Thursday, April 17, 2014

Casting call for new CBBC sci-fi drama series

Michelle Smith Casting are currently looking for twins to play lead roles in a new CBBC drama called World’s End.

World's End is described as an Apocalyptic Twin Peaks. For Teens. It’s soap. It’s comedy. It’s drama. It’s mystery…all tied up in a nice high volume, high concept and exciting new Series for CBBC.

It might be the end of the world…but it’s the beginning of a whole new adventure…
A group of teenagers from very different backgrounds move into a fairytale Scottish castle and soon find that their very own Once Upon a Time is the start of a rollercoaster adventure full of love, laughter and a mystery that will see them hurtling towards the World’s End…
World’s End is a small village in the remote highlands of Scotland – Population: Hardly Any.
World’s End Castle is a military base for military employees and their families. Or is it…?
World’s End is what is going to happen in the not so distant future…
World’s End follows the lives of ten very different teenagers: full of the highs, the lows…the wonderful…and the really really weird…

The series will shoot from June 18th - October 24th 2014.


To play 15 year olds but will see older to play down to 15.


Luke’s a diamond, but he really doesn’t know it. Smart, good-looking, and all round good guy, Luke’s a shy hero in the making. He’s slow to open up to folk, but, despite his shyness, is a good laugh once you get to know him and loyal to the people he loves. All he can see though is his inferiority next to his twin brother, Noah. But when the castle’s secret is blown, Luke’s confidence begins to grow and he steps out of Noah’s shadow to become an unwitting, natural-born leader and hero. Luke is living, breathing evidence that nice guys don’t come last.

Noah is the all round Alpha. He’s hot, confident, popular and never loses at anything. He’s not arrogant, he just knows his own mind and has never been wrong or failed at anything, so he has no reason to ever doubt himself. He’s the guy every other guy wants to be and every girl has a bit of a crush on. But Noah’s world starts to fall apart when he discovers the castle’s secret. Every coin has two sides…and Noah soon starts to use his good strong qualities with bad intent until he ultimately becomes the series’ very bad penny.

If you think you fit the brief please email

No phone calls please.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Harriet's Army

My Mad Fat Diary star Ciara Baxendale (represented by Cole Kitchenn) leads the cast as Harriet in a new 3-part drama for CBBC, Harriet's Army.

She is joined by 18 year old Sophie Wright (who played Tix in the first series of My Mad Fat Diary) as Violet Croft, with Harriet's brothers being played by Ben Ryan-Davies as Edward, and Max True as Sam. The ensemble cast also includes James Baxter as Stephen Croft, Matthew McGreevy as Jimmy, and Adam Thomas Wright as Lewis Brown.

Harriet's Army is a gripping new three-part CBBC drama series, set during World War One and following a group of children in a small English town as they hold the Home Front and discover the true enemy within. 

Fourteen-year-old Hattie is a girl who doesn’t fit in, and when she’s kicked out of the Girl Guides for getting involved in a fight, her father doesn’t know what to do with her. As war breaks out and the efforts of the Scouts and Guides are volunteered in support of the war, Harriet feels sidelined and forms her own ‘army’ of misfits, mounting their own patrols and searching for German spies. 

Hattie's Army highlights the astonishing and genuinely important role played by the children and young people who were left behind when their fathers and brothers went to fight in the trenches.

Directed by Stewart Svaasand, produced by Foz Allen, and written by Guy Burt, filming on the new series has just wrapped in Newcastle.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Girl's Night Out

After over three years in development and several cast changes along the way, Girl's Night Out, the fictionalised story of of when a teenage Princess Margaret and her sister Elizabeth sneak out of Buckingham Palace to join the mammoth crowds gathered along the Mall and outside the palace to celebrate VE Day, is finally set to start shooting this month.

Where once Dakota Fanning, Juno Temple and Alexandra Roach were attached to play the young princesses, the roles are now to be played by Sarah Gadon as Elizabeth and Bel Powley as Margaret.

27 year old Canadian actress Gadon, seems an unlikely choice to play our future queen, but she has just finished filming on another international co-production The Girl King, the story of Sweden’s 17th century Queen Kristina.

21 year old Bel Powley (represented by BWH), who has recently filmed the lead role in coming-of-age feature The Diary Of A Teenage Girl, will play the young fun-loving Margaret.

Bel, the daughter of casting director Janis Jaffa and actor Mark Powley, started acting as a child, when she starred in the first two series of popular CBBC drama M.I. High, before appearing alongside Robbie Coltrane in ITV's Murderland, and more recently sitcom Benidorm. Her theatre roles have included Royal Court productions Tusk Tusk and Jumpy, as well as appearing on Broadway in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia.

Rupert Everett and Emily Watson will portray George VI and Queen Elizabeth, with 22 year old Irish actor Jack Reynor  (represented by MacFarlane Chard), who played the title role in Lenny Abrahamson's What Richard Did, as a young soldier who looks out for Elizabeth on the big night.

Shooting begins on Monday on locations at Chatsworth and Belvoir Castle.

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