Sighthill star is a ray of sunshine

Elaine Ellis
Elaine Ellis

A talented actress and writer is appearing alongside a host of stars in the new feelgood Scottish film ‘Sunshine on Leith’.

Featuring the music of The Proclaimers, it’s based on the smash-hit musical, and follows the ups and downs of the lives of two young soldiers and their families after they return to Edinburgh from Afghanistan.

Elaine Ellis has a short part in the movie as Morag, who works with Jean, played by Jane Horrocks.

Also starring in the film are Peter Mullan, Paul Brannigan and Jason Flemyng.

Elaine, from Sighthill, had a great time making the film, which sees her sing part of The Proclaimers ‘Should Have Been Loved’ alongside Jane and Jason.

Elaine (47) said: “At the audition I had to sing ‘500 miles’ and they still gave me the part!

“It was really exciting. You always want to get a job when they come along, but I really wanted this.

“I’d heard rumours about who was going to be in the film and I turned up to find Jane Horrocks and Jason Flemyng were in it, and I knew Peter Mullan.

“All the youngsters in it, like Paul Brannigan, brought a lovely energy to the film.”

Although the film is based around Leith and Edinburgh, some scenes were shot in Glasgow, including the Griffin Bar, and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – where Elaine’s scenes were.

She said: “We were in there overnight for four weeks singing and dancing. It was great fun. I got to know Jason and Jane very well.

“It was an absolute joy working with everyone.” 

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