Friday, February 28, 2014

Open casting for series 3 of The Dumping Ground

CBBC is looking for identical-looking twins – or children who can pass for identical-looking twins – to be cast in the next series of The Dumping Ground!

The Dumping Ground, the BAFTA-winning children’s drama series inspired by, and set in, Jacqueline Wilson’s fictional children’s home, will be returning to the channel for an action-packed third series next year, and producers are hoping to find identical-looking children to play twins in the programme.

Young people from across the UK who are interested in a career in acting and can pass for identical-looking twins are being invited to submit audition videos for a chance to star in the show, which is made by the CBBC Productions in-house drama team in Salford.

Lis Steele, executive producer of The Dumping Ground says:
“We’re not looking for professional videos or previous acting experience, just bags of enthusiasm and a spark of natural talent. We’re hoping to find some real stars of the future and can’t wait to see who comes forward to audition.”

Filming for the series will take place in Newcastle this summer between June and mid-November 2014.
The closing date for applications is 21st March 2014.

To audition for the role of a pair of identical-looking twins THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED

To audition you should be between the ages of 9 – 13 years old but should ideally be able to pass for a 10 year-old.

In order to be considered, applicants must obtain their parent/guardian's consent. At the start or end of your audition your parent/guardian must be filmed saying the following to the camera: “I am (parent/guardian's name) and I am the parent/guardian of (your full names). I can confirm that I have read and agree to the terms and conditions of entry on the CBBC website and I give my consent for my twins to send in their audition films.”

If you do not obtain your parent/guardian's consent your audition can not be considered.

Auditions should be sent by post on a dvd or memory stick to:

The Dumping Ground Casting
Room 2
Bridge House
MediaCity
M50 2BH

A consent form must be completed by your parent/guardian and included in the package with your auditions. The consent form can be found with the audition scenes.


For the full terms and conditions and audition scenes please visit the CBBC website.


Being Human's Aidan Turner to star as Poldark

Aidan Turner, who played vampire Mitchell in BBC Three's Being Human, will star as Ross Poldark in a new BBC adaptation of Winston Graham’s acclaimed saga set in 18th century Cornwall.

Described as a man of contradictions, Ross Poldark has a strong sense of social justice but a contempt for authority. He’s a man of principle yet frequently a rebel. Reckless yet full of integrity. Charismatic but down-to-earth. Volatile yet fiercely loyal. Torn between two women and two social classes. A hero to most, a scourge to many.

Britain is in the grip of a chilling recession... falling wages, rising prices, civil unrest - only the bankers are smiling. It's 1783 and Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ruins: his father dead, the family mine long since closed, his house wrecked and his sweetheart pledged to marry his cousin.  But Ross finds that hope and love can be found when you are least expecting it in the wild but beautiful Cornish landscape.

Aidan Turner says: "I'm very excited to play Ross Poldark for the BBC and it's obviously a huge challenge to honour the extraordinary character Winston Graham created and who Debbie Horsfield has brought new life to. But there's a terrific team coming together and the scripts are superb, so I can't wait to get started."

Damien Timmer, executive producer for Mammoth Screen, adds: “Ross Poldark is an iconic role - we needed an actor with the right combination of striking looks, youthful rebelliousness, emotional complexity and maturity of presence which hints at the man he becomes across the saga. In our minds there was only one candidate. Happily he said yes!”

Andrew Graham, author Winston Graham’s son, adds: “I am delighted at the choice of Aidan Turner as Ross, as I am sure my father would have been. Ross in the novels was a man of dark good looks, impulsive temperament, strong loyalties and deep emotions. I am greatly looking forward to seeing Aidan bring all these qualities freshly to life.”

Poldark is an 8x60-minutes series, adapted by Debbie Horsfield and made by Mammoth Screen for BBC One.

Directed by Ed Bazalgette, filming begins in Cornwall and Bristol in April 2014 and the series will transmit in 2015 on BBC One.

Further casting will be announced in due course.

Poldark was last adapted into a highly successful BBC series in the 1970s where Ross was played by Robin Ellis.

