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Meet Esme Bowdler on Mamma Mia! I Have A Dream

Esme is one of the finalists competing to star in the West End on Mamma Mia! I Have A Dream.

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Esme, a 22-year-old aspiring actress from Chester, is living her dream as a contestant on the musical theatre show, which airs its final tonight on ITV1.

In a recent interview, she shared her journey, inspirations, and what this opportunity means to her.

Her favourite ABBA song is ‘The Winner Takes It All,’ which she says: “Every time I hear the intro, I get goosebumps.” Esme holds a special admiration for Meryl Streep’s version from the film, describing it as “the most moving performance.”

She also relates to ‘Dancing Queen,’ explaining: “for no other reason other than the fact I will always be up for a good dance!”

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Mamma Mia! I Have A Dream: SR1: Ep7 on ITV1 and ITVX. Pictured: Esme. ©Thames

When asked why she wants to play Sophie in Mamma Mia!, Esme reveals her long-held aspiration: “I think most people in musical theatre dream of being part of Mamma Mia! as it is such a great feel-good show!”

She adds: “Sophie is a character that goes through so much in the show and her character goes on such a journey.”

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Reflecting on her musical theatre journey, Esme says: “My musical theatre journey started when I was around 12 and I watched the Les Misérables film for the first time.” Her training began at a college in Liverpool, where she found her “love for the industry.”

The significance of being on Mamma Mia! I Have a Dream is immense for Esme. “I don’t think I will ever have the words to describe quite what this experience means to me,” she expresses.

Despite facing constant rejections, she’s grateful for not giving up, stating: “I will forever be grateful that I didn’t give up and I kept pushing on and believing that one day something would happen.”

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See if Esme can make her Mamma Mia! dream come true this weekend.

Tune in to the live final of Mamma Mia! I Have a Dream on Sunday at 6:30PM on ITV1 and ITVX.

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