‘River City’ Rachael Shieldinch bound...

Headshot of Rachael Keiller from Leven who is playing a new character, Josie Wilson, in River City from May 12.
Headshot of Rachael Keiller from Leven who is playing a new character, Josie Wilson, in River City from May 12.

There’s already a host of famous faces who originated right here in Levenmouth – and there’s about to be one more.

From next Tuesday, Rachael Keiller will be appearing on the small screen every week as a brand new character in Scottish soap opera ‘River City’.

Everyone has been so lovely and the actors have been so welcoming.

Rachael Keiller

Born and bred in Leven, attending Parkhill Primary School and Buckhaven High School, Rachael (21) will be taking on the role of teen Josie Wilson, who will join the show as part of a travelling family looking to set up home in the ficitional town of Shieldinch.

Rachael told the Mail everything has been going really well ahead of her debut on screens next week.

“It has been amazing on set,” she said.

“Everyone has been so lovely and the actors have been so welcoming.

“It’s just been amazing, and I’ve been learning loads. It’s been really nice getting to know the actors playing my mum and granddad too.”

Described as “fiercely loyal” and a “staunch traditionalist”, Josie Wilson will join the show with her mum Grace and granddad Duncan, who quickly causes a stir.

Born into the gypsy life, 16-year-old Josie is an only child and has a fractured relationship with mum Grace.

“She’s quite feisty – quite a strong-willed character,” said Rachael. “Obviously, I’m playing a younger role, so I have been trying to remember what it was like to be that age and the relationship you have with your mum, without doing the stroppy teenager thing.

“It has been quite challenging – there’s quite a lot of conflict. She’s had a tough time of it, though, being moved from pillar to post, so I think she just wants to find a place to settle.”

Away from the screen, Rachael has been on a long journey to this point.

Starting out in community productions at Buckhaven Theatre as a child, she performed with the well-known youth group Kinetic, before heading to Telford College to complete a HND.

After completing her course last year, she headed to America for the summer, before really focusing on making a go of it in the acting world.

She was cast in an independent short film, ‘Take It Back and Start All Over’, which was shown in London and Edinburgh – and caught the eye of the ‘River City’ producers.

Now, just days before her debut, Rachael says her whole family are really proud.

“Oh my God, my mum is so excited!” she said.

“Everyone is so happy for me, because I’ve been doing this for years, and now I’m on something with can give me a profile and hopefully lead to bigger roles.

“It’s great to be recognised now, because I’ve done a lot of things for free, so it’s great to be paid now for doing something you love!”

Catch Rachael on Tuesday on BBC1 at 8.00 p.m.