Friday, April 29, 2016

Feature film casting call

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Bronte Sisters cast announced

Casting has been announced for the new two-hour BBC drama To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters about the personal lives of the Bronte family, written and directed by Sally Wainwright, creator of Happy Valley.

The Bronte sisters’ personal lives are as intriguing as their writing: three unlikely geniuses under one unlikely West Yorkshire roof. Coming from obscurity to produce some of the greatest and most enduring classics of all time, with themes that shook the nation, Charlotte, Anne and Emily remain one the greatest literary mysteries in the world.

The drama revolves around the three sisters’ increasingly difficult relationship with their brother Branwell, who in the last three years of his life – following a tragically misguided love affair – sank into alcoholism, drug addiction and appalling behaviour. Life at home with the Brontes at this time was not a comfortable place to be, and yet from this environment sprang their remarkable literary output.

Scottish actress Chloe Pirrie (represented by The Artists Partnership) will play Emily, author of the complex and ground-breaking Wuthering Heights.

Finn Atkins will play the deeply ambitious Charlotte Bronte, who wrote the phenomenally successful Jane Eyre. Finn, from Nottingham, (also represented by The Artists Partnership) is an alumni of  The Television Workshop.

Irish actress Charlie Murphy, (represented by The Lisa Richards Agency in Ireland, who also starred in Happy Valley and The Village, will play the determined and level-headed youngest sister Anne, the writer of Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Their brother Branwell, whose destructive behaviour threatens to tear his family apart, will be played by Adam Nagaitis (represented by Curtis Brown).

To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters explores the siblings’ relationship not only with one another, but with their father, a clever and unusual man, to be played by Jonathan Pryce, who grew up in an impoverished home in rural Ireland, who educated himself, and who was happy to encourage his children – irrespective of their sex – to become passionate about literature and its possibilities.

Sally Wainwright, who won a BAFTA Television Award for best Writer – Drama, said:

“I am thrilled beyond measure that I've been asked by the BBC to bring to life these three fascinating, talented, ingenious Yorkshire women.”

Executive producer Faith Penhale said: “To bring such fresh and exciting talent together for To Walk Invisible is testament to Sally's extraordinary script, which sets out to tell the true story of this iconic literary family. Together with the wonderful Jonathan Pryce, Chloe, Finn, Charlie and Adam will show the Bronte family in a new and original light.”

Filming on the two hour drama begins on location in and around Yorkshire from the beginning of May.

Friday, April 15, 2016

BGT star joins the cast of Eastenders

19 year old Shaheen Jafargholi from Swansea has joined the cast of Eastenders, playing the son of Bonnie Langford's character Carmel Kazemi.

Shaheen (represented by Mark Jermin Management) was a finalist in Britain's Got Talent aged just twelve, and went on to appear on American TV shows ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’ and ‘The Jimmy Kimmel Show' before performing at the Michael Jackson memorial concert.

He will play Shakil, the youngest son of Carmel and brother of Kush. Known as “Shaki” by his friends and family, the cheeky teenager arrives in the Square determined to reunite his parents who previously divorced.

Things don’t quite go to plan however and he soon moves to the Square to be with his mum and brother. At fifteen years old, it doesn’t take the popular Shakil long to find himself at home in Walford but will there be a romance on the cards?

 “I’m so excited to be joining the show," Shaheen revealed. "I’ve been a fan since I was a little kid so to now be a part of something so iconic is an honour. I’m also really excited to be working with a legend such as Bonnie Langford. I’m having so much fun playing her son and can’t wait for people to finally meet Shaki.”

Shaheen's previous acting roles have included parts in Casualty and Torchwood, and CBeebies Grandpa in My Pocket.

Saturday, April 9, 2016


Casting brief for unnamed TV project

Please read all information on the project and information about how to apply carefully.  Please note we are NOT looking for any other roles, other than the one outlined below.


Young boy, aged 8-11, any ethnicity, any accent.

We meet this child when he appears on a talk show after becoming a youtube sensation thru his rapping impersonations, much like Sophia Grace did after her youtube video reached millions of views and she appeared on the Ellen Show.

We do not want a child who looks like a mini gangster rapper. We want a child who is quirky, we are particularly interested in large/chubby children or it could be that they have a ginger afro or have big ears.  We are looking for suggestions of all ethnicities.  MOST IMPORTANTLY THE CHILD MUST BE ABLE TO RAP AND MOVE/DANCE LIKE A RAPPER. Someone who really performs the song, rather than stands still saying the lines.
Here is a link to a video by the singer “Drake” to give you a steer of the kind of performance we are looking for. He is singing this song, rather than rapping but it gives you an idea of the sort of movement we are after.  You do NOT need to imitate this video, your child may have their own personal flair and style when they rap, as we say this is just to give you a steer.

