Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Meet the cast of Disney's Evermoor

George Sear, Jordan Loughran, Naomi Sequeira, Georgie Farmer, Georgia Lock
Filming is underway in Warrington and on location in Cheshire's Arley Hall, on Evermoor, the first live-action Disney Channel series to film in the UK and the cast has now been announced.

Australian actress and singer, Naomi Sequeira stars as 14 year old Tara Crossley, who moves from the States to start a new life in the spooky Evermoor Manor, where she discovers a magical tapestry and appears to have powers to predict the future. 19 year old Naomi was discovered by Disney Channel Australia during a talent search.

17 year old Georgia Lock (represented by Curtis Brown) from Buckinghamshire, well known to CBBC audiences as Sadie J and a presenter on CBBC's Friday Download, will play the hot-tempered Bella.

George Sear from Leigh on Sea, also a presenter on CBBC's Friday Download, will play Seb. George trained with Sandra Singer in Westcliff, Essex.

Jordan Loughran (represented by Robert Kelly Associates) from London, who recently appeared in CBBC online drama Dixi, plays Sorsha.

12 year old Georgie Farmer from London plays Jake. Georgie recently appeared as Toots in the National Theatre's production of Emil and the Detectives.

Also joining the cast is local lad Finney Cassidy from Manchester, who plays Cameron, a worker at the local village store.

Evermoor will be screened either as one film or a mini-series to 160 countries via the Disney Channel this autumn and is being produced by Lime Pictures.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Star Wars: Episode VII casting news

Two young British actors are set to join the cast of Disney and Lucas Film's Star Wars: Episode VII

Relative newcomer, 22 year old Daisy Ridley (represented by Jonathan Arun) from London has landed a yet-undisclosed part, but it seems likely to be the daughter of Hans Solo and Princess Leia, for which open auditions were held.

Daisy was cast as Jessie in Youngers for Big Talk Productions in 2012. She then played a guest lead role in BBC TV series Casualty followed by small roles in Toast of London, Mr Selfridge and Silent Witness. She will make her feature film debut playing Alicia in the second Inbetweeners movie "The Long Goodbye" which will open in UK cinemas this August.

John Boyega, star of “Attack the Block” and who recently wrapped a recurring role on the Fox series “24: Live Another Day.” will play a Jedi, according to Variety.

Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will also be joining original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

 “We are so excited to finally share the cast of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again,” said J.J. Abrams, who is directing the new film.

“We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

The Next Step dance auditions

Candid Casting are working on Canadian dance TV show 'The Next Step', which will be filming this summer for its 3rd series to be aired on CBBC. The show features a dance studio that competes at an international level and we are looking for a new character to join the cast as an exchange student from the UK or Europe.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Temple Street Productions

LINE PRODUCER: Laurie Mclarty

SHOOT: 11th-30th August in Toronto, with the possibility of some filming in Miami towards the end of October.

ROLE: 15-20 year old male or female dancers

1. British Female
2. Polish-speaking Male
3. European Female
4. British or European Male

It is essential all applicants are highly skilled dancers. The main style of choreography is Jazz funk/Hip Hop with some contemporary, although the show does feature dancers who are specialists in a wide variety of styles from Ballet to Breakdance. The character and plot is yet to be formed, as the personality of the successful dancer will inspire the narrative of their role within the show, therefore we are looking for dancers with a standout personality and character.

CASTING: 6th & 7th May at ISTD2 in London
RECALL: 8th May at ISTD2 in London

The show's creator, Frank van Keeken, will be flying in to attend the auditions

Please see the link below to the choreography that will be performed followed by 4 counts of 8 of freestyle to highlight their individual talent, including turns, jumps and any ACRO or gymnastics.

They are not looking for any tap dancing.

Also below is a link to the first series of 'The Next Step', currently showing on BBC.



Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Legend of Longwood

13 year old  Lucy Morton leads the cast of 3D family fantasy thriller The Legend of Longwood.

