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Aksel Hennie

Aksel Hennie is a Norwegian actor, writer and director. He has acted in a number of successful Norwegian movies, and has received several awards. Hennie grew up in Lambertseter in Oslo. In his late teens he was sentenced for tagging, and became an outcast in the community for confessing to the police. This personal story contributed much of the background for the movie Uno. The conviction against Hennie was in fact one of the first such cases in Norway. Hennie was admitted to the Norwegian National Academy of Theatre after applying four times. He graduated in 2001, and has since acted both at Teatret in Molde from 2001 to 2002 and at Oslo Nye Teater from 2002 till now where he has been in plays such as Hamlet, and The woman who married a turkey. His main success, however, has been as a film actor. He made his debut starring in the feature film Jonny Vang in 2003. Though the director, Jens Lien, originally thought Hennie was too young for the role, the actor convinced him he was the right man for the film. The same year he also acted in the movies Buddy and Ulvesommer, and the next year he made his debut as a director and writer with the movie Uno, in which he also acted.[5] For this film Hennie, and his co-star Nicolai Cleve Broch, went into hard physical training for six months to perform convincingly as bodybuilders. He won the Amanda Award (the main Norwegian film award) for "The Best Direction" (for the movie Uno in 2005), and that same year he was also among the nominees for "Best Actor" and "Best Film". He also won an Amanda award as "Best Actor" for the movie Jonny Vang in 2003. He was named one of European films "Shooting Stars" by European Film Promotion in 2004. In 2001 he was also named "Theatre talent of the year" by the newspaper Dagbladet. In 2008 Hennie starred in the movie Max Manus, where he played the role of the Norwegian war hero by that name. The movie had a large budget by Norwegian standards, and was met with great expectations.

Aubrey Graham

Aubrey Drake Graham was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Dennis Graham, an African-American musician born in Memphis, Tennessee, and Sandi (Sher) Graham, a Jewish-Canadian educator. As a young man, Drake appeared in several commercials, for such retailers as Sears and GMC. In 2001, Drake rose to fame playing the role of "Jimmy Brooks", a character on Degrassi: The Next Generation, a basketball star who is confined to a wheelchair after being shot by a classmate. In 2006, Drake launched his music career by releasing his first mix tape, "Room for Improvement". Three years later, his third mix tape, "So Far Gone", garnered him critical and commercial success, and, the following year, he released his official debut album, "Thank Me Later", to generally positive reviews. Aubrey Drake Graham has established himself as a multi-talented young Canadian, and the entertainment industry has great expectations for him.

Lesley-Anne Down

Lesley-Anne Down was born on March 17, 1954 and raised in London, England. With the help of her father, she began modeling at age 10, acting in commercials, and winning several beauty contests. By the time she was 15, Down had completed four films and was voted "Britain's Most Beautiful Teenager". Lesley-Anne first gained international popularity as Georgina Worsley in the British series Upstairs, Downstairs, which became a hit on PBS in the United States. She has starred in films, including The Pink Panther Strikes Again, A Little Night Music, The Betsy, The Great Train Robbery, Hanover Street, Rough Cut and Sphinx. She starred in the television movies The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Arch of Triumph, Indiscreet, and in the miniseries The Last Days of Pompeii and North and South.

Lesley-Anne appeared for six episodes as Stephanie Rogers in the prime-time television series Dallas, on the CBS Network. Her previous daytime experience included roles as Olivia Richards in Sunset Beach and Lady Sheraton in Days of Our Lives. She also made guest appearances on the television series The Nanny and Diagnosis Murder. On stage, she has appeared in "Hamlet" and a musical version of "Great Expectations". As for her career, Lesley-Anne has earned Golden Globe Award nominations, German Bravo Awards, the British Best Actress Award, the Rose D'or Best Soap Opera Actress Award and the covers of numerous publications throughout the world, including Life Magazine. She was awarded the 2006 TV Soap Golden Boomerang Award for the most Popular Supporting Female for her role as Jackie Marone Knight on The Bold and the Beautiful.

Lesley-Anne Down met her husband, cinematographer Don E. FauntLeRoy, while filming North and South. They live in Malibu, California with their son, George-Edward FauntLeRoy. She also has a son, Jackson Friedkin, from her earlier marriage to director William Friedkin and two stepchildren, Season FauntLeRoy and Juliana FauntLeRoy, from Don's previous marriage. When she's not on the set, Down prefers to spend her free time with her children and animals. She has an extensive collection of Victorian children's books, which she has collected since age 15.

