Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Impossible new poster


Screenterrier posted the details of the open casting call back in January 2010 to find the three young boys to play the brothers in The Impossible, the story of a family caught in the tsunami that hit South East Asia, seven years ago on Boxing Day, and then the casting news back in September 2010.

Now a new poster has been released for the film ahead of its UK release on 4th January 2013.

The film stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, along with the youngsters Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin and Oaklee Pendergast.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Book Thief Casting Call


THE BOOK THIEF (Feature Film)

WE ARE LOOKING FOR GERMAN CHILDREN ONLY AGED BETWEEN 12 - 14 YEARS.

Kate Dowd is searching for a phenomenally special girl and boy for the roles of LIESEL and RUDY in THE BOOK THIEF an English speaking film set and filming in Germany.

PRODUCTION DATES/ SHOOT START:
January/ February start.
Location: GERMANY
Director: BRIAN PERCIVAL
Producer: KAREN ROSENFELT (Twilight)
Company: FOX 2000
Casting Director: KATE DOWD (Finding Neverland, Never Let Me Go, The Kite Runner)

LIESEL - 12-14YRS
Liesel is a perpetual survivor. She has experienced much trauma at a young age. This strong willed girl is the Book Thief of the title. Liesel experiences life in Nazi Germany with her eyes wide open and seeks solace in the written word. Having lost her brother andmother, Liesel is sent to Himmel Street to live with her foster parents. Hercuriosity and interest in books makes her steal them and her spirit and determination mean she is not afraid to do so. A great deal has been taken away from her. She steals books to settle the score. Liesel is feisty and spirited, she isn't afraid of the school bully or the SS soldiers. Liesel forms important close relationships in her new life with her kind foster father, the loveable boy down the street and her special confidant, the young Jewish man living in her basement.


RUDY 12-14YRS
Rudy is Liesel's best friend. He is loveable, charming and funny and is motivated throughout the script by his love for Liesel. Rudy has a heart of gold and lust for life. Tragically Rudy dies near the end of the script when he is hit by a US plane.
PLEASE FORWARD A PHOTOGRAPH/HEADSHOT FOR CONSIDERATION to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED

THANK YOU

Sunday, October 28, 2012

New faces at Emmerdale

14 year old newcomer Tendai Rinomhota (represented by Rebel ) joins the regular cast of Emmerdale this autumn.

She will play Gemma, the wayward teenage daughter of mechanic Dominic Andrews played by Wil Johnson, who is still finding his feet as a single dad whilst doing his best to protect his daughter. Wil and Tendai are due to begin filming in the next few weeks.



Two other young actors who have already filmed their episodes join the cast of the popular ITV soap from Monday 29th October.

18 year old Mark Flanagan from Salford plays Thomas King, the son of the recently killed off Carl King. Mark (represented by Scream Management) has previously had roles in Jimmy McGovern’s Accused on BBC1 and in Sheridan Smith’s Little Cracker  on Sky1.


And 15 year old Lauren Sheriston (also represented by Rebel ) plays his sister Anya King. Lauren previously filmed an episode of Eternal Law.

New zombie drama In The Flesh for BBC3

In The Flesh, a new drama for BBC Three started filming last week in the North West of England.
Written by Dominic Mitchell the show is set to push the zombie genre into uncharted territory.


It stars Luke Newberry as teenager Kieren Walker who died four years previously, and his friends and family assumed they’d never see Kieren again. However shortly after his funeral, thousands of the dead were re-animated in one freak night; and now, after months of re-habilitation and medication, the zombies are gradually being returned to their homes.

22 year old Luke (represented by Independent Talent) started acting as a child and was in the original London cast of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Stage Musical" in 2002; after a number of TV roles he then went on to train at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has recently filmed on ITV drama Lightfields.

He says of his new role: "I am really excited to be playing Kieren who is an amazingly complex character. He is on an unthinkable rollercoaster of a journey, one in which he has been given a second chance at life and he has to come to terms with how to deal with that. The characters may look like zombies but this is a very human story about people trying to survive."

Newcomer Harriet Cains (left) from the Nottingham-based Television Workshop plays Keiran's younger sister Jem, David Walmsley (represented by Curtis Brown) plays his best friend Rick Macy, and Emily Bevan plays fellow zombie Amy.

The cast also includes Alex Arnold from Skins, and Ricky Tomlinson, Steve Evets, and Kenneth Cranham.

