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Roach played Becky in both series of Channel 4's cult drama and told Digital Spy that the show "was, and is, something really special" for her.
Why there must be Utopia series 3 - and why you have to watch it
"I remember reading that script and cancelling a holiday to make the audition," she said. "I rang my agent and said, 'Get me in that room - I need to be there'.
"I did it, and then they called me back three or four times. It was one of the longest audition processes ever - but I was so up for it, because I just thought it was something completely unique and brilliant, and I needed to be part of it.
"People come up to me all the time to »
No Offence made its mark as one of the standout drama series of 2015 - not least for having three strong female characters at the fore.
It was the characters that attracted actress Alexandra Roach to the project, she told Digital Spy.
"In this day and age, it shouldn't be a novelty to have three female leads, but it really was - and the characters are so different. Not your average leading ladies."
"There's Joanna, who is a bit of a powerhouse," she said. "What I loved about reading that character is that there's no apologies for who she is or how she is, and you don't normally get that with leading ladies.
"Then there's my character, who's a »
No Offence will be returning for a second series.
The Channel 4 police procedural has been commissioned for an eight-episode run in 2016.
The second series will see the team investigating a new case involving warring crime families.
"Paul and the cast have set the bar high in terms of thrills, spills and belly laughs this year, and we can't wait to see where they go in series two."
The first series comes to an end tonight, with the finale airing on Channel 4 at 9pm. »
James Kent follows up on the Testament Of Youth, based on Vera Brittain's World War I memoir, the day of Interview Magazine's première, on and off the red carpet with Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington. We connect Helen Mirren's costume designer, Consolata Boyle, with a Coco Chanel style dictum, he confides what getting Joanna Scanlan meant to him, turning Alicia from Ava in Alex Garland's Ex Machina into Vera, and coming on board with David Heyman, the producer of Paddington, Gravity, and the Harry Potter films.
The ensemble, including Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Jonathan Bailey and Alexandra Roach contributes mightily to the impact Brittain's story continues to have. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Now playing in L.A. and NYC is director James Kent’s Testament of Youth. The film is based on Vera Brittain’s World War I memoir of the same name and stars Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain and Game of Thrones star Kit Harington as her fiancé, Roland Leighton. As the film progresses, you see how the onset of war shatters the characters’ youthful dreams and demolishes an entire generation. It’s a powerful look at the First World War and I recommend checking it out when you can. Testament of Youth also stars Taron Egerton, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Colin Morgan, Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach, Jonathan Bailey, Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Le Prevost, Nicholas Farrell, Dominic West and Miranda Richardson. For more on the film, watch the trailer. The other day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Kit Harington. He talked about making Testament of Youth, how the project evolved, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
At high noon, before Interview Magazine's New York premiere of Sony Pictures Classics’ Testament Of Youth, starring Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington with Emily Watson, Dominic West, Joanna Scanlan, Taron Egerton, Miranda Richardson, Colin Morgan, Jonathan Bailey and Alexandra Roach, I met up with director James Kent for a conversation on his debut feature film at the Crosby Street Hotel.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Opening in L.A. and NYC this weekend is director James Kent’s Testament of Youth. The film is based on Vera Brittain’s First World War memoir of the same name and stars Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain and Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington as her fiancé, Roland Leighton. As the film progresses you see the characters' youthful dreams shattered by the onset of war and the demolition of a generation due to Wwi. It’s a powerful look at the First World War and I recommend checking it out when you can. Testament of Youth also stars Taron Egerton, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Colin Morgan, Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach, Jonathan Bailey, Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Le Prevost, Nicholas Farrell, Dominic West and Miranda Richardson. For more on the film, watch the trailer. Last week I landed an exclusive video interview with Kit Harington. While I’ll be posting »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Congratulations to Jules O'Dwyer and her loveable border collie Matisse who won Britain's Got Talent last night (May 31). We must admit we came over a tad teary-eyed when Matisse's three-legged collie companion Skippy made his debut in their final act.
