Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born in Paris, France to English parents, Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, who are lawyers. When Emma was five her parents divorced, and she then moved to Oxfordshire, England with her mother and younger brother, Alexander. Since the divorce, Emma's extended family has grown as her parents both have new partners. Her father has a son named Toby, and identical twin daughters, Nina and Lucy, and her mother's partner has two sons. Emma spent much of her childhood residing in England with her mother and stepfather, younger brother, and two stepbrothers.
From the age of six, Emma knew that she wanted to be an actress and, for a number of years, she trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts, a part-time theatre school where she studied singing, dancing and acting. By the age of ten, she had performed and taken the lead in various Stagecoach productions and school plays, including "Arthur: The Young Years" and "The Happy Prince". In 1999, casting began for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the film adaptation of British author J.K. Rowling's bestselling novel. Casting agents found Emma through her Oxford theatre teacher. After eight consistent auditions, producer David Heyman told Emma and fellow applicants, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, that they had been cast for the roles of the three leads, Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.
The release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was Emma's cinematic screen debut. The film broke records for opening-day sales and opening-weekend takings and was the highest-grossing film of 2001. Critics praised the film and the performances of the three leading young actors. The highly distributed British newspaper, 'The Daily Telegraph', called her performance "admirable". Later, Emma was nominated for five awards for her performance in the film, winning the Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film.
Since the release of the first film of the highly successful franchise, Emma has quickly become one of the most well-known actresses in the world. She continued to play the role of Hermione Granger for nearly ten years, in all of the following Harry Potter films: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. In addition, Emma has began to branch out into other films, with My Week with Marilyn, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and the upcoming The Bling Ring and Noah.
In addition to acting, Emma studied at Brown University.
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born on July 23rd, 1989 to Alan Radcliffe and Marcia Gresham. His father is from a Northern Irish Protestant background, while his mother was born in South Africa, to a Jewish family (from Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Germany). Daniel began performing in small school productions as a young boy. Soon enough, he landed a role in David Copperfield, as the young David Copperfield. A couple of years later, he landed a role as Mark Pendel in The Tailor of Panama, the son of Harry and Louisa Pendel (Geoffrey Rush and Jamie Lee Curtis). Lee Curtis had indeed pointed out to Daniel's mother that he could be Harry Potter himself. Soon afterwards, Daniel was cast as Harry Potter by director, Chris Columbus in the film that hit theatres in November 16, 2001, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. He was recognized worldwide after this film was released. Pleasing audiences and critics everywhere, filming on its sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, commenced shortly afterwards. He appeared again as Harry in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban directed by Alfonso Cuarón, and then appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire directed by Mike Newell. Shortly afterwards, he finished filming December Boys in Adelaide, Australia, Kangaroo Island, and Geelong, Australia which began on the 14th of November, 2005 and ended sometime in December. On January 27th, 2006, he attended the South Bank Awards Show to present the award for "Breakthrough Artist of the Year" to Billie Piper. Dan reprised his famous character once again for the next installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. In February 2007, he took on his first stage role in the West End play Equus, to worldwide praise from fans and critics alike. Also that year, he starred in the television movie My Boy Jack, which aired on 11 November 2007 in the UK.
Now being one of the world's most recognizable people, Daniel leads a somewhat normal life. He has made friends working on the Harry Potter films, which include his co-stars Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.
Gary Oldman was born on March 21, 1958 in London, England, the son of Kathleen (Cheriton), a homemaker, and Leonard Bertram Oldman, a welder. For most of his career he was best-known for playing over-the-top antagonists, though he has recently reached a new audience with heroic roles in the Harry Potter and Dark Knight franchises.
Oldman won a scholarship to Britain's Rose Bruford Drama College, in Sidcup, Kent, where he received a B.A. in theatre arts in 1979. He subsequently studied with the Greenwich Young People's Theatre and went on to appear in a number of plays throughout the early '80s, including "The Pope's Wedding," for which he received Time Out's Fringe Award for Best Newcomer of 1985-1986 and the British Theatre Association's Drama Magazine Award as Best Actor for 1985.
His film debut was Remembrance, though his most-memorable early role came when he played Sex Pistol Sid Vicious in the biopic Sid and Nancy picking up the Evening Standard Film Award as Best Newcomer. He then received a Best Actor nomination from BAFTA for his portrayal of '60s playwright Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears.
In the 1990s, Oldman brought to life a series of iconic real-world and fictional villains including Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK, the title character in Dracula, Drexl Spivey in True Romance, Stansfield in Léon: The Professional, Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg in The Fifth Element and Ivan Korshunov in Air Force One. That decade also saw Oldman portraying Ludwig van Beethoven in biopic Immortal Beloved.
Oldman scored the coveted role of Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, giving him a key part in one of the highest-grossing franchises ever. He reprised that role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Oldman also took on the iconic role of Detective James Gordon in writer-director Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, a role he played again in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.
Ralph Twisleton Wykeham Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England to Mark Fiennes, a photographer, and Jennifer Lash, a novelist, the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus Fiennes, a musician; Sophie, a producer; and Joseph Fiennes, an actor.
Fiennes has been honored with two Academy Award nominations, the first in 1994 for his performance in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning Best Picture, Schindler's List. Fiennes' chilling portrayal of Nazi Commandant Amon Goeth also brought him a Golden Globe nomination and a BAFTA Award, as well as Best Supporting Actor honors from numerous critics groups, including the National Society of Film Critics, and the New York, Chicago, Boston and London Film Critics associations. Four years later, Fiennes earned his second Oscar nomination, for Best Actor, in another Best Picture winner, Anthony Minghella's The English Patient. He also garnered Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations, as well as two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations, one for Best Actor and another shared with the film's ensemble cast.
His long list of film credits also includes the award-winning drama The Reader, co-starring Kate Winslet; Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar®-winning The Hurt Locker; the Neil Jordan-directed films The End of the Affair and The Good Thief; István Szabó's Sunshine; Maid in Manhattan; the animated The Prince of Egypt; Oscar and Lucinda; Robert Redford's Quiz Show; and Wuthering Heights, which marked his film debut. Fiennes notably portrayed of the evil Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter blockbuster film franchise. His nephew, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin played Tom Riddle, the young Lord Voldemort, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Fiennes made his feature film directorial debut with a contemporary version of Shakespeare's political thriller Coriolanus, in which he also starred with Gerard Butler and Vanessa Redgrave. He will star next in Mike Newell's screen adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, with Helena Bonham Carter and Jeremy Irvine, and in the highly anticipated Skyfall, the next film in the Bond series, from director Sam Mendes.
Tom Felton has been acting since he was 8 years old at the suggestion of an actress friend of his family who recognized Felton's theatrical qualities. Felton met with an agent, and two weeks later, after auditioning with over 400 other children, he landed an international commercial campaign and went abroad to work.
A talented singer, he started singing in a church choir at the age of 7 and has been a member of four choirs at school. He declined an offer to join the Guildford Cathedral Choir. He is a keen sportsman enjoying football (soccer), ice skating, roller blading, basketball, cricket, swimming, and tennis.
After working on Anna and the King with Jodie Foster, Tom received his big break in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as Draco Malfoy, school boy rival to the titular character as played by Daniel Radcliffe. Tom managed to film the part of Draco in all eight "Harry Potter" movies while also having an active life outside the magical world it created. In between shoots he filmed independent horror movies The Disappeared, Night Wolf, and The Apparition with Twilight's Ashley Greene. It was directly after completing his filming on "Harry Potter" that he landed his roles in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and From the Rough. His newest projects are In Secret, Fangs of Warand Attachment.
In between acting gigs, Tom still manages times with his music. He is one of the founding owners and talent of Six String Productions, a recording company devoted to signing young musical artists overlooked by the major recording industry.
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Jamie Campbell Bower has a love for performing and for being in the spotlight and is an ex-member of the National Youth Music Theatre. Jamie is a good singer and is the lead singer in a band called "The Darling Buds", he is also a model for Select Model Management. He is from London and went to school privately at Bedales School in Hampshire. Whilst still at school there, he was told that he had got the part of "Anthony" in "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street", which he was recommended to audition for by family friend, Laura Michelle Kelly. Bower later went on to star in RocknRolla as "Rocker", directed by Guy Ritchie. He will make his next on-screen appearance as "Caius", a member of the Volturi coven, in the tween franchise that is The Twilight Saga: New Moon alongside actors such as fellow Brit Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Bower will be seen also in the next installments of Twilight, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1. He will also join the "Harry Potter" cast as "Gellert Grindelward" in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Adelaide born actress and model Teresa Palmer has gathered some impressive film credits. Teresa completed high school at Mercedes College in 2003, where she was a popular student who was well-known for her practical jokes. She worked in a Cotton On outlet in Rundle Mall until she was discovered and cast on the spot - without an audition - in her feature film debut and breakthrough role in 2:37. Made by first-time writer/director/producer Murali K. Thalluri, the film competed in the 2006 Cannes Film Festival in "Un Certain Regard" and chronicles the lives of six students over the course of day and ends in a devastating suicide.
