Lennoxtown actress looking for more success after landing her first lead role

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A FORMER shoe shop worker is becoming a regular fixture on television after following her dreams of stardom.

Denise Docherty (46), from Lennoxtown, always had ambitions of being an actress, having performed with the St Machan’s Light Operatic Society and other local groups from the age of 12.

Potential celebrity had to be put on the back-burner when she ended up working as an assistant manager for Clarks, before having her two daughters, Bronagh (12) and Fallon (9).

But in 2006 she decided to go back to college to study acting and performance.

Since graduating in 2008 Denise has been making steady progress in the world of showbiz.

In the process she’s had to change her name, after being told by actors’ union Equity that her own “had too many syllables”.

She now goes by the stage name Bronagh Fallon in tribute to her children.

She’s appeared in River City several times and has also been regularly seen on the small screen in adverts for the STV Player and Ramsdens Pawnbrokers’ gold purchasing service.

Denise said: “I’ve done lots of background work and people have started recognising me.

“My first acting job was a speaking part in River City and the directors now know they can call on me for certain roles. I’ve also done a lot of theatre.”

To keep busy, Denise regularly attends classes at the Glasgow Acting Academy - which is currently putting on a series of shows to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

She recently took centre-stage for the first time, playing the lead in The House of Bernada Alba at Glasgow’s S.P.A.C.E. Theatre, and hopes for more success in the future.

She said: “I would really like to do more television and film parts.

“I just hope I can get the breaks that you need in this industry.”

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