Saturday, January 30, 2010

Skins new faces

Skins is back on E4 for its fourth series with some new faces to add to the cast.

The beautiful Adelayo Adedayo plays the troubled Thomas (Merveille Lukeba)'s new love interest Andrea. From East London where she was a member of Identity Drama School, 21 year old Adelayo made her TV debut playing a guest lead role in ITV's The Bill in 2007. As well as being a talented actress and singer she also finds time to study Law at Brunel University.

Thomas' younger sister Fumi is played by 11 year old Evelyn Madzima (represented by Shana-Goldmans) from Brighton.

And his brother by 12 year old newcomer Dominic Attoh from Chesham.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Join the cast of BBC's The Cut

Auditions are currently under way for the second series of BBC Switch on-line teen drama The Cut. Casting Director Sarah Counsell has been visiting schools, drama groups and approaching agents to find the new cast.
Open auditions are to follow and this Sunday, Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw will be announcing how YOU could join the cast of The Cut. Eeek! We're not allowed to give too many details away just yet, but we can exclusively reveal here that we will be looking for TWO actors - one boy and one girl between the ages of 16 and 21, to join the cast.
So if you reckon you've got what it takes,tune in to Radio One this Sunday from 7pm to get the details.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Critics Choice Best Young Actress Award winner

Saoirse Ronan won the Best Young Actress Award at the 2010 Critics' Choice Movie Awards for her riveting performance in 'The Lovely Bones.' On the BAFTA/LA Awards Season Tea Party red carpet, Ronan talked about her win and working with Peter Jackson. See The Interview She also talks about her up-coming role in Hanna.

RED CARPETS, interviews and autographs have become a regular part of life for teenage actor Saoirse Ronan.
The 15-year-old was at The Savoy Cinema in Dublin on Tuesday night for the premiere of her latest film, The Lovely Bones , and amid scores of photographs, fans and journalists she displayed the kind of poise and presence you’d expect from her more experienced co-stars Susan Sarandon, Rachel Weisz and Mark Wahlberg.
A busy promotional tour has seen the youngster travel to Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Paris, London and coast-to-coast in the US over the last few weeks, but she said last night’s show was the one she had been waiting for.
“It’s really important for me because I feel like Dublin is my home,” she said.
“My family are from here, a lot of my friends are from here and it’s my home country. So to have Irish people around me and to share a movie I care so much about with them is really wonderful.”
The film, an adaptation of the 2002 Alice Sebold novel of the same name, directed by Peter Jackson of Lord of the Rings fame, sees Ronan playing Susie, a 14-year-old who is murdered early on in the story but continues to take part from beyond the grave as it unfolds.
“It’s not really any different because I never really thought of Susie as a dead girl,” Ronan said. “She was someone who was killed but her spirit most certainly was not dead.”
Looking on from the sidelines as she posed for photographs and made her way through television interviews was Saoirse’s father Paul, an actor himself, who said he was delighted his daughter has been able to deal with her rise to fame. “This is normal for her now,” he said. “It depends on what you do, where you live and who you are but she’s become a famous actor now and this is normal. You travel around and work on films and then you go home before it starts again.”
Mr Ronan said, despite last night being a normal night, his daughter still loves to “do teenage type things” with friends in Carlow, New York, Wellington or wherever she may be.
“I like to hang out with my friends, play with my dog, listen to music, watch movies, read and doing normal things like that,” Saoirse said.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Season of the Witch

First pic of British actress Claire Foy in Season of the Witch in which she stars alongside Hollywood legend Nicholas Cage. Also appearing in the film is Misfits favourite Robert Sheehan.

Saturday, January 23, 2010



Award winning Director is searching for major roles for his latest feature film

We are looking for
To play leading roles in a film

Would your son like to ACT in a film?
Has it always been his dream to be an actor ?
Or would you like to come and find out more?

Come to our open call casting just for a chat and give it a try.

Boys must be able to swim, younger boys comfortable in water and older boys must be able to swim well.

SATURDAY 30th JANUARY: 11am – 3pm
The American Church in London, 79a Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 4TD
Nearest Tube: Goodge Street or Warren Street

Please DO NOT contact the venue directly – they cannot help you with information on the casting call
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

A teenage Spiderman?

Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios' new rebooted live-action Spider-Man movie will be directed by Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer) and is slated for a summer 2012 release.  Earlier this month Sam Raimi, who directed the first two live-action Spider-Man movies, exited the project along with star Tobey Maguire, when the studios decided to go with a "small, intimate human story about an everyday teenager that takes place in an epic super-human world."