Vanessa Kirby

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

Rachel Luttrell

Rachel Luttrell is an accomplished actress and singer who has worked in film, television and on stage. Rachel Zawadi Luttrell was born in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and is the second-born of four daughters to Veronica Makihiyo Shenkunde Luttrell, the daughter of a powerful medicine man of the Washambala tribes people, and William Leon Luttrell, Jr., a Bossier City, Louisiana native and then well-respected professor of Economics at the University of Dar Es Salaam. Shortly after her fifth birthday, Rachel and her family immigrated to Canada, settling in the cosmopolitan city of Toronto. As a child in Toronto, Rachel studied piano at The Royal Conservatory, and ballet at the Russian Academy of Classical Ballet. Her father, a former member of both the critically-acclaimed Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Canadian Opera Company, trained Rachel's soprano voice. Later, she would study with other fine vocal coaches. Rachel played the alto-saxophone in high school and also studied English horseback riding. As a young girl, Rachel was always hamming it up for the camera and would often entertain guests at her parents' dinner parties by staging self-produced shows with her three sisters, Gillian, Amanda and Erica. The Luttrell house was always full of music and laughter. Everyone sang and most played an instrument. Rachel landed her first film role while still in high school, playing Billy Dee Williams' daughter in the made-for-television movie "Courage", also starring Sophia Loren. From there, Rachel appeared in commercials and starred on popular Canadian television programs, including the long- running drama, "Street Legal". Upon graduating from high school, Rachel enrolled in the Musical Theatre program at Sheridan College to pursue her passion for dancing, singing and acting. However, after a year of study, Rachel felt the call of a more academic education and left the college to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at The University of Toronto. While studying at U. of T., she auditioned for the Canadian premiere production of "Miss Saigon", alongside her older sister Gillian and several hundred other young hopefuls. Rachel and her sister were both cast, and thus she began her musical theater career as a chorus girl and understudy for the lead character of Ellen. Rachel went on to perform in the Canadian premiere production of Walt Disney's "Beauty and The Beast" (once again with big sister Gillian), and later to star in the American productions of "Once On This Island", "Goblin Market", and alongside Richard J. Alexander in his workshop musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations". In the summer of 1995, Rachel moved from Toronto to Los Angeles to continue to pursue her career in film and television. She was kept very busy guest-starring on several popular TV shows, including "ER" and "Charmed", and in the short- lived but well-received show "Sleepwalkers", alongside Naomi Watts and Bruce Greenwood. In 2001, Rachel starred in Anne Rice's critically-acclaimed mini- series, "Feast of All Saints", where she played Peter Gallagher's on-screen daughter in a cast that also included Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Beals, and Ossie Davis. Later that same year, Rachel appeared in a small but memorable role in the feature film, "Imposter", opposite Emmy and Golden Globe winning, and Oscar- nominated actor, Gary Sinise. Despite all of this success, Rachel became frustrated with the life of a struggling young actress in Hollywood, and almost gave it all up to pursue Architecture at UCLA. Before throwing in the towel, Rachel auditioned for B.A.D.A. (British American Drama Academy) and won a spot in their prestigious President's Group. She spent a glorious summer in Oxford, UK studying at Balliol College with some of the industry's best directors, teachers and performers, including Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Emmy award-winning actor Alan Rickman, and John Barton, one of the world's most esteemed Shakespearean scholars. When Rachel returned to Los Angeles, she was cast in the premiere production of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage's "Las Meninas", earning wonderful reviews. Shortly thereafter, Rachel was cast in the role of Teyla Emmagan in the SYFY Channel's spin-off series, "Stargate Atlantis", a show that won the loyalty of a worldwide fan base and ran for five very successful seasons (2004 - 2009). Rachel has just completed her first CD entitled "I Wish You Love", in which she collaborated with many of the music industry's finest performers, world- renowned percussionist Jeff Hamilton and stand up bass virtuoso Jennifer Leitham among them. The CD was a grand collaborative effort spanning three countries and recorded in part at the legendary Capitol Records in Hollywood. Rachel recently wrapped shooting a guest appearance on NCIS (America's number one-rated television show) in the fall of 2011. When not in front of the camera, Rachel indulges her love of writing - something that has always brought her great joy and reward. She is at work with her husband, stunt-performer and award-winning cinematographer, Loyd Bateman on several short feature length films being produced by their production company, Feral Child Productions. Rachel and Loyd live in Los Angeles with their two beautiful children, Caden Dar Bateman and Ridley Asha Bateman.

Marta Kristen

Marta Kristen was born Birgit Annalisa Rusanen, on February 26, 1945, to a Finnish mother and a German soldier who was killed towards the end of World War II in Europe. Marta was only two months old when she was left in an orphanage. In 1949, Prof. & Mrs. Harold Soderquist of Detroit, Michigan adopted her, and brought her to America; she was renamed Marta. In 1959, the family moved to L.A. and Marta attended Santa Monica High School for a year; she later graduated from Hollywood Professional School. Producer/director James B. Harris discovered the pretty, petite aspiring actress; he arranged for her to get an agent, and she was quickly booked for TV programs, such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Loretta Young Show (aka "The New Loretta Young Show"). In 1963, Marta met a graduate student and, 6 months later, they got married. Marta's career took off, she made a big splash as the mermaid "Lorelei" in Beach Blanket Bingo. But, she would forever be remembered for her signature role of "Judy Robinson" in the Lost in Space TV series. However, the show was not as great as expected. Marta later said in an interview, "The show had so much promise. When it started to be silly, we all began to look at each other and say, 'We're in an episode with talking vegetables?' Five years of the Actors Studio, and I'm doing this?" Even worse, the show did not feature her prominently -- in the most popular episode, Lost in Space {The Sky Pirate (#1.18)}_, in which the great Finnish-descent actor Albert Salmi guest-starred, Marta had only one word of dialogue (she gets to say "good-bye" to the pirate). Offscreen, Marta tried to find her roots, but it was not until 1969, pregnant with her first child and traveling alone through Europe looking for her long-lost relatives, that Marta was able to find her biological mother in Finland; she also met her older sister for the first time, whom she didn't know about. Later that year, Marta returned to the USA, and her daughter Laura was born. Marta concentrated on raising her daughter, and instead of doing television or films, she appeared in over 40 TV commercials, which required less time away from home. Marta and her husband divorced in 1973. In 1974, Marta met Kevin Kane, an attorney, and they got married (they are still together). Marta has remained moderately active in TV and movies, even appearing in the big screen version of Lost in Space. And, she is still finding more family members -- in 1997, Marta discovered that she had a younger brother in Australia, and another sister in Finland she didn't know about. And she puts her own family ahead of her career. Marta recently said in an interview, "Now I'm co-parenting my daughter's child, Lena. I used to do a lot of theater and traveled a lot. But those things are out of the picture for the next couple of years". However, occasionally Marta will attend a science fiction convention, delighting her many fans -- Marta is still our favorite galactic space traveler.

Frank Collison

Frank's first "role" was a six month old "theatre mascot" at a tent theatre in Granville, Ohio. His father, John, was an actor and playwright and his mother, Peg, directed him in a number of plays while he was growing up in Virginia and Ohio. As a young boy, Frank assisted his father when he toured with his one man Abraham Lincoln show. His father was selected to play Lincoln for the centennial celebration of Lincoln's first inauguration in Washington, DC ; Frank played young Tad Lincoln.

Frank trained at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, earned his BA in theatre at San Francisco State University, helped establish a summer theatre company in the Sierra Nevadas then went on to earn an MFA in acting at UC San Diego. Before Frank began his professional career in acting, he worked as a forest fire fighter, diaper service dispatcher and substitute teacher. Appearing in over 150 productions, Frank has worked off Broadway and in regional theaters in Boston, Denver and California. His theatrical roles have ranged from "Puck" in Midsummer's Nights Dream to "Miss Havisham" in Great Expectations to "Jacob Marley" in Christmas Carol. Frank is a founding member of Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, California, which has won over 25 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards.

