Critically-acclaimed author Lilly Say, 18, to appear in two films

PUBLISHED: 11:41 05 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:03 05 December 2014

Author Lilly Say from Woodford Green.

Author Lilly Say from Woodford Green.


An 18-year-old star author who made the shortlist for the People’s Book Prize Award is to appear in two films next year.

Lilly Say, of Woodford Green, announced in September she would put her university plans on hold to continue fulfil her literary ambitions.

Now she has now revealed she will take on parts in The Middle Man and Reapers Shadow – both directed by the Irish-born Phillip Howard.

“I do not know how it all came about,” she said. “I was just like that is cool – I have not even seen the script.”

Miss Say made national news when it was discovered the author “Hilda Poppitt” was really a 17-year-old schoolgirl called Lilly.

Her publishers initially decided to use a pseudonym to allow Miss Say to focus on her A-levels.

The Sugar And Spice And All Things Nice writer has given several talks at schools and literary events around the country in the build-up to the publication of her second novel, a Christmas tale called Always Believe.

She was invited by the Isle of Wight festival organiser John Giddings as a VIP guest.

The author returned later in the summer to give a talk to fans and at the time she admitted standing up in front of huge crowds made her “scared”.

“The talks were really good – seeing the excited audiences gives you confidence,” she said.

She spoke to Howard at one of the literary events about her part in The Middle Man where she will play herself.

Filming will begin in the summer before Reapers Shadow is completed towards the end of 2015.

However, she admits her acting experience is limited having played an elf in her school’s Year 9 production and also made an appearance in the nativity play in Year 6.

“I am excited to see the production process is played out,” she added. “I do not want to be rubbish.”

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