Thursday, October 31, 2013

Nationwide search for Lead Roles for Star Wars: Episode VII - UPDATED!

Sky Atlantic Series Auditions Girl Aged 9-12

Julie Harkin Casting CDG (Utopia, Misfits) are currently casting FORTITUDE a dramatic new crime thriller written by Simon Donald for Sky Atlantic and Starz produced by Fifty Fathoms/Tiger Aspect.

We are looking for an intelligent young actress (9-12 years old) for the role of Carrie Morgan, an independent, straightforward girl who appears throughout the series.

If you would like to be considered for an audition, please send a recent picture and your Date of Birth to Rae at:


Casting Breakdown:


Carrie has been brought up by her dad and she’s indulged by him a lot. She’s older than her years because she has a natural realisation that things are tough for her dad and she tries her best to help him out. She’s very independently minded for a girl her age. She’s quite fearless and curious. She misses her mum but she doesn’t let her dad know how much. Carrie has a lot of personality and spirit.


Playing age:  9 - 12

Height:  Any

Appearance:  White

Pay category:  Same as production (Above Equity)


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Daniel Radcliffe to play Sebastian Coe

Daniel Radcliffe has been confirmed to star as Sebastian Coe in Gold, a new feature which will tell the story of the Olympic gold medallist's rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett in the years leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.

The film is based on the book The Perfect Distance by Pat Butcher, with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Will Davies, and will reunite Radcliffe with Woman In Black director James Watkins.

It is not yet known who will play Ovett in the production.

Writer Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire in 2009, told the BBC earlier this year the film was "a brilliant story" with a "perfect end".
"I hadn't realised how good it was until you dig into their past," he said. "They were fantastically different athletes and different people. And they rarely met... apart from on the track - but not very often, even on the track."

BBC Films and the British Film Institute have developed the project with AL Films. BBC Films’ head Christine Langan will executive produce, with distribution by Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar’s Embankment Films.

Haslam said: “Gold is a movie about an insatiable need to win, fuelled by intense ambition, only possible through the support of loving family.”

Harry Potter star Daniel can currently be seen starring as Beat writer Allen Ginsburg in Kill Your Darlings, with supernatural thriller Horns awaiting release.

Development is underway for Gold to shoot in the UK and Russia in April next year


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Maisie Williams stars in The Falling

16 year old Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams leads the cast in The Falling, a new feature film from writer/director Carol Morley which starts shooting this week.

The Falling tells the story of Lydia, the troubled girl at the centre of a mysterious fainting epidemic, who is determined to discover the cause of the malady spreading through her British all-girl school in 1969, a year when the whole world seems poised on the brink of change.

Maisie plays the intense Lydia with newcomer Florence Pugh as her best friend, the beautiful, rebellious Abbie.

Their all-girls school is ruled over by the enigmatic headmistress Miss Alvaro (Monica Dolan) with her deputy, the overly strict Miss Mantel (Greta Scacchi).

It's 1969, and the girls, like the world around them, are in a state of change. Abbie is embracing her sexuality, even sleeping with Lydia's beatnik brother. Lydia, neglected by her agoraphobic mother Eileen (Maxine Peake), has made Abbie her emotional focus. After a shocking tragedy, Lydia, finds herself at the center of an outbreak of a mysterious fainting condition. Before long, the phenomenon spreads throughout the school community and when Lydia’s own symptoms worsen, she rallies against the school’s authorities to find and remove the underlying cause before it’s too late.

Following her films BAFTA-nominated The Alcohol Years, Edge, and the critically acclaimed Dreams of a Life, writer/director Carol Morley presents her skewed and dream-like coming of age story with director of photography Agn├Ęs Godard. The Falling is presented by BBC Films and BFI in association with Lipsync Productions, a Cannon and Morley/Independent production in association with Boudica Red, a Carol Morley film. The film was developed with the BFI Film Fund.

The Falling is set for release in 2014.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Gangsta Granny casting news

11 year old Reece Buttery (represented by A&J Management) is set to star as Ben in the new 60-minute adaptation of David Walliams best-selling children's novel Gangsta Granny. He plays schoolboy Ben opposite Julia McKenzie as his titular grandma, alongwith Joanna Lumley, Rob Brydon, Miranda Hart and David Walliams himself.