Teresa immediately went to work on back to back film projects including December Boys opposite "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe; a coming of age story about four adolescent orphans, based on the book by Michael Noonan and directed by Rod Hardy (Robinson Crusoe, Buffalo Girls, The X-Files and The Practice). Teresa also stars as stripper-turned-criminal "Dale" in the British/Australian co-production Restraint, a film noir/psychological thriller which follows the plight of a pair of fugitives on-the-run from a murder scene. Directed by David Denneen, the film also features former Calvin Klein model Travis Fimmel and British actor Stephen Moyer. In 2006, Teresa worked with Japanese director Takashi Shimizu on the Sony Pictures production The Grudge 2. Set in Tokyo, the horror sequel to the box office hit The Grudge also stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jennifer Beals. Later that year, she signed on to play the female lead in Doug Liman's action fantasy film Jumper, but was subsequently replaced by Rachel Bilson.
Early 2007 saw her star opposite former real-life boyfriend Topher Grace as the love interest in the retro comedy film Take Me Home Tonight. Shortly after filming ended, Teresa decided to move permanently from Adelaide to Los Angeles following a public split from her then-boyfriend of two years, Australian Rules football star Stuart Dew. Teresa was due to play a small part in George Miller's doomed superhero film "Justice League: Mortal", but the production fell through after months of problems. Teresa briefly dated her "Justice League: Mortal" co-star Adam Brody in early 2008; later that year, she had a relationship with British comedian Russell Brand, whom she met on the set of her latest film, Bedtime Stories. "Bedtime Stories" is a Disney children's comedy starring Lucy Lawless, Guy Pearce, and Keri Russell and was released on Christmas 2008. As of January 2009, she is back with former on-off boyfriend, Topher Grace, and soon to star in an advertising campaign for Australian clothing chain "Just Jeans".
Bonnie Francesca Wright was born on February 17, 1991 to jewelers Gary Wright and Sheila Teague. Her debut performance was in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as Ron Weasley's little sister Ginny Weasley. Bonnie tried out for the film due to her older brother Lewis mentioned she reminded him of Ginny. Her role in the first film was a small cameo like role as Ginny, having bigger part in the second film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. After shooting the first Potter film, in 2002 Bonnie did the Hallmark television film Stranded playing Young Sarah Robinson. Then in 2004 after doing the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Bonnie was cast in Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures , a BBC TV film as Young Agatha. Then Bonnie was back as Ginny Weasley for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince where her role turned supporting as Harry's love interest.
In 2007 she guessed voiced for Disney's _The Replacements (TV Series 2006-) London Calling (#2.11)_ as Vanessa. Also that time she voiced Ginny for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as well for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in 2009.
While shooting for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Bonnie was cast as Mia for Geography of the Heart a feature length film shot in five international locations about the complexity of love. Bonnie's segment was shot in December 2009 in London. Also during that time and shooting for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Bonnie was attending London College of Communication to study film.
In 2011 Bonnie starred in After the Dark with _James D'Arcy (I)_ , _Daryl Sabara_ and with Harry Potter co-star _Freddie Stroma_. Film to be out in 2012.
Bonnie has also written and directed a short film for school called Separate We Come, Separate We Go starring Potter co-star _David Thewlis_
Born and raised on the shores of Lake Superior in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Marie grew up fishing, hunting and camping alongside the fire, where she spent more of her free time outdoors. It was there, in the shadow of "The Sleeping Giant", a world famous natural monument, that she would learn the survival skills needed for fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming an action heroine. After she studied Broadcast Journalism for 2 years in her hometown, Marie made a passionate decision to leave for Europe with nothing but a backpack on to soul-search. After several months she finally decided she was going to make the switch to the west coast of Vancouver, BC Canada to chase her dreams. Her first break in the Entertainment Industry came when she was 21 as a result of her favorite hobby since she was 16...playing drums. The timing was perfect as a friend had alerted her to a casting call in Vancouver which happened to be looking for drummers. An agent had recognized the young rockers talent & the opportunity landed her to appearing in various national commercials. She immediately caught the eye of director Chris Columbus ("Harry Potter", "Rent", "Mrs Doubtfire", "Home Alone") who hired the budding actor in her first feature role for "I Love You, Beth Cooper". While living on the West Coast she booked many Guest Star appearances on major networks (FOX, CW, NBC, CBS) on shows such as "Supernatural", "Fringe", "Eureka", & "Human Target" to name a few. In 2011, Marie landed a role alongside Seth Rogan, & Joseph Gordan-Levitt on the big screen in Golden Globe Nominated film, "50/50" . After gaining success in Vancouver Canada, Marie was ready for more and headed down to Southern California with her Harley Davidson motorcycle, her 110LB Cane Corso, without papers & a do or die attitude. "The City of Angels" had welcomed Marie with its challenges of being the new girl in town. In a short amount of time, Marie was approached with an entire team of professionals who saw the starlets unusual talents for being able to capture someones attention with her quick wit, acting abilities, potty mouth and tom-boy quirks. Six months later, her papers came through the door which led way for roles to pour in on US National Commercial Campaigns, a leading role on Lifetime Movie Network, and a recurring role on MTV's "The INbetweeners". After an exhaustive search looking for the hottest new actress between the borders of US and Canada, Marie was offered the lead role on a Pilot called "Fugitive At 17". An incredible track record for only being in the US for one year. Although her thriving career has earned her a lot of attention as of late, Marie continues to prove that she hasn't forgotten her small town roots. When she's not on set, she can be found surfing, fishing, camping ,riding her motorcycle, & making music. Marie resides in Los Angeles California.
Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint was born the elder son of Nigel and Jo Grint. The first of 5 children, Rupert has one brother and 3 sisters. His brother James was born when Rupert was a year old, Georgina and Samantha were born in 1993 and 1996 respectively, and last, but not least, Charlotte, who was born in 1999.
Born in Harlow, Essex, England, Rupert grew up in Hertfordshire, the English county directly to the north of London, conveniently placed for commuting to Leavesden Film Studios. Before successfully auditioning for the Harry Potter films, Rupert attended Richard Hale Secondary School in Hertford: here he took an active interest in school plays, being cast as Rumplestilskin in the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. He was also a regular attendee at weekend drama classes at Top Hat Stage School, also in Hertford.
Time at school was limited, as Rupert was needed on set for the Harry Potter films, where all of the child actors were tutored for four hours a day on set, to keep up with legal requirements. During the summer of 2004, he took his GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) exams and completed his formal education.
Evanna Patricia Lynch is an Irish actress. Born in the town of Termonfecken in Ireland, she is one of four children to Donal and Marguerite Lynch. Her acting career began in 2007 when she competed in an open audition against nearly 15,000 girls, and won the coveted role of Luna Lovegood in the "Harry Potter" movie franchise. She appeared in four Harry Potter films and became a main character in the final two films in 2010 and 2011. She also voiced her character in their tie-in video games. She continues to pursue acting and does charity work for organizations such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland and The Harry Potter Alliance, of which she is a member of the Board of Advisors.
One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her father was a teacher at Oxford University and her mother worked as a secretary. Smith has been married twice: to actor Robert Stephens and to playwright Beverley Cross. Her marriage to Stephens ended in divorce in 1974. She was married to Cross until his death in 1999. She had two sons with Stephens, Chris Larkin and Toby Stephens who are also actors.
Maggie Smith's career began at the Oxford Playhouse in the 1950s. She made her film debut in 1956 as one of the party guests in Child in the House. She has since performed in over sixty films and television series with some of the most prominent actors and actresses in the world. These include: Othello with Laurence Olivier, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, California Suite with Michael Caine and Jane Fonda, A Room with a View, Richard III with Ian McKellen and Jim Broadbent, Franco Zeffirelli's Tea with Mussolini with Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Cher and Gosford Park with Kristin Scott Thomas and Clive Owen, directed by Robert Altman. Maggie Smith has also been nominated for an Oscar six times and won twice, for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and California Suite.
Most recently, Smith has appeared in the very successful 'Harry Potter' franchise as the formidable Professor McGonagall.
Smith is a breast cancer survivor.
Born on December 12, 1949 in Caterham, Surrey, England, Bill Nighy is an award-winning British character actor. After trying his hand at a number of jobs, including journalism, Nighy wound up training at Guildford School of Dance and Drama in London, and has since then worked consistently in film, television, and on stage.
Nighy is perhaps best-known to international audiences for his memorable performance as washed-up pop singer Billy Mack in Love Actually, which won him a BAFTA for best supporting actor. He has also made appearances in major franchises: he played vampire leader Viktor in Underworld, Underworld: Evolution and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, did the performance capture and voice for Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and made a brief appearance as Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.
