making their TV debut on the new series of Kingdom, which started on Sunday.

Sisters Aimee and Katie Skipper, two-and-a-half, were picked to share a role in the ITV series starring Stephen Fry last year.

The youngsters from Scarning, near Dereham, took it in turns to play the role of Petra, the daughter of Beatrice Kingdom (actress Hermione Norris) in the Norfolk-based show set in the fictional town of Market Shipborough, which is modelled on Swaffham.

The show follows the fortunes of Beatrice's brother, country solicitor Peter Kingdom (Fry), and the twins spent about 14 days filming across the county in August and September with their mum Vicky Skipper chaperoning them.

And Mrs Skipper got a nice surprise ahead of the series being aired when she spotted one of her daughters in a trailer for Kingdom.

Mrs Skipper, who until then had not seen any of the footage of the show, said: “I just felt really proud. It was really lovely to actually see one of the girls on TV. In the trailer there was a very quick glance of Aimee sitting in a push chair.

“I've also been told there is a trailer where Hermione is holding Katie.”

Mrs Skipper said the girls were quite excited to see the advert.

“Katie was like, “mummy, mummy, look!” and we re-watched it a few times!”

The girls are due to feature in each episode of the six part drama.

Mrs Skipper, who works in Tesco at Dereham, said taking part in the filming was a great experience for the girls.

“I think Aimee and Katie really enjoyed it. It was just a lot of playing for them,” she said.

“The cast and crew were really lovely with them and the girls really took to Hermione Norris and Celia Imrie. The girls would sit in Celia's trailer and read books with her.”

She said Aimee and Katie were too young to really understand about the show but that the rest of the family, including their dad Barry and big sister Louise, five, were really excited about seeing them on TV.

Mrs Skipper added she was not sure if the girls if would do more acting or modelling work in the future but that she would be interested in them taking part in Kingdom again if a fourth series was commissioned.

A lot of Norfolk people were also involved in the behind the scenes aspects of filming the show through the Xcellerate scheme administered by regional screen agency Screen East, and Fry has also said that the county has become a “real star” in the show.

Among the Norfolk locations to feature in Kingdom are Swaffham, Holkham Hall and beach, Wells Harbour and Great Massingham.

t Series three of Kingdom is currently on ITV on Sunday evenings..

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