Stephanie, a 22-year-old woman from St Albans, is set to appear on a new ABBA-themed competition show on ITV.

Mamma Mia! I Have a Dream is a new reality TV show set to be aired on ITV 1 this month (October 2023), in which participants will compete to land roles in the Mamma Mia! show on London's West End.

The show will be hosted by BBC radio host Zoe Ball and judged by Alan Carr, Jessie Ware, Samantha Barks and Amber Riley.

Herts Advertiser: Alan Carr is among the judges on ITV's Mamma Mia! I Have a Dream.Alan Carr is among the judges on ITV's Mamma Mia! I Have a Dream. (Image: ITV)

Stephanie will be competing to land the role of Sophie, played by Amanda Seyfried in the original movie.


Speaking of the competition, the St Albans resident said: "I have always wanted to play the role of Sophie, as I grew up with ABBA and the musical itself, always playing their music in our garden on summer barbecue days.

"It would just be a dream come true!"

Herts Advertiser: St Albans' Stephanie will compete for the role of Sophie.St Albans' Stephanie will compete for the role of Sophie. (Image: ITV)

Stephanie, who's favourite ABBA songs are Dancing Queen and Money Money Money spoke of her Greek heritage, tying in to the show's setting.

She said: "To see a musical set in Greece showing Greek traditions is so nostalgic to me and to make my family proud doing what I love with my heritage would just be incredible.

"I have worked so relentlessly throughout my life, training to get even get an audition for anything musical related, so to be considered for the role of Sophie in the West End is so ridiculous to me.

Herts Advertiser: St Albans' Stephanie with the other contestants.St Albans' Stephanie with the other contestants. (Image: ITV)

"I am eternally grateful for the creatives taking a chance on me.

"I started performing when I was very young - always dancing and singing Disney songs with my sister in our living room.

"We used to dress up in princess outfits and perform for my parents. I used to love dancing and gymnastics. I followed in my sister's footsteps and joined Tring Park School of the Performing Arts in 2012 for seven years, which taught me so much about musical theatre.

"Then I attended the Guildford School of Acting for three years, graduating in 2022 which was the most incredible experience.

"I learnt so much about myself, honed my skills and built my confidence significantly which prepped me well for the professional industry."