Meet the cast of Legacy

Back in July last year a nationwide casting call was launched to find some new talent for Legacy, a new film from Unstoppable Entertainment and Think Big Productions.

Exec Produced by Noel Clarke (4.3.2.1, The Anomaly) and Jason Maza (The Knot, The Hooligan Factory) Legacy tells the story of five teenagers and the ultimate party of the year.



After auditioning hundreds of girls with no previous professional experience, Amy Tyger from Manchester won the lead female role of Dani. 21 year old Amy is now represented by Cole Kitchenn.

Dani is strong willed, fierce, aggressive yet still lovable, she is protective and more than a match for the groups’ machismo. She’s an attractive tomboy with deep-rooted femininity issues exacerbated by her elder sister Yasmin.




21 year old Franz Drameh (represented by Hamilton Hodell) plays Sean, the unspoken leader of the group.

Franz starred in Attack The Block, and he also plays Brandon in BBC Three comedy Some Girls. Next up, he'll be seen in paranormal thriller Residue.





19 year old Jacob Chapman stars as Ben. Jacob (represented by Cole Kitchenn) previously played Brandon in E4 comedy series Beaver Falls.

Ben is the professional food-lover of the group! He’s a big-bellied, big-hearted pacifist, he’s the calm in the storm of the group. The one member that everyone loves without question.



Akshay Kumar stars as Cam. Akshay (represented by United Agents) is currently in his final year at Drama Centre drama school in London.
Described as a socially awkward technological genius and hopeless romantic, Cam is the most put upon member of the group.




Mckell David stars as joker PJ. Mckell (represented by Identity Agency Group) took the lead role in Mo Ali's action thriller Montana, and is currently filming in horror feature Don't Grow Up.

PJ is the youngest member of the group but an undeniably confident, fast-talking, street-slanging, failed womanizer.




Legacy is directed by David Fairbanks and Marc Small and due out this spring.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Chasing Shadows

Letitia Wright (represented by Identity Agency Group) joins the cast of new ITV four-part drama Chasing Shadows which focuses on the work of a missing persons field unit charged with tracking down serial killers who prey on impressionable and vulnerable people.

Letitia, one of Screenterrier's Top British Teenage Actresses from last year, starred in Channel 4's Top Boy and award-winning feature My Brother The Devil. She was also named as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow in 2012.

She will star alongside Noel Clarke, Reece Sheersmith and Alex Kingston.

Chasing Shadows is created and written by Rob Williams (DCI Banks, Holby City)and is currently filming in the South East for eight weeks.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New family join River City

Scott Fletcher and Bobby Rainsbury join the cast of Scottish soap River City, starring as the teenage children of new resident Alan Lindsay, played by Stephen McCole, a local builder driven by success.

Glasgow-based Scott Fletcher plays his thrill-seeking son Angus. Charming but irresponsible, Angus likes to live life in the fast lane. A trained mechanic, Angus loves fast cars and his arrival in Shieldinch will see him form an unlikely, and potentially risky, friendship with garage owner Bob Adams (Stephen Purdon).
For Scott, joining River City is a family affair as his brother, Ryan, played bad boy Vader in the early years of the drama: "I'm delighted to be joining the cast at this exciting time for the show, and thrilled to joining alongside some brilliant actors. Ryan loved his time on River City so I know I will too. I'm really looking forward to filming starting and can't wait to see what the future holds for the Linsday family."

Bobby Rainsbury (represented by Lee Morgan Management) plays Alan’s troubled teenager daughter, Kirsty. A fresh start in Shieldinch is the last thing 15-year-old Kirsty Lindsay wants. Smarting from her parents’ recent split, Kirsty arrives feeling emotionally insecure, withdrawn and headed for self-destruction.
RSAMD graduate Bobby said of her new role: "I’m really excited to be joining such a great cast. I’m looking forward to playing a dynamic and complicated character who will no doubt be facing a lot of challenges over the course of the next few months!"

