First comes the astonished gasp of gratitude and relief from a teenager discovering that, OMG, she’s not alone and entirely misunderstood after all!
Aged seven, she played the young Eponine in Having played the young Eponine in 2001, she had always harboured an ambition to follow the character through her dramatic journey.
Oh yes, and she has also co-written a musical with her brother Tom, vocalist and guitarist with the chart-topping supergroup Mc Busted, which has even impressed legendary film director Steven Spielberg.
‘It may look as though I’ve lived a charmed life, but I’ve worked really, really hard to get where I am now,’ says Carrie, straining forward for added emphasis.
She is the only actress to have played both young and adult Eponine in the West End and describes the feeling as ‘bliss.
I have completed that circle and I’m literally living my childhood dream; I have to pinch myself every so often because it doesn’t get any better than this.
With her extravagant mass of corkscrew curls and mischievous dark eyes, she radiates openness, sparky humour and a self-possession far beyond her years.