Dominic Mitchell’s In The Flesh was discovered by Drama North through ‘Northern Voices’, a BBC Writersroom scheme.

With its central themes of redemption, forgiveness, acceptance, denial, and the very essence of what it means to be alive or dead, In The Flesh is a complex but tender look at what happens when families get a second chance at mending their past and working together towards an unpredictable future.

BBC Three Controller Zai Bennett says: "It's a testament to Dominic Mitchell's fantastic script that some of the greats of UK drama are joining our exciting young actors for BBC Three's new zombie drama, In The Flesh. "

Director Jonny Campbell says: “From the moment I read the opening scene I was hooked. Dominic is an utterly fearless and instinctive young writer with an uncanny ability to tell a great story full of humour and humanity in a most original way. An elusive and rare combination in TV drama. What’s most exciting about In The Flesh is that it challenges our pre-conceptions about the standard zombie genre and in so doing almost certainly creates a new one.”

Friday, October 26, 2012

Young Narnia star joins The Sisterhood of Night

Chronicles of Narnia star Georgie Henley is set to star in a new feature film The Sisterhood Of Night, alongside Moonrise Kingdom’s Kara Hayward.

17 year old Georgie (represented in the UK by Hamilton Hodell), who found fame as Lucy Pevensie in the Chronicles Of Narnia films, has been cast as the main character Mary in the movie, Deadline reports.

Written by Steven Millhauser, based on his own short story, the film is an Internet-age retelling of the Salem Witch Trials set in Fairview, New Jersey. Caryn Waechter is set to direct the film, for Evenstar Films.

Last year Georgie filmed Perfect Sisters (previously known as The Class Project), which also stars Little Miss Sunshine actress Abigail Breslin.

Here's the official synopsis:

When the high school's gossip girl exposes a secret society called The Sisterhood of Night, the quiet town of Fairview is thrown into the public eye and blogosphere. What follows is a chronicle of three girls' unique and provocative alternative to the complexities of the digital abyss.         

The suburban town of Fairview, New Jersey is as ordinary as can be, inhabited by church-going all-American families whose idea of a scandal is an ill-trimmed lawn. But even the most immaculate of towns has its share of secrets, and in Fairview, it involves a group of girls who sneak out after sunset to meet in secret locations around town. One morning at church, Emily Parris, the school's needy gossip girl, exposes a secret society of girls called The Sisterhood of Night, and accuses them of deviant activities unimaginable to those living behind white picket fences.


The allegations throw quiet Fairview into the public eye and blogosphere. The mystery only deepens when each of the accused refuses to explain herself and an on-line investigation for evidence yields...nothing. Frenzied and perturbed, the Parent-Teacher Association asks Gordy Milliken, the well-meaning guidance counselor, to interview each of the girls to get to the bottom of the matter. Three of the girls are particularly suspicious: Mary Warren, the alleged leader of The Sisterhood who is covertly hooking up with a boy from school; Catherine Huang, who has a crush on David Beckham and hides her fear of losing her mom to cancer; and Lavinia Hall, a child prodigy pianist who doubts she'll ever be kissed.

 

 Though pressure mounts and the investigation turns invasive, Mary, Catherine, Lavinia, and the other members of The Sisterhood hold their vow of silence, even as their classmates begin to assume things of them that may or may not be true. Why are they willing to risk so much, just for a nighttime gathering in the woods? What, then, are the girls' deepest secrets? The Sisterhood of Night chronicles three girls' unique and provocative alternative to the loneliness of adolescence and the digital abyss, along the way revealing the tragedy and humor of growing up--unprecedented in an Internet age that is here to stay, and timeless in its resounding echoes of betrayal and friendship.

The Sisterhood of Night is due to shoot from October 28th to December 5th in Kingston, New York.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Some Girls - meet the cast

Adelayo Adedayo (represented by IAG) plays Viva in Some Girls, the new comedy drama series coming to BBC Three in November. After roles in Skins, MI High, and the film Sket, this is Adelayo's first TV lead role. She is currently filming the feature film Gone Too Far for Destiny Films.

The series is seen through the eyes of Viva. She is perhaps more serious than the other three. She's a girl who wants to move up in the world. She is very responsible towards her friends; she cares about their well-being and has a nurturing side. She's sensible and very highly motivated to do well at school, go to university and have a career. Her relationship with single mother Mel - who hangs round the estate all day along with her baby - is a great incentive to Viva to stay focussed on her ambitions. She lives with her fireman father and his girlfriend – who also happens to be Viva's "stupid Nazi football coach."