Nighy's recent film credits include roles in I Capture the Castle, Shaun of the Dead, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Constant Gardener, Notes on a Scandal, Hot Fuzz, Valkyrie and Pirate Radio. He has also provided voice work for many animated movies in the past few years including Flushed Away, Astro Boy, Rango and Arthur Christmas.
With supporting turns in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Wrath of the Titans and Total Recall, 2012 was a busy year for Nighy. There are no signs of slowing down either, as he will next been seen in I, Frankenstein, Jack the Giant Slayer and About Time.
Nighy has also had an active career on the small screen, beginning with Agony, and his first widely-recognized role was in 1991 mini-series The Men's Room. He has also made a habit of working on television with Harry Potter director David Yates: projects together include State of Play, The Young Visiters, The Girl in the Café and Page Eight. Nighy won a Golden Globe for his performance in Gideon's Daughter.
Nighy actually began his career on the stage, and has earned acclaim for his work in numerous plays including "The Vertical Hour," "Pravda" and "A Map of the World." He received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance in 2001 play "Blue/Orange."
Nighy has one daughter with long-time partner Diana Quick.
A twin fisted existentialist, whose post-Nietzschian sensibilities reject the lantern of the cynic in a quest for a sun that leaves no shadow. He attended Dr Challoners Grammar School where he achieved 8 'o' levels, he then elected to work on demolition sites rather than continue his education to University level. He studied performing arts in his twenties then became a professional wrestler and then secured the role of John in Snatch. Other film and TV work followed including appearances in Eastenders,the Bill and Emmerdale as well as parts in major motion pictures such as Batman begins and Elizabeth the Golden age and when work was quiet he decided to become a professional cage fighter securing wins over LA street fighting legend Kimo Leopoldo and ex UFC heavyweight champion Dan Severn. His fight and acting career however began to clash and when he was offered a role in Steven Berkoff's On The Waterfront he had to regrettably decline due to fight commitments. Instead Berkoff attended Legeno's fight at Wembley arena where he defeated Herb Dean. When Dave was cast as Fenrir Greyback in the Harry Potter series he put his fight career on hold.
Jason Isaacs was born in Liverpool, the third of four children of Sheila (Nathan) and Eric Isaacs. His parents were both from Jewish families (from Eastern Europe). He studied Law at Bristol University and graduated in 1985 with a degree in law but decided to study acting. Whilst at Bristol University he directed and/or appeared in over 20 productions. He then attended the Central School of Speech and Drama and graduated in 1989.
Jason's notable roles include Col. William Tavington in The Patriot, Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, Mr. Darling / Captain Hook in Peter Pan, and Maurice in Good. In 2014, he will appear with Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, and Jon Bernthal in the World War II-set film Fury.
Laura Marano started acting in the theatre when she was five years old. She has done numerous plays at the Agoura Children's Theatre, and continued her acting in many national commercials.
She is now starring in the new Disney Channel pilot, Austin & Ally, where she is playing the title character, "Ally Dawson".
Her first film, produced by George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh, was called The Jacket. She starred with Oscar-winning actor, Adrien Brody. She has worked on Judd Apatow's film, Superbad and starred in the short film, Goldfish.
Laura has done many voice-over jobs including the commercially successful animated films, Finding Nemo and Ice Age: The Meltdown. She has recurring roles on the Nickelodeon shows, The X's and Ni Hao, Kai-Lan.
Also, she has had recurring roles on the hit television shows Without a Trace, playing "Kate", the daughter of Emmy Award-winning actor, Anthony LaPaglia, Showtime's Dexter and on Comedy Central's critically acclaimed, The Sarah Silverman Program..
Laura did enjoy that her classmates at school could actually see her on the hit show, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?. She was a series regular during her 5th grade year in elementary school. She worked as a series regular on Back to You, with Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton, playing their daughter.
Laura enjoys school, soccer, piano, hip-hop, tap dancing and singing. She loves to write songs and has written over a hundred songs. She has an older sister, Vanessa Marano, and a dog named "Velvet". Her favorite thing to do is to read books and plays. She just finished William Shakespeare's, "King Lear", and loves the "Harry Potter" series. She loves to travel and has been to Europe three times. Laura lives with her parents and her sister in the Los Angeles area and attends a private school. She is a freshman in high school where she participates in drama and speech and debate.
English actor Warwick Davis is the son of an insurance broker and his wife. Davis was born with the condition spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenital (SED), which caused his dwarfism. He was educated at City of London Freemen's School. When he was 11 years old, his grandmother heard a radio appeal for people under four feet tall to appear in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. A huge Star Wars fan, Davis auditioned successfully and was cast as an extra, playing an Ewok. Kenny Baker was cast as lead Ewok Wicket, but fell ill so George Lucas chose Davis to replace him. The film was a smash hit, and Davis went on to reprise his role as Wicket in further TV projects - The Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.
Davis next big role came with a part specifically written for him, as the titular hero in Willow. Other successes followed with roles in such projects as Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader and two distinctly different film series - the 'Harry Potter' and 'Leprechaun' film series. In 2006, he appeared in a cameo role in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's hit sitcom Extras, which led to the pair writing a series specifically for Davis, the comic mockumentary Life's Too Short.
Davis, along with his father-in-law Peter Burroughs, is also the director of an acting agency for very short and tall actors called Willow Management. He is married to Samantha Davis and they have a son and a daughter.
John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England. He was born into a family of modest means, his father being an insurance salesman; but he was nonetheless sent off to private schools to obtain a good education. Here he was often tormented for his height, having reached a height of six feet by the age of twelve, and eventually discovered that being humorous could deflect aggressive behavior in others. He loved humor in and of itself, collected jokes, and, like many young Britons who would grow up to be comedians, was devoted to the radio comedy show, "The Goon Show," starring the legendary Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Harry Secombe.
Cleese did well in both sports and academics, but his real love was comedy. He attended Cambridge to read (study) Law, but devoted a great deal of time to the university's legendary Footlights group, writing and performing in comedy reviews, often in collaboration with future fellow Python Graham Chapman. Several of these comedy reviews met with great success, including one in particular which toured under the name "Cambridge Circus." When Cleese graduated, he went on to write for the BBC, then rejoined Cambridge Circus in 1964, which toured New Zealand and America. He remained in America after leaving Cambridge Circus, performing and doing a little journalism, and here met Terry Gilliam, another future Python.
Returning to England, he began appearing in a BBC radio series, "I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again", based on Cambridge Circus. It ran for several years and also starred future Goodies Tim Brooke-Taylor, Bill Oddie and Graeme Garden. He also appeared, briefly, with Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman and Marty Feldman in At Last the 1948 Show, for television, and a series of collaborations with some of the finest comedy-writing talent in England at the time, some of whom - Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Chapman - eventually joined him in Monty Python. These programs included The Frost Report and Marty Feldman's program Marty. Eventually, however, the writers were themselves collected to be the talent for their own program, Monty Python's Flying Circus, which displayed a strange and completely absorbing blend of low farce and high-concept absurdist humor, and remains influential to this day.
After three seasons of the intensity of Monty Python, Cleese left the show, though he collaborated with one or more of the other Pythons for decades to come, including the Python movies released in the mid-70s to early 80s - Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl, and The Meaning of Life. Cleese and then-wife Connie Booth collaborated in the legendary television series Fawlty Towers, as the sharp-tongued, rude, bumbling yet somehow lovable proprietor of an English seaside hotel. Cleese based this character on a proprietor he had met while staying with the other Pythons at a hotel in Torquay, England. Only a dozen episodes were made, but each is truly hilarious, and he is still closely associated with the program to this day.
Meanwhile Cleese had established a production company, Video Arts, for clever business training videos in which he generally starred, which were and continue to be enormously successful in the English-speaking world. He continues to act prolifically in movies, including in the hit comedy A Fish Called Wanda, in the Harry Potter series, and in the James Bond series as the new Q, starting with The World Is Not Enough, in which he began as R before graduating to Q. Cleese also supplies his voice to numerous animated and video projects, and frequently does commercials.
Besides the infamous Basil Fawlty character, Cleese's other well-known trademark is his rendition of an English upper-class toff. He has a daughter with Connie Booth and a daughter with his second wife, Barbara Trentham. As of January 19, 2008, he became embroiled in divorce proceedings with third wife (of nineteen years) Alyce Faye Eichelberger.
Education and learning are important elements of his life - he was Rector of the University of Saint Andrews from 1973 until 1976, and continues to be a professor-at-large of Cornell University in New York. Cleese lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Noah Hathaway was born on November 13, 1971, to Judy and Robert Hathaway. He is one-quarter Mohican on his father's side. Noah started his way to stardom in commercials (in which he began to appear at age three). In 1978, he landed the role of Boxey on the cult Sci-Fi show, Battlestar Galactica. Later that year, he played the role of Atreyu in The NeverEnding Story and the lead as Harry Potter Jr. in Troll. He taught advanced jazz and street dance in his late teens until an injury forced him to quit at 18. Afterwards, he studied Muay Thai boxing and then fought as an amateur. Noah then stayed out of the limelight until 1992 for the drama To Die, to Sleep.