Last night's final prompted us to look back at all eight winners from the ITV talent show to see how they faired after their victories.
From Collabro to Pudsey the dog - which acts have had the most success post-bgt? Here's our ranking below:
1. Paul Potts
Paul Potts stunned the judges, audience and viewers of Bgt alike with his breathtaking rendition of 'Nessun Dorma' on the ITV talent show's first run in 2007. His audition became a YouTube sensation and was later confirmed as the fourth most viewed YouTube video in the UK.
Following his transition from Carphone Warehouse salesman to Bgt winner, Potts released his debut album One Chance »
Sam Claflin, who played Snow White's (Kristen Stewart) love interest William in 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman, will be returning for the upcoming prequel The Huntsman. The casting is somewhat surprising, though, since Kristen Stewart is not coming back as Snow White. In the original, it was William's kiss that broke Snow White's spell, but in the sequel, William is only said to have a small, supporting role.
The plot is set before Snow White and the Huntsman, centering on how The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and Ravenna (Charlize Theron) first crossed paths, long before either of them met Snow White. Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach and Sheridan Smith also star in the prequel. It isn't known if the production is eyeing other Snow White and the Huntsman stars to return for this new adventure.
Claflin appearance will only be a small supporting one this time out. Kristen Stewart is not expected to return as Snow White with the character unlikely to be a part of the film.
That isn't the only project Claflin is involved in today though. It has just been announced that the actor will topline "Robin Friday, »
- Garth Franklin
A double dose of Sam Claflin news this fine Friday, and appropriately one of the stories is Friday-related. The actor will be playing Robin Friday, the ill-starred but supremely louche Reading and Cardiff striker, in the long-gestating film of his life. His agent has been busy because Claflin has also signed on to return for Snow White And The Huntsman sequel, The Huntsman, in the role of Snow White’s love interest, William.There’s no danger he’ll mix the two up and scythe down Snow White with a two-footed lunge, largely because Kristen Stewart is unlikely to return as the mirror-bothering princess. Instead Claflin, who’s earmarked for a small supporting role, will be joined by franchise newbies Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt, with Charlize Theron back as Queen Ravenna. Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach and Sheridan Smith are also aboard.More intriguing is the Friday story. »
As Paul Abbott’s police drama No Offence roars across our screens, with its trio of bolshie and brilliant leading ladies (Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach and Elaine Cassidy), here’s our guide to six of British TV’s most memorable women in blue.
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- Sarah Hughes
Brassy, fearless and totally comfortable barging into men’s toilets, Di Vivienne Deering romps through the Mancunian landscape of No Offence like a steamroller in red high heels. You wouldn’t mess with her. Joanna Scanlan describes Deering as someone with “an unorthodox approach to righting wrongs. She’s a hardass”. Which is quite a world away from her role as clipboard-clutching jobsworth Terri in the Thick Of It.
