Friday, July 30, 2010

Upstairs Downstairs

Two young British rising stars join the cast of the BBC's hugely anticipated revival of the legendary TV series Upstairs Downstairs. Both will play young "downstairs" servants.

20 year old Ellie Kendrick, star of the BBC's "Diary of Anne Frank", will play Ivy the young, defiant and spirited maid,  described as "sharp as a cartload of monkeys".
Hollyoaks star 19 year old Nico Mirallegro from Manchester (previously represented by Lime Management, now represented by ARG), will play Johnny the ambitious and dedicated footman, who has gone into service to escape the grinding poverty of the Northern mining town where he was born.

Set in 1936, the three, hour-long episodes, to be broadcast on BBC One, will take viewers, old and new, back to the lavish world of Belgravia, London.

A new set of occupants will reside at the iconic address and viewers will see how external and internal influences of the tumultuous pre-war period shape and mould the lives of this wealthy family and their servants.‬

Keeley Hawes (Ashes To Ashes, Spooks), Ed Stoppard (Brideshead Revisited) Anne Reid (Bleak House, Dinnerladies), Claire Foy (Little Dorrit), Adrian Scarborough (Gavin & Stacey, Cranford) and Art Malik (10 Days To War, Holby City) will all be entering through the doors of the iconic 165 Eaton Place.

The revival has been written by award-winning writer Heidi Thomas (Cranford, Madame Bovary, Ballet Shoes).

The original series, created by Jean Marsh and Dame Eileen Atkins in association with Sagitta Productions, was first broadcast in 1971. It was an international success – winning seven Emmys, two Baftas and a Golden Globe.‬

Made by BBC Cymru Wales Drama, Upstairs Downstairs will begin filming in south Wales in early August.‬

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Reel Skills

Reel Skills Productions©
Would you like to make a FILM?
Holiday Film Courses for Children

NB: Each course lasts 5 days

The films will be screened and the winning film judge by Katie Barlow will be shown at the Henley International Film Festival

Reel Skills Productions is run by Rachel Lloyd and in association with Sally King & Ann Koska, one of the top children’s casting agency’s based at Pinewood Film Studios.
Rachel is currently working on a feature film in which she has the lead role working with Hollywood Producer Gary Kurtz (Producer of Star Wars & Empire Strikes Back)

“Reel Skills” is the exciting team focusing on increasing drama and film skills for the youth of today…. for tomorrow!

Introducing a new and dynamic film course for children, enabling young people to develop their acting abilities on screen, and to enhance and increase their awareness of the diverse skill set required for all aspects of film production. 
With a view to expanding the vital communication and team working skills expected of a young person, not only in the film industry, but also in many of today’s work place environments.
The Course is split into 5 x 4 Hour intense Workshops covering the subjects from Screen Technique/acting to Lighting, Sound and Camera, culminating in the production of a short film, (Mentored by the Award Winning Production team of Transient Film Exchange), and cementing the skills acquired in the preliminary classes.

Special guest tutors (from Golden Globe Nominated Productions and British Award Winning ones too!)
Locations: London & Henley On Thames


15th August 19th August (Sunday –Thursday)
10yrs -18yrs

Rachel is very much looking forward to developing talent not only on screen but behind the scenes too! 
So, Whether you have a budding Actor/Producer/Director/Technical Wiz in your family, this course is a valuable opportunity to enhance and explore existing skills and develop and inspire new ones.
For more information contact Rachel Lloyd on 07737799216.
For more information on dates and bookings please contact Rachel Lloyd
Mobile 07737799216.

All Tutor’s are CRB Checked
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Eastenders E20 casting news

Casting has been announced by the BBC for the second series of the BBC's online soap EastEnders: E20 which hits screens in September 2010 and welcomes four new faces to the Square.

18 year old Tosin Cole plays Soloman Levi. "Sol" has been looked after by his older brother ever since he can remember and is struggling to establish an identity of his own. Falling for Naz, a psychopathic mother, and a fearsome temper threaten his one chance of happiness.

Tosin Cole has previously been seen in a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, set in urban London, with the theatre company Intermission. Tosin said: "It's a privilege to work on something so big but so different. Everyone is fantastic to work with - I'm really excited."