Frank began his film and television career when he moved to Los Angeles in 1984. He is perhaps best known as "Horace Bing," the hapless telegraph operator on "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" and "Wash Hogwallop" in "O Brother Where Art Thou?

Frank is married to actress, Laura Gardner.

John Mills

Sir John Mills, one of the most popular and beloved English actors, was born Lewis Ernest Watts Mills on February 22, 1908, at the Watts Naval Training College in North Elmham, Norfolk, England. The young Mills grew up in Felixstowe, Suffolk, where his father was a mathematics teacher and his mother was a theater box-office manager. The Oscar-winner appeared in more than 120 films and TV movies in a career stretching over eight decades, from his debut in 1932 in Midshipmaid Gob through Bright Young Things and The Snow Prince (2009).

After graduating from the Norwich Grammar School for Boys, Mills rejected his father's academic career for the performing arts. After brief employment as a clerk in a grain merchant's office, he moved to London and enrolled at Zelia Raye's Dancing School. Convinced from the age of six that performing was his destiny, Mills said, "I never considered anything else."

After training as a dancer, he started his professional career in the music hall, appearing as a chorus boy at the princely sum of four pounds sterling a week in "The Five O'Clock Revue" at the London Hippodrome, in 1929. The short, wiry song-and-dance man was scouted by Noel Coward and began to appear regularly on the London stage in revues, musicals and legitimate plays throughout the 1930s. He appeared in a score of films before the war, "quota quickies" made under a system regulating the import of American films designed to boost local production. He was a juvenile lead in The Ghost Camera, appeared in the musical Car of Dreams, and then played lead roles in Born for Glory, Nine Days a Queen and The Green Cockatoo. His Hollywood debut was in Goodbye, Mr. Chips with Robert Donat, but he refused the American studios' entreaties to sign a contract and returned to England.

Mills relished acting in films, finding it a challenge rather than the necessary economic evil that many English actors at the time, such as Laurence Olivier, felt it was, and it was the cinema that would make him an internationally renowned star. He anchored his film career in military roles, such as those in his early pictures Born for Glory (a.k.a. "Forever England") and Raoul Walsh's You're in the Army Now. He appeared in the classic In Which We Serve, where he worked with his mentor Coward and with Coward's co-director David Lean, who would go on to direct Mills in some of his most memorable performances.

Throughout his film career Mills played a wide variety of military characters, portraying the quintessential English hero. He later tackled more complex characterizations, such as the emotionally troubled commander in Tunes of Glory. He also played Field Marshal Haig in the satire Oh! What a Lovely War that mocked the entire genre. However, it was in his World War II films, which included We Dive at Dawn, Waterloo Road and Johnny in the Clouds, that Mills established himself as an innovative English film star.

With his ordinary appearance and everyman manner, Mills seemed "the boy-next-door," but the Mills hero was decent, loyal and brave, as well as tough and reliable under stress. In his military roles, he managed throughout his career to include enough subtle variations on the Mills heroic type to avoid appearing typed. He could play such straight heroes as Scott of the Antarctic as well as deconstruct the type in Ice Cold in Alex and "Tunes of Glory." The latter film features one of his finest film roles, that of the brittle Col. Basil Barrow, the new commander of a Scots battalion. Mills superbly played an emotionally troubled martinet in a role originally slated for Alec Guinness, his Great Expectations co-star, who decided to take the flashier role of the colonel's tormentor. It was one of Mills' favorite characters.

No male star of English cinema enjoyed such a long and rewarding career as a star while appearing predominantly in English films. As an actor, Mills chose his roles on the basis of the quality of the script rather than its propriety as a "star" turn. Because of this, he played roles that were more akin to character parts, such as shoemaker Willy Mossop in Hobson's Choice. As he aged, his proclivity for well-written roles enabled him to make a seamless transition from a lead to character lead to character actor from the 1950s to the 1960s.

Almost 40 years after his film debut, Mills won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for playing the mute village idiot in Lean's Ryan's Daughter, an uncharacteristic part. In addition to "In Which We Serve" and "Ryan's Daughter," Lean had also directed Mills in memorable performances in This Happy Breed and "Hobson's Choice". He gave one of his finest turns as Pip in Lean's masterpiece "Great Expectations", in which Mills' performance was central to the success of the picture.

Other significant films in which Mills appeared include The Rocking Horse Winner, King Vidor's War and Peace, The Chalk Garden, King Rat, The Wrong Box, Lady Caroline Lamb, Young Winston and Stanley Kramer's Oklahoma Crude. He also appeared with his daughter Hayley Mills in Tiger Bay and The Family Way and had a cameo in her Disney hit The Parent Trap. Mills appeared in a Disney hit of his own, Swiss Family Robinson, as the paterfamilias. He had one of the better cameo parts in producer Michael Todd's epic Around the World in Eighty Days, playing a carriage driver, and appeared in a non-speaking part as Old Norway in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet.

In 1967 he appeared in the short-lived American TV series Dundee and the Culhane on CBS. In the hour-long series Mills played an English lawyer named Dundee who roamed the Wild West with a young American lawyer named Culhane, who was also a fast draw with a six-gun. The network was disappointed with the quality of the show's writing and cancelled it after 13 episodes. One of the series' directors was Ida Lupino, who played Mills' sister in "The Ghost Camera" over 30 years before (Lupino also directed Hayley in The Trouble with Angels). Mills' most famous television role was probably the title character in ITV's Quatermass.

He appeared on Broadway during the 1961-62 season as the lead character in Terence Rattigan's "Ross," a fictionalization of the life of T.E. Lawrence, for which he was nominated for a Best Actor Tony Award. His only other Broadway appearance was in the 1987 revival of George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," in which he played Alfred Doolittle. The play was nominated for a Tony for Best Revival, and Amanda Plummer, playing his character's daughter, Eliza, also received a Tony nomination.

After divorcing Aileen Raymond, whom he had married at the age of 19, Mills married playwright Mary Hayley Bell on January 16, 1941. Since he was serving in the army, they could not have a church service, and they renewed their vows at St. Mary's Church, next to their home, Hills House, in Denham, England, in 2001.

Mills has worked as both producer and director: in 1966, he directed daughter Hayley in Gypsy Girl (a.k.a. "Gypsy Girl), from a script written by his wife. He produced "The Rocking Horse Winner" and The History of Mr. Polly, the latter film featuring his older daughter Juliet Mills as a child. Whistle Down the Wind in which Hayley's character mistakes a runaway convict played by Alan Bates for Jesus Christ, was based on a novel written by Mary.

