A FORMER child actor came face-to-face with the woman she once played, during a book signing.

Ali Lewis was signing copies of debut novel, Everybody Jam, at White Rose Books, in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, on Saturday.

Ms Lewis played Rosie Page, daughter of Alf Wight, better known as James Herriot, in the TV series All Creatures Great and Small.

The two were reunited at the event on Saturday.

Ms Lewis, a former journalist with The Northern Echo and Darlington & Stockton Times, was inspired to write the book after spending a month in the Australian outback.

She said: “The signing was great – it was really busy and we sold a lot of books, so it was very nice.

“I have known Rosie all my life, so it was nice to see her among so many friendly faces.”

Ali won the part aged 14 and unbeknown to the BBC, was a close friend of Mrs Page’s daughter Emma – their families living just down the road from each other in Thirlby, near Thirsk.

Her screen parents were Christopher Timothy and Linda Bellingham.

“It was such a big hit at the time appearing in All Creatures Great and Small.

Chris and Linda were lovely,” she said.

Everybody Jam is on sale now.