' Life can be full of coincidences and when a Royal Navy Lieutenant was tasked to give a presentation to St Joseph's School in Salisbury, little did she realise that Ant and Dec, fellow former cast members of Byker Grove, would also be there to spring a surprise on behalf of the 'Pride of Britain' awards. They were there to whisk an eleven year old girl off to the award ceremony courtesy of a Merlin helicopter from 814 Naval Air Squadron. When asked how she felt about meeting them again, she said "It was great to see Ant and Dec after all these years. I used to be interested in drama when I was younger and was part of an evening drama group at school. It was during this time that I was lucky enough to be selected to have the opportunity to work as an extra in the Byker Grove television series with Ant and Dec, at the beginning of their careers. Although I thoroughly enjoyed drama and this exposure to the world of entertainment, I decided I wanted to pursue an academic career. After going to Coventry University, where I studied Psychology, I joined the Royal Navy" She is often asked whether she has any regrets about turning her back on a career in drama in order to pursue a life in the Royal Navy and responds; "I can honestly say that joining the Navy was the single most defining moment in my life. The opportunities and experiences I have had I would not swap for anything. Obviously I would have loved to have the success which Ant and Dec have enjoyed, but the chances of making it in the world of entertainment is very slim. Instead, I have travelled to 32 countries including Antarctica and Afghanistan. I have learned to ski, scuba dive, and sail and am currently learning to bobsleigh! My job involves driving millions of pounds worth of warship while being responsible for the lives and wellbeing of everyone on board". She added that she did not think Ant and Dec have had any experiences like that! ' Somehow I think this bird is lying..........what would you rather? Rich, famus and idealised by millions of women.....or......in the navy?????