Living in Hollywood during the 1960s where his daughter Hayley enjoyed her own Oscar-winning career as a child star, Mills and his wife became very popular with members of the movie colony. After Hayley grew out of her child actress roles, Mills returned to England, where he continued his film work. He became a council member of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and a life patron of the Variety Club.

Mills was appointed a Commander of the British Empire in 1960 and was knighted in 1976. Although he suffered from deafness and failing eyesight and went almost completely blind in 1990, he continued to act, playing both blind and sighted characters with his customary joie de vivre and panache. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts honored him with a Special Tribute Award in 1987 and a Fellowship, its highest award, in 2002. He was honored with a British Film Institute Fellowship in 1995 and was named a Disney Legend by The Walt Disney Co.

After a brief illness, Sir John Mills died at the age of 97 on April 23, 2005, in Denham, Buckinghamshire, England. He was survived by his widow (who survived him by eight months), his son Jonathan, his daughters Juliet and Hayley, and his grandson Crispian Mills, the lead singer of the hit pop music group Kula Shaker. He was the author of an autobiography, "Up in the Clouds, Gentleman Please," published in 1981.

Anton Lesser

British actor Anton Lesser (b. 1952) has played many of the principal Shakespearian roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company (Associate Artist since 1990), including Petruchio, Romeo and Richard III. He is very active in radio (BBC) and spoken word audio. Over a dozen recordings range from Paradise Lost and Homer to the title role in Hamlet. He is particularly known for the major novels of Charles Dickens - Great Expectations won the Talkie Award.

Colin Baker

Colin Baker was born in 1943 in the Royal Waterloo Lying-In Hospital in London during an air raid. He spent his earliest years in London with his mother, while his father served in the armed forces. He narrowly avoided an early death during the wartime blitz when a piece of flying shrapnel just missed him, embedding itself in the side of his cot. After the war, Baker's father took a job as managing director of an abestos company in Manchester. The family moved north to live in Rochdale, although Baker attended school in Manchester. It was during his early schooling that - through the mother of one of his fellow pupils, who was a casting director at Granada TV - he had his first experience of acting. It was 1954 and the series was called My Wife's Sister, starring Eleanor Summerfield, Martin Wyldeck and Helen Christie. Colin Baker went on to attend St. Bede's College in Manchester, where he was invited to take part in their annual productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. The twelve-years-old Baker appeared in the chorus for a production of "Yeoman of the Guard" and, a year later, landed a more major part - playing the female lead, "Phyllis" - in "Iolanthe". After completing his schooling, Baker went on to study law. One day during this period, he and his mother went to see an amateur production of "The King and I" at the Palace Theatre, Manchester. Inspired by the performance and encouraged by the president of the company that had staged the Amateur Dramatic Society and quickly became hooked on acting. Baker took a job as a solicitor but, as time went on, became less and less interested in this career. Finally, at the age of twenty-three, he decided to become a full-time actor. Baker joined the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), where he trained for three years. At the end of this, he was summoned with two of his fellow students to see the head of the drama school, who gave them rather gloomy predictions for their future prospects as actors and suggested that they seek alternative careers. These predictions proved somewhat wide of the mark as not only did Baker go on to great success but so too did his fellow students - David Suchet (who amongst many other achievements starred in LWT's award-winning productions of Agatha Christie's "Poirot") and Mel Martin (whose numerous credits include the series Love for Lydia, also for LWT). After leaving LAMDA, Baker took a temporary job driving a taxi in Minehead in order to be near his then-girlfriend. He then received a call to come to London to audition for a part in a BBC2 drama series called Roads to Freedom, which he won. This led to further TV roles, including two more for BBC2: "Count Wenceslas Steinbock" in "Balzac's Cousin Bette" (1971) and "Prince Anatol Kuragin" in an ambitious twenty-part serialisation of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace" (1972-72). He also took on a wide range to theatre work, including several William Shakespeare festivals, appearing in productions of "Macbeth" and "Hamlet". In the mid-seventies, Baker landed the role that would make him "the man viewers love to hate". This was "Paul Merroney" in the BBC1 series The Brothers. After "The Brothers", Baker married actress Liza Goddard, who had played his on-screen wife in the series, but the marriage eventually ended in divorce. Baker later married actress Marion Wyatt. Theatre work kept Baker almost constantly busy for the next five years including appearances in everything from comedies to thrillers, as well as more Shakespeare. He also had a few further TV roles, including one as "Bayban" in "Blake's 7: City at the Edge of the World" (BBC, 1980) and one opposite Nyree Dawn Porter and Ian Hendry in the drama series, For Maddie with Love (ATV, 1980). Baker's next TV role after "For Maddie with Love" was as "Maxil" in the Doctor Who story, "Arc of Infinity". Shortly before Baker took the role of the Doctor on "Doctor Who", he and his wife suffered the loss of their baby son, Jack, to cot death syndrome. Baker subsequently became a passionate fund raiser for the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths, with many of is personal appearance fees being donated to the charity. Baker's time as the sixth Doctor was cut unexpectly short, initially by the hiatus between the twenty-second and twenty-third seasons and then by the decision of the BBC executives to oust him from the role. After his departure from "Doctor Who", the actor returned to the theatre, appearing in highly successful runs of "Corpse" and "Deathtrap" and having a four-month stint in the West End farce, "Run for Your Wife", with Terry Scott. TV work included a guest appearance in the BBC's Casualty and presenting assignments on programmes for the Children's Channel. After directing a play called "Bazaar and Rummage", Baker was asked to play the Doctor once again - this time on stage, taking over from Jon Pertwee in the Mark Furness Ltd production, "The Ultimate Adventure". This tour proved to him that, despite the brevity of his time as the Doctor on TV, he had amassed a loyal following amongst younger viewers. In the 1990s, Baker had continued to pursue a successful career, mainly in the theatre. He has made regular appearances in pantomime, and his stage work has included roles in the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" and in a comedy entitled "Fear of Flying". He has also starred in the "Stranger" series of videos made by Bill Baggs Video, alongside a number of other actors known for their work on "Doctor Who".