Reece from London, who is about to turn 12,  plays the series regular role of Mo in CBBC's The Dumping Ground and attends Young and Talented theatre school.

12 year old India Ria Amarteifio (represented by Sylvia Young Agency) from Twickenham, fresh from playing Violet Beauregard in the West End theatre production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, plays Ben's dancing partner Florence with whom Ben has to dance in a local ballroom competition. India was one of this year's winners of  The Stage scholarship to Sylvia Young Theatre School .

David Walliams and Miranda Hart appear as Ben’s Strictly Come Dancing obsessed parents, Mike & Linda.

Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at the house of his grandma: all she ever wants to do is stay in, play Scrabble, and eat cabbage soup. 
Until one day, when Ben’s grandma tells him a story that she was once an international jewel thief, and together they go on a wild adventure to complete the one heist she never quite managed in her criminal heyday – which brings them face-to-face with Her Majesty The Queen, played by Joanna Lumley

Rob Brydon  plays Mr Parker – a nosy neighbour who could scupper Ben and his grandma’s plot.

David Walliams says: “I am thrilled that we have such a stellar cast of comedy legends for Gangsta Granny. I can only apologise that I am in it too!”

Gangsta Granny will be directed by Matt Lipsey and begins filming on Sunday, for broadcast this Christmas on BBC One, following on from the success of last Christmas's Mr Stink.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Game of Thrones star joins Utopia

Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie joins the second series of Channel 4's taut conspiracy thriller Utopia which has just started principle photography.

26 year old LAMDA graduate Rose (represented by Hamilton Hodell) plays tough-talking Ygritte in the HBO series opposite Kit Harington's Jon Snow. She joins the ensemble cast of Utopia, along with fellow newcomers to the series Tom Burke and Mr Selfridge's Trystan Gravelle, with Alexandra Roache, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Fiona O'Shaughnessy all returning.

The new six-part series is written by series-creator Dennis Kelly, directed by Marc Munden and produced by Kudos Film and TV for Channel 4.

Utopia Series 2 is expected to air sometime in 2014.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

In The Flesh Series 2 starts filming

Filming has begun on the second series of the award-nominated BBC Three zombie drama, In The Flesh. 

Critically acclaimed creator Dominic Mitchell reignites the world of teenager Kieren Walker, a PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferer who continues in his struggle to find acceptance.

Luke Newberry returns in the lead role of Kieren, together with Emily Bevan as his upbeat friend and fellow medicated zombie Amy Dyer), and Harriet Cains as his feisty sister, Jem Walker. 

Over six-episodes, Series Two propels us back to the cauldron of Roarton where the living and the undead have reached a fragile peace, with Kieren desperately keeping his head down, squirrelling money into his ‘escape fund’. But in the wider world, fear is in the air. The radical Pro-Living Party, Victus, is gaining government seats with a resulting spate of PDS Terrorism linked to the Undead Liberation Army. With the arrival in the village of new and explosive characters from both Victus and the ULA, Kieren’s plans are thrown into disarray as both set their sights on him and he finds himself caught in the emotional crossfire. A quiet life is not an option.

Director Jim O’Hanlon said: "With its uniquely naturalistic take on the zombie genre, told as much from the point of view of the zombies (or PDS Sufferers) themselves, as that of the locals forced to live alongside them, In The Flesh is original, dramatic, funny, politically engaged and never less than 100% emotionally truthful.
It's rare to find a series that is so exciting, entertaining and humorous, and yet has so much to say about the world we live in today. The characters have genuine verve, wit, colour and depth and I can't wait to get started on bringing them to life."

Writer and In The Flesh creator, Dominic Mitchell: "Returning to Roarton village has been a real joy, revisiting old characters and inventing new ones, entangling their lives and their loves. My hope is that In The Flesh series two will have something for everyone: with high-octane genre thrills running alongside emotional, hard-hitting domestic drama, with plenty of black humour to boot."

Luke Newberry says: "I'm very excited to continue on Kieren’s journey, and am delighted In The Flesh will be returning for a second series. New characters arrive in Roarton, introducing him to further challenges and new dilemmas, as he begins to feel trapped between the living and the dead."

