Friday, July 25, 2014

The Casual Vacancy

Filming is underway in Stroud, Gloucestershire and surrounding villages, on The Casual Vacancy, the BBC One/HBO adaptation of JK Rowling’s global bestseller.

The confirmed ensemble cast includes Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan, Rufus Jones, Michele Austin, Julia McKenzie, Keeley Forsyth, Lolita Chakrabarti, and Richard Glover, alongside whom casting director Lucy Bevan has assembled a cast of newcomers for the younger stars.

Abigail Lawrie (represented by Gordon & French) stars as Krystal Weedon. 18 year old Abigail, is a pupil at Harrodian School, the same school as EE BAFTA Rising Star nominee George Mackay.  She was eight when she discovered a love for drama, joining Stagecoach in Aberdeen. Moving to Strawberry Hill six years later, she continued to act, impressing in school plays. “My drama teachers asked me if I wanted to try to do something outside of school and perhaps get an agent,” she explains. “So I joined Gordon and French and they put me up for the role of Krystal. It seemed crazy when I got it!"

Simona Brown (represented by IAG) plays Gaia Bawden. Simona appeared as Kim in acclaimed BBC Three docudrama Murdered By My Boyfriend, played Jazz in CBBC series Wizards vs Aliens, and earlier this year filmed on Big Talk feature film Man Up.

15 year old Welsh actor Joe Hurst (represented by On It Artists) plays Andrew 'Arf' Price. Joe, from Usk, has previously appeared as a guest lead in Casualty, and played Young Pete in Private Peaceful, and filmed Nickelodeon show Camp Orange.

Brian Vernel (represented by Curtis Brown) plays Stuart 'Fats' Wall.
Brian is currently in his third year at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and starred as Dale Lomax in ITV1 thriller Prey. Last year Brian was nominated for Best Actor at The Stage Awards for his performance in The Static.

16 year old Ria Choony, a pupil at Sylvia Young Theatre School, plays Sukhvinder Jawanda.

The three one-hour part miniseries is written by Sarah Phelps, produced by Ruth Kenley-Letts and directed by Jonny Campbell.

 JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy has sold more than six million copies worldwide since its publication in 2012.

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