"Naz " will be played by newcomer Emaa Hussen. Naz is a girl torn between two worlds. To her friends she's a fun-loving party girl – at home she's the apple of her Turkish father's eye. Then she meets Sol and the two worlds collide – with terrible consequences.

Newcomer Emaa said: "This is the first thing I've done professionally so it's a really exciting place to start my career. I'm from east London and a big fan of EastEnders, which is one of the reasons I wanted to do the show."

"Asher" is played by Heshima Thompson (represented by Vivenne Clore). Ash is fresh out of jail and looking for a chance to redeem himself – but his brother and his mum, and his inability to say no to easy money, make life much more complicated than he might wish.
23 year old Heshima's past projects include The Bill and Spooks. He's also a singer, appeared on X-Factor and was a backing singer for Amy Winehouse. He says: "It's a great project to be a part of and I get to dance so this is going to be fun."

Stephanie "Stevie" Dickinson is played by Amanda Fairbank-Hynes (represented by Curtis Brown). Stevie is utterly clueless when it comes to real life. Abandoned by her rich parents for travelling and eternally unlucky in love, Ash turning up looks like the answer to her prayers. The only problem is, Ash has brought three people with him.

Amanda has previously been seen in the Oscar-nominated film An Education. She says: "It all happened so quickly but I'm really excited to be working on EastEnders. It's an amazing group of people and they are great to work with."

Viewers will also get the chance to see Britain's Got Talent dance act Flawless, and Avant Garde will also make an appearance.

Watch the video below and meet the new cast on their first day of filming!

Friday, July 23, 2010

First look at Toast

First look at 18 year old Freddie Highmore as the teenage Nigel Slater in Toast, starring alongside Helena Bonham-Carter. Toast is the multi-million pound BBC adaptation of Penn-born celebrity cook Nigel Slater’s autobiographical novel of the same name.

The younger Nigel is being played by 11 year old Oscar Kennedy from Bingham, who was put forward for the role by the Television Workshop in Nottingham. He trumped hundreds of pupils to get the part, impressing in three auditions.
He says: “It really has been quite an experience; just extraordinary. To meet these professional actors and work alongside them has been fantastic.”

Toast was written by Lee Hall, who also wrote the script for Billy Elliot. Jamie Bell took the lead role in that film and there are already rumours Oscar could match his success.
“That’s a bit scary because he is such a good actor,” says Oscar.”But it’s also exciting. Helena and Freddie have both given me advice.”
Oscar’s father Pete says: “He has made us very proud. To find something you’re good at and want to do as a career is fantastic at any age but for someone as young as Oscar it really is unusual.”

11 year old newcomer Frasier Huckle (left) (now represented by Curtis Brown) from Stafford plays Nigel's school friend Warrel, with Rielly Newbold, also from Nottingham's Television Workshop and recently seen in the BBC's Dive, as Leonard.

Toast is being filmed at locations throughout the Midlands including the Black Country Living Museum and Highbury Hall in Moseley, and is due to be shown on the BBC at the end of the year,

Plan B's Ill Manors

UK rapper/singer Plan B (aka Ben Drew) has had a very successful year. His second album, 'The Defamation of Strickland Banks' reached number one in the official UK Album Charts and gained widespread critical acclaim. His acting career is also going from strength to strength and after successful roles in films such us Adulthood, Harry Brown and, the 26-year-old is now gearing up for his directorial debut in new movie, Ill Manors.

Ben’s film-making began with his fresh ideas for his music videos for Mama, No Good, Kidz, Charmaine and Tough Love. In late 2006 Ben worked with Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas, Timecode) in developing his Hip-Hop musical concept in Bizzness Woman – part live action short film, part music video, all urban story-telling. Ben further developed this Hip-Hop musical concept in his next two collaborations with Producer Atif Ghani starting with Michelle (2008) the 16-minute pilot for his feature Ill Manors, followed by the music video Pieces for Radio-1 favourites Chase and Status.

Ben featured as Dabs in Noel Clarke’s award-winning Adulthood and more recently as Noel opposite Michael Caine in the current British hit Harry Brown. Ben was recently selected in Screen International’s 2009 “Stars of Tomorrow”.