What was your audition like? What did you have to do?
I had quite a few auditions for it. In my last one I did all my audition scenes with the other three girls as their characters had already been cast. It was in front of Adam (the director), Bernadette (the writer), Helen and Justin (the producers) and the casting director so it was a very full room! I thought I’d feel quite awkward as the girls already seemed so comfortable with each other but I didn’t at all! We bounced off each other really well.

How was it when you first met your three co-stars?
The first time we were all in a room together was great fun! I did think about how it would be for me since I was joining the cast last of all but once I was in the room I completely forgot about all that. The girls are so cool and I felt instantly relaxed around them.

How would you sum up Viva and her friendship with the three girls?
Viva is a leader and she’s quite uncool in a cool way. She’s not really interested in being popular or in boys! Well, actually she likes to think she’s not! She really cares about her three friends and is constantly trying to bail them out of awkward situations but as she is just as crazy as the rest of them, this usually fails miserably!

Natasha Jonas (represented by DAA Management), who played Gloria in last year's hit feature Attack The Block, plays Holli.

Holli is Viva's best mate, and her violent, entertaining outbursts are legendary. She has no respect for school and has often been in trouble. Her Dad is in prison and her Mum is permanently depressed, so Holli pretty much takes care of all her younger siblings, Porschea, Prada, Louis V and Armani. However when she's with her mates she is very different - she is wild and quick-tempered. She has a volatile relationship with Saz in particular but would fiercely defend her against outsiders because she is always loyal to her friends.

What was your audition like? What did you have to do?
I can only remember the last audition. It was scary. Hat Trick had asked 2 actresses come in for each part so I saw the other other girl that was going for the part I was going for.

How was it when you first met your three co-stars?
Mandeep, Alice and I got cast before Ade joined. Our relationship was really strong: we would text and call each other every few weeks getting worried about the series getting commissioned. When we found out it had been, Mandeep and I had a screaming session on the phone for about half an hour. When Hat Trick cast Ade we felt our gang was complete. At Ade's audition, we knew she was the Viva we were looking for.

How would you sum up the girls' friendships with each other?
The connection between Holli and Amber works well because Amber understands Holli's jokes and sexual conversations. Hol's relationship with Saz is just like an old married couple. They have their highs and their lows, they are hot and then they’re cold but no matter what happens Holli will always have her back. Holli and Viva's relationship is quite motherly, Viva supports and helps Holli to understand that her behaviour can sometimes be unacceptable and tells her what the impact of Holli’s actions can have on her life.

Mandeep Dhillon (represented by Piers Nimmo Management), who featured alongside Thomas Sangster in TV movie Some Dogs Bite plays Saz.

Saz comes from a strict Sikh family. She finds her home life quite repressive and is not interested in her parents' religion. Saz is feisty, clever and quick-witted and often uses sarcasm to cope with difficult situations. She has a tough exterior but underneath is quite insecure. She enjoys winding up Holli.

What was your audition like? What did you have to do?
When I first auditioned it was at Hat Trick Offices and I auditioned for the role of Amber. I then got a recall for the same character but half way through the audition the producer came in and said “we’d like you to audition for the role of Sarah (my character’s previous name)”. They handed me the script and asked if I would like some time to prepare but I said “no, let’s just do it”… so we did. Then I got a call saying I had the part, but, because it was only the part for the BBC read through I tried not to get too excited. It was after the second read through at the BBC that I got the phone call from my agent to say that the show was going to series. That’s when it became real and they changed my character’s name from Sarah to Saz, and the writer asked if she could make her Indian (and I was like “YES OF COURSE YOU CAN”). I mean I am Indian after all. Haha.

How was it when you first met your three co-stars?
I met Alice and Natasha a good year before we started filming and at least 6 months before we got the confirmation. When I met the two girls and saw how they portrayed their characters I started to feel excited because I knew it would work. The casting directors had been so precise in casting that there was no-one else who could pull off the parts like them. Especially Alice's role Amber: playing ‘dumb’ is difficult and hard to pull off, but she was amazing at it and just so convincing. As people, Alice and Natasha are so far from their characters but equally lovely girls to work with and to bond with.
When I met Adelayo for the first time it was her last audition. In the audition (that Natasha and me were part of to help with the casting process), Ade shocked me by her performance and actually made me break character and laugh. I knew from then that she had something brilliant to offer. Once she got the role and rehearsals began I got to know Ade and who she is as a person. I bonded really quickly with her and so did the other girls. It was a nice feeling because the hardest thing to do is fake a friendship on camera. So it was a blessing that we all actually clicked and gelled really quickly. Ade is brilliant as Viva and again I couldn’t see anyone playing that part other than her. She truly does shine and is hilarious.

