Friday, May 29, 2009

New Doctor Who Companion announced

Screenterrier joined in the speculation that Hannah Murray from Skins might be the new Dr Who companion here.
But the BBC announced today that the new companion, Amy Pond is to be played by 21 year old Scottish actress Karen Gillan.

Originally from Iverness, Karen has already appeared in an episode of Dr Who "The Fires Of Pompeii" with the current Doctor Who, David Tennant and Catherine Tate as a Soothsayer.

Karen, who has now moved to London to be on call for auditions, first appeared on TV four years ago. She left her drama course at the Italia Conti Stage School early for the chance to appear as a teen gone of the rails in hit ITV detective series Rebus alongside Ken Stott.

"I had a bit of a quiet time after that," Karen revealed.

But she is certainly making up for it now.

"I've got a small part in the film Hippie Hippie Shake about the 60s hippy revolution which tells the story of a guy called Richard Neville who was behind the magazine Oz," said Karen, who plays a groupie in the movie due for 2009 release and starring Sienna Miller.

After her unveiling as the new companion Gillan said: "I am absolutely over the moon at being chosen to play the Doctor's new companion - I just can't wait to get started. The show is such a massive phenomenon that I can't quite believe I am going to be a part of it."

Monday, May 25, 2009

Charlie Rowe

13 year old Charlie Rowe's acting career is going from strength to strength. He is currently filming the part of Young Tommy in the highly anticipated "Never Let Me Go", the adult Tommy being played by one of the UK's top new actors Andrew Garfield.
Charlie (now represented by ARG) comes from Crouch End and has previously been seen as Billy Costa alongside Dakota Blue Richards in The Golden Compass (pictured), and will also be seen as the Prince in the film version of The Nutcracker, which has had a troubled history but is currently scheduled for release in December 2009.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thomas Sangster

Thomas Sangster (represented by Curtis Brown) was promoting two films at Cannes. Here he is with his Bright Star co-stars and director - and also showing off his Paul McCartney mop-top dark hair for Nowhere Boy.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Toby Marlow

Look out for a young teen actor in "Shadows in the Sun" which is finally released in June. It's young star, Toby Marlow (Abacus) made the film when he was was 12. Now 14, Toby will also play the young Messala, Ben-Hur’s best friend, in the new remake of Ben-Hur, which is being made as a TV series by an American company.

This will be the seventh role for Toby, who has never had an acting lesson but cut his teeth in Miss Marple when he was nine.

His parents, property developers Andy and Helma, say he is a “natural”. Mrs Marlow, a former professional singer, said: “He used to perform in school plays and with drama groups. People kept telling us that he should do it professionally.

“We spoke to someone who recommended some agents to us and he got work immediately. We are really proud of him.”

Toby, a pupil at Abingdon School, has appeared in two other TV series, Egypt and Silent Witness as well as two films, Senseless and Mistress Of Spices.

He plays the lead in Shadows In The Sun, which will be released on June 5.

He will travel to Morocco for 10 days later this month to film Ben-Hur, which originally starred Charlton Heston.

“I’ll be learning how to ride a chariot on the second day,” he said. “Acting means you get to go to lots of places and meet some great people.” He met Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden on the set of Miss Marple. “She was lovely,” said Toby. “She invited me and another actor to play cards in her caravan.”

His parents are selective about the roles he accepts.

Mrs Marlow said: “We won’t let him do adverts, soaps or the stage because it is too much of a commitment. In a big production, Toby could be away for months. He is still at school and we run a business and have a family.”

Toby’s brother Jasper, 16, is more interested in sport and plays for Henley Cricket Club. Sister Annabel, 10, who goes to Rupert House School in Henley, has just signed up to the same agent as Toby.

The young actor, who plays the piano, guitar and flute, would like to become a professional musician.

He said: “I am doing acting now to get some experience. I am still at school, so I am getting contacts for later life.

“I don’t think I want to be an actor because there is only a small chance I could make it. I would love to be like Will Smith, who acts and plays music, or Damien Rice.”

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Faces to Watch in 2009

Look out for another veteran of Nottingham's Television Workshop in a new two-part drama coming soon on BBC Two. 18 year old Aisling Loftus has landed a starring role in "Dive".