Set in the fictional village of Roarton, In The Flesh started filming on Monday 7th October around the North West of England. The series will air in 2014 on BBC Three.

The drama was first developed by the BBC Drama Production team in Salford and writer Dominic Mitchell was discovered through ‘Northern Voices’, a BBC Writersroom competition.

Monday, October 14, 2013


Drifters is a brand new six-part comedy series coming to E4 this autumn, about three best friends living in Leeds who’ve graduated, had a year out and are struggling to find a job that doesn't suck, a place to live that is half decent and a boyfriend they actually like.

Initially billed as a female Inbetweeners, the show explores the very funny, very humiliating experiences of Meg, her eccentric cousin Bunny and their friend Laura, as they discover that life might just be a bit tougher than they had imagined…
From demeaning Promotions jobs complete with mad outfits (well, have you ever dressed as a mobile phone to pay the rent?) to pursuing the men of their dreams - yet dating the men of their nightmares - the girls face #FML-worthy disasters in both their work and personal lives.

Comedy writer and actress Jessica Knappett (represented by United Agents) stars in the lead role as Meg in her first self-penned comedy, Drifters. Her most recent roles have been on the big screen as Neil’s love-interest Lisa in The Inbetweeners Movie and in the Alan Partridge Movie: Alpha Papa. Jessica was a founder member of acclaimed sketch group Lady Garden.

Lauren O'Rourke (represented by United Agents) plays Meg's best friend Laura.
Birmingham born stand-up comedian Lauren’s most recent role was Nicole in The Inbetweeners Movie.

Lydia Rose Bewley (represented by Independent Talent) from Leicestershire plays Meg's eccentric cousin Bunny. Lydia also appeared in The Inbetweeners Movie in the role of Jane. She also appeared in the 2013 comedy Plebs, ITV2. Lydia's older brother Charlie Bewley is best known for his role as the vampire Demetri in The Twilight Saga films. Lydia graduated from the Oxford School of Drama in 2007.

Bob Mortimer and Arabella Weir star as Meg’s parents and Nick Mohammed is the girls’ insufferable jobs-worth boss Malcolm.

The series is directed by Simon Delaney and produced by Bwark Productions, a Zodiak Media Company, the company behind E4's multi-award winning series and film, The Inbetweeners

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Game of Thrones star joins Barely Lethal

17 year old Sophie Turner, who shot to fame when cast as Sansa Stark in HBO's Game of Thrones, is to star alongside American starlet Hailee Steinfield, in a new indie action-comedy feature Barely Lethal.

The film follows a 16-year-old international assassin (played by Steinfield) yearning for a “normal” adolescence who fakes her own death and enrolls as a senior in a suburban high school. Samuel L. Jackson will play her mentor who trains her in the program.

Sophie (represented by Independent Talent) will play an undercover agent who enrolls in the high school to help capture the teen assassin.

Sophie will next be seen in her feature film debut starring in Isabel Coixet’s supernatural thriller Another Me (previously known as Panda Eyes) alongside fellow Brit Gregg Sulkin, which premieres at the Rome Film Festival.

Directed by Kyle Newman, Barely Lethal is due to start shooting in November.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Misfits Series 5

The award-winning drama Misfits returns for the fifth and final time at 10pm on Wednesday 23rd October.

The series marks the first anniversary of the storm, and the gang have to up their game if they're going to tackle some real-life, A-grade, superpowered vigilantes.

The final series sees the return of:

Karla Crome as Jess. Having had her heart broken by Alex ‘the handsome barman’ in Series 4, Jess is now more determined than ever that she won’t let her vulnerability show. But despite her cool exterior, an unlikely liaison is on the horizon that takes her completely by surprise.

Joseph Gilgun as Rudy. In the final series of Misfits, Rudy 2 discovers a support group for people with super powers, and once there he is encouraged by fellow attendees to stop taking flak from Rudy 1 and stand on his own two feet. When Rudy 2 confronts his other half about wanting to become his own person, Rudy 1 is predictably furious and dismissive, leading to a falling out between the two Rudys. But when Rudy 2 goes missing, Rudy 1 finds he can’t cope as well on his own as he thought.

Nathan McMullen as Finn. Loveable Liverpudlian Finn tries hard (perhaps a little too hard) to befriend people and please almost everyone, especially Jess whom he has had a crush on since they first met. But when he is captured by a group of Devil-worshipping scouts and the beginning of Series 5, the gang soon realise they will do whatever it takes to save their friend.

