Boyle: My success was a miracle

Congleton Guardian: Susan Boyle makes her big-screen debut in The Christmas Candle Susan Boyle makes her big-screen debut in The Christmas Candle

Susan Boyle has revealed that she believes in miracles, because her own rise to fame was quite "miraculous".

The Britain's Got Talent phenomenon makes her big-screen debut as Eleanor Hopewell in The Christmas Candle, alongside Samantha Barks and Lesley Manville. She also contributed an original song, Miracle Hymn, to the film's soundtrack.

"It's a story that inspires me in that you never give up on your dreams, and you never stop believing in miracles. What happened to me was pretty miraculous - I always believe in miracles," she said.

The Scottish singer, whose festive album Home For Christmas is out now, said she enjoyed her first foray into film.

"It's a much wider audience, more people to work with, more things to take on. It's an entirely different idea," she said.

The period drama, which is directed by John Stephenson, is based on Max Lucado's novel of the same name. It tells the story of the Christmas candle in the fictional village of Gladbury, where the villager who lights it will be granted a wish by an angel every 25 years, until it goes missing.

The Christmas Candle, which also stars Hans Matheson, John Hannah and Barbara Flynn, will be released in UK cinemas on December 13.

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