Thursday, July 29, 2010

Eastenders E20 casting news

Casting has been announced by the BBC for the second series of the BBC's online soap EastEnders: E20 which hits screens in September 2010 and welcomes four new faces to the Square.

18 year old Tosin Cole plays Soloman Levi. "Sol" has been looked after by his older brother ever since he can remember and is struggling to establish an identity of his own. Falling for Naz, a psychopathic mother, and a fearsome temper threaten his one chance of happiness.

Tosin Cole has previously been seen in a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, set in urban London, with the theatre company Intermission. Tosin said: "It's a privilege to work on something so big but so different. Everyone is fantastic to work with - I'm really excited."

"Naz " will be played by newcomer Emaa Hussen. Naz is a girl torn between two worlds. To her friends she's a fun-loving party girl – at home she's the apple of her Turkish father's eye. Then she meets Sol and the two worlds collide – with terrible consequences.

Newcomer Emaa said: "This is the first thing I've done professionally so it's a really exciting place to start my career. I'm from east London and a big fan of EastEnders, which is one of the reasons I wanted to do the show."

"Asher" is played by Heshima Thompson (represented by Vivenne Clore). Ash is fresh out of jail and looking for a chance to redeem himself – but his brother and his mum, and his inability to say no to easy money, make life much more complicated than he might wish.
23 year old Heshima's past projects include The Bill and Spooks. He's also a singer, appeared on X-Factor and was a backing singer for Amy Winehouse. He says: "It's a great project to be a part of and I get to dance so this is going to be fun."

Stephanie "Stevie" Dickinson is played by Amanda Fairbank-Hynes (represented by Curtis Brown). Stevie is utterly clueless when it comes to real life. Abandoned by her rich parents for travelling and eternally unlucky in love, Ash turning up looks like the answer to her prayers. The only problem is, Ash has brought three people with him.

Amanda has previously been seen in the Oscar-nominated film An Education. She says: "It all happened so quickly but I'm really excited to be working on EastEnders. It's an amazing group of people and they are great to work with."

Viewers will also get the chance to see Britain's Got Talent dance act Flawless, and Avant Garde will also make an appearance.

Watch the video below and meet the new cast on their first day of filming!

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