The new Spider-man series will look and feel very different from the big blockbuster heavy movies that went before it.

“The plan for the movie is to be in the $80 million range and feature a cast of relative unknowns (so you can quash those Rob Pattinson or Gordon-Levitt rumors at this point). And the story will be pared down to center on a high school kid who is dealing with the knowledge that his uncle died even though the teen had the power to stop it. The touchstone for the new movie will not be the 1960s comics, which were the inspiration behind the movies by Raimi, who grew on up on them, but rather this past decade’s “Ultimate Spider-Man” comics by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley where the villain-fighting took a back seat to the high school angst.”

A complete unknown for young Spiderman seems unlikely, although they may open up the casting.
Who would you like to see take on the role?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Acting Masterclass with Joe Dempsie from Skins

Joe Dempsie (Skins, The Damned United, Doctor Who and Merlin) will host a unique acting workshop on performing for the screen as part of the Glasgow Film Festival.

Suitable for ages 15-18. Cost of workshop is £10 (£7). If you would like to apply to take part please email or call Cinemagic 028 90 311900.
Duration is 5hrs.

Glasgow Media Access Centre (GMAC), 103 Trongate
Friday 12 February

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Teenage actor Wesley Nelson plays the young Ian Drury

A 13-year-old disabled actor from south Wales is enjoying critical acclaim in a new feature film on the life of rock star Ian Dury.
Wesley Nelson, from Gwaelod-y-Garth, plays the young Dury in the film Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.

Uncompromising and anarchic, Dury was struck down by polio as a child which left him permanently disabled.
Wesley, who has cerebral palsy, says he's inspired by a man who didn't let disability hamper his life and career.

With his band The Blockheads, Ian Dury found fame with hits like Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick and Reasons to be Cheerful.

A controversial character, Dury contracted polio at the age of seven and spent over a year in hospital.
He was then sent to Chailey Heritage Craft School for disabled children in Sussex where he was badly bullied, but the experience helped shape his character.
The death of rock star Gene Vincent in 1971 kickstarted Dury's musical career with pub rock band Kilburn and the High Roads, before he found greater fame in the post-punk era as the charismatic, belligerent frontman of the Blockheads.
Dury died in March 2000 aged 57 following a long battle with colon cancer.

Wesley admits that one of his most memorable experiences working on the film was a scene where the young Dury was suffering at school.

"I'm in Chailey and I get thrown into the attic. It was a great scene to play. There was this big attic and there were callipers hanging from the walls, it was great fun," he says.

Wesley is currently appearing in Tom Stoppard and Andre Previn's play Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the National Theatre in London. He says he's always been interested in acting.

"I used to do workshops in Cardiff and it just developed from there," he says.
"The more auditions I got the more experience I got. Then I did Mrs Affleck at the National Theatre and then I got Sex&Drugs which were two really big things."

The movie includes a host of stars including Ray Winstone and Mackenzie Crook, plus Andy Serkis who has been universally praised for his portrayal of Dury as an adult.

Wesley very much enjoyed the experience of working with Serkis - best known for his role as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings movies - describing him as one of his acting heroes.

As a young actor finding success despite cerebral palsy, Wesley admits that Ian Dury is an inspiration.
"He said to everyone, no I'm not just going to sit down and not do anything, I'm going to fight against it and become something really big which is what he did in the end."

Friday, January 15, 2010

Sir Lanval auditions

Screenterrier reported back in September on the auditions for the two young actresses to play the fairy maidens in the Chagford Filmaking Group's latest film Sir Lanval.

The Chagford Filmmaking Group are now auditioning for the lead roles in a 52 minute film Sir Lanval. It’s a 12th century fairytale about a handsome young knight who falls in love with a fairy. It is a strong actors’ drama with complex characters and relationships set in the court of King Arthur. Filming is in Devon and Brittany in May this year.

‘Sir Lanval’ Auditions – Friday, February 12
Venue: London Bubble Theatre Company, 5 Elephant Lane, London, SE16 4JD

The Roles:

Sir Lanval: lead role – a young knight, playing age 20, French accent preferred but not essential, needs to move well and have a certain aura of innocence and beauty (sufficient to attract a fairy!)

Tryamour:  the Fairy Queen, playing age 20, ability to dance preferred but not essential.

King Arthur: playing age 40, minimum height 5 ft 10.

