Katie Morag, out of hundreds of girls who auditioned for the part.
from Glasgow, impressed the casting team with her striking similarities
to the character of Katie Morag, both in looks and personality.
Coutts, director on Katie Morag, said: "We were looking for someone
very special to bring Katie Morag to life and we’re confident that we
have found that person in Cherry. We were looking for someone with
energy, humour and courage to play the feisty wee character of Katie
Morag and we think that Cherry has all three of these attributes in
spades! Cherry has many happy memories of coming to the island where we
are filming for her holidays and we're really looking forward to
working with her in the months to come.”
The casting team searched
the length and breadth of Scotland to find the right person to play
Katie Morag with any interested children invited to take part in
auditions in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stornoway. Cherry took part in the
Stornoway auditions after being put forward by her parents David and
Jill. She has connections to the Isle of Lewis, the location for the
series, as her grandmother was born, and still lives, on the island.
said: “I was over the moon when I found out that I had got the part of
Katie Morag and couldn’t stop jumping around! I have read all the books
and absolutely love the stories. I’ve been coming to the Isle of Lewis
on holiday for years and I can’t wait to go back there to start
The CBeebies series is based on the hugely popular
series of books by Mairi Hedderwick which relate the adventures of this
feisty red-headed girl who lives with her family on the magical island
of Struay. The stories celebrate the intrinsic sense of community, the
preciousness of the environment and the universal tensions and joys of
Filming for Katie Morag's 26 episodes will start at the
end of April on the Isle of Lewis and will continue until August, using
both studio facilities on the island as well as the backdrop of the
beautiful Hebridean landscape.
Produced by Scottish indie Move On Up, the series is expected to be shown on CBeebies later this year.