Rachel Shenton EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Hollyoaks star details her takeover and ...

She inspired thousands across the globe after walking on stage to collect her gong for Best Short Film (Live Action) at the Oscars in 2018. 

And Rachel Shenton has now confessed in an exclusive chat with MailOnline that her incredible success in was 'never really part of the plan' after she initially went to LA for a ten-day holiday - which inevitably led to her award season triumph. 

The former Hollyoaks star, 31 - who is currently fronting an amazing initiative with Sainsbury's which has seen the food retailers unveil the UK's first signing store in Bath - has also detailed her starry night at the Oscars, claiming that despite her hard work she never expected to win and suffered from 'imposter syndrome'.

'Very grateful': Rachel Shenton, 31, has confessed to MailOnline that her Hollywood success was 'never really part of the plan' after she initially went to LA for a ten-day holiday

'Very grateful': Rachel Shenton, 31, has confessed to MailOnline that her success was 'never really part of the plan' after she initially went to LA for a ten-day holiday

It has been over a year since the British actress was applauded by 's biggest stars as she collected her Academy Award.  

Rachel was first set on the path to Oscar glory after watching her beloved father, Geoff, struggle to communicate when he lost his hearing two years before his death in 2001.

His plight inspired Rachel, his only child, to learn sign language and eventually spurred her on to write her 20-minute film, The Silent Child, which tells the story of a deaf girl born into a silent family who struggle to cope with the condition.

Despite the moving, and much needed story-line - which was directed by her husband Chris Overton - Rachel confessed exclusively to MailOnline that she was 'never expecting the praise'.

'I don’t know if you can ever expect it,' she stated. 'I had all the insecurities that everyone had. I definitely had "imposter syndrome" (when an individual doubts their accomplishments) while filming it, and on the night of the Oscars.'

'Signsbury's': The former Hollyoaks star is currently fronting an amazing initiative with Sainsbury's which has seen the food retailers unveil the UK's first signing store in Bath

'Signsbury's': The former Hollyoaks star is currently fronting an amazing initiative with Sainsbury's which has seen the food retailers unveil the UK's first signing store in Bath

Exciting! The ex Hollyoaks star has also detailed her starry night at the Oscars, claiming that despite her hard work she never expected to him and suffered from 'imposter syndrome'

Exciting! The ex Hollyoaks star has also detailed her starry night at the Oscars, claiming that despite her hard work she never expected to him and suffered from 'imposter syndrome'

'I thought to myself, "I’m not a writer, I’m an actor, shall I just stick with acting?" I had all of those kinds of things running through my head – but I’m glad I stuck with it!' 

However, despite her fears, Rachel ploughed ahead and wrote the short film in her bedroom, without financial incentive and crowdfunded the project for nine months - before eventually filming it with a budget of £10,000.

The effort certainly paid off, and last year the Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire native found herself mingling with the A-list at the Oscars - an experience she described to MailOnline as 'incredibly surreal from start to finish.'   

'We were with all of our team and we just felt a rainbow of emotions. I don’t think any of us really thought we’d win! We were enjoying just being there and just kept thinking this was a crazy brilliant experience to have. 

'I just told myself to focus on enjoying it and then they called our name! The rest of the night was a blur!' the brunette enthused. 

'You can never expect it': Despite the much needed story-line for The Silent Child - which was directed by her husband Chris Overton (Pictured)  - Rachel told MailOnline that she was 'never expecting the praise'

'You can never expect it': Despite the much needed story-line for The Silent Child - which was directed by her husband Chris Overton (Pictured)  - Rachel told MailOnline that she was 'never expecting the praise'

Path: Rachel was first set on the path to Oscar glory after watching her beloved father, Geoff, struggle to communicate when he lost his hearing two years before his death in 2001

Path: Rachel was first set on the path to Oscar glory after watching her beloved father, Geoff, struggle to communicate when he lost his hearing two years before his death in 2001

Rachel was no doubt surrounded by array of 's elite, however admitted that while she met the likes of director Steven Spielberg, she didn't really have time to get star-struck.   

'We were just on our journey – to fly the flag for the film. We did all the necessary interviews along the red carpet. Our main focus was our lead actress, Maisie Sly - who is deaf and was six years old at the time! 

'Maisie (now 8) was unfazed by the entire evening. It was wonderful having a six year old at the Oscars who was just asking where the snacks were!' 

Maisie, from Swindon auditioned for the role after her parents replied to a post on

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