Fee £500.

Preparation -  lines to learn will be emailed along with a synopsis of the story.

There are also other speaking parts to cast from among the auditionees although these will be unpaid.

Expenses will be paid.
Shooting dates May16-30 with a four-day intensive rehearsal weekend April 23-26.
The budget for the film is around £20,000. The 58,000 euro award also covers a book, an exhibition, and the distribution of DVDs of the film to tourist centres across England and France.
Our co-partners are Le Centre d’Imaginaire Arthurien in Brittany.

Contact Alex at
Include a photograph and CV. 
More information on the project, the Fairytale Films website.

Rock & Chips star James Buckley interview

For young Inbetweeners' star James Buckley, winning the part of young Del Boy in Rock & Chips was a dream come true. Here he talks about dinner with David Jason and chewing Nicholas Lyndhurst's ear off.

Can you give us a flavour of the teenage Del Boy?
"I wasn't trying to do a David Jason impression but there are very small traits of Del Boy that I tried to put in the part. The young Del is still a bit of a wheeler-dealer, even though he's still at school, but he hasn't yet turned into the Del Boy that we all know."

How did you feel when you heard you'd got the part?
"After the last audition I was waiting to hear and I was travelling up to Edinburgh on the train. I was late for my train and didn't have time to pick up a paper so all I could do was sit on a train for hours wondering if they'd called my agent yet.! Then I finally found out that evening and was really, really chuffed. I grew up with it, I love Only Fools And Horses."

How did you go about preparing for the part?
"I bought the complete box set of Only Fools And Horses to make sure I hadn't missed any episodes and I was watching a series a day at one point! It was really interesting because there were scenes and characters mentioned that didn't seem that important at the time but then they have a new significance once you know the story of Rock & Chips. But, in terms of research, if there was anything I wasn't sure about John Sullivan was always on set to help. He's got such a specific idea about what he wants and it's so detailed. He was just a huge help about what certain words meant and what the props were and the things he used to get up to when he was younger. He was probably the biggest help I could have had."

Did you feel any pressure following in David Jason's illustrious footsteps?
"There was no pressure to imitate David Jason and I don't think anyone would have wanted that. It's just important to remember that this isn't an episode of Only Fools And Horses. That's already been done and so brilliantly that there wouldn't be any point in trying to do it again. This is completely different and I think as long as people realise this is something new and exciting then they'll get a lot out of it."

What was it like filming with Nick Lyndhurst?
"Working with Nick Lyndhurst and Phil Daniels was really important to me as a young actor. I've mostly acted with people my own age and people in the same boat as me so to talk to these people that have been successful in the industry for so long, well, you've got just got to take that opportunity and chew their ears off! They never seemed that annoyed by me or anything and I'm sure they understood as they were in the same boat as me once."

What is it like being part of the Only Fools family?
"It's something that I'm immensely proud of. I'm really pleased and really proud and it was a dream come true and a great opportunity for me. The biggest challenge was just to remind myself that I'm not David Jason and that what I can do is completely different to what he did. But I just didn't want to let anyone down. Only Fools is just so important to me and to millions of people. I did take it very seriously and it would have been irresponsible and disrespectful to fans of the show if I hadn't. And I'm really pleased with the end result, it's just such a lovely story about a simpler time."

You got to meet David Jason on set, what was that like?
"It was a really special moment and just so surreal. I was having lunch with David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst and John Sullivan and it was just a dream dinner! I just sat there and listened to everything they had to say. David Jason joked that he had a few notes for me, and that he was keeping an eye on me, but he never really did. I just never saw it coming – the character of Del Boy is like a working-class hero and so beautifully created by David Jason, it was a real pleasure to be able to spend time with him."

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award

Carey Mulligan, Tahar Rahim, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg and Nicholas Hoult have been named as the five nominees for the 2010 BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award. The announcement was made yesterday by last year's winner (and member of this year's jury) Noel Clarke.

To vote visit BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award now!

The award, now in its fifth year, recognises five international actors and actresses who have inspired popular acclaim from the British public.

Nominees must have featured in a film released in the current awards year, 1 January to 31 December 2009, with an extension period from 1 January to 19 February 2010.

Mulligan has been gaining rave reviews for her performance in An Education, Hoult stars alongside Colin Firth in Tom Ford’s A Single Man. Meanwhile, Rahim is the star of Jacques Audiard’s prison drama A Prophet; while Stewart starred in the Twilight Saga: New Moon opposite Robert Pattinson, as well as Greg Mottola’s fairground set romance Adventureland with fellow nominee Jesse Eisenberg.