Dive is the uplifting story of Aisling's character Lindsey and Robert played by Jack O'Connell (represented by Conway Van Gelder), a love-struck teenage couple.
Lindsey – an ambitious diver – is selected to represent Team GB at the 2012 Olympics; but when the pair discover Lindsey is pregnant they are forced to make life changing decisions about their future.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Bright Star

Screenterrier has already reported on Olly Alexander and his up-and-coming role in the new Jane Campion directed film "Bright Star" telling the story of the love affair between John Keats and Fanny Brawne.

There is a new child actress to also look out for in the film, young Edie Martin who plays Fanny's younger sister Margaret "Toots" Brawne.

There is a lovely clip here of the children's casting workshop led by Jane Campion which eventually resulted in Edie Martin being cast.

Other faces to look out for in the movie are Thomas Sangster as Fanny's brother Samuel, and young Alfred Harmsworth (represented by Abacus).

Monday, May 11, 2009

Hannah Murray

Screenterrier joined in the speculation re Hannah Murray becoming the new assistant to Matt Smith's new Dr Who here.

Skins actress Hannah Murray apparently told BBC Entertainment Report Lizo Mzimba that she wasn't going to commit to Doctor Who, despite press reports in March, and the details were relayed to a waiting world by Mzimba via his Twitter fee:

Just spoke to the lovely Hannah Murray who says she definitely isn't going to be Matt Smith's assitant in Dr Who.

Hannah Murray said: It was something I could never consider cos I'm doing a degree at the moment so I could never commit to a show that big.

Hannah Murray continued re rumours: "That was never founded in fact." And re-asserted that companion was "definitely not" going to be her.

So - with many expecting Murray to be a dead-cert for the role, the quest for the Eleventh Doctor's companion is thrown wide open. But with just 2 months before filming begins, it's likely the real name will be revealed soon...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Casting news

Look out for some exciting, fast-rising teen actors in the new film version of the National Theatre's "Chatroom".

A suicidal teen logs on to a web chatroom and the initial, innocent chatter about Harry Potter and potty pop stars gives way to the story's narrator, Jim, being lured into a nasty, spiteful power game controlled by other adolescents he can't see.

The film starts shooting soon and the film's producers, Ruby Films and Film 4, came up with a clever way of getting away from the usual, dull teen movie fare by hiring Hideo Nakata, director of the Japanese Ring horror pictures, to make Chatroom.

The actors who have been signed up include Aaron Johnson, who is currently working with Sam Taylor Wood on Nowhere Boy; and Matthew Beard, the clever, understated actor who was in When Did You Last See Your Father? and more recently with Carey Mulligan in An Education.

Hannah Murray (Troika) also moves from the small screen, where she played the delicate Cassie in Skins, to a larger playground in Chatroom. Likewise for fellow Skins alumni Daniel Kaluuya.

Imogen Poots, who was in 28 Days Later and the forthcoming Me And Orson Welles (it features Zac Efron and Christian McKay as Welles) will also be in the film, which will officially be announced at the Cannes Film Festival in two weeks.

The National Theatre's production of Chatroom featured some now-established stars of its own. In the picture, you can spot the new Dr Who Matt Smith, award-winning Andrea Riseborough, and Andrew Garfield star of Boy A and new feature "Never Let Me Go".

Monday, May 4, 2009

Alice in Wonderland

Here's the first photo of one of Screenterrier's "Faces to watch in 2009" 19 year old Australian actress Mia Wasikowska as Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

Friday, May 1, 2009

More Nanny McPhee Castings News

Screenterrier has already reported on the casting of Asa Butterfield in the new Nanny Mcphee film here.

Further cast details have now been announced.

The "posh boy" Cyril will be played by 13 year old rising star Eros Vlahos (pictured left). As well as recently appearing in Skellig, Eros is also a stand-up comedian with his own website. He is represented by Byrons.

After five call-backs, 12 year old Rosie Taylor-Ritson (right) (represented by Mark Jermin Management) from Brighton beat thousands of auditionees to the role of Cyril's sister, Celia, a "posh, lonely girl" who is looked after by Nanny McPhee.

Augustus Prew who starred in The Secret of Moonacre alongside Dakota Blue Richards will play Lieutenant Addis.