Newcomer Lucy (represented by A&J Management) stars as 12-year-old American girl, Mickey, who is destined to release a small Irish town and its people from an ancient curse.

To succeed, Mickey must redeem a ghostly Black Knight from his long quest and single-handedly save a magical herd of horses from a ruthless woman with evil plans.

Lucy previously played the role of 'Flora' in 'Turn of the Screw' at the Almeida Theatre.

15 year old Irish actor Lorcan Bonner plays Sean. Lorcan (represented by Young Artists Management in Dublin) made his professional acting debut in 2011 playing the title role in the feature film Milo.

The cast also includes Lorcan Cranitch, Thekla Reuten, Fiona Glascott, Sean Mahon and Miriam Margolyes.

The Dutch-Irish-German live-action film is written by Nadadja Kemper, directed by Lisa Mulcah and shooting took place in Wicklow County, Ireland, and Germany last year.

Julia Weber, head of sales at Global Screen, said, " ‘The Legend of Longwood’ has all the ingredients for a hit feature: beautiful horses, a magical world, adventure and a strong female hero to attract the kids, mystic settings, history, aristocracy, weddings and romance for the adults, and fanciful themes like magic, malediction, chivalry and black knights."

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Casting for BBC Children's Drama


Lime Pictures are looking for identical twin actors aged 11 to 14 to appear in a BBC children's drama. Filming will take place in June, July and August 2014.

They are also looking for a 9 to 11 year old partially deaf actress with clear speech to appear in a BBC children's drama. The character was born hearing but is now partially deaf. Filming will take place in June, July and August 2014.

Please email Sonia Allam on to register interest.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tointon sisters join cast of Mr Selfridge

The Selfridge children are all grown up in the third series of Mr Selfridge, which picks up in 1919 just after the end of World War I.

In the new series which is about to start filming in London,  the role of Harry’s eldest daughter, Rosalie, (played by Poppy Lee Friar in Series 1 and 2) is taken over by Kara Tointon. Kara (represented by Curtis Brown) played Dawn Swann in Eastenders for four years and won Strictly Come Dancing in 2010.

Kara’s real-life sister, Hannah Tointon, plays her rebellious sister, Violette in a move that sees the sisters acting together for the first time. 26 year old Hannah (represented by Independent Talent) played Katy Fox in Hollyoaks and more recently starred in Switch on ITV2 and BBC's The Hour.

In the new ten-episode series Rosalie is set to marry the handsome son of trouble-making Russian princess Marie, played by Zoe Wanamaker. Serge is played by Leon Ockenden (Waterloo Road, Casualty, Heartbeat).

17 year old Alana Boden (represented by Olivia Bell Management) who joined the show briefly at the end of Series 2, returns as the youngest sister Beatrice, a part previously played by Raffey Cassidy.

Sacha Parkinson (represented by Curtis Brown) also joins the cast to play Kitty Hawkins (Amy Beth Hayes) ambitious younger sister.

Filming is taking place on location in Greater London with a lavish replica of the 1919 Selfridge’s shop floor being recreated in a former carpet warehouse. The exterior of the store will be filmed in the historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent.

Kate Brooke (Ice Cream Girls, Making of a Lady) returns as the lead writer working alongside Kate O’Riordan (The Bad Mother’s Handbook, The Kindness of Strangers) and Helen Raynor (Baker Boys, Doctor Who).

 Lindy Woodhead, author of Shopping Seduction and Mr Selfridge, the book that inspired the series, continues in her role as advisor on retail history.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Harriet's Army

My Mad Fat Diary star Ciara Baxendale (represented by Cole Kitchenn) leads the cast as Harriet in a new 3-part drama for CBBC, Harriet's Army.

She is joined by 18 year old Sophie Wright (who played Tix in the first series of My Mad Fat Diary) as Violet Croft, with Harriet's brothers being played by Ben Ryan-Davies as Edward, and Max True as Sam. The ensemble cast also includes James Baxter as Stephen Croft, Matthew McGreevy as Jimmy, and Adam Thomas Wright as Lewis Brown.

