#cyberbullying | #cyberbully | Derby mum’s pride as daughter bags leading role in upcoming TV series

A Derby mum has told of her “unending pride” for her daughter who is due to star as the leading role in an upcoming TV series.

Teenager Sienna Demontis has bagged the leading role in the upcoming Amazon Prime TV series The Luna Squad, which is due to air this June.

Her mum, Donella Thompson, said Sienna has always been an “energetic child”, whether it was taking part in martial arts classes as a child or stepping on stage for a “street dancing” competition.

From the age of four, Sienna was already learning Tae Kwondo, and by the age of 10 had achieved her first black belt. She was also a keen gymnast and tried her hand at street dancing competitions.

Donella said: “Sienna’s always been really active, it’s helped her along the way because she’s not scared of anything, that’s where her confidence came from.

“She was a happy chappy, always singing songs and because she was always doing things anyway, she had lots to talk about.”


According to her proud mum, Sienna’s modelling and acting career really began when she was given a photo shoot as a Christmas present.

Donella said the pair travelled to Manchester for the shoot and Sienna performed so well the photographer said she should get into acting or modelling.

“I ended up buying every single picture from that shoot because I couldn’t choose, it was £300 for 20 pictures, they were just so fantastic,” Donella added.

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From there, Donella said her daughter’s career went from strength to strength with her first job through an agency being modelling for Disney.

The pair were invited down to London for a photo shoot and as with many of these jobs, Donella said they had no idea what it was for.

The mum of two added: “She was excited, she loved the road trips. She went to bed early the night before and was up at the crack of dawn.

“When we got there we found out she was modelling for Disney Princesses the Descendants range, she came away buzzing, she was over the moon.”

Sienna achieved her second dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 12
Sienna achieved her second dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 12

When the outfits Sienna modelled and her photographs were shipped to stores across the world, Donella said she was first in line to buy one of the products.

“I was that mum that kept going into the shops and one day sure enough she was up there, they must’ve thought I was mad, I bought one of the outfits for £27,” she added.

“It was absolutely amazing to know that kids all around the world would be buying that outfit with her on the package, that kind of feeling was amazing.”

After that, Sienna scored further modelling opportunities through her agency and non-speaking roles in films such as Disney’s Artemis Fowl.

On top of that, the young woman was also crowned as Miss Galaxy Junior UK at a 2017 beauty pageant, making her one of the youngest queens in the country.

On stage at the international title for Junior Miss Galaxy, where Sienna won third place out of hundreds of contestants
On stage at the international title for Junior Miss Galaxy, where Sienna won third place out of hundreds of contestants

She was also cast in an advert for cBeebies, the children’s TV channel, and Donella said the whole family would “rush into the living room” every time it was shown on TV.

It hasn’t always been easy for the budding actress, her mum said, and sometimes the attention her success has brought her has also caused problems.

During her early teens, Sienna – now 15 – faced “horrible” bullying at her school which knocked her confidence back.

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Sienna was attacked with hockey sticks during PE lessons, had the contents of a rubbish bin emptied on her head and was the victim of cyber-bullying.

Donella added: “It brought her down a lot, it got to the point where I was messaging the bullies parents with evidence of what they were saying to her.

“That was sad times for her but Sienna is so strong and she came through it, I’m really proud of the way she handled that situation.”

The family also touched on this difficult time as part of an episode of the BBC’s Inside Out programme back in 2017.

It seems like success has been written in Sienna’s stars since the day she was born, right down to her glamorous sounding name.

Aspiring actress Sienna Demontis, 15, will star as the plucky leading lady, Kara, in the new Luna Squad series
Aspiring actress Sienna Demontis, 15, will star as the plucky leading lady, Kara, in the new Luna Squad series

Mum said: “When Sienna was born and we took her to the office, we told the registrar her name – Sienna Demontis – and she said that sounds like the name of a star.

“I always think about that even now, people have always said through her life what a glamorous name, she’s born to be a star.”

When asked about her concerns for her daughter’s future in an industry that can sometimes be very tough, Donella said she was “not worried” because she knows her daughter is in control.

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She added: “I’ve always said to Sienna, we talk about the industry openly and we talk about some of the drink and drugs aspects and mental health.

“I always tell her it’s her choice, it’s always been her choice, if she doesn’t want to do a job we just turn them down.”




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