GIFTED actress Sophie Osborne created her very own Bridget Jones's drama and was amazed when it became a nationwide success.

Comedy show Kissing Frogs captures the plight of Jessica Ramsbottom who has just turned 30, stuck in a dead end job, has no children and is still single.

"I got the idea from an article which listed all the things you should have achieved by the time you are 30," said Sophie, from Winsford.

"Blimey, I thought, your own house, big car, husband, children, I haven't got any of that! I was 34 at the time but I was happy with my life.

"There is so much pressure on women to have everything, a career and family, how would that make you feel if all you've ever wanted doesn't happen?"

Sophie, now 37, originally wrote the piece as a short monologue for The Manchester Monologue Slam.

"The lady who organised the competition said I should turn it into a one woman show," she said. "My mum is writer so I kept changing bits and showing it to her.

"I wanted to get people into the theatre who might go to watch a musical but wouldn't watch a play so I made it a really fun night out set to 80s music. Jess was born in that era.

"She is quite a sad, desperate character. Everything she touches turns to disaster but by the end she finds herself and becomes a stronger person for it.

"The message is that you don't have to do what is expected by people, you can follow your own route."

Sophie has toured the show across the country for four years to sell-out audiences.

"It has gone down much better than I ever dreamed," she said. "People laughed from the word go. It is a massive buzz especially when you've written it yourself."

Her passion for acting was nurtured at Hebden Green School when she was only four.

"I went there for my first few years because I had various medical issues as I wasn't growing. It was a very creative place. We did lots of little shows and that's what made me think I wanted to be on the stage."

Sophie joined an amateur dramatics group at Wharton Church and took a year out working in three jobs to fund her dream to go to drama school.

After training at Italia Conti in London she landed her first TV role in the BBC detective series Dalziel & Pascoe.

The late Warren Clarke who played DS Andy Dalziel took her under his wing.

"Warren was absolutely lovely," she said. "He really looked after me."

She has had a small part in Emmerdale.

"I got down to the last two to be a regular on Coronation Street but wasn't chosen because I had blonde hair and a lovely lad they had already cast had dark hair," she said. "Acting every day and having the security of a year's contract would have been great."

Sophie is currently in a TV commercial for Barratts sweets and has made numerous appearances in plays, films and TV.

She works part time at Homebase in Sandbach to earn a steady income as acting can be intermittent.

"I just love acting," she said. "I am very interested in people and very naturally nosey. I love creating characters from words you've got on the page and tap into people's emotions.

"Theatre is my passion but I would really love to be in a TV drama. It is really competitive, you get a lot of knock backs. But you've got to have the determination and drive to throw yourself out there, write your own things and get together with other people."

Sophie will be performing Kissing Frogs at Weaver hall Museum at 7.30pm on February 15. Tickets are available from the museum or The show will be staged at The Brindley in Runcorn on February 16 at 8pm.

Kissign Frogs is directed by John Garfield-Roberts, lighting and sound designed by Benjamin Lee.