Harriet's Army is a gripping new three-part CBBC drama series, set during World War One and following a group of children in a small English town as they hold the Home Front and discover the true enemy within. 

Fourteen-year-old Hattie is a girl who doesn’t fit in, and when she’s kicked out of the Girl Guides for getting involved in a fight, her father doesn’t know what to do with her. As war breaks out and the efforts of the Scouts and Guides are volunteered in support of the war, Harriet feels sidelined and forms her own ‘army’ of misfits, mounting their own patrols and searching for German spies. 

Hattie's Army highlights the astonishing and genuinely important role played by the children and young people who were left behind when their fathers and brothers went to fight in the trenches.

Directed by Stewart Svaasand, produced by Foz Allen, and written by Guy Burt, filming on the new series has just wrapped in Newcastle.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Girl's Night Out

After over three years in development and several cast changes along the way, Girl's Night Out, the fictionalised story of of when a teenage Princess Margaret and her sister Elizabeth sneak out of Buckingham Palace to join the mammoth crowds gathered along the Mall and outside the palace to celebrate VE Day, is finally set to start shooting this month.

Where once Dakota Fanning, Juno Temple and Alexandra Roach were attached to play the young princesses, the roles are now to be played by Sarah Gadon as Elizabeth and Bel Powley as Margaret.

27 year old Canadian actress Gadon, seems an unlikely choice to play our future queen, but she has just finished filming on another international co-production The Girl King, the story of Sweden’s 17th century Queen Kristina.

21 year old Bel Powley (represented by BWH), who has recently filmed the lead role in coming-of-age feature The Diary Of A Teenage Girl, will play the young fun-loving Margaret.

Bel, the daughter of casting director Janis Jaffa and actor Mark Powley, started acting as a child, when she starred in the first two series of popular CBBC drama M.I. High, before appearing alongside Robbie Coltrane in ITV's Murderland, and more recently sitcom Benidorm. Her theatre roles have included Royal Court productions Tusk Tusk and Jumpy, as well as appearing on Broadway in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia.

Rupert Everett and Emily Watson will portray George VI and Queen Elizabeth, with 22 year old Irish actor Jack Reynor  (represented by MacFarlane Chard), who played the title role in Lenny Abrahamson's What Richard Did, as a young soldier who looks out for Elizabeth on the big night.

Shooting begins on Monday on locations at Chatsworth and Belvoir Castle.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Young cast announced for new E4 murder mystery series Glue

Shooting has begun this week in Berkshire on Glue, a brand new original series created and written by BAFTA-winning writer Jack Thorne (This is England, Skins, The Fades) for E4.

E4 has brought together some of Britain’s brightest young talent from film, TV, stage and music to star in the new series including:

Yasmin Paige, star of critically-acclaimed feature Submarine;

Jessie Cave, best known as Lavender Brown in Harry Potter;

Waterloo Road and The Sarah Jane Adventures actor Tommy Lawrence Knight;

Faye Marsay, who stole Howard’s heart as new housemate Candice in Channel 4’s Fresh Meat;

The young cast also features:

Jordan Stephens, platinum-selling hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks, making his acting debut:

Callum Turner who recently starred opposite Helen McCrory in ITV drama Leaving;

Charlotte Spencer last seen as Carly Kirk in BBC Two’s Line of Duty;

Tommy McDonnell, currently in cinemas in acclaimed British prison film Starred Up;

and Bristol Old Vic graduate Billy Howle, currently on screen in Channel 4’s New Worlds.

The series will also star Kerry Fox (Bright Star), Jonny Owen (Shameless), Kierston Wareing (Luther), and Steve Oram (Sightseers)

Overton. A tiny village in the English countryside. Farming is its beating heart. Race-horses are its bread-and-butter. But beyond the rolling hills and behind the stable doors lies a green and not-so-pleasant land...