 Ill Manors, which Ben has also called a "hip-hop musical", is a multi-character story set against the tough streets of Forest Gate, East London where everyone is fighting for respect.

The film focuses on several core characters and their circles of violence as they survive off the streets of East London. Each story weaves into one another painting an ultra-realistic gritty picture of the world which is on the brink of self-descruction.

"I want to use a mostly unknown cast predominantly from the area of Forest Gate where the film is set. During the process of casting for my previous short film Michelle, I found that kids from the area were able to pick up the roles naturally as the local kids live on the streets that the film depicts and have come into contact with the type of people that the characters in the film are based on."

Casting is currently underway and the film is due to shoot late-summer.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Open auditions for Bristol film

Auditions for young actors for a possible Kirk Jones film are due to take place at Ashton Gate Stadium, home of Bristol City Football Club, on August 4th, 5th and 6th.

If you are away during this period you will be pleased to know that we are planning to return at the end of August for a second session.

Filmmaker Kirk Jones (Waking Ned/ Nanny McPhee/ Everybody’s Fine) is looking for young actors in the Bristol area to be considered for a film project.

The film will be cast by Pippa Hall who found children for Billy Elliot, Nanny McPhee and Narnia.

Initially the production will be looking for two boys aged between 9 and 12 who have grown up in Bristol. Local accents and interesting characters are a must and no previous acting experience is necessary.

Kirk Jones says:

“I grew up in Bristol and am looking forward to returning and meeting local children. I would encourage anyone who feels they have something to offer to come along for a short informal audition and be considered. This is a film project that I hope will feature real people and genuine characters who need not have had any acting experience.”

The auditions will be no more complicated than a quick chat so its low pressure ! Just turn up and be yourself.

You will need to be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 so bring your mum, dad, gran, granddad.

The first round of auditions will be held at Ashton Gate Stadium, home of Bristol City Football Club on Wednesday 4th Thursday 5th Friday 6th August between 11am and 4pm.

If travelling by car please enter the ground from Winterstoke Road where parking will be available.

For further updated information please go to:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Perry Eggleton is "Will"

11 year old newcomer Perry Eggleton from Brighton stars alongside Damien Lewis and Bob Hoskins in Ellen Perry's film Will, about an orphan’s journey across Europe to the 2005 Champions League Final in Istanbul.

Perry (who attends St Aubyns School in Rottingdean) 's previous acting experience includes appearing in Oliver! in the West End at the end of last year but this is his first film role.

Eleven-year-old Will Brennan (Eggelton) is the world's biggest Liverpool football fan. At his boys’ school in southern England, Will’s love and knowledge of the sport is all that sustains him. Then out of nowhere appears Will’s absentee father, Gareth (Lewis), and with two tickets to the biggest match of the year: the Champions League Final in Istanbul.

But before the two can begin their journey, Gareth dies suddenly. Determined to make the trip and honour his father's dream, Will runs away. En route, he encounters Alek (Kristian Kiehling), a former Yugoslavian football star who abandoned the game during his country’s civil war. Despite his initial reluctance to help, Alek finds himself inspired by Will’s heroic journey and helps him fulfil his dream.

The film also includes cameo performances from Liverpool footballers Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.

Filming in the Turkish town of Balat, containing the Ataturk Olympic Stadium scene and a Paris-set scene took place in May and June. The production moves to England and France for further shoots.

Will is scheduled to be released in the USA, England, Germany and Italy in December 2010, and in Turkey in February 2011.

Eastenders' Danny Barnham

Look out for young actor Danny Barnham, making his Eastenders debut playing Ben Mitchell's prison bully Cal, the start of a big storyline.

Danny (represented by Abacusaba), from Essex, started acting as a child and recently appeared in short film "Never Again" and in an episode of E4's Misfits as Liam.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Daniel Radcliffe joins The Woman in Black

Daniel Radcliffe is to star in a remake of supernatural thriller The Woman In Black.

The film will be an adaptation of Susan Hill's The Woman In Black which was also adapted for the stage and has been running successfully in London's West End since 1989.

The 20 year old Harry Potter actor has been cast as Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor who travels to a deceased client's home to settle her estate. While in the house, he encounters the eponymous woman in black and uncovers the home's disturbing legacy.