How would you sum up Saz and her friendship with the three girls?
I would sum up Saz as very sarcastic and a bit of a math swot. She says the wrong things at the wrong time but that’s why her friends love her. I would also describe Saz as being socially inept. Although she is very sarcastic and can hold her own she has her vulnerable side when it comes to love and boys and fitting in. I feel her friendship with the other three girls is a very strong one The best bit about these girls is they are so different from each other but so accepting of each other which brings a really warm atmosphere to the series.

19 year old Harrodian Alice Felgate (represented  by BWH), who featured  in Hallmark TV movie The Cabin, completes the group of friends, as Amber.

What was your audition like? What did you have to do?
There were a few auditions, not just one, but at the very first one I only had to go on tape so it wasn't too bad. When I was called back for my second audition, Bernadette was in the room and so I felt the pressure a little bit but she was so nice and very supportive of the way I was playing Amber that the nerves soon disappeared and I relaxed. Every time I auditioned (three times) I would leave the Hat Trick building, walk down to Camden High Street and mentally throw away the audition thinking "Well, I definitely didn't get that!" but they kept calling me back and I was delighted. Eventually we had to do a ‘chemistry read’ that I remember most fondly because it's the first time I really saw how special and funny the show was. There were eight girls going up for the four parts and they were seeing who worked best together. It was the first time Tash and I met and we could feel it was going our way because the decision makers continued to keep us in the room. Even though they can be a little daunting, all of the auditions were great fun. How can it not be when you’re playing someone as fun as Amber?

How was it when you first met your three co-stars?
I met Natasha first at the chemistry read-through and we hit it off immediately. I think we were the two youngest so we kind of stuck together. We exchanged numbers and kept in touch and we were the first to call each other when we found out the series had been commissioned. We met Mandi at the BBC read-through and I liked her instantly. Mandi has so much life and energy in her that you just want to chat to her all day. I was away while they were doing the final castings of Viva so when I came back for rehearsals there was tiny Ade sitting there. She looked so sweet but she packs a punch and had me in stitches within five minutes. I don't think the show would have worked if the four of us didn't get on or if the chemistry was forced or fake. As different as we are, the four of us are as close as can be.

How would you sum up Amber and her friendship with the three girls?
Amber is a sweet, good-hearted girl who cares for her friends, family and multiple boyfriends. Amber is living happily in her own little bubble and whenever it's burst, her best friends are always there to support her. Her weakness is boys, especially her on-again off-again relationship with Brandon (who is seriously close to being as vacuous as her). Adelayo and I discussed on set that we thought that perhaps Amber and Viva have been friends the longest out of the group. Amber has always had Viva there to help her out of a ridiculous situation and that comes across in the series as Viva knows how best to deal with Amber and her concerns. Holli and Amber never dispute or come to blows; mainly because if Holli did ever say anything harsh to Amber it would probably go over her head. Saz and Amber get on as well as the others except for the times when Saz's jaw is on the floor over the most recent ridiculous statement that Amber has made.

Some Girls starts on BBC Three at 10pm on Tuesday 6th November 2012.












First look at Some Girls

Back in February, Screenterrier reported on the casting of Adelayo Adedayo, Mandeep Dhillon, Alice Felgate and Natasha Jonas in the roles of four London teenagers in Some Girls, a new comedy drama series for BBC Three, written by Bernadette Davis (Game On), and directed by Adam Miller  for Hat Trick Productions.

Some Girls is about the lives and loves of a group of quirky 16-year-old girls who play on the same school football team and live on the same inner city estate. We join them on their bumpy journey through adolescence, taking in boys, sex, cliques, teachers, heartbreak, fun and even some football along the way.

At the heart of the comedy is Viva (Adelayo Adedayo), whose ambition is to stay motivated and go to college. She lives with her dad Rob (Colin Salmon) and her stepmother Anna (Dolly Wells), a New Zealander who also happens to be Viva's sadistic PE teacher, and her annoying younger brother.