A jury, led by producer and BAFTA chairman David Parfitt and industry figures including last year’s award winner Noel Clarke, casting director Fiona Weir and producer Pippa Harris, selected the nominees from a long list of recommendations put forward by BAFTA members.
Parfitt said: “The Orange Rising Star Award nominee list is as strong as ever and is sure to be one of the most anticipated awards of the night.”
The winner will be announced at the BAFTA ceremony on Sunday 21 February at London’s Royal Opera House.

One to watch in 2010

Eros Vlahos (now represented by Sally Hope Associates) turns 15 today and 2010 looks like being a great year for him. It will see the release of Nanny Mcphee and the Big Bang, in which Eros stars as Cyril, the posh boy sent to live in the country.

He'll also be seen as Angel Boy in BBC Wales feature film Barafundle Bay which is currently in post-production.

And he is just about to start filming on a new comedy drama series for Nickelodeon called The Freaky Farleys. Eros plays Jake Farley, the main character Carrie's cool but dim younger brother. After moving to Transylvania Carrie and Jake find themselves attending a new school with Zombies, werewolves and vampires.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Introducing Kedar Williams-Stirling

Screenterrier posted calls for extras back in August and September for SHANK. The film is currently in post-production and due to be released in cinemas this March. As well as starring Skins star Kaya Scodolario the film is also the first big screen role for rising star 15 year old Kedar Williams-Stirling.

Kedar, who attended Sylvia Young Theatre School, appeared as Young Simba in the Lion King in London's West End, and has since appeared in a number of TV roles including most recently Silent Witness (alongside another Skins actor Daniel Kaluuya).

He plays Junior whose gang, Tasha (played by Kaya (pictured right)) joins.

Tracy Beaker Returns - the youngest young stars

The two youngest member of the new series of Tracy Beaker are two young friends from Wearside.The
Hill View Infants School pupils Katie Anderson, five, and her friend Claudia Colling, six, play Lily Kettle's (Jessie Williams) younger sisters in the new series.

The two budding young actors were taken to the auditions by their drama tutor, Lesley McDonough, of Activate drama school in Sunderland.

But little did the youngsters realise they were about to land main roles in a show that has the country's youngsters enthralled.

Proud parent Andrea Anderson said: "Neither of the girls has ever done anything like this before, but they both got parts and they absolutely loved it.

"We're all over the moon with them both and so proud. We can't wait to watch it on TV."

For the filming of the new series, Tracy Beaker Returns, Tracy is all grown up and, at the age of 20, returns to the home, but this time as a carer.

Katie, who plays Poppy, and Claudia, who plays Rosie, will both be living their acting dreams when they step into the shoes of kids living in the care home.

In July, Katie and Claudia started their adventure when filming began in Newcastle when the former La Sagesse School in Jesmond was transformed into the set for the school.

Andrea said: "They absolutely loved it. In fact, Katie's turned into a right little diva now and, apparently, I'm her servant.

"This is something she would love to do again."

Tracy Beaker Returns is now showing every Friday at 17:15 pm on the CBBC channel.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Gregg hits L.A

18 year old British teen actor Gregg Sulkin is set to make it big in the US, starring as Selena Gomez's boyfriend, Mason in up-coming episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place on the US Disney Channel.

Gregg's debut performance was as 12 year old fretful, geeky, bespectacled kid Bernie in feature film "Sixty-Six" starring alongside Helena Bonham Carter.

He then went on to appear as JJ in Disney UK's As the Bell Rings and last summer was rumoured to be dating Miley Cyrus, who'd he kept in touch with after a chance meeting at a Disney party held at Camden's Koko club in 2007.

18 year old Gregg (who started his acting career with Allsorts Drama Agency)  is originally from Swiss Cottage, London and attended Highgate School but now regularly flies to L.A.

Gregg as geeky Bernie with Helena Bonham Carter in "Sixty-Six"

Saoirse to be action hero

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan has been cast in the lead role in a new action-thriller called 'Hanna'.

She will reteam with “Atonement” director Joe Wright in “Hanna,” a Focus Features drama which gives the 15-year old actress the chance to be an action hero.

