Saturday, January 29, 2011

Skins Series 5 - Meet Jessica Sula


Jessica Sula, 16, from Gorseinon, Swansea, beat 8,000 applicants to land the role of gentle and dreamy Grace Violet in the new series of Skins which started on E4 this week. She told BBC Wales she felt "privileged" to have been selected.

Jessica is currently studying for her A-levels in Spanish, French and drama at Gorseinon College and says juggling her work with filming was quite a challenge.

She said she never expected to land a part on the show when she travelled to Bristol to audition after stumbling across an advert online.

"The queue was so long, I queued for about five-and-a-half hours. Then we had to do improvisation in small groups in a big room and the executives went round and looked at all the groups and we were given a scenario. But when the time came for our group to do our improv everybody just talked over me and I only said one word so I wasn't expecting to get anything. Then at the end they called out my number and we went back. I was so surprised."

Seven more rounds of gruelling auditions followed until Jessica received the call she had been waiting for.
She loves acting, despite having worked only in youth theatre and school plays before, and has a soft spot for her character.

"Grace is very sweet, naughty and sensible to a certain extent. She's kind but she also has a wild streak and is quite naive, in her own little bubble.
She is trying to hold her group of friends together but nobody's really holding her together.
Skins is fantastic for introducing fresh, new talent and I feel privileged to have been chosen."

Friday, January 28, 2011

Kelly Management Manchester

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Avalon High hits the UK


Avalon High, the new Disney Original Movie based on the award-winning novel by best-selling author Meg Cabot (“The Princess Diaries”) premieres on the Disney Channel on Friday 28th January 2011 at 6:00pm.

Filmed in New Zealand in May, British actor Gregg Sulkin joins the mainly American cast as handsome quarter-back Will Wagner.

The 18 year old Londoner played JJ in the British version of As The Bell Rings, and recently appeared opposite Selena Gomez in BAFTA-winning The Wizards of Waverly Place. He has now relocated to Hollywood and seems set to join a growing list of global teen actors, who have been given their first television break with the Disney Channel.

Gregg discovered his passion for acting when he was chosen from 5,000 hopefuls to play the lead role of Bernie Reubens in Sixty Six directed by Paul Weiland, starring alongside Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Marsen, Catherine Tate and Stephen Rea.


Avalon High follows Allie Pennington, a new student to Avalon High who is shocked to discover that her new classmates are reincarnations of King Arthur and his Court.

Official synopsis:
In “Avalon High,” Allie is ecstatic when her parents, travelling professors who specialize in King Arthur’s legend, tell her she will be staying at Avalon High until she graduates. She can finally join the track team, make new friends and be a normal high school student. But shortly after arriving, Allie discovers that something strange may be afoot. While researching a term paper on King Arthur’s legacy, she begins to notice some interesting parallels between the past and the present – from handsome quarterback Will, his cheerleader girlfriend, Jen, and their best friend, Lance, to Will’s brooding step-brother, Marco, a quirky kid named Miles and football players who act like knights of the roundtable. The deeper Allie searches, the more convinced she is that her school is a contemporary Camelot, and it’s up to her to solve of the mystery of Avalon High before notorious traitor Mordred wins again.

Starring are Britt Robertson as Allie Pennington, Gregg Sulkin as Will Wagner, Joey Pollari (Disney XD’s “Skyrunners”) as Miles, Devon Graye (“Dexter”) as Marco, Molly Quinn (“Castle”) as Jen, Christopher Tavarez (“Big Momma’s House 2″) as Lance, and Steve Valentine (“I’m in the Band,” “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie,” “Crossing Jordan”) as Mr. Moore.

First look at George Sampson in Waterloo Road

17 year old Britain's Got Talent winner George Sampson makes his TV acting debut as a new regular in the second block of the sixth series of the BBC school drama Waterloo Road, which returns to BBC One at 20:00 on Wednesday 2nd February 2011.

George plays New Year 10 pupil Kyle Stack who is accused of sexual assault, and causes chaos when he brings his pet Rottweiler into the school.

Crystal King Acting Academy & Agency Term Opening

Crystal King Acting Academy & Agency Term Opening

Crystal King Acting Academy specialises in developing and representing young aspiring actors in London.