Related: Paul Abbott: ‘I don’t think you need damage to be a good writer but you have more experience of extremities'
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- Hannah Verdier
The May 1 release of Avengers: Age of Ultron marks the "official" start of the 2015 Summer Movie Season and with that in mind, it's only appropriate to offer up a look forward at what's ahead over the next four months. What is ahead over the next four monthsc Well, a lot of movies that cost a lot of money with a few smaller features mixed in for good measure, and as much as some of us may lament the fact studios have become so franchise focused, it's hard not to admit a desire to see some of these bigger features. As a means of whittling down the flock of films arriving over the next several months I've chosen to take a look at my 20 most anticipated, which does mean there are bound to be some titles I probably ought to mention, but didn't make the list for a variety of reasons. »
- Brad Brevet
If you haven't yet seen Ex Machina get out there and do so as it expands even further this weekend. Along with an overall great film you'll also get to see a great performance from Alicia Vikander whose name first came to most people's attention with A Royal Affair a couple years later, but after Ex Machina and this summer's Testament of Youth her stock is likely to continue to rise and, who knows, maybe an Oscar nomination in the near future. Today we have a new trailer for the latter film I mentioned there, Testament of Youth, a World War I feature adapted from the memoir by Vera Brittain played here by one Alicia Vikander opposite Kit Harrington ("Game of Thrones"). Here's the plot: Vera, irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded, overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown, to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she »
- Brad Brevet
Now that the film has already seen a release in the UK, it's time for Us audiences to get familiar with director James Kent’s new film Testament of Youth. The film is based on Vera Brittain’s First World War memoir of the same name and stars Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain. Vikander is joined by Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington who plays her fiancé, Roland Leighton. I'm not familiar with the source material but this seems like a handsomely photographed period piece that's, as far as I can tell, competently executed on just about every level besides that as well. Check out the Us version of Testament of Youth Trailer below. The film also stars Taron Egerton, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Colin Morgan, Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach, Jonathan Bailey, Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Le Prevost, Nicholas Farrell, Dominic West and Miranda Richardson. Trailer courtesy of Yahoo: Here’s the »
- Evan Dickson
Reboots, videogame adaptations, and a few long awaited sequels are all due for release next year
Now that Fast & Furious 7 has formally opened summer blockbuster season 2015 up, it's time for us to take our traditional look at the big movies gracing multiplexes this time next year.
2016 is set to be a pivotal summer, too. There are big movies in both the DC and Marvel cinematic universes. Warner Bros is looking to launch the first of six King Arthur movies, whilst Universal may get cracking with its classic monster cinematic universe. And - yep - we may even get the world's first great film based on a videogame.
Summer blockbuster season 2016 stretches from March through to August, and here's what treats are lined up. Please note, we've gone with Us release dates, for the purposes of this feature, as that's where most of the films will debut first.
Warcraft - »
No Offence consists of eight hour-long episodes, and follows Di Vivienne Deering (Scanlan), DC Dinah Kowalska (Elaine Cassidy) and DS Joy Freers (Roach) as they attempt to keep the streets clean from crime.
Writer Abbott previously said about the show: "I'm a big fan of well-told cop shows and jet-black social comedy, and I wanted to see how explosively we could bang two genres' heads together.
"No Offence is reared on wilder-than-average seeds, and I've had a ball with the AbbottVision team in building this concept."
Universal Pictures has continued to push forward with its prequel tale to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman by adding three actors into the mix to form part of the new dwarfs set to feature in The Huntsman.
Similarly to the original film, three British actors have been cast in the roles alongside the returning Nick Frost as Nion. Gavin & Stacey stars Rob Brydon and Sheridan Smith have joined the cast, as has Alexandra Roach who co-starred in 2013’s One Chance.
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan makes his directorial debut with the film, which has Chris Hemsworth (The Hunstman) and Charlize Theron (Ravenna) reprising their roles from the original, joined by Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow) and Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year).
The prequel is set in the same world as the previous film, but tells a new chapter in the story which focuses on the Huntsman and Ravenna’s lives before »
- Scott J. Davis
Rob Brydon ("The Trip"), Alexandra Roach ("Cuban Fury") and Sheridan Smith ("Jonathan Creek") have all signed on to play three new dwarfs in Cedric Nicolas-Troyan's "The Huntsman," the upcoming prequel to 2012's "Snow White and the Huntsman" which is in development at Universal Pictures.
Nick Frost has already signed on to reprise his dwarf role from the original, at the time it was indicated that the film would only feature two dwarfs. Seems that stance has been reconsidered, though Frost is the only actor who played a dwarf in the first film who is coming back for the sequel.
Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Ian McShane, Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone and Brian Gleeson played the other dwarfs in 'Snow White' and aren't expected back - though Jones and Marsan were said to have been contacted about the job.
- Garth Franklin
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