Prior to moving back to LA in 1998, he lived in New York for two and a half years. In his spare time, he tries to get out to the track at Willow Springs, California, to race in Super Sport motorcycle racing. He has tended bar at several LA clubs and has several tattoos. He holds black belts in Tang Soo Do and Shotokan, and is currently learning American Kenpo from Dr Jerry Erickson, and he also helps him teach "a close-quarter combat-training course for flight attendants and pilots for the airlines."
Robbie Coltrane, one of Britain's most popular comedians who was head of debating society at school and won prizes for his art, is now a film star who played in two James Bond films and in the "Harry Potter" franchise.
He was born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, a suburb of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. His father, Ian McMillan, was a general surgeon who also worked for police pathology. His mother, Jean, was a teacher and a pianist. Young Robbie was fond of art, music, films and cars. He was a voracious reader of his dad's books on medicine and crime. At age 12 he made his acting debut on stage at Glenalmond College, delivering rants from "Henry V". At that time he was fascinated with Marlon Brando and Orson Welles.
He attended Glasgow Art School, majoring in drawing, painting and film, then studied art at Edinburgh's Moray House College of Education for a year. In 1973 he made a documentary titled "Young Mental Health", which was voted Film Of The Year by the Scottish Education Council. At that time Robbie took the name Coltrane, due to his love of jazz, and began a career of a stand-up comedian at night clubs, at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as an actor with Edinburgh's renowned Traverse Theatre.
In 1980 Coltrane made his debut on television as "Border Guard" in BBC's mini-series The Lost Tribe, then made his big screen debut as a limousine driver in Death Watch. In 1981 he appeared in his first leading role as Detective Fritz Langley in Subway Riders, by famed underground director Amos Poe.
He became a well-known face through appearances in The Comic Strip series, then in Alfresco and Comic Strip movies The Supergrass and The Pope Must Diet, among other films. At that time Coltrane had a drinking problem, downing as much as a bottle of whiskey a day. In 1986 he flew to a clinic in Mexico and was treated for obesity. In 1987 his partner for 15 years, Robin Paine, left him for good, leaving her portrait in Coltrane's barn.
In 1988 Coltrane met then 18-year-old Rhona Gemmell in a pub. They married and had a son, Spencer, and a daughter, Alice. His career took off during the early 1990s with the leading role as Dr. Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald, a forensic psychologist, in the popular TV series Cracker.
He made such a good performance as Valentin Zukovsky, a KGB man turned St. Petersburg mafia lord, in GoldenEye the producers called him back for the same character in The World Is Not Enough. Then Coltrane hit another lucrative franchise; he was personally selected by J.K. Rowling as her choice to play half-giant Rubeus Hagrid in the 'Harry Potter' films.
In early 1990s Coltrane wrote an autobiography, "Coltrane in a Cadillac", and also starred in the eponymous TV series, Coltrane in a Cadillac, in which he indulges his passion for vintage cars and tells with great humor about his 4000-mile journey across America from Los Angeles to New York. In 2003 he separated from his wife. His interests outside of his acting profession has been reading books, and rebuilding and collecting vintage cars. Robbie Coltrane resides in a converted farmhouse in Stirlingshire, Scotland, UK.
For decades, Brit actress and comedienne Julie Walters has served as a sturdy representation of the working class with her passionate, earthy portrayals on England's stage, screen and TV. A bona fide talent, her infectious spirit and self-deprecating sense of humor eventually captured the hearts of international audiences. The small and slender actress with the prominent cheekbones has yet to give an uninteresting performance.
She was born Julia Mary Walters on February 22, 1950, the youngest of three and only daughter of Mary Bridget (O'Brien), a postal clerk from Ireland, and Thomas Walters, a builder. Convent schooled in Birmingham, she expressed an early desire to act. Her iron-willed mother had other ideas, however, and geared her towards a nursing career. Dutifully applying at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, Julie eventually gave up nursing when the pull to be an actress proved too strong. Studying English and Drama at Manchester Polytechnic, she subsequently joined a theatre company in Liverpool and apprenticed as a stand-up comic. A one-time company member of the Vanload improv troupe, she made her London stage debut in the aptly-titled comedy "Funny Peculiar" in 1975, and went on to develop a successfully bawdy act on the cabaret circuit. While at Manchester, Julie befriended aspiring writer/comedienne Victoria Wood and the twosome appeared together in sketch comedy. A couple of their works, "Talent" and "Nearly a Happy Ending," transferred to TV and were accompanied by rave reviews. Eventually they were handed their own TV series, Wood and Walters.
In 1980, Julie scored a huge solo success under the theatre lights when she made her London debut in Willy Russell's "Educating Rita." For her superlative performance she won both the Variety Critic's and London Critic's Circle Awards as the young hairdresser who vows to up her station in life by enrolling in a university. She conquered film as well when Educating Rita transferred to the big screen opposite Michael Caine as her Henry Higgins-like college professor, collecting a Golden Globe Award and Oscar nomination.
Reuniting with Victoria Wood in 1984, the pair continue to appear together frequently on TV, most recently with the award-winning series Dinnerladies. On stage Julie has impressed in a variety of roles ranging from the contemporary ("Fool for Love," "Frankie and Johnny at the Clair de Lune") to the classics ("Macbeth," "The Rose Tattoo" and "All My Sons"), winning the Olivier Award for the last-mentioned play.
Following her success as Rita, she immediately rolled out a sterling succession of film femmes including her seedy waitress-turned-successful brothel-owner in Personal Services; the unsophisticated, small-town wife of Phil Collins in Buster; a boozy, man-chasing mum in Killing Dad or How to Love Your Mother; and Liza Minnelli's abrasive tap student in Stepping Out. Playing a wide variety of ages, she also mustered up a very convincing role as the mother of Joe Orton in the critically-acclaimed Prick Up Your Ears. She capped her career in films as the abrasively stern but encouraging dance teacher in Billy Elliot which earned her a second Oscar nod and a healthy helping of quirky character parts, including her charming, charity-driven widow who poses à la natural in Calendar Girls, and the maternal witch-wife Molly Weasley in the J.K. Rowling "Harry Potter" series. For her work on film and TV, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has honored Julie five times, including four awards in a row (2001-2004).
Married to Grant Roffey since 1997 after a 12-year relationship, the couple tend to a 70-acre organic farm they bought in Sussex. They have one child. Julie was honored with an OBE for her services to drama in 1999. A biography was published in 2003 entitled "Julie Walters: Seriously Funny."
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then immediately started to film everything he saw, showing it afterwards to everyone. In his teen years, films were his hobby. Sometimes he said to his mother he would go to a friend's home, when in fact he would go to the cinema. His ambition was to know every theatre in the city. Near his house there were two studios, Studios Churubusco and Studios 212. After finishing school, Cuarón decided to study cinema right away. He tried to study at C.C.C. (Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica) but wasn't accepted because at that time they weren't accepting students under twenty-four years old. His mother didn't support that idea of cinema, so he studied philosophy in the morning and in the afternoon he went to the C.U.E.C. (Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos). During that time he met many people who would later become his collaborators and friends. One of them was Luis Estrada. Cuaron also became good friends with Carlos Marcovich and Emmanuel Lubezki. Luis Estrada directed a short called "Vengance is Mine", on which Alfonso and Emmanuel collaborated. The film was in English, a fact which bothered many teachers of the C.U.E.C. such as Marcela Fernández Violante. The disagreement caused such arguments that in 1985, Alfonso was expelled from the university.
During his time studying at C.U.E.C. he met Mariana Elizondo, and with her he had his first son, Jonás Cuarón. After Alfonso was expelled, he thought he could never be a director and so went on to work in a Museum so he could sustain his family. One day, José Luis García Agraz and Fernando CáMara went to the museum and made an offer to Cuarón. They asked him to work as cable person in "La víspera", a job which was to prove to be his salvation. After that he was assistant director in Garcia Agraz's "Nocaut", as well as numerous other films.
He was also second unit director in "Gaby: A True Story", and co-wrote and directed some episodes in the series "A Hora Marcada". One New Year's Eve, he decided he would not continue to be an assistant director, and with his brother Carlos started writing what would be his first feature film: "Love in the Time of Hysteria" (Love in the time of Hysteria). After the screenplay was written, the problem became how to get financial backing for the movie. I.M.C.I.N.E. (Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografia), which supports movies financially, had already decided which projects it would support that year, much to Alfonso's initial chagrin. However, the director of one of those already-chosen projects was unable to direct it, so his project was canceled, and "Sólo con tu pareja" took its place. Despite this being chosen, there was a lot of tension between Alfonso and the I.M.C.I.N.E. executives. Nevertheless, after the movie was finished, it was a huge success. In Toronto festival the films won many awards, and Alfonso started to be noticed by Hollywood producers. Sydney Pollack was the first one to invite him to shoot in Hollywood. He proposed a feature film to be directed by Alfonso, but the project didn't work and was canceled. Alfonso moved to Los Angeles without anything concrete, and stayed with some friends, as he had no money. Soon after that, Pollack called him again to direct an episode called "Murder, Obliquely" of the series "Fallen Angels", that was the first job he had in U.S., and also the first time he worked with Alan Rickman.
