YouTube star Tanya Burr is swapping her online audience of three million for a real-life one of a few hundred as she prepares for her stage debut.
The star, 28, started out offering online make-up advice nearly 10 years ago. She now has her own YouTube channel where her lifestyle videos attract millions of viewers.
Her next venture is the leading role in a new play at Southwark Playhouse — Judy Upton’s Confidence. She plays Ella, a hustler who elbows her way into dodgy scams in a seaside town.
Burr, whose acting experience included amateur productions and school shows, started taking acting lessons in 2015.
She said: “I always wanted to act but then YouTube happened, which was a great way to express myself but I wasn’t expecting it to take off in the way that it did. I got so swept up in the YouTube bubble for a good five or six years until I realised how much I needed to get back to acting.”
She will continue making videos, but will cut down on the number. She said: “What I’m really excited about is to experience something in a room just once with a different group of people every night.”
Confidence, produced by Boundless Theatre, is at Southwark Playhouse from May 23 to June 16.