Stephen McCole will be the first to join the cast of River City when he starts filming next month at BBC Scotland’s Dumbarton Studios for scenes which will air at the end of April. Scott and Bobby make their River City debuts in May this year.

Monday, February 24, 2014

First look at Posh



A year ago it was announced that Posh, the critically-acclaimed and controversial West End play written by Laura Wade was to be made into film.


Max Irons and Sam Claflin star as Miles and Alistair, two first year students determined to join the infamous Riot Club where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening. They can be seen here with Holliday Grainger as Lauren.

Set around the Riot Club, a drinking society made up of Oxford University's privileged elite, the film is directed by Lone Scherfig, the director of An Education and One Day, from a script written by Laura Wade.

The young cast also includes Olly Alexander, Douglas Booth, Freddie Fox, Matthew Beard, and Jessica Brown-Findlay.

Posh is scheduled to be released in September 2014.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Open casting call for twins

JINA JAY is a casting director whose credits include ‘WAR HORSE’, ‘TIN TIN’ and ‘HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN’.

We are currently looking for TWIN BOYS or BROTHERS THAT LOOK ALIKE aged 15 – 18 years from anywhere within UK & Ireland.

NO ACTING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.

PLEASE CONTACT OLIVIA ON THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED WITH A RECENT SNAPSHOT AND BASIC DETAILS.

Jina Jay’s Credits - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0419605/



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Casting for Series 3 of The Sparticle Mystery

Season 3 of the highly popular series The Sparticle Mystery will be filming in Northern Ireland from March 24th to June 17th.

The Casting Director Georgia Simpson is looking for young people aged 10 to 18 based in Northern Ireland to play leading and supporting roles.

If you'd like to be considered please get your parent/guardian's permission if under 18, then email Georgia at georgia@georgiasimpsoncasting.com, attaching a recent photo and giving your full contact details including age.

A clear head and shoulders photo from a mobile is fine, you don't need to send professional photos.

Auditions will be held soon, so please get in touch as soon as possible. No phone calls or texts please.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Twilight star joins BBC Three comedy series

Hollywood actor and star of the Twilight franchise, Taylor Lautner is set to join the second series of BAFTA-nominated comedy Cuckoo on BBC Three.

Taylor Lautner starred as Jacob Black in the blockbuster Twilight saga. He will play a handsome and mysterious stranger in the new series of Cuckoo, who turns up in Lichfield where life in the Thompson household is only just getting back to normal after the disappearance of  Cuckoo (Andy Samberg) while on walkabout in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Ken (Greg Davies) and Lorna (Helen Baxendale) are looking forward to a future without the kids under their feet. Dylan (Tyger Drew-Honey) is about to go to university and Rachel (Tamla Kari) is rebuilding her life with her new boyfriend, a nice-but-dull lawyer, Ben. Despite appearances, Cuckoo’s absence is still felt – not least by his young widow, Rachel. Everyone worries she’s lost her mojo since the tragic events in Asia.

Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three says: “Cuckoo was one of BBC Three's most stand out comedies, so I'm delighted to welcome it back with the addition of superstar Taylor Lautner joining the critically acclaimed Greg Davies and an outstanding British comedy cast for what will be one of the comedy treats of the year.”

Cuckoo series two is commissioned for BBC Three by Zai Bennett and BBC Comedy commissioning editor Chris Sussman.

Series two is created and written by Robin French and Kieron Quirke (Cuckoo, Trinity, Roomies).

Monday, February 10, 2014

Open casting for Warner Bros. Feature Film

Warner Bros. Pictures and the filmmakers behind the upcoming feature film Pan are hosting an open casting call on Sunday February 23rd  2014 at Wembley Arena, for the title role in director Joe Wright’s live-action feature, an all-new big screen adventure based on J.M. Barrie’s beloved character Peter Pan, the boy who would never grow up.

Boys of all ethnicities, aged 11 to 13, are invited to audition for the role, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Select details and participation restrictions follow, including information for prospective actors outside the UK.