James Watkins (Eden Lake) is directing the movie from a script by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass), it is due to start shooting this September and a 2011 release is planned.

“When I met Dan, it was quite uncanny how closely our thoughts on the story mirrored each other: I can’t wait to get down to work with him to fashion a compelling character and a classy ghost story that tugs at the heart and chills to the bone,” said Watkins.

Producer Simon Oakes continued, “We’re thrilled to have Daniel on board, I can think of no better actor to play the role of Arthur Kipps.  I’m confident that under the direction of James Watkins, he’ll take Jane Goldman’s script and deliver an utterly intense and compelling performance.”

Daniel Radcliffe said, “I am incredibly excited to be part of The Woman In Black. Jane Goldman’s script is beautifully written – both tender and terrifying in equal measure. It is thrilling to be working with James Watkins. From his brilliant work on Eden Lake and also having met him and heard his vision for the film, I know he will make a fantastic film.”

Daniel wrapped production for Deathly Hallows I and II in June. He is reportedly also attached to portray the lead character in All Quiet on the Western Front which revolves around a German soldier at World War I.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Essex teenager wins Neighbours role

18 year old Gabriella Darlington from Pleshey in Essex has won a competition offering a part in the Australian soap Neighbours.

Gabriella will guest star as Poppy Rogers in the long-running show after winning Five's Be A Star On Neighbours contest.

The Essex student, with no previous acting experience, will start filming her four-week stint on Monday. Gabriella beat off competition from 1600 applicants and her fellow finalist for the role, Jenny Hall, who was older and had more acting experience.

"I can't believe how lucky I am. I never expected to be shortlisted, let alone get to Australia and win," she said.
Producer Neal Kingston said casting decisions were made because Darlington "ticked all the of the boxes".
In her audition video, the teenager told producers she was "leaving school this summer" and "going travelling before Uni, so I'd love to start in Australia and Neighbours".
She beat 1,600 hopefuls to the prize, and has spent the last week in Melbourne with the cast and crew, visiting the set and being screen tested.
"I have had an amazing week and am really excited to start on Monday," she said.

The episodes will appear on UK screens from 10 November.

A special programme documenting her visit to the set with her fellow finalist, Jenny Hall, will be broadcast the same week.

The Awakening

Filming has just moved from London to Berwickshire, Scotland on The Awakening, written by Stephen Volk and directed by Nick Murphy.

The film stars Rebecca Hall as Florence, with Dominic West and Imelda Staunton also starring.

Set in a 1920s boys' boarding school there are plenty of roles for youngsters. Among those cast:

11 year old Alfie Field (represented by Debi Allen Associates) plays Parry. Alfie was in the award-winning short film Goodbye to the Normals.

9 year old Sidney Johnston (also Debi Allen Associates) plays Franklin. Sidney starred as The Boy in Incendiary and last year filmed on the star-studded The Pillars of the Earth.

Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who will star as Bran in HBO's Game of Thrones, plays Tom.

10 year old Felix Soper (represented by Williamson & Holmes) from Plymouth, Devon, himself a talented film-maker who has won awards for his animation short films, plays Dowden.

9 year old Adam Thomas Wright is 'Tebbits'. Adam, from Preston, Lancashire, is represented by Susi Earnshaw Management. This is Adam's first big budget film. He played the main child role of Charlie in Marc Ellegaard's 'Fatherly Love' with Charles Dance amongst other luminaries.

10 year old newcomer James Kirkham (represented by Platform Talent) from Surrey, plays Ramsbottom.

Other newcomers include Charlie Callaghan from Hampshire, who has performed on stage in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, Ben Greaves-Neil and Spike White.

Haunting and moving in equal measure, The Awakening is a sophisticated psychological/supernatural thriller in the tradition of The Others but with a unique and thrilling twist.