Each term we teach students a range of skills such as acting for camera, theatre, speech and Audition techniques.
 

Each student is given the opportunity to take prestigious internationally
recognised examinations. In addition to this talented students are put
forward for Film, Theatre, Television and Commercial roles through Crystal King Agency.

Our next term which starts on Wednesday 2nd of February 2011 will be led by a member of the Eastenders E20 writers team who will be preparing students for LAMDA examinations.

If you are interested in joining us please email
info@crystalkingactingacademy.com for further Information.

Skins star cast in Battlestar Galactica

Former Skins star, 21 year old Luke Pasqualino has been cast in the Syfy channel's Battlestar Galactica prequel Blood and Chrome. Luke played heart-throb Freddie in the third and fourth series of Skins, and the brutal murder of his character prompted an outcry from fans.

Pasqualino will star as the young, talented fighter pilot William Adama, a recent Academy graduate who finds himself assigned to the newest Battlestar in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and in pursuit of the intense action that the Cylon war promises, Adama quickly finds himself at odds with Coker (played by Ben Cotton), the battle-weary officer to whom he reports. With 45 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle just as much as Adama craves the start of it. Though they clash at first, the two men forge an unlikely bond when a routine mission turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet.

Battlestar Galactica:Blood & Chrome will start with a 2 hour pilot using cutting edge CGI and virtual technology and will focus on the young Adama fresh out of the Academy.

Luke will be seen this year in feature film The Apparition alongside Harry Potter's Tom Felton, and in Showtime's new 10-part series The Borgias.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cheerleaders 3D open casting


LOOKING FOR MALE & FEMALE
ACTORS, DANCERS, GYMNASTS, CHEERLEADERS…OR PEOPLE THAT CAN DO ALL FOUR! AGED 16-22 (MUST BE OVER 16)

CASTING DIRECTOR OF ‘MISFITS’ JULIE HARKIN
IS CASTING ‘CHEERLEADERS 3D

A London based, 3D comedy dance film that will hit
our screens in late 2011.

DIRECTED BY TOM HARPER (MISFITS, THIS IS ENGLAND) AND WRITTEN BY BEN SCHIFFER (SKINS)

An American teacher on an exchange programme attempts to bring Cheerleading to a school in Hackney. In their quest to win the UK Cheerleading Championships, these inner London teenagers bring their own unique take to America’s latest export and discover that it can be a celebration of their own glittering identity.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE A CHANCE TO BE INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT
PLEASE ATTEND OUR OPEN AUDITION on
SATURDAY 29TH OR SUNDAY 30TH JANUARY BETWEEN 11AM AND 6PM
AT: APIARY STUDIOS, 458 HACKNEY ROAD, LONDON E2 9EG

You will be asked to read a short scene that you will receive on the day and also to freestyle for 60 to 90 seconds so we can see what you can do. It's not just about technique; we want to see something that really reflects your personality. Please bring some music of your choice – we will have iphone/ipod docks and a CD player. Please also bring a recent photograph.

Dates (Shooting, Rehearsal, etc.): SHOOTS 18TH APRIL - 5TH JUNE 2011
REHEARSALS FROM BEGINNING MARCH 2011

Open casting call for lead role in TV drama

OPEN CALL CASTING FOR TV DRAMA

We are currently casting for a four-part drama for Channel 4 and we are holding an open call this SATURDAY 29th JANUARY between 12pm – 5pm at The Centerprise Trust, 136/8 Kingsland High St, Dalston, London E8 2NS.

We are looking for a 14 yr old black/mixed race London boy to play the lead role.

We cannot stress enough that;
NO PREVIOUS ACTING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY
(just a willingness to come along and try out, nothing ventured nothing gained.) At this stage it will just be a short informal chat on camera, and we can tell you more about the process.

For those who go on to be in the series this will be fully paid work.

If you cannot make it to the open call please send a photo of yourself and your date of birth to lara@deshamilton.com and we will be in touch.

Des Hamilton Casting are known in the film industry for launching the careers of kids who have never acted before, most notably Thomas Turgoose in ‘This is England’. Other recent credits include ‘The Firm’, ‘Bronson’ ‘Four Lions’ and ‘Bullet Boy’.