After a while, and no real directing jobs, Alfonso wanted to direct something as he needed money. He finally signed a contract with Warner Brothers to direct the film Addicted to Love. However, one night, he read the screenplay for another film, A Little Princess and fell in love with it. He talked to Warner Brothers and after some meetings he gave up directing "Addicted to Love" in order to do "A Little Princess". Even thought it wasn't a great box office success, the film received two nominations for the Oscars, and won many other awards. After "A Little Princess" Alfonso developed a project with Richard Gere starring. The project was canceled, but Cuarón got an offer from Twentieth Century Fox to direct the modern adaptation of the Charles Dickens' classic Great Expectations. He initially didn't want to direct it but the studio insisted, and in the end he accepted it. The experience was very painful and difficult for him mainly because there was never a definitive screenplay.
He then reunited with producer Jorge Vergara and founded both Anhelo Productions and Moonson Productions. Anhelo's first picture was also Alfonso's next film, the erotic road movie "And Your Mother Too", which was a huge success. During the promotion of the film in Venice, Alfonso met the cinema critic Annalisa Bugliani. They started dating and married that same year. "Children of Men" was to be Alfonso's next film, a futuristic, dystopian story. During the preproduction of the film, Warner Brothers invited Alfonso to direct the third Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", an offer which he accepted after some consideration. The film would prove to be the greatest box office success of his career.
In 2003, he had a daughter named Tess Bu Cuarón, and in February 2005 another son, called Olmo Teodoro Cuarón. Alfonso Cuarón signed a three-year first-look deal with Warner Brothers, which allowed his films to be distributed world-wide. As a result of that deal, he developed two new projects, _History of Love, The (2007)_ and _Memory of Running, The (2007)_. He also developed another Mexican film "_México '68 (2007)_", about the violent students' revolt that happened in Mexico in 1968. He directed one five-minute segment of the anthology film Paris, je t'aime with Nick Nolte and Ludivine Sagnier. His next project, the futuristic film Children of Men with Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Michael Caine premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2006 having been nominated for three Academy Awards. After his youngest son was diagnosed with autism and the divorce from Annalisa Bugliani he took a break from directing and settled in London where he plans to work on his next projects.
In 2013, Alfonso directed the space thriller Gravity, which would go win 7 academy awards.
British character actor Richard Griffiths came from radio and the classical stage where he built up an early reputation as a Shakespearean clown, with larger-than-life portrayals of Henry VIII, Falstaff in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with the Royal Shakespeare Company just a few of his standout credits. The son of deaf parents, he learned sign language at an early age and, interestingly enough, developed a talent for dialects which allowed him to show off in a number of ethnic portrayals. In films from 1975 both here and abroad, his better roles have been in both contemporary and period pieces, such as Gorky Park, Withnail & I, King Ralph, Guarding Tess, Sleepy Hollow and recently the 'Harry Potter' series as Uncle Vernon Dursley. Typically cast as comic relief in serious fare, he is well known in England for a number of comedy series including Pie in the Sky.
Ian Whyte was born in Bangor, North Wales and brought up in Brighton. He received athletic scholarships to Iona College in New York and Clarion University in Pennsylvania as a basketball player and later distinguished himself with 80 caps for England over a nine year international basketball career. In 2004 his physical attributes, his mental toughness and flair for the theatrical made him the perfect man to play the part of the iconic Predator in Paul W. Anderson's Sci Fi action film Alien Vs. Predator, to critical acclaim. Ian went on to develop his reputation as a talented physical actor by performing stunts for Francis De La Tour as the 8' 6" tall Madame Maxime, Head Mistress of the Beauxbatons Academy in Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire. In 2007 Ian reprised the role of the Predator in AVP: Requiem, again to critical acclaim and in 2010 the character of Madame Maxime in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.
Ian continues to play fearsome horror, fantasy and science fiction characters created by the most talented industry designers and is highly regarded as one of the finest, most talented and dedicated costume actors in the business. He has also recently come to prominence playing dramatic parts, most notable in the as yet unreleased Harrigan directed by Vince Woods. A stylish, gritty police drama set against the dark backdrop of 1970's Britain and as the fearsome and sinister Gregor Clegane, "The Mountain that Rides" in the second season of HBO's award winning fantasy drama: Game of Thrones.
Born 1989, the daughter of a magazine editor and a surgeon Kirby was turned down by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and took a gap year travelling before studying English at Exeter University. She then turned down her place at LAMDA in London after she was signed up to an agency and met the theatre director David Thacker who gave her three starring roles over 2009 at the Octagon Theatre Bolton in All My Sons by Arthur Miller, Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen and A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. For All My Sons she won the BIZA Rising Star Award at the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards, worth £5000. She then went on to star at the National Theatre as Isabella in Women Beware Women by Thomas Middleton directed by Marianne Elliott alongside Harriet Walter and Harry Potter's Harry Melling. She then starred as Rosalind in As You Like It by William Shakespeare at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, where Alfred Hickling from The Guardian named her a "significant new talent". In 2011 she was in premiere of The Acid Test by Anya Reiss at the Royal Court Theatre directed by Simon Godwin earning praise for her performance with Paul Taylor of The Independent calling her "a star if ever I saw one". She has been nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for two consecutive years for five out of the six plays, 2010 and in 2011, where she won Third Prize, Ben Whishaw and Benedict Cumberbatch being previous winners. Her TV debut in the BBC's The Hour co-starring with Ben Whishaw, Dominic West and Romola Garai aired in 2011. She played Estella in the BBC's adaption of Great Expectations alongside Ray Winstone, Gillian Anderson and Douglas Booth. In 2011, she was named as one of Screen International 'Stars of Tomorrow'. Previous names include Gemma Arterton, James MacAvoy and Carey Mulligan. In November, she was nominated for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards as Outstanding Newcomer for her performance in The Acid Test. Named as one of Nylon's Young Hollywood list 2012. She is set to star as the lead role of Alice in Ridley Scott's forthcoming mini-series adaptation of Kate Mosse's novel Labyrinth. Filmed Wasteland alongside Luke Treadaway and Timothy Spall in early 2012, and The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman with Shia Leboeuf and Mads Mikkelson. She is filming Richard Curtis' next film About Time] with Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy, and played Masha in the acclaimed Three Sisters at the Young Vic in September
Sean Biggerstaff was born to a firefighter and a community education worker. He joined a local drama group and he acted as "Augustus Gloop" in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". After that, for six years, he joined the Scottish Youth Theatre. It was there he got his big break when Alan Rickman asked him be Tom in The Winter Guest. That appearance led to the role of Oliver Wood in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.He continued the role of Oliver in the following Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland or Leonard Bernstein, illustrating why he is "America's composer" time and again. With a massive list of awards that includes over 41 Oscar nominations (five wins), twenty-odd Gold and Platinum Records, and a slew of Emmy (two wins), Golden Globe (three wins), Grammy (18 wins), National Board of Review (including a Career Achievement Award), Saturn (six wins), and BAFTA (seven wins) citations, along with honorary doctorate degrees numbering in the teens, Williams is undoubtedly one of the most respected composers for Cinema. He's led countless national and international orchestras, most notably as the nineteenth conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980-1993, helming three Pops tours of the US and Japan during his tenure. He currently serves as the Pop's Conductor Laureate. Also to his credit is a parallel career as an author of serious, and some not-so-serious, concert works - performed by the likes of Mstislav Rostropovich, André Previn, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Leonard Slatkin, James Ingram, Dale Clevenger, and Joshua Bell. Of particular interests are his Essay for Strings, a jazzy Prelude & Fugue, the multimedia presentation American Journey (aka The Unfinished Journey (1999)), a Sinfonietta for Winds, a song cycle featuring poems by Rita Dove, concerti for flute, violin, clarinet, trumpet, tuba, cello, bassoon and horn, fanfares for the 1984, 1988 and 1996 Summer Olympics, the 2002 Winter Olympics, and a song co-written with Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman for the Special Olympics! But such a list probably warrants a more detailed background...
Born in Long Island, New York on February 8, 1932, John Towner Williams discovered music almost immediately, due in no small measure to being the son of a percussionist for CBS Radio and the Raymond Scott Quintet. After moving to Los Angeles in 1948, the young pianist and leader of his own jazz band started experimenting with arranging tunes; at age 15, he determined he was going to become a concert pianist; at 19, he premiered his first original composition, a piano sonata.