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens' father was a clerk at the Naval Pay Office, and because of this the family had to move from place to place: Plymouth, London, Chatham. It was a large family and despite hard work, his father couldn't earn enough money. In 1823 he was arrested for debt and Charles had to start working in a factory, labeling bottles for six shillings a week. The economy eventually improved and Charles was able to go back to school. After leaving school, he started to work in a solicitor's office. He learned shorthand and started as a reporter working for the Morning Chronicle in courts of law and the House of Commons. In 1836 his first novel was published, "The Pickwick Papers". It was a success and was followed by more novels: "Oliver Twist" (1837), "Nicholas Nickleby" (1838-39) and "Barnaby Rudge" (1841). He traveled to America later that year and aroused the hostility of the American press by supporting the abolitionist (anti-slavery) movement. In 1858 he divorced his wife Catherine, who had borne him ten children. During the 1840s his social criticism became more radical and his comedy more savage: novels like "David Copperfield" (1849-50), "A Tale of Two Cities" (1959) and "Great Expectations" (1860-61) only increased his fame and respect. His last novel, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood", was never completed and was later published posthumously.

L.J. Benet

LJ Benet was born in Los Angeles, Calif. He began acting and singing professionally at age 11, when he appeared as a guest star on The Mentalist (2009)(TV) and as young Tommy in the equity theatre production of The Who's Tommy at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood. LJ continued acting in theatre (BIG, the Musical), which led to work on two films, Diary of A Wimpy Kid (as a voiceover singer) and You Again, in a funny bit part as Eric, the boy in the tree house. In 2010, he had prominent roles in two world premier musicals, Limelight: The Story of The Charlie Chaplin at the La Jolla Playhouse (Young Sydney), and Great Expectations at the Utah Shakespeare Festival (co-star, Young Pip). He also starred in the indie short film, The Legend of Beaver Dam (2010), an award-winning horror rock opera that debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and won a jury award at Sundance. He recently was a guest star on an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place, "Back to Max," as Little Crumbs. He also has booked a featured role in the Fox film, We Bought A Zoo, and a guest starring role in the Fox series, Breaking In, "Need for Speed."

Britt Flatmo

Britt started singing & performing on stage at the age of 5 in Seattle.. She later found a passion for Film & TV, did some work locally in Seattle before moving to Los Angeles in the summer of 2007.

In the short time she has been in Hollywood, Britt has booked numerous regional & national commercials, played young Biddy in the musical stage premiere of "Great Expectations", and had a supporting role in the comedy film, "Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega". In television, Britt had a co-star role on "Without a Trace", as well as a guest star role in "Medium".

On the festival circuit, Britt has received numerous accolades and awards for her lead in an AFI award winning short film, "Abuelo" that will be part of a national tour across America in 2011.

Britt is happy to be living in Southern California and having the opportunity to work with so many talented people...she is living her dream!

Anthony Higgins

Higgins was born May 9, 1947 in East Northamptonshire, England to parents who had emigrated from Ireland just before World War II in search of economic opportunity. His parents lived in London during the Blitz. Eventually, they left London for Northamptonshire so that his father could obtain work as a builder for American army bases. Young Anthony completed his studies at a state school and then intended to be a journalist. He worked as a butcher in Bedford and then as a "navvy," a builder's helper, in the small town of Grendon, near Northampton. At the age of 16, he obtained a job on a local paper but, by law, he had to be over 17 before he could work so he spent the time learning shorthand and typing. Then, a friend took him to a weekend drama course run by the distinguished Shavian actress, Margaretta Scott. She encouraged him to consider a career as an actor. He said, "It felt right so I decided to pursue it." Higgins won a scholarship to the Birmingham School of Speech and Dramatic Arts in 1964 and studied there for three years. He made his first professional appearance at the Birmingham Repertory Theater Company in Shakespeare's "A Winter's Tale" as a walk-on while still at school. He then joined the company full time and was assigned principal roles nearly at once. His portrayal of Romeo, opposite Anna Calder-Marshall as Juliet, received rave reviews throughout England. He also played Cassio in "Othello," and Louis Debedat in "The Doctor's Dilemma." He then worked onstage in classics and contemporary plays in Chichester and London. However, it was a theatrical portrayal of Edmund Tyrone in Eugene O'Neill's, "A Long Day's Journey Into Night" in Birmingham that led to Higgins' cinema debut for director John Huston under the name, Anthony Corlan, (his mother's maiden name), in "A Walk with Love and Death" (1969). The film takes place during Europe's 100 Years War and was shot in Vienna and the Vienna Woods. The film is notable for the debut of Huston's daughter, Angelica. Corlan plays Robert, a nobleman, wearing authentic looking armor. It was Huston who taught him how to ride horses. Higgins rides with style in many subsequent films. Later, he would own a racehorse in Ireland.

After appearing in "A Walk with Love and Death," the actor was in several television plays for the BBC, including an original drama, "The Blood of the Lamb," for "The Wednesday Play" and "Mary, Queen of Scots" for "Play of the Month." He then made two films for television, one an episode of "Journey to the Unknown" with Janice Rule, and the other, a segment of "Strange Report," with Anthony Quayle. His next feature film role was in "Something for Everyone," also known as "The Cook," (1970), after auditioning for director Hal Prince and producer John Flaxman in London. This was stage director Prince's first flirtation with film, with a script by Hugh Wheeler, author of "Sweeney Todd." Higgins plays a quiet, sheltered young German royal, Helmuth, with Angela Lansbury as his mother. Helmut is forced into an arranged marriage with Annaliese, played by German actress, Heidelinde Weis. He discovers the darker motives that lurk beneath Michael York's gleaming blonde appearance against brilliant cinematography in the shadow of King Ludwig's Castle, in Neuschwanstein, Germany. In 1972, Higgins acted in "Vampire Circus" as a circus performer who changes into a panther-vampire. The film has become a cult classic. It was banned in Britain (because of its bestiality). The actor has said that it is the last of the great vampire films produced under the Hammer banner. There is a badly edited version for sale in the United States; an uncut edition has been seen in Europe that is much clearer. "Flavia, the Moslem Nun," (1974), with Brazilian born Florinda Bolkan, gave Higgins an opportunity to work in Italy. The DVD is a great piece of cinema history rescued by high technology and enhanced by a recent interview with Ms. Bolkan, who became an international screen legend in her own time. The story is derived from actual events in the 1400s that culminated in "The Martyrdom of the 800" in Otranto. The exotic soundtrack is by Academy Award winning composer, Nicola Piovani ("Life is Beautiful"). If one can get past the explicit physical mutilation of animals and humans and the insults to the Catholic Church, the script can be seen as supportive of feminism. Director Gianfranco Mingozzi's vision is representative of the wild cinema of the sexual revolution of the 70s in which auteurs were bursting to break free from the establishment. "Flavia" has haunting performances by Bolkan, Maria Casares, (the princess in Cocteau's "Orpheus") and Higgins. He is dazzling as the Moslem commander with no name who initiates Flavia as a sexual being, encourages her to carry out a bloody revenge and then disillusions her. That Higgins does not speak much is of no consequence. He communicates some of his best acting with movements and facial expressions, particularly, with his eyes. He can say volumes with one mesmerizing gaze.