Viva is great friends with Holli (Natasha Jonas) whose entertaining, violent outbursts are legendary. Saz (Mandeep Dhillon) and Amber (Alice Felgate) complete the gang. They talk about everything from history homework to their ambitions in life. They share everything: their clothes, their moods, their secrets and - occasionally - their mothers' tranquillisers.

Amber wants to dump her boyfriend Brandon, played by Franz Drameh, but can't resist his charms.

Some Girls starts on BBC Three at 10pm on Tuesday 6th November 2012.





Check out the trailer:

Agency Audition Workshop

Mark Jermin Management are holding auditions for children aged 6-18 years in Camden on Saturday 27th October. 

Please email photos and CV's to kelly@markjermin.co.uk ASAP. 

Auditions are invite only.

London agent books open

 London agent looking for actresses aged 16-20. No experience necessary.

Please email office@piersnimmo.com with headshot and details.


Piers Nimmo Management

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Film Casting - looking for two young actors for leading roles


Award Winning Casting Director Suzanne Smith who has won Emmys for BAND OF BROTHERS & THE PACIFIC and has cast wonderful children in HORRID HENRY, STIG OF THE DUMP, LOST CHRISTMAS (nominated for an International Emmy and a Childrens BAFTA 2012) is looking for two boys for leading roles in an Independent Feature Film CHRIST THE LORD based on the novel CHRIST THE LORD: OUT OF EGYPT BY ANNE RICE

Directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0637493/

For 1492 Pictures
Producers: Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe.

 
STORYLINE: Tells the story of Jesus Christ at the age of 7/8 as he and his family depart Egypt to return home to Nazareth during the turbulent times of the First Century. Our story follows the young Jesus as he starts to understand his real identity.

SHOOTING DATES: MARCH 6th to end of MAY 2013 – shooting Rome and Matera, Italy. There will be a 2-4 week rehearsal time for some of the principals prior to shooting.



ROLES CASTING:


JESUS
Seven Year old Jewish boy with both a buoyant energy and charm, as well as quiet thoughtfulness. He’s young and old at the same time. He carries the Film, must have a soulful quality, an unspoken intelligence and a deep stillness within. Believable as Middle Eastern Jewish, British/English accent and we will be looking at boys who are age 7 to 10. If 9/10 then small for their age. We are open to blue or green eyes and hair can be dyed for the right child. Will be required for the whole shooting period

JAMES
13 year old Jewish boy. Joseph’s son by a first marriage. He need not resemble Jesus since they share no blood. He’s a normal adolescent, torn between a boyish impulse and the desire to be the man he wants to become. His internal world is turbulent and it shows. Shows a range of emotions and there is quite a lot of dialogue. Would work throughout the filming period. Middle Eastern Jewish, British/English accent. Will be required for the whole shooting period



PLEASE SEND DETAILS (photo and contact details) TO SUZANNE SMITH at
 THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED

Children's BAFTAs 2012

Congratulations to Khalil Madovi who has been nominated for Best Performer in the 2012 British Academy Children's Awards.

14 year old rapper and actor Khalil is a Screenterrier success story after seeing the original casting call for a role in a new CBBC series on the Screenterrier blog.

The 4 O'Clock Club has also been nominated for Best Comedy, where it is up against stiff competition from Horrible Histories, Sorry I've Got No Head and Diddy Movies.

The final series of Tracy Beaker Returns, starring Dani Harmer who is currently featuring in Strictly Come Dancing, is up for Best Drama. Also nominated for the Drama award are Postcode, Lost Christmas and Roy.

The British Academy Children's Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday 25 November at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Open auditions for low budget feature film




Honeycomb Lodge, a micro budget independent feature film are looking to meet aspiring South Asian actors for various roles, both male and female.

The script is written by an established and well-known Asian actress, and the film is being shot in the Ealing and Southall area from the 19th November – 9th December 2012. 

The director wishes to meet as many new faces as possible during the open auditions, so if acting is your passion, or perhaps you just want to come and give it a try, come along and meet us. 

The majority of the roles we are looking for are for Asian actors aged 18 - 30 years,  though we are also looking for a young white actress for one of the major roles, with a playing age of 15-16 years old (must be over 16 in real life)

Open auditions will be held on

Wednesday 24th October - 2pm -3.30pm & 3.30pm – 5pm
Thursday 25th October: 2pm -3.30pm & 3.30pm – 5pm

The Venue is in West Ealing – please contact us for details.

