Rosie is part of an Oscar-winning team

Textile students Catherine Hibbert, Kara Bayer and Rosie Lorenz, from Leigh, who worked on the King's Speech
Textile students Catherine Hibbert, Kara Bayer and Rosie Lorenz, from Leigh, who worked on the King's Speech
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A FASHION student from Leigh is celebrating her small part in helping The King’s Speech win four Oscars.

Rosie Lorenz, of Henry Street, is bursting with pride after her small part in the film’s production.

Rosie, 21, and classmates Catherine Hibbert and Kara Bayer are all costume with textile students at the University of Huddersfield. They were given the chance to work behind the scenes of the award-winning movie when filming took place at Elland Road Stadium, Leeds.

Rosie said: “We worked on the set for five days in the week leading up to Christmas in 2009.

“Our lecturer Steve Harrington-Simpson brought the opportunity to the class’ attention and we were lucky enough to get chosen to do it.”

The King’s Speech tells the story of the impromptu ascension to the throne of King George VI and the speech therapist who worked with the monarch to overcome a stutter.

The girls worked on a key scene in the film shot at Elland Road, where Firth as King George VI, addresses a 1,500 strong crowd at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1924.

However, of the 1,500 bodies in the crowd, only 300 were human extras, the rest were inflatable dummies which the three students had to dress.

The models are positioned next to real people, who move and cheer to create an optical illusion that the whole crowd is responding to the action in front of them.

Catherine added: “It was an amazing experience. I loved it.”