The Awakening is set in 1921, in a post-war world of loss where the bereaved seek solace in spiritualism. Haunted by the death of her fiance, Florence spends her time debunking supernatural claims, using methodical and rational explanations to disprove the notion that the dead can still haunt us. So she feels compelled to accept a request to go to Rookwood, a boarding school in the countryside where a boy has recently been found dead and rumours about a ghostly boy haunting the school are causing panic amongst pupils and parents alike. Florence sets to work immediately, laying traps and gathering scientific evidence. Gradually little secrets begin to unravel and the mystery surrounding the ghost seems to be nothing more than a schoolboy prank. As Florence is about to leave, though, she has a chilling spectral encounter which defies all of her rational beliefs and sets her on a journey toward a heartbreaking climax.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Neverland casting call

Amy Hubbard from Hubbard Casting is currently looking for an aged 16+ boy with a London accent to play a 14 year old Peter Pan in the SyFy channel's / Sky Movies TV mini-series Neverland due to start shooting in Ireland at the beginning of September.

MUST NOT BE ABOVE 5'7". MUST BE minimum of 16 YEARS OLD (but up to 20 could work) LOOKING YOUNGER. Ideally accent should be London, gently East End. Handsome, intelligent face, athletic body, a natural leader. Peter is an excellent fencer but there will be training for this during rehearsal period and also harness flying lessons. MUST be able to swim to a reasonable level.

Shoot Dates: September 5-November 18, 2010 (in Ireland & Genoa, Italy with rehearsals prior to this)

Emails to for the attention of AMY HUBBARD.

First pics from Killing Bono

First pics of Ben Barnes (represented by CAM) and Misfits' star Robert Sheehan  in Killing Bono.

The film's official synopsis:

The hilarious true story of two nobodies who took on the biggest somebody on earth, from the writers of The Commitments.

Ben Barnes (Dorian Gray, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Easy Virtue) and Robert Sheehan (Season of the Witch) are hapless brothers Neil and Ivan McCormick who set up a band in Dublin in the late 70’s. Sadly for them, so did their classmates and rivals, who go on to become U2.

Neil McCormick, a punk schoolboy in Dublin in the 1970s wants to be famous, more than famous, he’s certain his destiny is to be a rock god. He and his little brother Ivan have it all worked out: the platinum albums, the stadium concerts, the screaming girls, the quest for world peace. There’s one thing they hadn’t counted on, the small boy quietly sitting on the other side of the classroom has plans of his own. And his name is Bono. And there’s another thing, Bono tells Neil he wants Ivan for his band. And Neil’s not going to tell him…

Adapted from the autobiography I Was Bono’s Doppelgänger (US title Killing Bono) by Neil McCormick. Also starring Krysten Ritter (She’s Out of My League, 27 Dresses, Vamps) and Peter Serafinowicz (Shaun of the Dead, Couples Retreat) with Pete Postlethwaite. Also appearing is Martin McCann (Clash of the Titans) as Bono.

Tracy Beaker Returns second series

Filming has begun on the second series of hit CBBC programme Tracy Beaker Returns.

Devised by multi-award winning children's author Jacqueline Wilson and the drama team at CBBC, filming will take place from July until October in and around Newcastle and Northumberland.

Following the BBC’s commitment to give northern towns, cities and places greater exposure on screen by 2016, Peter Salmon, the first Director BBC North said: "Now we are on our second series of Tracy Beaker we will see more of Tyneside on screen and even an episode set on an orienteering course in the glorious Northumbrian countryside."

Filmed in Jesmond, Newcastle, Tracy Beaker, played by Dani Harmer, returns back at the Dumping Ground, but now as a young adult working there with varying levels of success.

The return follows news that the first series of the show was one of the highest ever rated shows on CBBC channel.

Northern Film and Media (NFM) chief executive Tom Harvey said: "It's absolutely fantastic that following the successful 13-part first series, the team behind Tracy Beaker have opted to return to the North East.

"With the new cast including more North East kids we are genuinely thrilled that Tracy Beaker is coming back for another series. To be based and filmed in the region fills a void that shows like Byker Grove left and we are working closely with the BBC to really embed the show in the North East."

Saturday, July 10, 2010

More pics from The Great Ghost Rescue

Filming is well underway now in London on director Yann Samuel's new feature based on the Eva Ibbotson novel The Great Ghost Rescue.

Starring newcomer Toby Hall as Humphrey

With Georgia Groome as Winifred.

Friday, July 9, 2010

More Stars of Tomorrow 2010

Screenterrier has already reported on some of Screenterrier's Brit picks featured in Screen International's influential list of screen stars of the future, including Sam Clafin, Ella Purnell, Gwyneth Keyworth, Yasmin Paige, Emilia Clarke and Harry Lloyd.

