16-year-old Sherrie Silva already looks set to be a bright young talent, fighting off big industry names to win an award at the Screen Nation Award’s last Sunday.

She may be young but as soon as Sherrie hit the red carpet it was obvious she had star quality judging by the way she strutted her stuff and worked the cameras before proceeding inside the venue.

But Sherrie’s rise to success hasn’t always been sweet. Her mother had to watch her father and other family members being shot dead in her home country of Rwanda before escaping to England. This inspired Sherrie to start a charity, Wall Rebuilders, which gives out mosquito nets and blankets to the less fortunate in Uganda and rebuild the walls between the warring tribes of Hutus and Tutsies in Rwanda.

The award ceremony held at London’s IndigO2 would have just been a night out with a little bit of networking for Sherrie who didn’t think she would possibly win an award in her category of Best Female Performance. But win she did, for her role in Africa United, against Shanika Warren-Markland, Sophie Okonedo and Thandie Newton.

As well as now being an award wining actress and owning her own charity Sherrie has dreams of perform

Well done her!