It is about more than being able to learn the lines to a rap, we need a child who really tries to embody their favourite rap artists when the rap along to them.  They perform with conviction, and their heart and soul.
After the child’s youtube video has been shown on the talk show the host is then overheard being mean about the child and making personal comments. It is important that the child playing this role has a thick skin and understands, that these comments are not real, they are part of the story line and in fact the joke is very much on the presenter getting caught being mean than it is about the child.

In addition to being able to rap the child needs to be able to portray being crushed and upset by the presenter’s comments.  Apart from the rapping he will have no additional dialogue but there will be this reaction shot.

NB: Just to stress that the child doesn't necessarily need to be an amazing rapper - as ultimately they will be lip syncing for the show.  If they prefer singing to rapping that is fine. What is most important is their performance style and their ability to move/dance when performing.


For initial applications we would like you to film your child rapping and performing their favourite rap song.  They should perform it with the music playing in the background and they should really go for it – as we said above – perform and move with conviction! Have fun! These tapes should be 30 seconds maximum we just need to get a flavour of what your child can do.  These tapes should then be small enough in size to allow you to attach to an email. If not then please upload to vimeo and password protect.  Please do not send via wetransfer as we don’t want to have to download videos – we want to stream them.


If your application is successful we will be holding castings in central London on Sunday 17th April (you MUST be available to attend this casting) with a possible recall on either the 18th or 19th April.  We will notify you by end of play on Friday 15th April if we need to bring you in for a casting.  If you do not hear from us then I’m afraid on this occasion your child has not been successful.

Please also note the filming dates which your child needs to be available for:
Filming in London on the 27th April 2016 & there will be 1 further day filming the week of 9th May 2016.

Thanks and have fun!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

New CBBC Football Drama Jamie Johnson

12 year old newcomer Louis Dunn stars in the title role of Jamie Johnson in a brand new CBBC children’s drama, which is set to hit TV screens around the Euro 2016 Championships and features cameos from Gary Lineker, Ruud Gullit and Notts County FC’s Roy Carroll.

Louis who is from Manchester and represented by Boss Model Management, stars in his first TV role, as 11 year old Jamie, a boy with a dream. A boy who lives and breathes football.

An open casting for boys who love acting and football was held in Manchester for the role back in July 2015.

The three episode series follows Jamie starting a new school, making new friends, dealing with school bully Dillon (played by Patrick Ward), searching for his absent father and eventually making the school’s football team, all with the support of his new friends Jack (played by Olivia Lava) and Boggie (played by Jonnie Kimmins).

Produced by Short Form Film Company, the 3 x 30 minute children’s series was filmed entirely in and around Nottingham last summer, and is inspired by the book series Jamie Johnson, written by former Football Association editor Dan Freedman.

Joe from Short Form Film Company, said: “From the first time we read the books we knew Jamie Johnson needed to be taken to the screen. It resonated with us as film makers, aspiring footballers and brought back fond memories of school life. We were delighted that CBBC shared our vision of creating a new drama series which we hope encapsulates the hopes, fears, pain and joy of our central character Jamie and all those who inhabit his wonderful world.”

Jamie Johnson has already been recommissioned for a second series, with production on the new series starting in August.

CBBC Commissioner Cheryl Taylor said: "Jamie Johnson is a wonderful new drama coming to CBBC this summer - tying in perfectly with the Euros. Although the underlying theme is football, the series is not just for football fans. The storylines have a really wide appeal for all the family."

Dan Freedman, author of the Jamie Johnson book series, said: "Children all over the country have been telling me just how excited they are about Jamie Johnson being brought to life and now they are going to see a cool, original, edgy drama that will speak to them on so many levels. I think the audience are going to absolutely love it."

The 2016 UEFA European Championship kicks off on June 10th until July 10th with Jamie Johnson expected to transmit around that time.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Feature film open auditions

Open audition in Nottingham for feature film

Open auditions are being held in Nottingham to find three Nottinghamshire teenagers, aged 13 - 16 years, for lead roles (two boys and one girl) in a new feature film written and directed by Nottingham filmmaker Andrew Hulme.

The Devil Outside is a coming-of-age story set in Nottingham, about religion, madness and repressed sexuality.

