Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Village

Extending from 1914 to 1920, the first series of epic new series The Village written by Peter Moffat comes to BBC One Sunday 31st March at 9pm.

The series stars John Simm and Maxine Peake as impoverished, alcoholic Peak District farmer John Middleton and his wife, Grace.

13-year-old newcomer Bill Jones, a member of the Nottingham-based Television Workshop, stars as young Bert Middleton, whose long life is central to the anticipated on-going serial. Bert is growing up in extreme poverty on a family farm in Derbyshire. He is twelve years old at the start of the series, and his days are filled with school, his friends, working in the fields with his father and secret swimming lessons with his brother Joe, whom he adores. Young Bert, like his brother, falls in love with new arrival Martha Lane the moment she arrives in the village. He is very confused as he watches the behaviour of his hero elder brother and the girl of his dreams...

22 year old  Nico Mirallegro (represented by The Rights House), recently seen starring in E4's acclaimed My Mad Fat Diary, plays Bert's brother Joe. At the start of the series he is nineteen years old, a strong, handsome young man. He is torn in half by his love for his mother and his little brother, and his yearning to escape the tyranny of his father. He takes a job at the Allingham’s house to bring some money in, and falls in love with Martha Lane.

Alfie Stewart, a regular on CBBC's Sadie J, (represented by Independent Talent) takes over as the teenage Bert Middleton from episode six.

Augustus Prew (represented by The Rights House), shortly to be seen in Kick Ass 2, plays George Allingham, the youngest son of the Allingham family,  thoughtful,delicate and halfway to being a poet, he is also smitten by Martha but quickly works out that Joe Middleton is his rival for her affections.

Irish actress Charlie Murphy (represented by Lisa Richards Agency) stars as Martha Lane, the strong-willed and opinionated daughter of the new Methodist minister.  She wants to help the community and open their eyes to the changes that are taking place in the outside world. John Middleton (John Simm), in particular, is a soul she wants to save, mainly because she wants to be close to Joe. Murphy, who studied at the Gaiety School of Acting for two years, has been a recurring character in Stuart Carolan’s ‘Love/Hate’ since season one aired in 2010. She has had roles in Irish dramas ‘The Clinic’, and ‘Single-Handed’, as well as landing a guest role on Channel 4 series ‘Misfits’ this year.

The large cast also includes:

David Ryall plays Old Bert Middleton, Juliet Stevenson plays Clem Allingham, Kit Jackson plays Lord Allingham, Augustus Prew plays George Allingham, Emily Beecham plays Caro Allingham, Matt Stokoe plays Gerard Eyre, Charlie Murphy plays Martha Lane, and Stephen Walters plays Crispin Ingham.

The six part series was filmed on location in the Peak District.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Agency looking for new clients aged 16-19

Bloomfields Management are looking for a few very talented youngsters between the ages of 16-19 (please nobody younger than 16) to join their books.

Previous experience preferable, but they are also hoping to organise reads/auditions in April and May.

The email address to send pictures and CVs to, is barnaby@bloomfieldsmanagement.com.

Bloomfields is a leading international actors' management agency based in London's West End. We specialise in Film, Theatre, Television and Commercial work. We are dynamic and forward thinking with the professional qualities, contacts and clout of a major league player; yet with the intimate virtues of an exclusive agency. We place our actors at the heart of everything we do.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Maze Runner

Three young British actors have landed roles in The Maze Runner, Fox’s adaptation of the sci-fi Young Adult novel, the first in a series of books set in a post-apocalyptic world by James Dashner, to be directed by Wes Ball.

Here's the synopsis:

Thomas wakes up in an elevator, remembering nothing but his own name. He emerges into a world of about 60 teen boys who have learned to survive in a completely enclosed environment, subsisting on their own agriculture and supplies from below. A new boy arrives every 30 days. The original group has been in "the glade" for two years, trying to find a way to escape through a maze that surrounds their living space. They have begun to give up hope. Then a comatose girl arrives with a strange note, and their world begins to change...

20 year old Will Poulter will play Gally, a Glader who mistrusts Thomas from the beginning, turning into Tom's first enemy in the Glade. Will (represented in the UK by Hamilton Hodell) made his screen acting debut in Son of Rambow, went on to play Eustace in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,  last year filmed alongside Jennifer Aniston in We Are The Millers, and recently wrapped on Julian Gilbey's heist thriller Plastic.

22 year old Thomas Brodie-Sangster (represented by Curtis Brown), who is about to be seen playing Jojen Reed in the third series of Game of Thrones, will play Newt, a tall Glader who is leader Alby's second-in-command.

27 year old Aml Ameen (represented in the UK by Independent Talent) will play Alby, the honourable but stern leader of the Gladers. Aml got his big break in Kidulthood and has gone on to feature in many TV and film roles in the UK and US,  including a series regular role as Malcolm Davies in Harry's Law.

No news yet on who will take the lead role of Thomas....

First year male student wanted for video shoot

Candid Casting are working on a video for a leading laundry brand which features some young guys who are in their first year at University living away from home and learning as they go along how to do their own washing.

The idea is focused on male first year students, age 18-19 who have involvement in either the arts, music or a team sport.

The shoot is scheduled for the 10th & 11th April, there would be a fantastic monetary compensation given for their time of £500 per day.

Initially anyone interested should send an email to stephanie@candidcasting.co.uk including:

- Information about themselves
- Interests in sports, arts and music and how university life differs from their home life.
- A couple of photographs attached
- Their contact details so we can get in touch, including an address.

Please ensure you send your details in by 23rd March to ensure you don't miss out!

Search for Teenage Boys to Star in a Video

Candid Casting are working on a video for a famous shampoo brand, which features some young boys who have brown or black hair to talk about their hair care routine and the products they use.