Matt Stokoe as Alex. In the opening episode, handsome barman Alex discovers that he has acquired a strange new superpower that he has to use on one of the gang. The ensuing chaos sees Alex doing community service and finally joining the rest of the guys in orange.

Natasha O’Keeffe as Abby. Series 5 sees Abby fall in love with a series of unlikely partners, but Abby has an emptiness at the heart of her. She has no memories of life before the storm – she doesn’t know who she is and no one seems to be looking for her. She’s desperate to discover the truth about what happened to her but when she does, her life becomes more complicated than ever, revealing a history that leads to a terrifying fight for her life.

The first episode of Series 5, written by Howard Overman and directed by William McGregor, is on E4 at 10:00pm on Wednesday 23rd October.

Open casting call for Youngers Series 2

Thursday, October 10, 2013

First look at Topsy and Tim

A new series Topsy And Tim which draws on the legacy of the famous childrens books by Jean and Gareth Adamson comes to CBeebies this November.

With a focus on big drama inspired by the small stuff in little people’s lives, each episode will feature a vibrant, charming insight into family life from the point of view of 5-year-old twins, Topsy and Tim. Whether it’s washing the car with Dad; learning to ride a bike with Mum; or finding a lost cat, each story is full of warmth, humour and above all authenticity. Topsy And Tim is a series that all families can recognise a part of themselves in.

8 year old Jocelyn McNab (represented by Alphabet Kidz) from Maidstone plays Topsy Odell. Jocelyn has previousl appeared in Bletchley Circle, The Fear and Southclifffe.
Topsy is more gung-ho than Tim and there’s a real zest about her. She’s usually a real carefree chatterbox, giggly and very fidgety. She is open and trusting and hates confrontation. If she’s ever under pressure then she would always give in.

7 year old Joshua Lester from North London plays Tim Odell. He's appeared in various TV commercials and The Adam And Joe Show.
Tim thinks before he acts (unlike Topsy who is more impulsive). Although he is a thinker, this doesn’t mean he is a serious child in general as he loves to explore, laugh and tumble. Tim’s inclination to think leads to a tendency to turn quiet, even over-react when he’s faced with changes to his everyday life and routine.

Topsy and Tim's friends are played by Natahlia Colbourne as Kerry, their friend and neighbour, Kayleigh Burke as Topsy's friend Vinda, and Tom Hibberd as Tim's friend Tony Welch.

Author Jean Adamson met the young cast and said: "What delightful, charming, friendly and articulate children they both are. I came away feeling confident that they will do an excellent job in bringing my two little characters to life."

Topsy and Tim is a Darrall Macqueen production and is produced by Fiona Robinson.

Kay Benbow, Controller of CBeebies said: "The stories of Topsy And Tim are told and shot from the perspective of the five year old characters as they capture everyday childhood experiences. I hope audiences will enjoy and identify with both dramas.”

There will also be some fantastic content on the CBeebies website to accompany the Topsy And Tim TV series.

Topsy And Tim’s Fun In The House game immerses children into the world of Topsy And Tim. Children can explore the house (inside and out!) and learn about real world experiences through play. The game will give children the chance to explore some of Topsy and Tim’s everyday experiences such as getting ready for bed, brushing their teeth, baking cakes and looking after Wiggles.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Open Casting for Michael Winterbottom film



Jina Jay is a casting director whose credits include WAR HORSE & TIN TIN, HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN & ATONEMENT. 

We are currently looking for a genuine caucasian American girl aged 18-21yrs for a film to be directed by Michael Winterbottom whose credits include THE LOOK OF LOVE, THE TRIP, THE KILLER INSIDE ME and A MIGHTY HEART. 

No previous acting experience required. 

Michael Winterbottom is planning to shoot the film November 2013 – January 2014 in Italy and UK. 

Please email Olivia at THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED with a recent snapshot and basic details including age if you wish to be considered. 

 Please can you also send us a small video telling us about yourself. Be sure to film in clear lighting making sure your face can be clearly seen – no moody lighting! 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Jina Jay’s credits – 
Michael Winterbottom’s credits -