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MacKay conquered singing fears

George MacKay has revealed how starring in musical Sunshine On Leith helped him learn to push himself to the limit.

The How I Live Now star - who is nominated for the EE Bafta Rising Star Award - had to sing in front of crowds while filming on location in the middle of Edinburgh for Dexter Fletcher's big screen adaptation of The Proclaimer's musical.

George confessed: " We were all a bit terrified of singing to begin with. But we always used to say, 'In Dexter we trust'. He did the most amazing job of adhering to everyone's needs and calming us down and giving everyone the confidence to really go for it. And kind of understanding that if you didn't go all out it wasn't going to come off very well.

"So that was a wonderful process, I learnt a lot on letting go of certain worries and really giving over to what you have to do."

The 21-year-old actor's next challenge is returning to the stage in a new production of The Cement Garden, based on the Ian McEwan novel as part of the Vault festival.

George revealed: "I'm doing a play at the minute. That's the next project that I'm going to do. We had a week's rehearsals before Christmas and I'm shooting off back to rehearsals now.

"I haven't done a play since school so it is a bit daunting!"

The play will run from January 28 to March 8 as part of London's Vault festival, in the tunnels under Waterloo station.

George said: "It's a great location and a great festival to be a part of. Lots of great young talent and theatre companies."

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