For further information visit http://www.deshamilton.com

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New official Hanna poster

Focus Features has released a new official one sheet for up-coming Saoirse Ronan movie Hanna.

Release date 8th April 2011.

This Is England '88

Shane Meadows confirmed at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards that there will be a feature length follow-up to This Is England '86.

The two-hour drama will be set during Christmas 1988 and is to be broadcast on Channel 4 over the festive period at the end of this year. It will begin filming in the spring.

Meadows first introduced his group of young people growing up in the Midlands in the 1980s in the 2006 Film4-backed movie This Is England, which starred Thomas Turgoose, and then followed it up with the four-part Channel 4 drama This Is England '86 last year.

"I've never done a follow-up to something I've made as a film but there was something about This Is England, meeting Thomas Turgoose and the whole cast. We got as close as I have ever got to a family in this film," he said at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards today.

He added as well as This Is England '88, he hoped to make another follow-up set in 1990.

Meadows will direct and co-write again with Jack Thorne, whose credits include Skins, The Scouting Book for Boys and Cast Offs.

This Is England '86 won the award for best TV drama at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Toby Regbo stars in Treasure Island

One of Screenterrier's rising stars from 2009, 19 year old Toby Regbo leads an all-star cast, including Hollywood star Elijah Wood and Eddie Izzard, in Sky TV's new adaption of the much loved Robert Louis Stevenson classic Treasure Island, directed by Steve Barron.

Toby, who is also set to appear in the final Harry Potter film as Young Dumbledore, takes on the role of Jim Hawkins, a gutsy, eager and courageous young lad who finds himself battling with Long John Silver (Eddie Izzard) for the treasure and his life. Shirley Henderson plays his mother and Nina Sosanya will be Silver’s wife. Elijah Wood plays Ben Gunn, Philip Glenister plays Captain Smollet, Rupert Penry-Jones takes on the role of Squire Trelawney and Daniel Mays is Dr Livesey – who all join the voyage with Jim aboard The Hispaniola.

The two part drama was filming in Ireland at the end of last year and has now moved on location to Puerto Rico. It is expected to be broadcast at Christmas 2011.

Toby (represented by BWH) wrapped filming in October in New York (pictured) on the lead role of James Sveck in Roberto Faenza's Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, based on Peter Cameron’s award-winning novel of the same name. It's a dream role for a young actor, the book having been favourably compared to Catcher in the Rye. James is a vulnerable teenager with a deep appreciation for the world and no idea how to live in it. He rejects all the assumptions that govern the adult world around him, including the expectation that he will go college in the fall. Articulate, sensitive, and cynical, he would much prefer to move to an old house in the country and spend his life reading books and learning long forgotten trades.
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You is due for release in 2011.

Friday, January 21, 2011

First pic of Renesmee in Breaking Dawn - Or not...

Screenterrier reported back in September on the casting of 9 year old Mackenzie Foy in the role of Renesmee, Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella’s (Kristen Stewart) vampire/human love child who has a central role in the final installment of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, and here's the first still of Mackenzie as Renesmee.

UPDATE: Thanks to Twilight Lexicon for pointing out that this is not the first photo of Mackenzie as Renesmee - it's actually from an old fashion photo shoot....

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Talented kids aged 2 - 16 wanted for a TV show

Noostar Jnr is a development project with an award winning TV production company, and we are on the look out for some amazing young talent to put forward for a show currently in Development.

Can your child acrobat amazingly well? Can they dance like Jackson? Can they juggle, sing or beatbox? No talent is too random. 

Please send us a detailed description of the talent plus your number and photo and age.

Note: All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Location: All regions, United Kingdom

Payment details: Payment on TX

Applications to this casting call require:
  • A phone number
  • A profile photo
  • A video of your talent
To: ginal@sotelevision.co.uk

GOOD LUCK

Willow Smith to star as Annie?

Variety is reporting that Will Smith is exploring with Sony the potential of remaking musical film Annie, with his 10 year old daughter Willow Smith in the starring role. The updated version would see rapper Jay-Z, who worked with Willow on her hit Whip My Hair, collaborating on the music.