Synposis
Honeycomb Lodge is a safe house where young women seek refuge from domestic abuse The film tells the stories of several of these women - the events that led them to Honeycomb Lodge and how their lives are changed by the people they meet there. 

If you want to come to one of the sessions or would like more information, please e-mail
to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED. Please including in your e-mail where you heard about this opportunity.

Children's TV Workshop


DUE TO DEMAND KERRIE MAILEY CASTING will be holding another Workshop.

For ages 9 - 16 in Central London 

PLEASE EMAIL info@kerriemaileycasting.co.uk for more information on dates.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Love Bite


Love Bite, a teen comedy-horror feature, directed by Andy De Emmony, is set to hit UK cinemas on November 9th. Filmed in Scotland, Love Bite is set in the seaside town of Rainmouth, where as local teens begin to go missing, Jamie and his friends are warned by an enigmatic stranger that a werewolf has come to town and is seeking out virgin flesh.

24 year old  Ed Speleers (represented by Independent Talent), who plays Jimmy Kent in Downton Abbey,  leads the cast of Love Bite as Jamie, alongside Gossip Girl's Jessica Szohr and former Skins star Luke Pasqualino as his friend Kev, with Timothy Spall and Kierston Wareing.

Other young cast members include Daniel Kendrick (represented by Gordon and French) as Spike, RADA graduate Robin Morrissey as Bruno, and 17 year old Eloise Smyth (represented by Michelle Braidman Associates), who previously appeared in Ill Manors, as Tiffany.

The official synopsis:

High school is over and summer has begun in the dead-end seaside town of Rainmouth. 

While Jamie’s friends seem to be happy working in the local pie factory by day and looking for a shag by night, Jamie is bored out of his mind, running his pot-head mother’s B&B. He’s desperate to get out of there. 

But when he meets beautiful, smart and sexy American traveler Juliana at a party, he’s smitten – the world is not so small after all. But soon after Juliana’s arrival, strange things start happening. One of the local teens goes missing at a party. Then, another. Jamie is warned by an enigmatic stranger that a werewolf is in town – and preying solely on virgin flesh! 

The only way to be safe seems to be to pop your cherry. (But that can’t be true… can it?) As the locals are picked off one by one, the boys fear that a werewolf is indeed after them. And for all their talk, it turns out none of them have ever had sex before… 

Pretty soon, everyone is dying to get laid...

Check out the trailer to Love Bite, courtesy of Digital Spy:




Filmed in Scotland, Love Bite is due for release in the UK on November 9th.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Effy, Cook, Cassie and Naomily return for final Skins

As announced back in March, Skins is set to return for a final time next year, and E4 and Company Pictures today announced the details of the new series.

It will mark a departure in style and will see three former stars returning to the roles which shaped their careers in three individual stories, each one broadcast in two, one hour parts.

Written by series creators Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain with Jess Brittain, the stories go into new territory; more adult, more uncompromising. Each two part story centres on the characters now in their early twenties, the party's over and they're starting out as young adults, struggling to find a direction and a focus in unforgiving times.


Kaya Scodelario, the only cast member to appear in all previous six series of Skins, returns in Fire, written by Jess Brittain.

Effy has a dead end job as a receptionist for a leading London Hedge Fund. But as she stumbles across crucial financial information relating to a troubled deal and embarks on an affair with her wealthy boss, she finds out that she has bitten off more than she can chew. Her flatmate Naomi tries to stop Effy from ruining her life, but Effy cannot be reached; until tragedy strikes. 

20 year old Kaya (represented by Curtis Brown), took the lead role of Cathy in Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights, and the lead role of Emanuel in American indie feature Emanuel and The Truth about Fishes. She can currently be seen playing Dakota Fanning's best friend in Now is Good, and has just been filming on new Channel 4 drama Southcliffe.


Series 1&2 star Hannah Murray returns in Pure, written by Bryan Elsley.

Cassie is adrift, alone and invisible in London, trying to make sense of her life. Slowly she realises that someone is following her. Cassie turns towards the unknown. A strange and poignant friendship is carved out of mutual loneliness, but can it survive exposure to the real world?

Since Skins, 23 year old Hannah (represented by Troika) has filmed feature films Chatroom, Womb, Little Glory and most recently God Help The Girl. She also plays Gilly in HBO's Game of Thrones.