What: Director Joe Wright’s new live-action feature 'Pan' is searching for the starring role of Peter

Where: Wembley Arena, London, HA9 0AA

When: Sunday 23rd February 2014

- Queue will be open at 9:00am and close promptly at 11.00am
- No one will be permitted to join the queue after 11:00am
- Casting will be begin at 10:00am
- There are no facilities for overnight queuing and camping is strictly prohibited.

PARTICIPATION RESTRICTIONS

- Open to BOYS ONLY
- Open to all ethnicities Age range: 11 – 13 years
- Height limit: MAXIMUM 5ft 4inches
- ALL AUDITIONEES MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY ONE PARENT, LEGAL GUARDIAN OR LICENCED CHAPERONE OVER THE AGE OF 18 and such individual may be required by us to provide proof of the same prior to admittance
- ADDITIONAL GUESTS CANNOT BE ADMITTED INTO THE VENUE
- UNACCOMPANIED MINORS WILL NOT BE AUDITIONED.
- All auditionees must be available for the production period in London from April through early Autumn 2014.
- PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL FROM ABROAD TO ATTEND THIS EVENT.
- Please go to the casting office’s dedicated website www.panmoviecasting.com for more details.
- The casting office will view online auditions with equal attention.

Travel expenses will not be covered.

The role of Peter is described as a courageous and adventurous orphaned boy living in a world of fantasy and dreams, which sometimes leads him into trouble. The young actor cast in the role will join a cast that already includes Academy Award® nominee Hugh Jackman (Les MisĂ©rables) as villainous Blackbeard. The all-new tale will be directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs. Greg Berlanti and Paul Webster are the film's producers.

A prequel to JM Barrie’s Peter Pan - when an orphan is taken to the magical world of Neverland, he becomes a hero to the natives and leads a revolt against the evil pirates.

'Pan' is set for a worldwide release beginning July 17th 2015 from Warner Bros. Pictures.

For directions on how to get to Wembley Arena please visit www.wembleyarena.co.uk

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Fortitude casting news

Back in October last year Screenterrier hosted a casting call for a lead regular role in a new Sky Atlantic 12 episode drama series Fortitude which is centered on a mysterious death in the Arctic Circle.

Newcomer Elizabeth Dormer-Phillips landed the role of 10 year Carrie Morgan. Elizabeth, from Leigh-on-Sea, attends the Pauline Quirke Academy in Southend and this is her first major TV role.

Fortitude is described as a place like nowhere else. Although surrounded by the savage beauty of the Arctic landscape, Fortitude is one of the safest towns on earth. There has never been a violent crime here. Until now. In such a close-knit community a murder touches everyone and the unsettling, mysterious horror of this crime threatens the future of the town itself.

The series has an all-star cast including Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston, Sofie Grabol, Richard Dormer, Jessica Raine, Luke Treadaway, Nicholas Pinnock and Johnny Harris.

Created and written by Simon Donald, Fortitude is currently filming in Iceland until June, and will air exclusively on Sky Atlantic in late 2014.




Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Game of Thrones star joins Testament of Youth

Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, is set to star in the new film adaptation of Vera Brittain's war memoir Testament of Youth.

He will star opposite Swedish actress Alicia Vikander in the BBC Films feature being produced by David Heyman, directed by James Kent, with a screenplay written by Juliette Towhidi.

Alicia is portraying Vera Brittain (a role previously rumoured to have Saoirse Ronan attached) and Kit will play her fiance Roland.

Based on the classic First world war memoir, Testament of Youth is the true story of one young woman’s struggle to survive the horrors of war, which robbed her of everyone and everything she held dear, but was ultimately unable to break her extraordinary spirit.

Kit Harington (represented in the UK by United Agents) landed the Game of Thrones role soon after graduating from Central drama school. He will next be seen starring in Pompeii due out this spring. He previously worked with Alicia Vikander on Seventh Son, a fantasy film that is scheduled for release in February 2015.