In a previous "keep-it-in the family" movie, Will Smith developed the remake of The Karate Kid, which starred his son Jaden Smith.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

First look Jessica Barden in The Dark Half

First pic of rising star 18 year old Jessica Barden (represented by Curtis Brown) in The Dark Half, a chilling ghost story about love, grief and redemption, which follows the haunting of a teenage girl, for which open casting calls were held back in September.


Jessica, who earlier this year filmed Hanna alongside Saoirse Ronan, plays 15 year old Marie:

It's autumn and Marie is fifteen. She lives on the edge of the city with her mum Kathy. Filthy lives next door. He is a single father with a six year old son called Sean. He takes his boy out hunting with him for rabbits on the hill behind their houses. They are very close and spend all their time together. Marie also likes the hill. She goes running on it every day. In a secluded spot near the top she has a secret den. It is her refuge from a world she is finding increasingly difficult to cope with. She appears to be losing her only friend and she doesn’t seem to be able to communicate with her mother.
One night Marie babysits for Filthy. Whilst in her care, Sean mysteriously dies. Nobody knows why and Filthy is devastated. Marie becomes convinced the death has something to do with the hill and becomes aware that she is being haunted by a frightening presence. What is this presence? Is it the spirit of Sean? Or something much more terrifying...



17 year old Welsh actress Georgia Henshaw plays Marie's friend Michelle. As well as being in teen flick Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging, Georgia (represented by Mark Jermin) played Lara, JJ's (Ollie Barbieri) girlfriend in Skins.

Filmed at the Bottle Yard, a 300,000 sq ft dedicated production facility in Hengrove, Bristol, the film is the first of  three films to be made under South West Screen’s iFeatures digital filmmaking scheme. Tony Curran stars as Filthy.

Monday, January 17, 2011

More Jane Eyre cast details

The young cast of director Cary Fukunaga's big screen production of Charlotte Bronte's romantic novel Jane Eyre (starring Mia Wasikowska in the title role) which shot for 9 weeks in Derbyshire earlier this year is rounding out, with a number of up and coming young actors and newcomers joining the already announced cast.

13 year old Freya Parks plays Helen Burns, young Jane's (Amelia Clarkson) school friend. Freya made her feature film debut in Jon Amiel’s Creation, with Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly.
She has twice been cast by Mark Rylance at the Globe Theatre, in his stagings of Euripides and Sonnet Walk.
Freya attends a school specializing in the arts, where she is a dance scholar specializing in ballet.

10 year old newcomer Romy Settbon Moore’s plays Adele Varens, Mr Rochester's young ward. Romy's bilingualism – she was born in London to a French mother and a Welsh father – was a deciding factor in her playing Adele in Jane Eyre, which marked her first audition as well as her first acting experience.
Romy has been playing violin since she was 5 years old and has a passion for hip-hop dance; she has performed both activities in local shows.



Fast-rising 19 year old young Welsh actor Craig Roberts, who is set to take the acting world by storm in 2011 with his portrayal of Oliver Tate in Richard Ayoade's directorial debut Submarine, plays John Reed. Craig first made a name for himself as Rio in The Story of Tracey Beaker on CBBC. This spring he will also star as vampire Adam in Being Human spin-off series Becoming Human.


Whilst his sister, Eliza Reed, is played by 11 year old Freya Wilson (represented by Curtis Brown). Freya first started acting through a workshop at the Hay on Wye Festival.
She continued with weekly classes after school at the Allsorts theatre group. She also plays the role of the young Princess Elizabeth in the award-winning The King's Speech.

Cheerleaders 3D

Casting is getting underway for Cheerleaders 3D, a UK-based comedy dance film from Skins writer Ben Schiffer, and Misfits and Scouting Book for Boys director Tom Harper.


When an American teacher on an exchange programme attempts to bring cheerleading to a run-down school in Hackney, the squad she manages to recruit isn’t exactly what she had in mind. They’re bolshy, way out of shape and don’t seem to be interested in much other than fighting each other.
But in the quest to win the UK Cheerleading Championships, these inner London teenagers bring their own unique take to America’s latest export and discover that it can be a celebration of their own glittering identity.

The casting team are visiting dance and cheerleading groups looking for over 16 year olds who are highly-skilled in cheerleading, dance or gymnastics to play the 15 year old stars of the cheerleading squad.

