Sunday, February 21, 2010

Married Single Other

Look out for 11 year old Jack Scanlon in ITV's new comedy drama series Married, Single, Other. Jack starred opposite Asa Butterfield in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and also appeared in the CBBC drama Runaway.
Jack is from Kent, and originally auditioned for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas through his local drama club, but is now represented by Hamilton Hodell.
He plays Joe in Married, Single, Other, the young child prodigy son of Lillie (Lucy Davis) and Eddie (Shaun Dooley), who is desperate to see them finally married.

Appearing as Harry, his 16 year old brother, who can't imagine anything more embarrassing than going to his own parents' wedding, is 19 year old Tom Kane (represented by BWH). Tom also recently appeared in the 5 part storyline of BBC Doctors' "Masters of the Universe".

Lucy Davis (who starred as Dawn in The Office) said of the boys playing her two sons:
"Tom Kane, who plays my son - he's actually 19 but I think he's an amazing actor. Sometimes I'd stop mid-sentence and forget I had more lines because I was going 'Oh, that's lovely - look at his little face!' which is what a 19-year-old-wants to hear! Jack Scanlon, who plays my other son is 11 and he's fabulous as well. I was really lucky that all of them were fab."

Married, Single, Other also stars 16 year old newcomer Leila Mimmack (represented by Mark Jermin Management) as Gina, Babs’ 15-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

Leila who is from Leamington in Warwickshire attends Stratford College student but spent three months in the summer in Leeds filming Married, Single, Other.

Leila dyed her hair black for the part as Gina is an 'emo' or 'goth', the daughter of a child psychiatrist who likes to wind people up.

She said: "It is an experience I never thought I would have and has been completely out of this world.

"Everyone involved with it is amazing and so down to earth. I have learnt so much."

Leila's parents run the Heartbreak Productions theatre company in Spencer Yard, Leamington.

But while growing up surrounded by actors and drama did influence her, Leila says she never made a conscious decision to become an actress.

She said: "Heartbreak was part of my childhood and we often had actors round at the house, but there was never a point where I said 'I want to be an actress'.

"I always wanted to do something within the arts and think it is fascinating."

Currently studying for AS-levels in history, Spanish, English literature and drama, she was a member of the Loft Theatre's workshop for young people and for the past four years has received training from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art teacher Ann Mulraine.

This experience, which she has shared with her 15-year-old sister Athena, has developed her knowledge of different plays and techniques and "broadened her horizons".

But while Leila has just been accepted into the National Youth Theatre and a successful career in acting may beckon, she is keeping her feet firmly on the ground.

She said: "Getting the part has given me an opportunity I never anticipated and am just going to make the most of it and see what happens."

Her mother Maddy added: "I'm delighted for her. She has worked very hard and had a stroke of luck many actors don't get in their lives."

Married, Single, Other starts on Monday 22nd February ITV1 at 9pm

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