Set within a Nottinghamshire ex-mining community, the main character is a 13-year-old boy whose life changes dramatically after he discovers a dead body.

The film is being cast by Lucy Pardee, in association with Ian Smith, who recently retired after 30 years running the Nottingham Television Workshop.

Auditions will be held at the Television Workshop, The Basement, 49 Stoney Street, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 2LX on Friday April 15, from 10am to 1pm for girls and 2pm to 5pm for boys.

No acting experience is required, so if you are aged between 13-16 yrs old, live in Nottinghamshire, and are interested in auditioning, please contact (or have your parent/carer contact) to book an audition slot.

The Level

Karla Crome leads the cast of a new ITV thriller The Level which has just started filming in London and Brighton.

Karla (represented by Troika), stars as Detective Sergeant Nancy Devlin who has a secret double life. Her exemplary police career masks a covert attachment to shady businessman and drugs trafficker, Frank Le Saux (Philip Glenister). Inextricably linked to Frank from childhood as the father of her best friend, Hayley, played by Laura Haddock, and the father figure she herself craved.
Nancy has been playing a dangerous game to ensure that Frank always remains off the police radar.

Nancy soon finds herself at the centre of an investigation which puts her at risk of exposure and sees her stalked by a killer intent on destroying her. Nancy’s complicated love life and relationships with colleagues creates further tension as she doesn’t know who she can trust..literally with her life.

The cast also includes Noel Clarke, Robert James Collier, Lindsey Coulson, Gary Lewis, Jo Absolom, Amanda Burton, and Ruth Madeley (BAFTA nominated for her role in Don’t Take My Baby), Suzanne Packer, Lorne MacFadyen, Jane Hazlegrove, Ashley Kumar, Kelly Harrison and Rupert Procter.

Written by Gaby Chiappe and Alex Perrin, the six-part series is executive produced by Hillbilly Television, Jane Dauncey is the producer and Andy Goddard is lead director.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Meet the cast of the Doctor Who spin-off Class

Filming has started today on the BBC Three Doctor Who spin-off series Class,  a YA series set in contemporary London, which will shine a light on a whole new corner of the 'Whoniverse'.

Set in Coal Hill School, the series follows four sixth form students at the school who are facing their own fears, secrets and desires as well as navigating a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow - and possibly the end of existence.

24 year old Greg Austin (represented by Jonathan Arun) stars as Charlie. Greg who grew up in Bournemouth, graduated from Arts Educational Schools in 2013 and played Gordon Selfridge in three series of the acclaimed ITV drama series Mr Selfridge.

22 year old Fady Elsayed (represented by Troika) also stars. Fady is a British/Egyptian actor from London, whose first role was in Sally El Hosaini's My Brother the Devil, for which he got a Young Performer of the Year Nomination at the 2013 Critics' Circle Film Awards. He has just filmed a role in E4's Aliens and in Brotherhood, an independent feature directed by Noel Clarke.

They are joined by 25 year old Sophie Hopkins (represented by Identity Agency Group), who grew up in Yorkshire, moved to London in 2010 to train with Fourth Monkey Theatre Company. This is her first major TV role.

And the youngest of the cast is newcomer Vivian Oparah from London, who trained with the National Youth Theatre.

They are joined by Katherine Kelly,who takes the role of a teacher and powerful new presence at Coal Hill School.

Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who Universe since the very beginning, but that has come at a price. All the time-travelling over the years has caused the very walls of space and time to become thin. There’s something pressing in on the other side, something waiting for its chance to kill everyone and everything, to bring us all into Shadow.

Fear is coming, tragedy is coming, war is coming. Prepare yourselves, Class is coming.

Award winning YA writer and Class creator Patrick Ness, said: “We searched far and wide for this amazing cast, fantastic actors who understand what we’re aiming for with this show. And how lucky we are to get Katherine Kelly! She’s been stunning in Happy Valley, The Night Manager and Mr Selfridge, just wait until you see her here.”

Steven Moffat, Class and Doctor Who Executive Producer, says: “There’s nothing more exciting than meeting stars that nobody’s heard of yet. We had the read through of the first few episodes last week, and there was a whole row of them. Coal Hill School has been part of Doctor Who since the very first shoot in 1963, but this new show is anything but history. Class is dark and sexy and right now. I’ve always wondered if there could be a British Buffy - it’s taken the brilliant Patrick Ness to figure out how to make it happen.”

Class starts filming today in Wales, directed by Ed Bazalgette, and will premiere on BBC Three this year.