Also featured amongst the UK's up and coming actors are:

Craig Roberts (now represented by Curtis Brown) a star of children's TV who has just filmed his first feature lead as Oliver Tate in Richard Ayoade's directorial debut Submarine. Craig is currently filming a leading role in BBC3's Being Human. He also plays John Reed in Cary Fukunaga's upcoming film adaptation of Jane Eyre.

Iwan Rheon, star of teen musical Spring Awakening, and E4's BAFTA-winning Misfits. Iwan is currently filming on the second series of Misfits and will soon be seen in Channel 4 TV drama I Don't Care.

Screenterrier reported back in March on the casting of Scottish newcomer Joanna Vanderham alongside Skins star Jack O'Connell in a film adaptation of Martina Cole's best-seller The Runaway, and she also makes the list.

24 year old English actress Ophelia Lovibond (represented by BWH) has been quietly making a name for herself. Working steadily since her early teens, recent film roles include Shadows in the Sun, Nowhere Boy, Chatroom and and she is currently filming Friends With Benefits.

Carey Mulligan On Chesil Beach

Carey Mulligan will take the role of Florence in Sam Mendes' new film On Chesil Beach.

The film is based on Ian McEwan's novella - an account of the wedding night of a young, educated couple, both virgins and, as McEwan wrote in the novel's opening paragraph, living 'in a time when a conversation about sexual difficulties was plainly impossible'.

McEwan has adapted his own book for the big screen.

Mendes, his partners at Neal Street Productions and Focus Features (BBC Films may also become involved), are currently studying screen tests featuring a handful of British actors who could play Edward, a graduate historian, who is more a 'blokey-bloke', as someone described him, rather than a pretty boy.

Locations have already been scouted in Dorset, where the real Chesil Beach with its spit of shingle is located, Oxford, the Chilterns and central London.

Shooting is expected to start in late September.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Nicholas Hoult joins X-Men:First Class

DeadlineNY is reporting that Nicholas Hoult (represented by Independent Talent) will join James McAvoy (Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto) and Alice Eve (Emma Frost) in the Matthew Vaughn-directed X-Men: First Class, in the role of Beast.

The 21 year old actor from Wokingham who made his name as a child actor in About a Boy and then starred as Tony in Skins Series 1 and 2, was due to fly to Australia to film the role of Nux in the new Mad Max film, called Fury Road, but the shoot has been pushed back allowing him time to film X-Men first.

Open casting call for BBC Drama

Casting director Shaheen Baig is currently casting a television drama for a prominent director and is searching for young people between 15 and 18 for important roles. Please find details below:
Company: BBC One
Director: Yann Demange

'SIEGE' will start shooting in late summer. It is director Yann Demange's latest television project after the well received 'Dead Set' for E4 and 'Criminal Justice 2' which was screened last year on BBC One.

Shaheen has frequently cast young people who have no prior acting experience: Notes on a Scandal; Peter Pan; The Others; 28 Weeks Later and Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. Please feel free to check her credits at or go to our website for more information about Shaheen Baig Casting  Shaheen Baig is looking to cast multiple roles for a school drama.

*************CASTING CALL*************


Would you like to ACT?
Has it always been your dream to be an actor & would you like to come and find out more?

(we will be quite strict on ages!)

Please come and meet the casting director for a chat on:

MONDAY 26th JULY: 10am – 2pm
Nearest Tube: Goodge Street or Warren Street



If you are not able to attend our open casting and are keen to be involved, please email us at:

Don't forget to watch Dive

CBBC to target teens

BBC Children’s plans to use some of its recently approved extra budget to try to attract more teenage viewers to its CBBC channel.

Broadcast reports that Joe Godwin, director of BBC Children’s, told delegates at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield last week that if the BBC Trust approves current proposals to extend the broadcasting hours to 9pm, the channel will look beyond its regular six to 12 year-old remit and commission content that appeals to young teenagers.

The move comes as the BBC Trust backs plans to close teen strand BBC Switch.

“Extended hours and extra money will allow us to better serve the top end of our audience,” Godwin said. “We won’t change our target audience but a lot of what we do already attracts older children. [The content] we’ll look to develop will satisfy their media needs, although it won’t be badged ‘teens’ because they would run a mile.”

