Former East Durham College Student Stars in New BBC North East Comedy
Thu, 2001-11-01 00:00
Former East Durham College Student Gina McKee has made her way back to the North East to star in new BBC comedy Hebburn.
The show is set in the North East town it is named after and it tells the story of the Pearson family and their ambitious son, Jack, played by South Shields comedian Chris Ramsey, who has left Tyneside for the bright lights and glamour of Manchester.
Jim Noir, more commonly known as Vic Reeves and Gina play Jason’s parents, Joe and Pauline, who are devoted to their family and their hometown.
Gina studied A Levels at East Durham College before going into acting, which has seen her star in numerous big TV and films productions over the years such as, Our Friends in the North, The Forsyte Saga and alongside Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in Notting Hill.
But despite being in these big productions Gina is excited to be in this local comedy and admits that the writing of the show and the opportunity of working alongside Vic Reeves were huge draws for her taking the part.
Gina told the Sunderland Echo: “It’s fantastic working with Jim. I was very excited when I knew he was doing it, which was one of the main attractions in me doing it. He was great, really great company, and calm.
“The writer, Jason Cook has written this about his family. It was inspired by his family, and I think the kernel of that keeps it fresh.”
You can catch Hebburn at 10pm every Thursday night on BBC Two.