The Cheerleaders script came second in the 2010 Brit List - a selection of the most liked and recommended unproduced screenplays.The film is scheduled to start shooting in April with an anticipated release in late 2011.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Catweazle the movie

A new feature film remake of popular 1970s children's TV drama Catweazle is underway with filming anticipated to take place this summer. The family fantasy film will be directed by BAFTA-winning John Henderson and produced by Paul Knight.

Catweazle is the story of an 11th-century wizard who is on the run from invading Normans after accidentally starting the Battle of Hastings.
Casting a hopeless spell to aid his escape, he accidentally finds himself in the present day and struggles with his wayward magic powers to return to the year 1066.
Catweazle befriends farmer’s son Carrot, who, to him is a magician himself having demonstrated his control over the “sun in the bottle” and “electrickery” which amazes Catweazle!  Carrot helps Catweazle to try and get back to his own time . . . . . . but not before they have many adventures as Catweazle helps in turn to try and save the day for Carrot and his father who are in danger of losing their farm through the “nasty” bank manager threatening to repossess it in the recession. Do they succeed ? Well they certainly give it their very best shot together……!

The Daily Mail is suggesting that an unusual casting method may be used to find an unknown teenage actor to star in the film - via a reality tv show.Viewers will vote for a young actor to play the ginger-haired farmer’s son nicknamed Carrot, who hides the wizard in an old water tower and teaches him about modern wizardry such as electricity and the telephone - 'elektrickery' and 'the telling bone', as a confused Catweazle calls them.

Rhys Ifans is tipped for the starring role of the eccentric wizard.

The film’s executive producer is Intandem, whose films include How To Lose Friends and Alienate People starring Simon Pegg and Jeff Bridges and which is now financing 15 films with total budgets in excess of £100 million for 2011.
Andrew Brown, Director of Intandem, describes Catweazle as 'a classic and timeless "fish out of water" story.'
Henderson adds: 'It’s a universal story. It’s amazing how often when you mention Catweazle’s name to someone, a smile breaks out across their face.'

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Neil Gaiman's Graveyard moves forward

Screenterrier reported back in January 2009 that author Neil Gaiman was set to produce a live-action film version of his award-winning tome The Graveyard Book.

According to Variety, the film, to be written and directed by Neil Jordan, is in the final stages of financing, casting underway and the project, now simply titled "Graveyard", is set to shoot in Spring 2011 in the UK.

At the time that the book was picked up, Gaiman said that he hoped the cast would be filled with well-known British actors, similar to the Harry Potter franchise, but the lead role of Nobody Owens — the little boy who’s raised by the inhabitants of a graveyard — will probably be played by several unknown actors at various ages. He ages from 2 to 16 throughout the book, which means that several actors may be needed to play the role. There is also a five year old girl in the book called Scarlett Amber Perkins, her mother thinks that her daughter has found an imaginary friend. Scarlett returns to the story nine years later.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy.
He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.
There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family. . . .


“The boundaries are always there—between the graveyard and the world beyond, between life and death, and the crossing of them.” - Neil Gaiman

Friday, January 14, 2011

Return to Paradise

Photo Credit: BBC/Initial

Two lucky young British teen actors return to beautiful Paradise Island (filmed in New Zealand and Rarotonga in the Cook Islands) for more mysteries, sea ghosts and spilled smoothies as a second series of Paradise Cafe debuts on CBBC.

15 year old Holly Bodimeade from Bath (who starred as Maddy in BAFTA-winning school drama Summerhill), plays Megan, who, prompted by ghost-friend Chloe (Amelia Reynolds) decides to give up working so hard in the cafe, cut loose and have some fun.

Megan's brother Robbo, played by 19 year old Pax Baldwin from Telford (who started his career as a child actor in the West End) has to figure out how he feels about his best mate, Tai (Nua Finau) being the Sea Born.

With the hotel struggling to stay open, it looks like Abi’s (Lara Custance) extended shopping days are finally over.  Can she cope with a serious credit crunch and learn to embrace low budget retro chic?

The island welcomes new arrival Natasha (Georgia Fabish) who’s determined to make an impact as Peter’s assistant in the lab. But driven by curiosity she accidentally breaks the seal and the pollution is released, as well as the sea ghosts...

Time for more trouble in Paradise!