He attended both UCLA and the Los Angeles City College, studying orchestration under MGM musical associate Robert Van Eps and being privately tutored by composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, until conducting for the first time during three years with the U.S. Air Force. His return to the states brought him to Julliard, where renowned piano pedagogue Madame Rosina Lhevinne helped Williams hone his performance skills. He played in jazz clubs to pay his way; still, she encouraged him to focus on composing. So it was back to L.A., with the future maestro ready to break into the Hollywood scene.
Williams found work with the Hollywood studios as a piano player, eventually accompanying such fare such as the TV series Peter Gunn, South Pacific, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, and To Kill a Mockingbird, as well as forming a surprising friendship with Bernard Herrmann. At age 24, "Johnny Williams" became a staff arranger at Columbia and then at 20th Century-Fox, orchestrating for Alfred Newman and Lionel Newman, Dimitri Tiomkin, Franz Waxman, and other Golden Age notables. In the field of popular music, he performed and arranged for the likes of Vic Damone, Doris Day, and Mahalia Jackson... all while courting actress/singer Barbara Ruick, who became his wife until her death in 1974. John & Barbara had three children; their daughter is now a doctor, and their two sons, Joseph Williams and Mark Towner Williams, are rock musicians.
The orchestrating gigs led to serious composing jobs for television, notably Alcoa Premiere, Checkmate, Gilligan's Island, Lost in Space, Land of the Giants, and his Emmy-winning scores for Heidi and Jane Eyre. Daddy-O and Because They're Young brought his original music to the big theatres, but he was soon typecast doing comedies. His efforts in the genre helped guarantee his work on William Wyler's How to Steal a Million, however, a major picture that immediately led to larger projects. Of course, his arrangements continued to garner attention, and he won his first Oscar for adapting Fiddler on the Roof.
During the '70s, he was King of Disaster Scores with The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake and The Towering Inferno. His psychological score for Images remains one of the most innovative works in soundtrack history. But his Americana - particularly The Reivers - is what caught the ear of director Steven Spielberg, then preparing for his first feature, The Sugarland Express. When Spielberg reunited with Williams on Jaws, they established themselves as a blockbuster team, the composer gained his first Academy Award for Original Score, and Spielberg promptly recommended Williams to a friend, George Lucas. In 1977, John Williams re-popularized the epic cinema sound of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Franz Waxman and other composers from the Hollywood Golden Age: Star Wars became the best selling score-only soundtrack of all time, and spawned countless musical imitators. For the next five years, though the music in Hollywood changed, John Williams wrote big, brassy scores for big, brassy films - The Fury, Superman, 1941, Raiders of the Lost Ark ... An experiment during this period, Heartbeeps, flopped. There was a long-term change of pace, nonetheless, as Williams fell in love with an interior designer and married once more.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial brought about his third Oscar, and The River, Empire of the Sun, The Accidental Tourist and Born on the Fourth of July added variety to the 1980s, as he returned to television with work on Amazing Stories and themes for NBC, including NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. The '80s also brought the only exceptions to the composer's collaboration with Steven Spielberg - others scored both Spielberg's segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie and The Color Purple.
Intending to retire, the composer's output became sporadic during the 1990s, particularly after the exciting Jurassic Park and the masterful, Oscar-winning Schindler's List. This lighter workload, coupled with a number of hilarious references on The Simpsons actually seemed to renew interest in his music. Two Home Alone films (1990, 1992), JFK, Nixon, Sleepers, Seven Years in Tibet, Saving Private Ryan, Angela's Ashes, and a return to familiar territory with Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace recalled his creative diversity of the '70s.
In this millennium, the artist shows no interest in slowing down. His relationships with Spielberg and Lucas continue in A.I. Artificial Intelligence, the remaining Star Wars prequels (2002, 2005), Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, and a promised fourth Indiana Jones film. There is a more focused effort on concert works, as well, including a theme for the new Walt Disney Concert Hall and a rumored light opera. But one certain highlight is his musical magic for the world of Harry Potter (2001, 2002, 2004, etc.), which he also arranged into a concert suite geared toward teaching children about the symphony orchestra. His music remains on the whistling lips of people around the globe, in the concert halls, on the promenades, in album collections, sports arenas, and parades, and, this writer hopes, touching some place in ourselves. So keep those ears ready wherever you go, 'cause you will likely hear a bit of John Williams on your way.
Oliver Phelps was born about 13 minutes before his twin brother, James Phelps. He has always loved acting and appeared in many high school drama productions. In 2000 he and his brother were picked to play Fred and George Weasly in Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone.
Morgan was born on January 18, 1993 in Burbank, California. When she was 18 months old, she accidentally fell into a ThermoScan Ear Thermometer commercial. She stopped acting for a while after that but then nailed the part of Kim Baker in the box-office hit, Cheaper by the Dozen.
In 2004 Morgan booked the role of LuLu Plummer in "The Pacifier" along with Vin Diesel and Brittany Snow.
In July of 2005 she once again portrayed Kim Baker in "Cheaper By The Dozen 2."
She has a recurring role as Sarah on the hit Disney Series, Hannah Montana.
Morgan has two siblings, a sister named Wendy and a brother named Thomas. She is very close with both of them.
She is a huge fan of the Harry Potter books and movies and her favorite character is Hermione Granger. She also loves to write Harry Potter fanfics and draw.
Joanne Rowling was born in Yate, near Bristol, a few miles south of a town called Dursley ("Harry Potter"'s Muggle-family). Her father Peter Rowling was an engineer for Rolls Royce in Bristol at this time. Her mother, Anne, was half-French and half-Scottish. They met on a train as it left King's Cross Station in London. Her sister Diana is about 2 years younger than Joanne. In 1971, Peter Rowling moved his family to the nearby village of Winterbourne (still in the Bristol vicinity). During the family's residence in Winterbourne, Jo and Di Rowling were friends with neighborhood children, Ian and Vikki Potter. In 1974, the Rowling family moved yet again, this time to Tutshill, near the Welsh border-town of Chepstow in the Forest of Dean and across the Severn River from the greater Bristol area. Rowling admits to having been a bit of a daydreamer as a child and began writing stories at the age of six. After leaving Exeter University, where she read French and Classics, she started work as a teacher but daydreamed about becoming a writer. One day, stuck on a delayed train for four hours between Manchester and London, she dreamed up a boy called "Harry Potter". That was in 1990. It took her six years to write the book. In the meantime, she went to teach in Portugal, married a Portuguese television journalist, had her daughter, Jessica, divorced her husband and returned to Britain when Jessica was just three months old. She went to live in Edinburgh to be near her sister, Di. Her sudden penury made her realize that it was "back-against-the-wall time" and she decided to finish her "Harry Potter" book. She sent the manuscript to two agents and one publisher, looking up likely prospects in the library. One of these agents that she picked at random based on the fact that she liked his name, Christopher Little, was immediately captivated by the manuscript and signed her on as his client within three days. During the 1995-1996 time-frame, while hoping to get the manuscript for "Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone" published, Rowling worked as a French teacher in Edinburgh. Several publishers turned down the manuscript before Bloomsbury agreed to purchase it in 1996.
Alfie Enoch was born on December 2, 1988 as Alfred Enoch. He is an actor, known for his role as Dean Thomas in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). More recently, he has played Philotus in Timon of Athens (2012), and Titus Lartius in Coriolanus (2013 - 2014), by William Shakespeare, both at the Donmar Warehouse theater.
Geraldine Somerville was born in Dublin. She lived in Co. Meath until she was six, when her parents moved to the Isle of Man. Geraldine went to dance classes from the age of 6 and, at the age of 8, she attended the Arts Educational School in Tring, Hertfordshire. There, she was taught ballet, music and drama. At sixteen, she left to continue her studies in London, where she gained a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Geraldine has, most recently, been seen in the film My Week with Marilyn, directed by Simon Curtis, alongside Golden Globe-winner Michelle Williams, and has a leading role as "Louisa Manton" in the upcoming Julian Fellowes ITV Production of Titanic, to be broadcast in March/April 2012.
Geraldine's acting career began in 1989, immediately after graduating from the Guildhall. She was cast as "Laura" opposite Linus Roache in "The Glass Menagerie", at The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, for which she was nominated for a Best Actress award by the Manchester Evening News.
Geraldine's numerous theatre credits include: "Three Birds Alighting on a Field", directed by Max Stafford-Clark, "A Jamaican Airman Foresees His Own Death", directed by Hettie Macdonald and "The Treatment", directed by Lindsay Posner, all at The Royal Court, "Juliet" in "Romeo and Juliet", directed by Andy Hay at Bristol Old Vic, "I Am Yours", directed by Nancy Meckler for Shared Experience, "A Doll's House", "Birmingham Rep", 'Blue Remembered Hills", with Steve Coogan and Nigel Lindsay, directed by Patrick Marber, and "Power" with Robert Lindsay and Rupert Penry-Jones, directed by Lindsey Posner for The National Theatre. More recently, Geraldine appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in "Serenading Louis", 2010, opposite Jason O'Mara, directed by Simon Curtis.
