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Carolyn studied at Arts Educational Schools focussing on performing arts. This early training led her to successfully audition for several national theatre and television shows under her maiden name Carolyn Keston-Bloom. These theatrical experiences fuelled her passion for coaching young performers.
She began teaching at Redroofs School for the Performing Arts, which her mother June had founded in 1947. The dedicated and professional tuition offered by Carolyn and her family have helped launch the careers of many Oscar and BAFTA award winning film and TV actors and West End musical theatre artistes.
Carolyn married David Mayling in 1987. Together they had two daughters Ellie in 1988 and Rosie in 1991 with whom she shared her love of the arts. Both girls attended Redroofs.
Following the tragic death of her younger daughter Rosie aged just eleven in 2003, they honoured Rosie’s wish to help sick children by founding Rosie’s Rainbow Fund.
The registered charity offers music therapy support for sick children, support for parents with children in hospital and bereavement services for parents who have lost a child. Over the years many thousands of children and families have benefitted from Rosie’s legacy.
In 2008 five years after the loss of Rosie and with the help of IVF they had a son Dominic. Carolyn was fifty-four years of age.
She was awarded a Point of Light by former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015 for “outstanding volunteering in the service of others”.
In 2016 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and endured a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, with a successful outcome.
In 2017 Carolyn was invited to speak about her charity work at the Classic FM concert performed at the Royal Albert Hall.
Now divorced she lives in Berkshire with her teenage son Dominic, near to her older daughter Ellie and two grandchildren.
Carolyn continues to run Redroofs School for the Performing Arts and Rosie’s Rainbow Fund.
With first-hand experience of child loss, IVF and childbirth as a much older woman and as a breast cancer survivor she published her first book in February 2023.
Her memoir The Future is Rosie is her first published work.