The second series of Paradise Cafe starts 6:20pm Monday 17th January on the CBBC channel.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Andrew Garfield as Spiderman

First look at Andrew Garfield as Spiderman, currently filming in Los Angeles.

Skins is back Thursday 27th January 10pm E4

Skins is back on Thursday 27th January at 10pm on E4. Here's a more traditional trailer for the new series....starring Dakota Blue Richards, Freya Mavor, Jess Sula, Laya Lewis, Sean Teale, Sebastian De Souza, Will Merrick and Alex Arnold.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Open casting in Brixton

OPEN CALL CASTING FOR TV DRAMA

We are currently casting for a 4-part drama for Channel 4.

We are holding an open call on SATURDAY 15th JANUARY between 12pm – 5pm at The Brix at St Matthews, St Matthews Church, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1JF

At present, we are looking for the following:

Boy – 14-16 yrs old, Black, working class Londoner.

Boy – 14-16 yrs old, of Turkish descent, working class Londoner.

We cannot stress enough that;

NO PREVIOUS ACTING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY
(just a willingness to come along and try out, nothing ventured nothing gained.) At this stage it will just be a short informal chat on camera, and we can tell you more about the process.

For those who go on to be in the series this will be fully paid work.

Des Hamilton Casting are known in the film industry for launching the careers of kids and adults who have never acted before, most notably Thomas Turgoose in ‘This is England’ and Jack McElhone in ‘Dear Frankie’. Other recent credits include ‘The Firm’, ‘Bronson’ and ‘Bullet Boy’.



For further information email rachael@deshamilton.com

http://www.deshamilton.com

Monday, January 10, 2011

Watch the Camelot trailer


Watch the trailer to a look behind the scenes at Starz’ channel TV adaptation of the King Arthur legend Camelot, premiering in April in the US. No news on the UK release date yet, hopefully another one for the new Sky Atlantic channel. Camelot stars young British actors Jamie Campbell-Bower (who broke his ankle during filming) as Arthur and Tamsin Egerton as Guinevere alongside Eva Green as Morgan Le Fay and Joseph Fiennes as Merlin.

Bradford casting call



WANTED FOR CLIO BARNARD FILM PROJECT

THE SELFISH GIANT”

BOYS AGED BETWEEN 8 AND 15

Please come along for a chat on
SATURDAY 15TH JANUARY 2011
12 noon to 4pm

BUTTERSHAW YOUTH CLUB,
Reevy Road, BD6 3PU, Bradford.



Who we are:

Amy Hubbard (casting director of Clio Barnard’s The Arbor, The Lord of the Rings,
Bourne Ultimatum, Father Ted etc.,)

Natalie Gavin (actress from Shameless and The Arbor playing Andrea Dunbar).



Nine year old joins Coronation Street cast

9 year old Ellie-Louise Leach (represented by Laine Management) has landed the part of Faye, a troubled child fostered by the Windass family, in long-running soap Coronation Street.

According to the Mirror, Ellie-Louise is the cousin of 18 year old Brooke Vincent, who plays Sophie Webster.

The nine year old bowled over Coronation Street producers when she auditioned for a part.

Brooke said: “I am chuffed to bits for her. She has made me so happy. We are all thrilled about it and I can’t wait to be with her on set to show her around.”

A Corrie source added: “Brooke was behind her all the way and was praying she would get the part...Ellie-Louise is made of the same stuff as Brooke, which means she’ll fit in and get on well with everyone.”

M.I. High Series 5

M.I. High returns to CBBC for its 5th Series. Original cast member Rachel Petladwala returns as the genius spy Rose, Charlene Osuagwu from New Cross as gymnast and action girl Carrie and Ben Kerfoot as the master-of-disguise Oscar.

Filmed at Selhurst School in Croydon, the 13 episodes start with 'Vote Krul' at 17:15 Monday 10th January on the CBBC channel. 

18 year old Ben Kerfoot (represented by Wings) from Surrey, joined the cast as new recruit Oscar Cole in Series 3.
An old hand at acting, Ben has attended theatre school since he was 11 and has worked regularly since he was 12.
He has appeared in BBC schools programmes and a Channel Five drama – but MI High is his biggest role to date.
“It’s the biggest job I’ve done so far, and the longest job,” he said on starting the role.
“The thing that’s really been cool about it has been the stunts. I have done fight scenes, leaping off ledges, avoided traps and tripwires – I’ve never done that before and it’s been great.”

