Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Boy In The Dress

Newcomer Billy Kennedy from London has landed the lead role in the new BBC dramatisation of David Walliams' book The Boy In The Dress, which has just started filming in London.

Billy (represented by Esta Charkham Associates) previously played Toots in the National Theatre's production of Emil and the Detectives, and Weeping William in Horrid Henry:The Movie but this is his TV debut.

The Boy In The Dress tells the story of 12-year-old Dennis, an ordinary boy, who lives in an ordinary town – but he feels different. A chance view of a fashion magazine introduces him to a whole new world of colour and creativity, but can a boy wear a dress, and what will the Headmaster, his Dad, and his friends in the football team think if they find out?

Following on from the success of previous David Walliams books TV adaptations Gangsta Granny and the BAFTA-nominated Mr Stink, this BBC One one hour special of David Walliams’ first children’s book The Boy In The Dress will once again air this Christmas.

The stellar ensemble cast includes Jennifer Saunders, Tim McInnerny, Meera Syal, Steve Speirs, James Buckley  from The Inbetweeners, and Felicity Montagu ,

David Walliams himself will also appear, and there will be an extra special cameo appearance from international supermodel Kate Moss.

 David Walliams said: “We have put together a dream cast for this the first of my children's books and for many still my best. It is a funny and poignant story about what it is to be different. I hope it will make everyone who sees it, young and old, stop and think.”

The Boy In The Dress is a co-venture between King Bert Productions and BBC In-house Comedy. It has been adapted by Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley alongside David Walliams, and the director is Matt Lipsey.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Casting Call for ITV television drama

KATE RHODES-JAMES CASTING is currently looking for the following:

16-18 year old male actor. MUST be of Indian origin and ideally able to do an Indian accent. Can be based anywhere in the UK.

If currently aged 15yrs, applicants must turn 16yrs before the end of 2014.

This is for an ITV series, shooting from January 2015.

To be considered, please email krjcastingcall@gmail.com with the following:

RECENT CLEAR PHOTO, AGE & DATE OF BIRTH, and SHORT BIOG.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

New CBBC series Eve casting news

19 year old Poppy Lee Friar has landed the lead role in new CBBC sci-fi series Eve, announced last year, which has just completed filming in Glasgow.

Eve is a 13 episode science fiction series which follows the adventures of a robot living with a family in suburbia and trying to make sense of human life as a teenage girl.

Poppy (represented by Curtis Brown) plays Eve, a highly-sentient robot living with a family in modern-day suburban Britain. She will star alongside Jane Asher who plays Mary Douglas, described as “a maverick genius scientist”.

Poppy, was a pupil at Sylvia Young Theatre School, and previously starred as one of the ghostly sisters, Sophie in the CBBC series Dead Gorgeous, as well as playing Rosalie Selfridge in the first two series of Mr Selfridge on ITV.

Joining her in the cast is 16 year old  Oliver Woollford (represented by Curtis Brown) from Newark as Will. He attends The Television Workshop in Notthingham, and previously starred as Grant Leetham in Channel 4's Utopia.

Also in the young cast is 16 year newcomer Eubha Akilade from Glasgow,

CBBC executive producer Sue Nott said: “Eve’s attempts to discover the essence of being human will resonate with every child trying to find their place in the world. With its heady mix of adventure, mystery and sheer fun, Eve is an exciting addition to the CBBC drama slate.”

Eve was created by Tracy Beaker Returns writer Emma Reeves & David Chikwe and is produced by Argonon owned indie Leopard Drama for CBBC.

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