Geraldine has starred in a wide variety of television dramas, her breakout role being, "'Panhandle' Penhaligon", alongside Robbie Coltrane, in the ground-breaking, award-winning drama series, Cracker (1993-1995), by Jimmy McGovern, a much-imitated series still shown around the world. Geraldine was nominated for the Best Actress Bafta for her role as "Detective Penhaligon".
Geraldine also played "Lily Potter", mother of "Harry Potter" in all the Harry Potter Films.
Joshua was born in Hampton, England to Martin and Jessica Herdman. He is the youngest of four boys. He started acting when he was about seven. His father is an actor and got him an agent. He got his big break when he auditioned for "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and got the part of Gregory Goyle. In his spare time, he enjoys going back home to Hampton, spending time with friends and family, reading and writing.
Devon Murray was born in County Kildare, Ireland in October 1988. His parents Michael and Fidelma Murray sent him to the Billie Barry when he was six, and within two weeks he landed a Tesco television ad. Within six months he was in his first movie, acting alongside Aidan Quinn in This Is My Father. He then joined the National Performing Arts School and made his breakthrough in Angela's Ashes. He also acted with Jane Seymour in Yesterday's Children.
He now plays Seamus Finnigan (one of Harry's Gryffindor House friends) in the much-hyped Harry Potter series. Devon is an only child and now lives in Celbridge, County Kildare (Ireland). He has horses, and enjoys riding them, as well as rollerblading, skateboarding and playing on his computer.
Frank Dillane was born in London (England) on April 21st 1991. He spent part of his childhood in Brixton before moving to a little village called Forest Row (East Sussex) with his family. He made his film debut as Tom Riddle Jr in Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince in 2009 before studying during three years at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Having graduated in 2013, he is now living in London. He will feature as young sailor Owen Coffin in "Heart Of The Sea" (directed by Ron Howard) to be released in 2014.
Jessie Cave studied Illustration and Animation at Kingston University, London, and worked backstage in various theatres before deciding to pursue acting.
She got a place at RADA to study Stage Management, but after watching some actors in rehearsal rooms she changed her mind and applied to drama school. She was ready to go to The Oxford School of Drama when she got the part in Harry Potter.
Bertie Gilbert (born 1 May 1997) is a 17-year-old filmmaker.
Gilbert is an active online filmmaker. In November 2013, he completed his first short film, 'Stray Dog,' which he wrote, directed and starred in. In the following March, he released his second short film, entitled 'The 56 Year Old Boy'. He has a large following on Vimeo, has over 370,000 YouTube subscribers and over 196,000 Twitter followers, as of May 2014.
Previously known for having starred as Scorpius Malfoy, on the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Gilbert now focuses on filmmaking and does not act nearly as much as he previously had done.
Gilbert has also starred in three series of the BBC's critically acclaimed series, Horrible Histories and has also starred in a BBC adaptation of Macbeth, starring Patrick Stewart, in which he played Fleance.
He presently resides with his mother and sister in London.
Son of Colin and Sally Knox. Brother of Jamie Knox.
Stabbed to death in bar brawl in London on 24 May 2008, while protecting his 16-year-old brother, four days after his last scene on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was shot. His attacker was convicted of his murder on 4 March 2009.
Hero is an English actor best known for his role as the 11-year-old Tom Marvolo Riddle in the 6th installment of the Harry Potter Films, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
Hero first appeared in the drama, Bigga Than Ben as Spartak in 2008.
He attended Emanuel School in Battersea, London.
He lives in South London with his mother and siblings.
Arthur got the role after casting agents came to his school looking for kids who looked the part of the characters they were casting.
When he auditioned he did not tell his parents until his mom received a letter coming from the casting crew of Harry Potter. Asking Arthur to come to London for more auditions. After a few more auditions and a photo shoot with Daniel Radcliffe, he was cast as Harry Potter's second child, Albus Severus Potter.
Since his appearance on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 Arthur has gotten a lot of praise from fans and now has over thirty thousand followers on twitter
Christopher William Rankin lived with his parents in his native New Zealand until age 6 when they moved back to England.
He found his love for acting at the age of 11, at Northgate High School in Norfolk, as a member of the Youth Theatre Company of Dereham Operatic Society. While in school, Chris appeared in numerous productions. He was ensemble in "Bugsy Malone" and "Little Shop of Horrors" (also on a European tour). Chris has also appeared as Bosun in "Return to the Forbidden Planet", Roger in "Grease", Ralph in "The Lord of the Flies", Joseph in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and in 2003 made a last-minute appearance, stepping in as Thenardier in "Les Miserables", when a cast member had taken ill. With the Youth Theatre, Chris has played Edmund in "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe"; chorus roles in "My Fair Lady", "Whistle Down the Wind" and "The King and I" and Harry / Young Ebenezer in "Scrooge".
In August 2000, he auditioned for and landed the role of Percy Weasley in the "Harry Potter: movie series, which was the beginning of his professional on-camera acting career. Chris made his professional stage debut in "Jack and the Beanstalk" at Norwich Theatre Royal. He has since been splitting his time between films, television and stage.
In January 2004, Chris formed Painted Horse Theatre Company with Director Jim Rymer. He played Eilert Loevborg in their premiere production of 'Hedda Gabler' by Ibsen and worked on their production of 'Salome', which toured East Anglia in 2005. He made his first television drama as Waring in "The Rotter's Club", a 3-part drama produced by Company Pictures for the BBC.
Benjamin Stone, born in Kingston, Surrey, is an actor, best known for playing Blank in the ABC Family TV series "10 Things I Hate About You". At an early age, Stone has worked on his craft - training in several acting schools and performing in local theaters playing lead roles in "Pendragon", "The Dreaming" and "150th Celebration". Stone is also a very busy Voice Actor, doing voice overs for the video games "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", "Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup", "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets", and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone". In 2009, Stone appeared in an "Audi" commercial, which aired during the 2010 Winter Olympics. He also appeared on the BBC series Randall & Hopkirk. Stone attended Epsom college, a well known British boarding school where he was involved in the performing arts; acting in plays, singing in concerts, and writing his own comedy sketches for the school's variety shows. Once Stone left Epsom College, he enrolled in the One Year Foundation Course in Acting at 'Arts Educational' in London. He then found himself privileged enough to gain a place on the 3-year BA (Honors) course in Musical Theater at the prestigious 'GSA Conservatoire'. His participation in this program eventually led him to make the decision to move to Los Angeles.
Larry Romano is an experienced actor with over 25 years' experience in television, movies, and theatre. His acting credits include "The King of Queens," "Donnie Brasco," "The Thin Red Line", "NYPD Blue", "CSI, NY", "LA Law" and "Lock Up". He has appeared on screen with many acclaimed actors, including: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Mickey Rourke, Madonna and Sylvester Stallone. Larry's long acting career allowed him the opportunity to work with well-known director Mike Newell ("Donnie Brasco" and of "Harry Potter" fame) as well as many other award-winning directors, including: Terrence Malick ("The Thin Red Line") and David Fincher (the Grammy-nominated Madonna video "Oh Father".
Larry pursued his passion for the performing arts by studying at Weist-Barron, HB Studios, and the famous Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, all located in NYC. These highly-respected schools were responsible for launching the careers of many successful actors, including Larry, who now works in film, television and theatre.
While pursuing his studies at Strasberg, Larry wrote his first play entitled "We ain't kids no more" which was presented under the artistic direction of Ana Strasberg. The play was a success and ultimately produced at the William Redfield Theatre in NYC and in Los Angeles at The Burbage Theatre.
Drawing upon his strong background and knowledge in all aspects of film and production, Larry has written "Saturday in the Park" based on his original play. Larry is set to direct this play using the skills and expertise developed during his long and successful career in the performing arts.
Shefali Chowdhury (born on 20 June 1988) is a Welsh actress, known for her role of Parvati Patil in the Harry Potter film series. The youngest of five, Shefali was born in Birmingham, England, to Bangladeshi parents who migrated to the United Kingdom in 1980.She attended the Waverly School before her foray into acting.
Since his appearance in Harry Potter And the Deathly Hallows (2010) as a handraising, trainstopping, carriageboarding, kidscaring Death Eater! Jon has been perusing much darker film roles.
Born In Yorkshire and originally an Aerospace engineer Jon has developed a compelling, unique and very striking look, and a style that has brought a string of excitingly unusual and very challenging roles. From the violently iconic Diggs in the soon to be released 'Hard Shoulder' to the Drunken desperation of Father Lawrence in 'The Zombie King' working with Corey Feldman and Edward Furlong. Jon has also been very fortunate to be involved with several ground breaking projects like 'The Underwater Realm', 'Bloody Cuts' and 'Sleeping Dogs'.