M.I High was Charlene Osuagwu's first role, after she responded to a flyer past to her by her drama teacher at school.Charlene said “I never thought anything like this would ever happen to me, I’m just an ordinary student; I haven’t been to Drama school like other cast members and I didn’t even have an agent!”

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Skins actress to star in the West End

Skins star Lisa Blackwell is to star in the West End alongside Keira Knightley and Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss in The Children's Hour which opens at the Comedy Theatre, London in January.

Based on Lillian Hellman’s 1934 play, The Children’s Hour will see Moss and Knightley play two schoolmistresses who run a girl’s boarding school in the 1930s. When a disgruntled student (played by RADA graduate Bryony Hannah) accuses the teachers of having a lesbian affair, a series of dramatic events unfold that destroys both their lives.


20 year old Lisa (represented by Ken McReddie Associates), from Bristol, played Effy's naive best friend Pandora Moon in Series 3 and 4 of Skins.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

George Sampson joins Waterloo Road

17 year old Britain's Got Talent winner George Sampson makes his TV acting debut as a troubled sixth form student called Kyle Stack, a new regular in the second block of the sixth series of the BBC school drama Waterloo Road, which returns to BBC One on the 2nd February 2011.


George (represented by CAM) has previously hinted that he sees his long-term future in acting rather than dancing. Whilst  promoting his role in feature film Streetdance 3D, he commented:
"Because I'm so used to dancing, I've kind of done everything I want to do in dance. There's more I can do, but acting is new and I'm learning stuff, kind of like a newbie, so I'm enjoying it more."

George will also return to the big screen in Streetdance 2, which is currently casting for new roles, and is due to shoot in March in the UK.

More Game of Thrones pics

HBO have now given new fantasy series Game of Thrones a release date of April 17th in the US. The series will premiere in the UK on the all-new Sky Atlantic channel.

Check out the stunning new photos of the younger members of the cast released at the recent Press event in LA.



Young Irish actor Jack Gleeson (recently seen in All Good Children) stars as Joffrey.






Newcomer Isaac Hempstead-Wright (who will also be seen in The Awakening later this year) stars as Bran.





Fellow newcomer Maisie Williams plays Arya, here showing off her fencing skills.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Casting call for Warner Brothers film

DIXIE CHASSAY is a child casting director (ATONEMENT, HARRY POTTER and Prisoner of Azkaban)

She is currently looking for a Caucasian (no specific look) 9 year old boy (or must be 9 years by end of April 2011). Can be up to 11 years old if he is comes across as young for his age. It is for a Warner Brothers film starring Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes.


Anyone interested, please send:
- Name of child
- A clear picture
- Height
- Full contact details for parent

to:

Isabella
Assistant to Dixie Chassay
assistantdixiechassay@gmail.com

All auditions are invite only.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Being Human returns for Series 3

Lacey Turner, fresh from Eastenders, joins Being Human for the first episode of the new series. She plays Lia, who Mitchell (Aidan Turner) meets in purgatory, which he enters to rescue Annie (Lenora Crichlow) who is trapped there waiting to know her fate.

Leaving the memories of their much-loved house in Bristol behind, George, Nina and Mitchell have settled into their new home in Barry, South Wales – a kitsch B&B named Honolulu Heights that boasts many benefits for supernatural sharers; a large basement providing a safe and sheltered environment on a full moon, for one.

Though sweet and sparky, Lia lets Mitchell into a dark secret that threatens to haunt him day and night, and to tear his friendships apart...

Rising star Craig Roberts, who starred in CBBC's Young Dracula (and will soon be seen as the lead in feature Submarine), plays a vampire Adam who crops up in the main series of Being Human and then his tale spins off into the new web show, Becoming Human.

Being Human returns to BBC3 at 9pm on Sunday 23rd January.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ways to Live Forever trailer

Watch the Ways to Live Forever trailer - starring British teen actors Robbie Kay, Alex Etel and Ella Purnell.

