A HAWORTH-born professional actress starred in one of the winning films at the recent RATMA film festival.

Mia Vore played the lead in The Martyr, directed by Darren Langlands, which won Best Thriller during the prestigious Keighley festival.

The team behind the movie collected their award at Keighley Picture House during the gala screening of winning entries in each category earlier this month.

Mia, whose real name is Sarah Grainger, grew up in the Worth Valley and moved to Manchester six years ago to further her acting career.

RATMA is the River Aire Ten-Minute Amateur international film festival, which began five years ago as a project by Keighley College students.

Under the co-directorship of college tutor Marcus Gregg, the one-day event has since attracted hundreds of entries by filmmakers from across the globe.

Since moving to Manchester Mia has had several professional acting engagements, including parts in feature films Banjo, The List, A Mancunian Story and The Meeting Place.

She returned to Keighley to film Living TVs drama Bedlam, at Dalton Mills, where she had her head completely shaved to play a psychiatric patient.

She has also been in the ESPN commercial Born Into It playing a football supporter.

Mia said: “I have recently been accepted into the prestigious Manchester School of Acting run by Mark Hudson.

“I have also been working on a short film called Down And Out directed by Natalie Kennedy and featuring actor Tommy Jessop, which will be premiered in November at Media City, Salford Quays.”

Over the past five years Mia has also appeared in several short films, a couple of music videos, on stage in plays, including The Lodger, Little Women and Parents Without Children.

This year’s RATMA involved screenings of all the shortlisted films during the day at Keighley College and the Airedale Shopping Centre, before the gala night at the Picture House cinema.