Was an aspiring singer/song-writer before turning to acting.
Took part in several singing competitions as a teenager including Urban Voice, where she was a finalist in 2001. Five years later she made it to the final of UK Unsigned, where she won the singer/songwriter competition.
Had just ten weeks to get into Olympic standard shape to play a top athlete in 2011 movie, Fast Girls and worked out for at least four hours daily.
In 2015 appeared in the first stage version of Willy Russell's play Educating Rita that used black actors and took on the title role of Rita opposite actor Lenny Henry.