Vera Brittain, irrepressible, intelligent and free minded, overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s close friend Roland Leighton as they go to university to pursue their literary dreams. But the First World War is looming and as the boys leave for the front Vera realises she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country, so volunteers as a nurse. She works tirelessly, experiencing all the horrors of war, as one by one her fiancĂ©, her brother and their closest friends are all killed and the pillars of her world shattered. But, an indefatigable spirit, Vera endures, rediscovers love and returns to Oxford, irrevocably changed, yet determined to create a world in which such a war can never take place again.

Testament of Youth was last adapted as a BBC TV mini-series in the late 1970s starring Cheryl Campbell.

The new film is due to start shooting in March.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Channel 4 commissions full series of Caitlin Moran's Raised By Wolves

Channel 4 has announced a full series order of brand new comedy Raised By Wolves, written by bestselling author and award winning columnist Caitlin Moran, with her sister Caroline Moran, which stars Helen Monks and Screenterrier Face to Watch in 2014 Alexa Davies as the two sisters.

Set on a Wolverhampton council estate, Raised By Wolves is a modern day re-imagining of Caitlin and Caroline’s childhood – loads of kids, no money, home-schooled, and educating themselves on mankind’s great bounty of books, films, TV and pop music.

Produced by Big Talk Productions, a pilot was screened as part of Channel 4’s 4Funnies season last year starred Rebekah Staton (Pulling), Philip Jackson (Poirot), Helen Monks (The Archers) and Alexa Davies alongside young newcomers Molly Risker, Caden Ellis Wall, Lucie Brown and Kaine Zajaz.

The six x 30 minutes episodes will go into production later this year for broadcast in 2015.

Caitlin Moran said; "It was foretold in ancient legend that when two sisters from a council-estate in Wolverhampton - one brunette and over-sharey, one ginger and angry - would, one day, write a sit-com for Channel 4, and finally popularise the local sayings of 'To be fair,' 'I don't reckon', 'Alright babba' and 'Ahhhhhh, binners'." That day has now come. We now go and eat faggots and peas, to celebrate."

Big Talk producer Kenton Allen, added: “Caitlin and Caroline have a truly original comic voice and I'm delighted Channel 4 are giving them the chance to entertain the world with the joys of unconventional life in Wolverhampton. As a boy from Birmingham I predict the long overdue Midlands renaissance starts as soon as we've all had a nice cup of tea. ”

Caitlin Moran is also developing a film adaptation of her bestselling book ‘How to Be a Woman’ for Big Talk Pictures and Film Four.

Meet the new faces of My Mad Fat Diary Series 2

The second series of the critically acclaimed My Mad Fat Diary starts on E4 on Monday 17th February.

We've had a look at the returning cast members but there's some new faces joining the show:

Turlough Convery stars as new regular Liam. Turlough landed a part in Fresh Meat straight after graduating from Guildford School of Acting. He's now represented by Curtis Brown.

18 year old Nick Preston (also represented by Curtis Brown) from Allenton, a graduate of the Nottingham-based TV Workshop also joins the cast as Simmy. Nick appeared as the teenage Alf in BBC drama The Village.

Former Coronation Street star Sacha Parkinson (represented by Curtis Brown) appears as manipulative bitch Shelley who's one of the 'It' girls at Rae's new college. Sacha also recently appeared in BBC Three drama The Crash and starred as Miriam in Channel 4's The Mill.

Jodie Hamblet (represented  by Linton Management) plays Vicky, another member of Shelley's gang.

Kirsty Armstrong (represented by Northern Lights Management) from Leeds appears as Lois.



The second series of the critically-acclaimed E4 drama begins at the hazy end of the long hot summer of 1996, a few weeks after Rae has finally revealed the truth about her mental health to her gang of friends and shared that moment with object of her lust, Finn. Feeling like her days as a psychiatric ward inpatient are behind her, Rae now faces sixth form college – but will she be able to survive this exposed new world? Set at the height of Brit Pop, My Mad Fat Diary continues to celebrate the truth of teenage life, in all its confusing, painful, joyous glory.

My Mad Fat Diary returns to E4 at 10pm on Monday 17th February.