In May, the BBC Trust issued revised service licences for the BBC that included an £8.5m increase in the BBC Children’s budget.

During the same conference session, CBBC controller Damian Kavanagh said: “I want bigger ideas and content that kids want to talk to their friends about.” He is looking to inspire and empower children and provide positive role models. Serious factual and “citizenship” drama, and an emphasis on diversity, are high on his agenda.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Stars of Tomorrow 2010

Screen International has just published its influential list of screen stars of the future. Some of Screenterrier's Brit picks are in there too...

First up is Sam Claflin. Currently in Hawaii shooting the young male lead role in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Claflin is being hailed as the next Orlando Bloom. In his final year at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (Lamda), he nabbed a major role beside Hayley Atwell, Eddie Redmayne and Donald Sutherland in mini-series Pillars of the Earth and went straight onto the Syfy Channel's post-apocalyptic film The Lost Future and then to Channel 4's adaptation of William Boyd's Any Human Heart.

Also featuring is 13 year old Keira Knightley lookalike Ella Purnell. She plays the young version of Keira Knightley's character Ruth in Mark Romanek's forthcoming Never Let Me Go, and is currently filming alongside Clive Owen in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's Intruders. Last year, Ella also shot Gustavo Ron's Ways to Live Forever.

Also featured is Gwyneth Keyworth, one of Screenterrier's Faces to Watch in 2010, recently seen in Royal Wedding on TV, and will play  the role of Ruby Gammon this year alongside Jamie Winston in the forthcoming feature film Elfie Hopkins and the Gammons. Gwyneth is about to start filming the role of Hazel in the new BBC comedy 'The Great Outdoors'.

And Yasmin Paige, who starred on TV in the first two series of the Sarah-Jane Adventures and also Ballet Shoes, and will be seen as Jordan in up-coming feature Submarine.

Two other young actors on the list have been cast in HBO's highly anticipated fantasy drama  Game of Thrones, a new TV series based on George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books, soon to start filming in Northern Ireland. Harry Lloyd, who will play Viserys Targaryen in the HBO series, is featured in the list, as is newly cast Emilia Clarke. One year out of the Drama Centre London, Emilia who grew up in Oxford, has landed the role of Daenerys in Game of Thrones, which is about to start shooting. Clarke replaced original choice Tamzin Merchant.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Urgent casting call for Sadie Jones

Casting Director Kerrie Mailey is looking for a drop dead gorgeous boy aged 13 - 15 for a lovely guest lead in an episode of Sadie Jones for the BBC.

Casting is on Wednesday only so please email asap

They must be VERY VERY good looking as when he enters the room everyone is silent, it also requires a strong actor who has comedy bones!!

New Emmerdale heart-throb

Shane Richie and Coleen Nolan's son Jake Roche has joined the cast of Emmerdale as a new love interest for teenager Hannah Barton.

The 17-year-old has taken on the role of college student Isaac, who is to become Hannah's (Grace Cassidy) first proper boyfriend when they start dating later this year.

Hannah's new relationship will be a welcome distraction as her sister Holly's (Sophie Powles) ongoing drug problem continues to cause a crisis in the Barton household. With parents John and Moira firmly distracted by Holly's issues, it remains to be seen whether they will be there for Hannah as the romance gets more serious.

Speaking of his casting, Roche commented: "I am thrilled to be part of such a great team. Everyone has made me feel so welcome. After watching Emmerdale for years on TV, I still have to pinch myself on set as it's all very surreal. My family have been very supportive as always and we all can't wait to see my first episode."

Emmerdale's series producer Gavin Blyth added: "Jake is a great addition to the cast. Isaac will be a fun character who will offer some light relief for Hannah as her family face their darkest hour."

Jake is the younger of Shane and Colleen's two sons. The couple divorced in 1999 and have both since settled down with new partners. Splitting his time between Blackpool and Middlesex, Jake attended Sylvia Young Theatre School and last year toured with his 21 year old brother Shane as the support act for The Nolans.

Emmerdale bosses have confirmed that Roche's first scenes will air in August. He will be filming with the soap for the next few months.