'Hanna' tells the story of a 14-year-old girl from Eastern Europe who has been raised by her ex- U.S. military father in the Swedish wilderness and trained as an assassin.
She uses the survival skills he taught her to battle U.S. intelligence agencies as she journeys across Europe to be reunited with him. But when she forms a friendship with a French family and their daughter, she must take a stand against the life which has been chosen for her.

Ronan's new film 'The Lovely Bones', in which she plays a murdered girl, is due to open in UK cinemas in February.

While “Atonement” cast her as a young girl who did a very bad thing, “Hanna” gives her a chance to play a total badass. Ronan was Oscar-nominated for “Atonement,” her breakout role.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A new Sydney

There's a change of actor for the role of Sydney in the new series of Lark Rise to Candleford which returns to BBC1 Sunday nights on 17th January. Newcomer Edward Darnell-Hayes, who appeared in the children's ensemble cast of Oliver! in the West End, has replaced Oscar Lloyd (presumably because he was too busy in his new role of William Wylde in Emmerdale).

At the end of the last series, James Dowland (played by Jason Merrells), rode off into the sunset, leaving Dorcas, who owns and runs the local post office, to adopt his son, Sydney.

Julia Sawalha, who plays Dorcas described how much she adored working with Edward (Ted):  "He has a very dry sense of humour and has fitted in with everyone. He is a very astute and clever boy. He is well-mannered and works very hard. He is a natural professional. He takes direction extremely well. I haven’t once heard him say: ‘No, I can’t do that.’ He always has a go and does really well. He deals with the technical side of things brilliantly, which can be very daunting. He is also a naturally generous actor – he listens, looks you straight in the eye and instinctively responds. Most refreshing of all, he has hobbies outside of acting, he loves school and is not precocious in any way at all.”

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The St Trinians twins

Cloe and Holly Mackie, 12, play the terrible twins Tara and Tania in the St Trinian’s movies. This Christmas St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold hit the cinemas with even more mayhem and fun than ever. The girls both go to Camden School for Girls and are represented by the Sylvia Young Agency. Their parents are both insiders - mum is a make-up artist, dad is an art director and they also appeared (as Psychic Twins One and Two) in the thriller Death Defying Acts with Catherine Zeta Jones.

Holly: We love being on the St Trinian’s set because we get so well looked after. Everyone knows everybody now and it’s like a big happy family. Cloe and I get quite spoiled really. They always fill the fridge in our trailer with our favourite juice, fruit and biscuits.

First thing in the morning we would arrive and have breakfast with all the other cast. If we were on location – we would eat on a big converted coach or we sat outside on really warm days. A bit like a picnic. We spent most of this shoot on location as the film is set in lots of different places including Knebworth which was amazing.

Cloe: This time round we filmed for a few weeks in the House of Detention in Clerkenwell. This was an underground prison in 1616 and it is said to be haunted. It was so cool! It is very big with low ceilings, lots of narrow passageways and extremely dark down there. Holly and I played hide and seek to try and hide from our tutor Carolyn. The best bit about filming there was that we knew we could get out – unlike the prisoners! It was pretty scary and not the sort of place you’d want to be by yourself. All the older cast have kept in touch with us via email since the last film so we all know what each other has been up to.

Holly: We finished up at Ealing studios for the last few weeks of filming. This was where the dormitory scenes were shot and they look fantastic. In fact everything this time looks really amazing – costumes, make up, sets, everything. It was sad when we wrapped filming because we have to say bye to everyone again and that is a bit weird when you’ve been together for eight weeks. But we were invited to the wrap party at Movida night club in the West End. We were given special entry to join the cast for the night (as it is a grown-up club), it was soooo cool! They even made us a non-alcoholic cocktail called ‘first years’.

Cloe: As most of the filming was in the summer hols, we didn’t need to have any tutoring (hooray) but during school days we have a tutor called Carolyn and we do school work in between filming our scenes. Carolyn is very nice and extremely patient! She definitely wouldn’t be a St Trinian’s teacher!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

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Friday, January 1, 2010

One to watch out for in 2010

9 year old Lino Facioli  from London has two major roles lined up for 2010. First we'll see him as Naples the son of Russell Brand’s character Aldous Snow in ‘Get Him To The Greek’, the highly anticipated follow up to Universal Pictures' ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’, which is due to be released in the summer.
And shooting is finally likely to commence later this year on the long-awaited Eloise in Paris, in which he stars alongside Australian child actress Jordana Beatty.
Lino, who is represented by Sasha Leslie Management of Allsorts, was born in Brazil and speaks fluent Portuguese but moved to London when he was 4 years old.