Hollyoaks star Daisy Wood-Davis will come home to turn on the Petts Wood Christmas lights this year.

The lights will be turned on at 5pm on November 25, by Petts Wood station.

Daisy, 27, who plays Kim Butterfield in the Channel 4 soap, developed her love of performing arts watching shows in the Churchill Theatre, Bromley.

She grew up in Petts Wood in Nightingale Road and went to Crofton Infant School and Junior School then to Darrick Wood School in Orpington.

She auditioned for Italia Conti, an academy for performing arts in London.

While she was training she saw an advert in the Stage newspaper for an open audition to be in acclaimed West End theatre producer Bill Kenwright’s next big show.

Daisy said: “The audition was meant to be a bit of a publicity stunt rather than a way of them actually finding someone.

“But I went along, and I was given the lead part for Dreamboats and Petticoats.

“I had my West End debut as a lead part at the age of 18. It was unbelievable, it was all my dreams and more. It was amazing.

“I didn’t expect to get it at all and obviously my life completely changed because I went from being a student to doing a job that so many people in the industry would have cut their left arm off for.

“So, it was a massive thing and I have been really lucky.

“I know lots of talented people who haven’t had that break.”

Since then Daisy has gone on to do various jobs in TV and theatre. She has acted in a film, in EastEnders and she then got another big break and landed a role in Hollyoaks.

But despite her life in the limelight, Daisy said that she is excited about coming back to Petts Wood. Her parents live nearby and work in Bromley borough. They are both excited about their daughter turning on the lights.

Daisy said: “I think it’s going to be really cute. My family are absolutely buzzing about me doing this. I think it is possibly the proudest moment they have had.

“They barely tune in for Hollyoaks, they’re just used to it now and yet when I tell them I’m turning on the Christmas lights, they’re cancelling all their plans and making sure they are there.

“I totally get that because as kids it was something that we went to.”

The star had some advice for those who may dream of going into the performing arts.

She said: “I would say, even though this is completely contradictory, do what you love but also really concentrate on your schooling and education as well because if you go into the performing arts you are going to spend time out of work and you want things to fall back on in-between jobs.”