During early 2012 Jon worked with Former 2 times WBO world champion Steve Collins, playing the lead in the highly anticipated 'Tax City' a no holds barred tale of life in London's notorious cardboard City. may 2012 saw splitting his time between London and Pisa where he filming on 'Zombie Massacre' playing Doug Mulligan an up-in-your-face trailer trash/hippy yank trying to save the his dog, his girl, and the world.
Jon's easy going nature, striking appearance, on-screen intensity and eagerness to embrace the unusual and the demanding make him a top choice for directors, writers and producers and he looks forwards to the challenges to come. If you can work with him... do!
Jon is also a highly skilled photographer, shooting both as a hobby and professionally. And to relax, he likes to write a little dark/comedic poetry.
British RADA trained actor and comedian. Jim Tavare's stand-up comedy with a double bass has achieved world-wide accolade and earned him the distinction of being HRH Prince Charles favorite comedian.
Jim co-wrote and starred in ITV's 'The Sketch Show', which won a BAFTA and syndicated worldwide.
He wrote and starred in six highly acclaimed short silent films for BBC2 called 'Jim Tavaré Pictures Presents'.
This was followed by his own comedy sketch series 'The Jim Tavaré Show' co-written with Ricky Gervais, who also starred.
Jim Tavaré's major film debut came in 2004 when he played Tom the Innkeeper in 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'.
In 2008, he was the first overseas act to reach the final on NBC's Last Comic Standing.
He has since made several US film and television appearances, including roles on Showtime's 'Californication' and NBC's 'Chuck'.
Patrick Doyle is a classically trained composer.
His first film score, the acclaimed adaptation of "Henry V" with Kenneth Branagh for Renaissance films was scored in 1989. He has subsequently worked with Kenneth Branagh, a long time collaborator on numerous pictures including "Dead Again", "Much Ado About Nothing", "Frankenstein" and "Hamlet".
Patrick has composed over 45 internationally renowned feature film scores including "Indochine", "Sense and Sensibility", "Carlito's Way", "Gosford Park", "A Little Princess", "Bridget Jones's Diary", "Nanny McPhee" and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire".
He has collaborated with a host of internationally acclaimed film directors including Robert Altman, Ang Lee, Brian de Palma, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell, Regis Wagnier and Kenneth Branagh.
His concert works include "The Thistle and The Rose", a commission by HRH The Prince of Wales for full choir in honour of the Queen Mother's 90th birthday, "Tam O' Shanter" for the National Schools Orchestra Trust and the violin concerto "Corarsik".
He has recently completed the score for the Marvel Entertainment feature film "Thor," directed by Kenneth Branagh, "La Ligne Droite" for Regis Wagnier and the Twentieth Century Fox film "Caesar Rise of the Apes". He is currently scoring the upcoming Pixar film "Brave" directed by Mark Andrews and after which will score the Sovereign Films film "Effie" directed by Richard Laxton.
Gregg was born on 25th January 1990 in the small seaside town of Great Yarmouth on the East coast of England. The youngest of 4 children to his father Larry Lowe from Oakville Ontario and his mother Janice Lowe from his Native Norfolk.
Showing an early interest in the arts at 5 years old Gregg began singing and acting with the local drama society. It wasn't long before he was swept up in to the West End, in 1994 at the age of 8 he began his professional career starring in Peter Pan at the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End and Uk tour.
Throughout his youth he continued to perform in theaters both locally and nation wide with the NYMT and other companies, The Edinburgh festival,Royal festival hall and the Royal Opera house to name a few.
At the age of 16 Gregg moved permanently to London where he studied Drama and Musical theatre at the Arts Educational Schools of London. On graduating he immediately joined the International tour of Mamma Mia in 2003 playing the role of Pepper, Traveling to 14 countries world wide including china, the middle East and Europe. He then played a season at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Style and Drews PeterPan. Greggs career took an intentional turn away from musical theatre in 2008, eager to pursue a stronger Acting path he starred in the title role of the play "New Boy" at the Tabard theatre. The play was quickly picked up and transferred to the WestEnd in early 2009 where the cast would include Nicholas Hoult and Melanie Geidroyc at the Trafalgar Studios. Staying at the Trafalgar Studios in 2009 Gregg starred in "Wolf Boy" an adaption of the Brendan Fraser play, and his first TV appearances in "Doctors" (BBC) "Genie in the House" (Nickelodian) and the acclaimed short film "Lorraine" for NFTS After seeing his performance in WolfBoy director Trevor Nunn offered Gregg a role in the original cast of 'BirdSong' at the comedy theatre, London,in which he would portray the young Soldier "Tommy Tipper".
2011 was spent traveling back to the East where Gregg pursued his love of exploring,cultural studies and Eastern philosophy. Studying Buddhist thought at Tibetan and Thevadan monasteries in Nepal and Thailand.
In 2012 work took Gregg to Canada where he relocated for a short time. Whilst there he appeared in "The Spies of Warsaw" starring David Tennant (BBC), "Warehouse 13" (SiFi), "Beauty and the Beast" (CW), Bomb Girls (Global),Murdoch Mysteries and in 2013 Gregg was chosen to portray the role of the mutant Ink in Bryan Singers greatly anticipated Xmen Days of future past. Gregg is also a proficient Voice Over artist and has worked extensively for Oxford and Cambridge Universities as well as on projects such as "The Hussle", "Private Peaceful" and Harry Potter, and has devoted much of his time recording books for the Royal National Institute for the Blind. He divides his time between Toronto, London and Los Angeles.
Lauren Myers was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she gained a profound appreciation for watermelon mountains, blue skies, and chile (green and red). She also began performing at an early age, landing her first film role in Terence Hill's spaghetti western The Night Before Christmas when she was only eight years old, followed by her television debut on The Lazarus Man just a few months later. Around this same time, Myers discovered her love of the stage, and continued to pursue both mediums throughout her childhood.
After receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Chapman University in Orange, California, Myers moved back to New Mexico. Within a short period of time she booked co-starring roles on USA's In Plain Sight and NBC's The Night Shift, as well as supporting roles in the feature films Illegal and Warrior Woman and the hit web series Enter the Dojo. She has also worked with several local award-winning film companies, including Trifecta+ Entertainment, Heatstroke Productions, Lindele Media, ReDefine Entertainment, and Ultimatum Pictures. She is a member of New Mexico Women in Film, and she won "Best Female Actor" in the 2012 Albuquerque 48 Hour Film Project for the short "Retina." Myers is the co-creator, producer, and lead actor of the feature-length film Dead Billy.
In 2010, Myers also teamed up with Artistic Director Amelia Ampuero and Associate Artistic Director Frank Green when they founded Duke City Repertory Theatre. She is now a Resident Member and the Director of Media & Marketing with the award-winning DCRT ("Best Theatre Troupe" 2011, 2012; Albuquerque The Magazine). She has also worked with several other professional theatre houses in Albuquerque, including FUSION Theatre Company, where she played Jean Fordham in Tracy Letts' August: Osage County, and Mother Road Theatre Company (Hellcab, Love Song).
Myers is an avid runner and hot yogi, a lover of ferrets, cookies, and Art History, and an unabashed Harry Potter nerd.
Benj Thall began his career as a young actor, starring as Peter Burnford in Disney's Homeward Bound:The Incredible Journey 1 & 2. He guest starred in TV shows and films including Cheers, The Prime Gig, and Harry and the Hendersons before studying filmmaking at the USC School of Cinema & Television.
Upon graduation he worked as a set lighting technician and gaffer on independent films and television shows. Transitioning to his initial career as an editor, Benj found a home in the world of movie marketing. Winning numerous award for his creative direction and editing of movie trailers. He excels at creating emotional stories and impactful moments in a small time frame. With work on over one hundred campaigns including Tron, Mission Impossible 4, Harry Potter, Watchmen, and Whale Rider Benj has worked with virtually every Studio. In 2009 he established his own advertising agency and production company Evolver Creative, with a client roster that includes NBCUniversal, Warner Brothers, National Geographic and Disney. Evolver Creative recently completed a documentary for Universal Studios and Steven Spielberg on the 1975 classic film Jaws.
Benj also balances his time as writer and director. He has been hired to created commercials, music videos and films. His award winning short film Penny played at over 25 films festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival during its run. Recently he created and directed the 20 episode television series Amazing Animals for National Geographic Kids which has been featured on their channel as well as Roku, Rovio's Angry Birds ToonsTV and FoxMundo. In 2014 Benj was commissioned to write and develop the feature film based on the popular book series Mysteries in our National Parks for National Geographic.
For over 10 years Benj has donated his time to the "Young Storytellers Foundation" which mentors at risk youth in the Los Angeles public school system.