Alec Newman was born in Glasgow on the 27th of November 1974. Raised both in Scotland and England he joined the National Youth theater at 17 after injury ruled out a career in soccer. There he played various roles most notably Iago in Shakespeare's Othello. Upon finishing his training both at the NYT and then at LAMDA, Newman went straight to work both on television and in the theater, appearing in the obligatory Scots cop show "Taggart" and playing leading roles at Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum. Playing guest leads in several of Britain's leading network shows led Newman to his debut feature G:MT Greenwich Mean Time, where he won critical acclaim for his performance. He landed the role of Paul Atreides in the SciFI channel mini series "Frank Herberts Dune"(2000) which exposed him to the US audience for the first time. Appearances on US shows such as "Angel"(2004), "Tru Calling"(2004) and "Star Trek:Enterprise"(2004) would follow.
However, he consistently returned to the British theatre, working with Cate Blanchett in the West end production of "Plenty", and leading a revival of Max Frisch's "Andorra" at London's Young Vic. A return to film came with the Working Title horror film "Long Time Dead" (2002).Further screen appearances included a reprisal of the role of Paul Atreides in Children of Dune and the title role in Frankenstein alongside Luke Goss, Donald Sutherland, and Julie Delpy. The hard hitting independent, The Principles of Lust, hit screens in early 2004, further assurance of Newman's presence in British film after an appearance in Stephen Fry's debut Bright Young Things.Both films were selected to play in competition at the 2004 Sundance Film festival.
2004 was also the year Newman played the lead in a John Wells pilot for a remake of the cult 60's show "Dark Shadows".His first foray into series television,Wells himself had fought with the network for his choice and won.Alec beat off the competition for that years most coveted role in television.The pilot was not selected for the 2004 season however despite being heavily tipped.
Whatever the decision making process of the Network was,the actor reacted assertively and quickly, firing into more film work including Constellation(2005) directed by award winning Jordan Walker Pearlmain,and "Moonlight Serenade"(2006),opposite Academy Award nominee Amy Adams.His role in "The Fifth Patient"(2007)marked somewhat of a departure for Alec-he plays a British doctor,(having consistently realized American roles in most of his prior US work.)The film also stars Nick Chinlund and Peter Bogdanovich.
Alec next appeared in Lions Gate distributed "The Gene Generation" (2007) opposite Bai Ling and Faye Dunaway.
Returning to the UK he filmed "The Reichenbach Falls"(2007) for BBC 4- a John Mckay directed film based on an Ian Rankin short story "The Acid Test". It aired to unanimous critical acclaim.Continued work with the BBC featured a regular role on the series "Hope Springs"(2009) for Shed Productions, "Silent Witness"(2010) and medical long runner "Casualty".(2010)
In 2010 Alec shot the Julian Gilbey thriller "A Lonely Place To Die"(2011) in his native Scotland. He featured (opposite Sean Harris and Melissa George), as Rob, the leader of a climbing expedition in the wilds of the Highlands.The film opened to favorable reviews both sides of the Atlantic.
A return to stage work then beckoned, first in the National Theatre production of "Dantons Death" in which Alec appeared as the sadistic "Saint Just". The production was directed by Michael Grandage and Alec appeared next in his Donmar Warehouse production Of "King Lear"(2011) with Sir Derek Jacobi in the title role. Newman's performance as Edmund was noted in the UK and at BAM, where the production ended it's extensive tour.It also played worldwide in an NT Live broadcast to over 30 countries.
In 2011 Newman returned to the BBC appearing as Michael Byrne in "Waterloo Road"(2011). The series was nominated for a 2012 National Television Award but did not win. It relocated to Scotland for the 2012 season after previously being filmed in Rochdale, England.
Newman resides in North London.
Mark Herman born in 1954 in Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, England and is an English film director and screenwriter. He is mostly notable for writing & directing the 2008 film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Mark Herman was educated at Woodleigh School, North Yorkshire. He was late entering the film industry. Aged 27 he was drawing cartoons at art college before becoming involved in drama when he began studying film at Leeds Polytechnic, now the Metropolitan University of Leeds. He then trained as an animator at the National Film School in London. He moved away from animation and continued to study directing. He also wrote lyrics for The Christians. Herman's first feature-length project was Blame It on the Bellboy (1992), a comedy of mistaken identity starring Dudley Moore and Bryan Brown. Next, Herman wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Brassed Off (1996), following the members of a colliery brass band, still struggling to survive a decade after the miners' strike. In Little Voice (1998), adapted by Herman from Jim Cartwright's play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Jane Horrocks reprises the title role of a harried young woman whose only escape lies in the memory of her father and in imitating the singers he admired. This film gave Michael Caine the opportunity for his best performance to date. Purely Belter (2000), adapted by Herman from Jonathan Tulloch's novel The Season Ticket, is the story of two teenage boys trying to get together enough money for a couple of Newcastle United F.C. season tickets. Hope Springs (2003), is an adaptation of New Cardiff. His most recent work is the adaptation of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. It was produced by David Heyman and stars David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Sheila Hancock and Rupert Friend. Herman directed and adapted the work. Mark Herman is a fellow of Film and Television Production, York St John University, York, England.
Kamil Haque is an actor/acting instructor pursuing a career in theater and film in Los Angeles.
As a native of Singapore and multi ethnic in origin, Kamil Haque did all his schooling up to pre-university in the Anglo-Chinese School family of schools. Kamil first developed his love for acting under the tutelage of Julia Gabriel in Singapore. Now based in Los Angeles, Kamil is a BFA (Hons) in Acting graduate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). He is the first person in their 50+ history to receive Honors for Acting upon graduation.
Kamil graduated from the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute where he also now teaches. He is the youngest and first Asian to teach acting at the Institute. At the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, Kamil has been recognized as the first person to make the transition from student to full-fledged teacher.
The Institute was founded by Lee Strasberg who is considered the "father of method acting in America," according to author Mel Gussow. Mr. Strasberg is also recognized for having "revolutionized the art of acting by having a profound influence on performance in American theater and movies". Notable alumni that the Institute have trained include Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson, Christoph Waltz, Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Julie Harris, Paul Newman, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Kamil is proud to be able to continue the lineage of work first started by Lee Strasberg. In the words of Mr. Strasberg "It's about the work" and the work works. Kamil, having been trained by one of the last few remaining master teachers alive today, Ms. Hedy Sontag, is well placed to take on a new generation of actors to uncover the next Hollywood star.
Kamil also teaches acting at East West Players (EWP) in Downtown Los Angeles. EWP is first the Asian American theatre group in the country and is considered "the nation's pre-eminent Asian American theater troupe."
In the United States, Kamil has worked with the Company of Angels (CoA), The Actors Studio, East West Players, We Tell Stories, AMDA (LA), Unknown Theater, The Group at Strasberg and Theatre 40. Kamil is a member and Internship Director of CoA, LA's oldest repertory theater company.
Kamil seeks to further his acting craft and directing career whilst developing new teaching techniques for actors. Like the founding members of the Group Theatre, he hopes to spring forth the 'Fervent Years' in the lives of people he meets, trains and works with.