The actor flourished on stage, television and screen throughout the 70s. Notably, he starred as a Roman soldier looking for his vanished father in Caledonia, in BBC Scotland's miniseries, "Eagle of the Ninth" with Patrick Malahide in 1977. However, Higgins has said that he is most proud to have been a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company's original London cast of "Piaf," a biography of the French singer, Edith Piaf, written by Pam Gems, which starred Jane Lapotaire in 1979. The play was resurrected to rave reviews in London in 1994 but without any of the original players. Higgins won Best Actor of 1979 from Time Out magazine for his work with The Royal Shakespeare Company that year. He acted in mainly new work with the RSC but he also played Lucentio in "The Taming of the Shrew" opposite Zoe Wanamaker as his sweet Bianca. Older London stage audiences may discern that among his many stage to television appearances in the 80s was the role of Camille in "Danton's Death." The play by George Buechner ran at the National Theater in London for a year and was then produced for television by the BBC. Zoe Wanamaker played opposite him once more. As the actor matured in his thirties, his persona grew more interesting with more unusual works. Higgins' face is often recognized for his having played the artist in "The Draughtsman's Contract," (1982), opposite the brilliant Shakespearean actress, Janet Suzman. The film is suggestive of classical restoration drama with a mysterious plot, elegant landscape shots of England's County Kent and a Purcell-like soundtrack by Michael Nyman. Director Peter Greenaway has said that he cast Higgins in the lead because he best expressed a combination of arrogance and innocence. Higgins gives a subtle depiction of the outcast, the son of a tenant farmer, who turns out to be too trusting and is tragically deceived. After Draughtsman's initial release, many viewers wondered what the lead actor would do next but Higgins does not generally pursue publicity. Although he appeared at the Edinburgh Festival with the cast, he did not do many interviews. "Draughtsman" experienced resurgence in 1994 and the actor's face was plastered on larger than life posters across the high walls of London's underground tube stops. His face has often been well utilized to represent a variety of ethnic origins. It is an oval face with a long thin nose and high, almost oriental cheekbones. It is usually framed by dark, wavy hair, sometimes ending at his collar. His balanced brows can look calm but lying dormant behind his deeply inset, hazel eyes is a prospective fire. Behind the face lies great inventiveness that has not always been allowed to surface but when it does, the effect can be striking. Higgins seems to have unlocked a storeroom of intensity by taking on the role of Stephan, a hard-luck Polish immigrant to 1920s Paris in the Merchant-Ivory film, "Quartet" (1981). The film, based on the novel by Jean Rhys, is sharply directed by James Ivory and has a heart-felt script by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala ("Le Divorce"). Isabelle Adjani garnered a Cannes Film Festival award for Best Actress for her gut-wrenching performance as Stephan's defenseless wife. Stephan is an impetuous man, who takes the dishonest road to acquiring wealth, with a small amount of shiftiness and a large amount of charm. Higgins infuses the role with detailed mannerisms such as holding his cigarette by cupping the end with his fingers, as many Slavic men do.

Higgins' height (6' 2"), dark looks and air of moral strength have frequently rendered him romantic roles. He sometimes appears to be aloof but a warmth sneaks out. The tough guy who softens for a vulnerable female might be what he is all about. Thus, it seems only natural that an actor whom he greatly admires is Robert Mitchum. Indeed, in another era, Higgins himself might have fit nicely into film noir. Higgins stars in a dark mystery film, "Sweet Killing," (1993), which was filmed in Montreal and also features F. Murray Abraham. Female admiration of Higgins became universal with his winsome portrayal of Abdullah, in "Lace," (1984-5), a cleverly written television miniseries by Elliot Baker, based on the popular English novel by Shirley Conran. Angela Lansbury, Brooke Adams and Arielle Dombasle are outstanding. Most critics condemned Phoebe Cates for her unconvincing acting but unanimously praised Higgins' persuasive performance as an Arabian prince, who is the lynch pin of the plot. The film also captures glamorous scenery of the French Alps, Chamonix and other jet-set locales; it has wonderful women's fashions, particularly hats, by Barbara Lane; it is the ultimate "chick flick." Higgins, astonished to hear that it is frequently repeated on cable in the U.S., has reacted, "It was great fun to do, actually. It has no pretense to be Strindberg. It is glamorous trash. Still, we had great character actors in it like Anthony Quayle, an old friend, who is now dead; and the director, Billy Hale, and I hit it off in a big way." Far from charming in "Reilly, Ace of Spies," (1983), the actor plays a cold Communist assassin in the British miniseries with Sam Neill in the title role; Higgins' innocence seen in previous roles is totally obscured here. In 1986, he acted with Jeanne Moreau in Agatha Christie's mystery, "The Last Séance," for Granada TV. "Max, Mon Amour," a feature film for the daring director Nagisa Oshima ("Realm of the Senses") followed in 1986. It has an outrageous plot about a bored wife (Charlotte Rampling) with a chimpanzee as her lover. Higgins plays her British diplomat husband who invites the ape to live with them in Paris.