Series 3&4 star Jack O'Connell, returns in Rise, written by Jamie Brittain.

Cook has a job delivering drugs to Manchester Revellers. When he is asked to help his employer's girlfriend find a house and finds that he is irresistibly attracted to her, he sets off a train of events which will lead him into a world of savage revenge and a confrontation with his own violent past.

22 year old Jack (represented by Conway Van Gelder), who had started acting before his appearance in Skins, has since starred in TV dramas Dive and The Runaway, and has a number of new features films coming out including The Liability and Private Peaceful. He has just wrapped on playing the young hero in 300 prequel,  300:Rise of an Empire.

Lily Loveless (Naomi) and Kat Prescott (Emily) will also appear in guest roles.

Bryan Elsley, co-creator said; "I am delighted that three emblematic actors, currently embarking on successful movie careers are returning to E4 and Skins. They will play their iconic characters as they emerge into adulthood, and bring new challenging stories of young adults, grappling with life in Cameron's Britain, to vivid and entertaining focus."

The new series of Skins is set to start shooting in Manchester and London from October to January and will transmit in Spring 2013 on E4.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams stars in Heatstroke

15 year old Maisie Williams, who plays Arya in HBO's Game of Thrones, stars alongside Stephen Dorff and Svetlana Metkina in Heatstroke, a screen adaptation of the novel "Leave No Trace", directed by Evelyn Maude Purcell for Bold Films.

Maisie plays Josie, the wilful teenage daughter of Paul, a research scientist, who is murdered in the desolate African desert. His girlfriend, Tally (Svetlana Metkina), a female aid worker, is put to the ultimate test of survival when she is tasked with traversing the harsh terrain in order to protect Josie and evade Paul's killers.

Maisie has just wrapped on filming the third series of Game of Thrones, and will next be seen in BBC One's Halloween chiller The Secret of Crickley Hall.

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Sparticle Mystery Series 2


Filming has completed on Series Two of Sparticles Productions' hit live action children's science-fiction drama series The Sparticle Mystery. It was filmed at fourteen locations across Yorkshire including Spofforth Castle, Harewood House, Plumpton Rocks, Temple Newsam House, Armley Mills and Devonshire Hall in Leeds.

The 10 episode new series follows the continuing adventures of the Sparticles; a tribe of children formed after an accident at a particle accelerator teleports everyone on Earth over the age of 15 away into a parallel dimension.

Series Creator Alison Hume, who lives in York, says; "The new adventures of the Sparticles tribe will keep our audience on the edge of their seats and their imaginations fizzing as well as delivering lots of humour, wit and laugh-out-loud moments."

Executive Producer for CBBC Sue Nott adds; “I’m thrilled that the CBBC audience will soon have the chance to journey further with the Sparticles on their quest to bring back their parents, while sharing the fun and challenge of a world without adults.”

The new series sees the return of familiar faces from the first series including Megan Jones as Tia, Karim Zeroual as Sadiq, Wesley Nelson as Jeffrey, Emily Sanderson as Reese, Grace Mandeville as Holly, Jerome Holder as Callum, Abbie Hayes as Frankie, Oli Dillon as Fizzy, Oliver Bell as Liam and Gerran Howell as Ernesto.

Series 2 also stars, as previously announced on Screenterrier,  Lee Worswick as ‘Rocky’ and Karene Peter as ‘Serena”. Annette Badland (Summerhill, Doctor Who) reprises her role as ‘Doomsday Dora’.

The second series of The Sparticle Mystery is written by Alison Hume (Summerhill), Dan Berlinka (Shaun the Sheep, 4 O'Clock Club) and Joe Williams (Young Dracula, Dani's House), and directed by Jonathan Fox Bassett, Laura Smith, and Jon East.

The new series is expected to air on CBBC in early 2013.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Molly Moon casting news

12 year old rising star Raffey Cassidy has been cast in the title role in Molly Moon, an adaptation of Georgia Byng's fantasy novel about an orphan who learns the art of hypnosis.

Raffey (represented by  Shepherd Management), will star as Molly opposite Janet McTeer who will play the head of the orphanage. Raffey,who is the younger sister of Emmerdale's Grace Cassidy played the younger Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman. She'll next be seen playing Beatrice Selfridge in ITV's new drama series Mr Selfridge.

"Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism," published in 2002, follows the orphan Molly as she finds a mysterious old book on hypnotism and discovers she can make people do whatever she wants. But a sinister stranger will do anything to steal her secret.

Georgia Byng has since written five other Molly Moon books in which she learns the arts of time travel, time-stopping, mind reading and morphing.

Produced by Amber Entertainment, and directed by Christopher Rowley, shooting starts in London on October 29th.

Watch the first clips from Wizards vs Aliens

Watch a preview of the new CBBC show Wizards vs Aliens, featuring interviews with the stars Scott Haran and Percelle Ascott, and creator Russell T Davies...



Wizards Vs Aliens will begin on CBBC in the last week of October.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke joins Dom Hemingway

Emilia Clarke, who stars as Daenerys Targaryen in the acclaimed HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, is set to star alongside Jude Law and Richard E Grant in revenge black comedy Dom Hemingway.

25 year old Emilia (represented by Emptage Hallett), who landed the Game of Thrones role soon after graduating from drama school, will next be seen as Sally in Spike Island, the coming-of-age film set against the backdrop of the legendary Stone Roses Gig, which is premiering at BFI London Film Festival next week.

The new film follows Jude Law's title character Dom Hemingway, described as “a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is also funny, profane and dangerous” on his release from prison after a 12 year stretch, eager to collect for keeping silent which takes him from the streets of London to the south of France.

Filming on Dom Hemingway, under the direction of Richard Shepard, is due to begin in the South of France on October 15th.

Mr Stink casting news

12 year old Nell Tiger Free will star as Chloe, the lonely girl who befriends local tramp Mr Stink and invites him to hide out in her family’s garden shed, in the forthcoming BBC One adaptation of David Walliams’ popular children’s novel.

Award-winning actor Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Twenty Twelve) is to play the title role of Mr Stink, with David Walliams set to put in an appearance as the Prime Minister.

Nell (represented by Esta Charkham Associates), who played Anna in feature film Broken, will star alongside Sheridan Smith as her overbearing Mum, and comedian Johnny Vegas as her put-upon Dad who has a secret of his own.

Jason Donovan's elder daughter, 12 year old Jemma Donovan (also represented by Esta Charkham Associates) plays Pippa. 


Isabella Blake-Thomas (represented by Sylvia Young Agency) plays Chloe's "perfect" younger sister Annabelle. Isabella played Violet-Elizabeth Bott in the recent BBC adaptation of Just William.



The 60-minute family comedy is being produced by BBC In-house Comedy Productions in association with David Walliams and his production company DEW Productions. It will be directed by Declan Lowney.

Mr Stink is David Walliams’ second children’s novel. It was first published in 2009 and has since sold 250,000 copies. David’s other children’s books include his debut, The Boy in the Dress, Billionaire Boy and Gangsta Granny. Mr Stink has been nominated for a Blue Peter Book Award 2012.

Shooting on Mr Stink begins later this month, in time for a Christmas broadcast on BBC One.

Monday, October 1, 2012

One Day Like This

Filming is currently underway in Glasgow on a 2-hour drama for BBC3 called One Day Like This.

Written by Northern Irish TV writer Terry Cafolla, the film is described as an "uplifting tragedy", with the inspiration for the script the statistic that car accidents are the biggest killer of young people and that the most likely cause of death for a woman under the age of 24 is the driving of her partner.

The young cast includes Skins' star Lily Loveless (represented by United Agents), with newly brown hair.

Lewis Rainer (represented by TCG Artist Management), a Guildford School of Acting graduate, stars as Tom Harris. Lewis played Ross Duncan in Grange Hill and more recently was seen as Alex in Dani's House for CBBC.

Screenterrier rising star Josh Bolt (represented by Curtis Brown) plays Brian. Josh, from Liverpool, played the lead in ITV's Just Henry.

20 year old Sacha Parkinson (represented by Curtis Brown) plays Kate. Sacha played Lewis Rainer's sister in Grange Hill, and went on to star as Sian Powers in Coronation Street.

Waterloo Road's Georgia Henshaw (represented by BWH) is also in the cast along with 19 year old Darcy Isa (represented by Independent Talent) from Leeds, another Grange Hill actress who went on to appear in Waterloo Road.

Darlow Smithson Productions is producing the two-hour drama with Sarah Walker (The Cut and Hollyoaks) directing.  

One Day Like This is expected to premiere on BBC3 in early 2013.