The film is adapted from the highly acclaimed children's book by Sally Nicholls, and tells the story of 12-year-old leukemia sufferer Sam (played by Robbie Kay) who loves collecting fascinating facts, scary movies and spaceships and wants to try his first beer and kiss a girl. He also wants to know what happens when you die.



The film is due for release in 2011.

Monday, January 3, 2011

House of Anubis - Watch the trailer!

Watch the trailer for the Nickelodeon/Lime Pictures remake of the successful Dutch teen mystery series "House of Anubis".

House of Anubis is a large and imposing English manor house that dates back to 1900 and serves as the home to eight students going through their daily lives at school and dealing with challenges of love, friendship and growing up. A new resident, Nina, arrives from America and soon discovers that the house contains a hidden secret. As the group tries to unravel the house's deep mysteries, it soon becomes clear that their lives will never be the same again...






Filmed over the summer in Liverpool, the new cast includes 18 year old Eugene Simon (represented by United Agents) as Jerome, the sly one. Eugene will also appear in Nickelodeon's other autumn teen drama launch Summer in Transylvania, and also has the role of Lancel in HBO's Game of Thrones.
Jerome is a rather manipulative young man and is not particularly popular. He hangs around with Alfie but mainly because he uses Alfie as his fall guy. He does have a more likeable side, which Mara brings out at some point in the series. However, when Mara “rejects” him, a wounded Jerome betrays all of his housemates...

Disney Channel's Brad Kavanagh stars as boy-next-door Fabian. Talented singer Brad (represented by Red Door Management ) starred in As the Bell Rings and Life Bites as well as being a presenter for Disney.
Fabian is a quiet, likeable, intelligent young man. He sticks up for the under-dog and has a strong sense of fair play. Fabian will not stand for it when Patricia tries to make life hard for Nina. He grows in strength as the series continues and becomes something of a leader. He also falls for Nina but doesn’t have the courage to tell her.


Starring as Alfie, the joker in the pack, is Alex Sawyer (represented by Waring and Mckenna). Alfie loves to have a laugh – mostly at the expense of someone else. He likes horror movies and Goth rock and is energetic, funny and just a little bit crazy. Although his fellow housemates find him fun he can also be rather irritating sometimes. He has a massive and far-from-secret thing for Amber, who barely tolerates his prank-strewn attentions.




And 17 year old Bobby Lockwood (represented by Sandra Singer Associates) from Essex plays Mick, the school jock. Mick is blessed with a gift for most sports and is also conspicuously good-looking. He is very popular with the girls and at the start of the series he is dating Amber. Mick is not particularly academic so is something of a disappointment to his high achieving parents. Mick would love to make his father proud of him and wishes he could receive the kind of grades that Mara gets.


18 year old American actress Nathalia Ramos, who played Yasmin in the Bratz movies, stars as Nina.

Ana Mulvoy Ten (represented by Emma Engers Associates) who also appeared in Disney's Life Bites, stars as Amber.
A likeable airhead. Amber has wealthy parents and is somewhat spoilt. However, she has a generous nature and is generally popular with the rest of the housemates. She tends to rush into things without thinking things through so she does get into some funny and unpredictable scrapes. She is a bit of a drama queen and prone to over-exaggeration. Amber has gorged herself on American culture all of her life.


Anastasia Dhanraj (represented by Kelly Management) from Brighton, stars as Mara.
Mara is very clever and gets top grades in all her subjects without even trying. Like Nina, she is a scholarship student and so she often feels insecure about not having as much money etc as some of the other students. She is quiet and rather conservative in the way she dresses but still waters run deep. Mara has a very passionate soul and is very much in love with Mick, who happens to be with Amber….

Klariza Clayton (who played Freddie's sister in Skins and also stars in Dani's House) plays Joy, the student who mysteriously disappears....



Jade Ramsey stars as Patricia, who has no patience for nonsense and zero respect for sinister teachers. Patricia is tough and sharp-tongued, devastatingly good at put-downs. She is great fun to be around if she likes you, not so much fun if she takes a dislike. And she dislikes Nina intensely to begin with. This turns Patricia into something of a bully early on in the series and she loses friends because of it.





The series consists of 60 episodes, which last 10 minutes each, and House of Anubis has already launched on Nickelodeon in the US.... but we've got to wait till the end of February in the UK!!