Saturday, December 12, 2009

Coming of Age is back for new series

Matt, Chloe, DK, Jas and Olly are back in a brand-new series of the BBC3 comedy that shows life from a teenage perspective. Episode one sees Chloe finally losing her virginity to Matt, who spreads the good news ... via Facebook, Myspace, Bebo and the school newsletter. Though he may have earned the admiration of the guys on campus, Chloe is horrified and demands that her virginity be restored, causing Matt to come up with some creative solutions.
Meanwhile, DK, as ever, is rapping, this time with the help of Dinky DK – a pint-sized ventriloquist's doll he has made which behaves even worse than him, causing the principal to quell a revolution amongst her college staff.
Jas struggles to help Ollie overcome his fear of needles after an unfortunate accident and, as usual, havoc reigns across the lives of the five pupils of Wooton College.

Matt is played by 19 year old Tony Bignell. Tony is from Luton and started acting at a young age and is also an accomplished singer, appearing as Gavroche in the West End's Les Miserables as a child, and now has his own band.  At the age of 12 he won a Full Time Scholarship to the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School. This kick-started his acting career and since then he has appeared in several TV programmes such as THE BILL, MY FAMILY, STUPID, DOCTORS, CASUALTY and he was Frank Skinner's son in the sitcom SHANE.

Chloe is played by 18 year old Anabel Barnston (represented by Jackie Palmer), Anabel is from East Twickenham and said of filming the first series: “It was really different because I had never filmed in front of a live crowd before. It was the best of both worlds because you have the audience there and the pressure to get it right. It was relaxed, which is what I really liked.”
She first appeared on television in the minor role of Daisy in the 2003 romantic drama The Young Visiters and has also starred in The New Worst Witch, My Spy Family and stage show Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Anabel is studying at Richmond College for an International Baccalaureate. She said: “I would really like to do more acting, but it’s unpredictable so I do have uni as a backup.”

DK by Joe Tracini (represented by International Artistes), Joe attended Italia Conti before landing the lead roles in both Coming of Age and My Spy Family. He is the son of comedian Joe Pasquale.
As well as being a very accomplished actor, Joe is also a talented magician, having taken an interest in magic at the tender age of two. In 2003, he received the title of ‘British Junior Magical Champion’ which he won at the Blackpool Opera House in front of 3,000 international magicians.

Jas is played by Hannah Job (represented by International Artistes), from Birmingham, who is also a professional dancer.

And Olly by 22 year old Welsh actor Ceri Phillips (represented by Mark Jermin Management) from Swansea.

The new series starts in January.

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