The boys should be 13-16 years old and the idea is focused on lads who have a nice group of friends and perhaps play a group sport or are involved in extra curricular activities.

The shoot is scheduled for the 13th and 14th April and for selected boys there would be a fantastic monetary compensation given for their time of £250 per day.

Initially we need anyone interested to send us an email to jennifer@candidcasting.co.uk including:

 · Information about themselves such as their interests – what sports/activities they take part in and when, their home life etc.

· A couple of photographs attached, including close up pictures of their face and hair.

· Their contact details so we can get in touch, including an address.

Applications must be received by 23rd March at the latest.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Agency looking for new talent 11 - 18 years

London agent On It Artists is looking for new acting talent.

If you want to be an actor and appear on stage, television and film, then our agency can help you get there.

On It Artists has a strong line-up of successful young actors, and is looking to add a couple more girls to its books.

We will be holding auditions in central London on Saturday, April the 6th 2013. You will be asked to read a scene on camera.

If you are aged between 11 to 18 years old, please send us a recent photo of yourself, plus details of your age, height, and a bit of information about your experience and hobbies/interests.
Please submit your photograph and your information to: onitpa@gmail.com

We will contact successful applicants with a scheduled time for an audition.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Casting 7 year old boy for feature film

Briony Barnett CDG (Member of the UK Casting Directors’ Guild) is currently auditioning 7 year old/small 8 year old boys for the feature film What We Did On Our Holiday, written and directed by Guy Jenkin & Andy Hamilton (creators of the hit BBC comedy show Outnumbered).

This will shoot from 10th June 2013 for 7 weeks.

If you are over 123cm - very confident, intelligent and happy to improvise - and interested in coming to audition for this part, please email THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED with a photo and a few details about yourself.

Auditions will be on Sunday 17th March 2013 in Covent Garden.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Swallows and Amazons starts casting

Calling all young sailors and budding actors

The child casting directors behind movies such as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Atonement, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Wrath of the Titans  are looking for boys and girls aged between 7-13 years for the roles of the Swallows – John, Susan, Titty and Roger – and the Amazons – Nancy and Peggy Blackett in the new film version of SWALLOWS & AMAZONS, based on the original book by Arthur Ransome.

No previous acting experience is necessary, and no specific standard of sailing is required.

They are looking for:
  • Boy aged 7 (Amateur sailor, happy to be on & in the water)
  • Boy aged 13 (Good, competent sailor)
  • Girls aged 9, 11 & 13 (Interested in sailing, happy to be on & in the water)

If you’re interested please email a picture, age, height, where you are based, plus any queries to CASTING IS NOW CLOSED.

Filming is set to take place this Summer (2013) in the UK.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Youngers comes to E4 on 20th March

Back in July last year, Big Talk Productions conducted open auditions in London to find new faces, with over 350 applicants aged 16 - 19, turning up - from actors, to rappers and aspiring music artists.

Now the new show Youngers, a witty and original new comedy drama series set in South East London, is set to start on E4 at 19:30pm on Wednesday 20th March.

The series follows a group of friends trying to negotiate their way through teenage life in a world that's more about swagger than straight As.

In episode one, it's GCSE results day and friends Yemi (Ade Oyefeso) and Jay (Calvin Demba) nervously make their way to school to find out what the future holds. Aspiring producer Yemi aces his results, but there's no celebrating for Jay. Determined to swerve a career fixing boilers with his dad, Jay picks up a leaflet for Mic Star, a local music competition that could be his break into the urban music industry. On enrolment day for Chairwood, Yemi meets current student Davina, who has an interesting take on Mic Star, and could change Yemi’s mind. But for these Youngers it's never going to be that easy....

Written by Levi David Addai with Benjamin Kuffuor, Mark Catley and Georgia Lester, the series is produced by Big Talk Productions for E4.

Check out the characters and cast:

Calvin Demba plays Jay. Calvin previously played Scott in Hollyoaks and is represented by MN Talent Management.   

Jay's a charmer... a proper lad's lad. When it comes to girls, he's a self-confessed addict and a bit of a lady killer. His other love? Spitting bars.

Jay's been best friends with Yemi since primary school days. Impulsive, he's lead in life by his passions. Jay downright refuses to be seen as merely a teenager or younger. He believes - knows - he is the next big thing... he's just waiting for the rest of the world to catch up.

Newcomer Ade Oyefeso (represented by Troika) plays Yemi. Ade played also played the role in the pilot for the series which was called Trainees.  

Yemi is humble. Yemi is mild-mannered. Both of these things are useful, because Yemi is also Jay's long-suffering best friend.

A talented bedroom producer, Yemi's torn between his loyalty to his mum, his ambitions for college and his love of music. He's got a hunger for success – but wants to do it the 'right way'. And that usually means playing things cautiously, a bit different to his mate Jay, who likes taking a punt on things.

Shavani Seth (represented by Identity Agency Group) plays the beautiful and graceful Davina.

Davina lives in South London but she reckons she's "on the wrong side". Davina's not privileged... but definitely not ghetto.

Her love of singing and urban music means the Youngers is a natural home for her. But will her insecurity about where she comes hold her back?

Joining them, as previously announced on Screenterrier, are YouTube heroes Mandem On The Wall aka recent BRIT school graduates 18 year old Joivan Wade, 19 year old Percelle Ascott , and 24 year old comedy actor Dee Kartier, (all represented by Sainou). They live near Jay and Yemi and are always around to offer some words of wisdom. Sort of :). They are Failia (ladies man), Yungah Baker (loose cannon - prone to emotional outbreaks) and Yungah Baby Tinie Winie (sweet boy - and the sensible one of the three).

Youngers starts 19:30pm Wednesday 20th March on E4