Bored kids play chicken on top of silo machines that can cut your hand to slices no thicker than the ham in your sandwich. The same kids play at grain-barn-jumping – deadly, if your lungs fill up with the tiny bullets of wheat. Now someone has played murder.

When the body of a local teenage boy is found underneath the wheels of a tractor, the villagers in this remote community – his friends – are forced to open up their world and watch their secrets spill out. Secrets that will change their particular brand of country life forever.

Twisted and wayward, tragic and comic, Glue will take E4 audiences on a wild and thrilling ride as the mystery of his murder unravels.

Sophie Gardiner, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, says: “The team at Eleven have pulled together an incredible cast for Jack’s thrilling scripts – the line-up reads like a roll-call of some of the brightest up-and-coming talent around. We can’t wait for them to bring our bold new series to life. Brace yourselves for a trip to the countryside…E4-style.”

She added “Glue follows in the proud tradition of E4 showing the most original and exciting drama for young audiences. This is E4’s first whodunit drama, adding murder and mystery to the range of shows, from My Mad Fat Diary to Youngers, on the channel’s slate of new British drama series.”

The eight 60-minute episodes, produced by Eleven Film, are scheduled to air this Autumn on E4.

Feature film casting call


Shaheen Baig Casting are looking for girls from Manchester and Leeds
 for a feature that will film this summer from an award winning writer & director

We are looking for girls from Manchester and Leeds for a leading role:
Girls: 16 - 18 years /White

No previous acting experience necessary
Just enthusiasm and interest!

If you'd like to find out more please contact us on the email address below:

Waterloo Road to close

The BBC is to close Waterloo Road after its tenth series.

The award-winning school drama was filmed for 6 years in Rochdale but moved to Scotland in 2012.

BBC One stated today:

“We’re incredibly proud of the show, but believe it has reached the end of its lifecycle.”

There will be a further 20 episodes of the drama before the school doors shut for the final time in 2015.

The BBC added:

“It’s important for us to make room for new drama on BBC One and we are committed to commissioning new drama series for 8pm.”

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Urban and The Shed Crew

12 year old Fraser Kelly (represented by Red Hot Entertainment) leads the cast of Urban and the Shed Crew, an adaptation of the book by Bernard Hare,  described as a tale of heroin and cement, set in Britain’s underclass in the 90’s, which is currently filming in Leeds.

Ex-social worker Bernard Hare is introduced to the Shed Crew – an anarchic gang of kids between the ages of ten and fourteen; joy-riding, thieving runaways, no strangers to drugs or sex

Fraser stars alongside Richard Armitage as Chop, Anna Friel as Greta, Neil Morrissey, Kathryn Drysdale, and Charlie Heaton plays Urban's brother Frank.

Twelve-year old Urban Grimshaw is Britains’ most runaway child, he’s even been on TV’s Crimewatch. His mother is a junkie and his father might as well be dead. He can’t read or write, and he doesn’t go to school. His average day is spent sitting round a bonfire with his mates smoking drugs and stealing cars. When he meets his mother’s new friend Chop’, a 37 year old, disillusioned, ex-social worker also living on society’s margins, on one of Leeds’ roughest estates the two become firm friends. But even ‘Chop’ with his own penchant for drink, drugs and hard living is shocked by the state of Urban’s life. After much soul searching, he resolves to clean up his own act and do his utmost to save the kid. But as their friendship deepens, Urban introduces him to the Shed Crew – the anarchic gang of kids between the ages of ten and fourteen; joy-riding, thieving runaways, no strangers to drugs or sex and it’s only then that we see exactly how long the road to civilization really is. 

When ex-social worker Bernard Hare turned his startling experiences with a group of young delinquents into a novel it was described as one of the year’s most compelling and best selling books. “Urban and the Shed Crew” is a stunning piece of ethnography described by ‘The Guardian’ as “moving but never sanctimonious, another City of God, this time for Britain rather than Brazil.”

Urban and The Shed Crew is directed by Candida Brady for Blenheim Films.