Higgins continued to work in France to play Napoleon's elder brother in "Napoleon and Josephine," with Armand Assante and Jacqueline Bisset in the title roles in 1987. It gave Higgins the opportunity to work again with Jane Lapotaire as mother Bonaparte. After Napoleon cuts up Europe for his family, Joseph satirically delivers a memorable aside, "Louis gets Holland and all I get is disease-ridden Naples." Lavishly photographed in Europe and North Africa, the television miniseries has subtle humor; it airs occasionally on cable in the U.S. A tendency of Higgins' style has been to hold something back, compelling the viewer to wonder what else he has stored up, adding mystery to his character. In "Darlings of the Gods," an Australian television film, (1991), he may have held back a bit much in the lead as Laurence Olivier, opposite Mel Martin as Vivien Leigh, to the disappointment of some critics. Still, the film aired around the world, received good ratings and repeated several times. In spin offs of the Sherlock Holmes legend, Higgins is the only actor besides Orson Welles to have played both Moriarty ("Young Sherlock Holmes" 1985) and Holmes ("Sherlock Holmes Returns" 1993). Both works display his skills in fencing and oration of long monologues; both versions proved popular in several countries, among them Germany. Higgins is fluent in German. German artist and photographer, Heide Lausen, whom he met while working on "Something for Everyone" in Germany, widows him. He has one daughter, who was born in 1974 and raised in Bavaria. He is often recognized for having played a stereotypical Nazi villain in Stephen Spielberg's, "Raiders of the Lost Ark," (1981). However, of the television film, "One Against the Wind," also known as "Mary Lindell," (1991), starring Judy Davis, Higgins has said that he enjoyed playing a non-typical German SS officer, who had been classically educated in England, because it was not a hackneyed image. "The Bridge," (1992), based on the Whitbread award winning novel by Maggie Hemingway, is an engaging film that takes place in the 19th century with actress Saskia Reeves struggling against sociological constraints. Here, his power simmers rather than explodes, as he plays a husband, who makes a shrewd move to eliminate his wife's lover. In a scene with his daughters at the breakfast table, one can sense that his character might do anything to prevent his family from breaking apart.

A family role that Higgins took on enthusiastically was that of Johann Strauss, Sr. in "The Strauss Dynasty," (1991). The award winning television miniseries, which was filmed in Austria and Hungary over eight months, contains a cast of hundreds. The scope covers the entire Strauss family and the music and politics of their time. The twelve-hour program aired successfully in Europe and Australia in the 90s. The actor shows great range in this role, growing from young adored "Waltz King" conductor of Vienna to world weary, exhausted composer. The series shines with many international stars, enlightening history and music by the Strausses. Higgins grew up in a large musical and creative family of five brothers and one sister in Northamptonshire. Before Higgins was born, his father sang with a band in Cork in the 1930s. His mother was the local church organist and would sometimes accompany him on piano. Later, his father went to New York and studied opera but he returned to Ireland after six years. Anthony plays flugelhorn; he had an instrument especially crafted for him in Germany. He has said that his mother taught him to read even before he went to school. He is a voracious reader; he writes, having used an old manual typewriter prior to the computer era. He also has a penchant for classical music, jazz and fine art; when in New York, he likes to visit the Frick Museum and the Pierpont Morgan Library. He has always had a passion for athletics, having played rugby in his youth, then cricket and now it is golf. The actor's search for cutting-edge productions led him to "Nostradamus" (1994), an eccentric version of the 16th century visionary filmed in Romania. Tcheky Karyo plays the title role and Higgins brings up the ranks as King Henry II of France. Diana Quick (Higgins' mistress in "Max, Mon Amour") plays Diane de Poitier alongside Amanda Plummer as his quirky queen, Catherine de Medici. Higgins plays Henry as extremely effective politically and a great athlete. Higgins' research found that jousting was his other great love as evidenced from the time, effort and money that went into his armor, which is embossed with exquisite scenes from classical history and still exists as an extraordinary artifact.

One of Higgins' best moments onscreen is as Korah, a Hebrew in "Moses" (1996), a television miniseries that aired internationally with Ben Kingsley in the title role. After initial skepticism, Korah silently communicates religious rapture as manna slowly falls from heaven on his ecstatic face, revealing a believer in the end. In the middle 1990s, it seems that there was a chic rush for heterosexual male stars to play roles as HIV-stricken patients, i.e., witness Jeremy Irons in "Stealing Beauty." Higgins brings an understated dignity to the role of a Cuban choreographer in the AIDS-related film, "Alive and Kicking," also known as "Indian Summer" (1996). The film stars Jason Flemyng as his student and has a hopeful conclusion by author Martin Sherman ("Bent"). Higgins returned to the stage in November 1996 with the title role in "Max Klapper - A Life in Pictures." He received excellent notices as a post WWII German film director opposite Emily Lloyd as the actress whom he regards as his creation. The event marked the reopening as a live theater of the Electric Cinema in London, where, curiously, during WWII the theater's manager was suspected of sending messages to German Zeppelins from the roof. Higgins fervently plays Marcel, a Hungarian archaeologist in the Irish feature film, "The Fifth Province," (1997), with Ian Richardson, with whom he previously appeared in "Danton's Death" on British television. Higgins has been particularly commended for the scene where he digs furiously for treasure that was buried by the high kings of Ireland. The script is by the Irish Times-Aer Lingus prize winning, hilarious novelist, Nina Fitzpatrick (Fables of the Irish Intelligentsia). The film sometimes surfaces on Sky TV. In the late 90s, Higgins continued to appear on British television in various roles and slipped into the snakeskins of seriously degenerated criminals in the television crime dramas, "The Governor I," "Supply and Demand I," and "Trial and Retribution III" (now available on DVD in Region 2). All were written by Lynda LaPlante ("Prime Suspect"), who was, coincidentally, an extra in "The Draughtsman's Contract." However, the actor becomes orderly again in 2001, as he plays a talent agent of dubious trust in "The Last Minute," directed by Stephen Norrington ("League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"). The theme is the unworthiness of fame in trendy London. The hero, labeled as "the next big thing," rebels against the agent and descends into hell before finding out how to value his life.

One key to understanding Higgins' personality might be to recognize that his true love is the horn. In 2000, he commissioned British trumpeter Guy Barker, ("Great Expectations" 1998), to write a jazz soundtrack for a short film that Higgins wrote and directed, starring himself and British actress, Frances Barber, "Blood Count." It has been playing at European Film Festivals. In March 2003, Higgins lent his deep, but mellifluous, voice to narrate "Sounds in Black and White," Barker's homage concert to film noir, with the 60 piece London Metropolitan Orchestra at the Barbican Theater in London. In 2004, American television viewers can look forward to seeing him in an "Inspector Lynley Series II" episode on PBS' "Mystery Theater." A large part of Higgins' charisma is due to his voice, mannerisms and unique style that remain unruffled as he ages. He is not on the celebrity A list, the B list or even the Z list but he is high on many viewers' lists of interesting actors to watch because of his magnetism, intensity and unpredictability. The first decade of the new millennium has presented several new interesting British actors on the screen. However, many do not seem to have a strong classical stage training, which is Higgins' rock, and they often throw their lines away. Although not all of his roles have grandeur, people invariably comment about Higgins what he has said of Robert Mitchum, "Even in terrible movies, he is always good." Higgins' light may have reached millions of viewers but he never sold out for money. Some have called him a "career actor" but he has yet to receive the recognition of which his talent is worthy. Where is he? He is building a legacy as a character actor. Film history will show that he is a noteworthy one.

Virginia McKenna

Talented flaxen-blonde British star combined her deep loves for acting and for wildlife throughout most her adult life. Born in London, England on June 7, 1931, her family possessed a sturdy theatrical background. Mother Anne was a jazz pianist, composer and cabaret performer while father Terry, an auctioneer, had relatives in the arts including actress Fay Compton and author Compton MacKenzie.

Virginia's boarding house education was interrupted by the London Blitz. She and her mother (her parents were divorced by this time) evacuated from England to Cape Town, South Africa, a move that lasted six years. Upon her return to England, she acted in a few school plays. Her interest stuck and she auditioned and was accepted into the London School of Central Speech and Drama. Two years later she became a six-month member of Scotland's renowned Dundee Repertory. Spotted by a talent scout playing Estella in a production of "Great Expectations," Virginia was invited in 1951 to return to London to portray Dorcas in "A Penny for a Song" with a stellar cast that included Ronald Squire, Alan Webb, Marie Lohr and leading man Ronald Howard, the son of "Gone With the Wind" star Leslie Howard. This quickly led to TV and film offers.

Virginia made her cinematic debut with a prominent role in The Second Mrs. Tanqueray starring Hugh Sinclair and Pamela Brown, then played Richard Attenborough's sister-in-law in Father's Doing Fine. Two more films arrived the following year with The Horse's Mouth starring Robert Beatty and the Oscar-nominated WWII drama The Cruel Sea with Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, Stanley Baker and Denholm Elliott, the last mentioned to whom she later married in 1954. Following classical stage parts in "Richard II," "Love's Labour's Lost," "Henry IV" and "As You Like It" at the Old Vic during its 1954-1955 season and her acclaimed BAFTA-winning role as Juliet opposite Tony Britton's Romeo in a BBC-TV version of "Romeo and Juliet," Virginia returned to filming with Simba starring Dirk Bogarde and PT Raiders, another WWII drama that reunited her with Richard Attenborough. Film stardom came with her crop-haired role as WWII Japanese captive Jean Paget in A Town Like Alice opposite Peter Finch. Both actors won BAFTA film awards for their roles. As such Virginia grew in box-office status.

Virginia met second husband, Bill Travers when they appeared together in the play "I Capture the Castle" in London in 1954. Both were married at the time. They met again, however, after her two-year breakup with Denholm Elliott and this time they connected and married in 1957. Virginia and Bill appeared together on film for the first time in one of her highly rare comedy films Big Time Operators. They went on to do six other movies together. In the second film, Bill and Jennifer Jones starred as Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning in The Barretts of Wimpole Street with Virginia and John Gielgud in strong support. The couple then appeared in Storm Over Jamaica.

Acclaim (and a BAFTA nomination) for Virginia came again with her movie role alongside Paul Scofield in Carve Her Name with Pride portraying Special Operations Executive agent Violette Szabo who, after her husband was killed during WWII, undertook dangerous missions as an undercover agent for British intelligence until caught and executed by the Nazis in 1944. The role had a strong impact on Virginia. In 2000 she performed the opening ceremony of the Violette Szabo Museum in Herefordshire. The actress then appeared opposite American actors Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston in the adventure yarn The Wreck of the Mary Deare. Back on stage for a few years in potent roles as Sister Jeanne in "The Devils" and Lucy in "The Beggar's Opera," she and Bill were invited to appear together in the film Two Living, One Dead, a Post Office robbery crime drama.

The couple's next film together would alter the course of both their personal and professional destinies when they signed up to play Joy and George Adamson, noted wildlife welfare preservationists, in a landmark film version of the best-selling novel Born Free. The movie was a massive, international box office smash. The shooting, with the real George Adamson serving as tech advisor, deeply affected the couple so much that for the rest of their lives/careers they dedicated themselves to wildlife causes with many of their subsequent pictures having related themes. The couple went on to form a documentary film company and served as writers/producers to create wildlife films. One of the best known of their many documentaries is Christian the Lion.

A few years later Virginia and Bill filmed two animal-related movie adventures, Ring of Bright Water and An Elephant Called Slowly. The former, filmed in London and the Scottish coast, was based on a best-selling book and told of the romance of an office worker/artist (Bill), his otter pal Mij, and his love interest (Virginia), the town's doctor. Virginia later helped create a museum to honor the film's author, naturalist Gavin Maxwell. The latter, which was filmed in Kenya, had the couple "adopting" three young elephants.

Throughout the 1970s, Virginia continued to be seen to good advantage in a sprinkling of film, theatre and TV roles. Cinematically she joined Rod Steiger as Napoleon, Christopher Plummer as the Duke of Wellington and Orson Welles as Louis XVIII in Waterloo last as the Duchess of Richmond; was top-billed in the family adventure Swallows and Amazons; appeared in the English/Canadian thriller The Disappearance; and showed up in the Italian/English end-of-the-world drama Holocaust 2000. On the London musical stage Virginia succeeded Jean Simmons as Desiree Armfeldt in the Stephen Sondheim hit "A Little Night Music" and in a 1979 revival of "The King of I" opposite perennial king Yul Brynner that ran 16 months. On TV the actress gravitated towards period pieces in roles that ranged from Daisy in The Edwardians; to Clemmie Churchill in The Gathering Storm to Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan to Portia in Julius Caesar.

Despite appearing in roles from the 1980s on, which included playing Gertrude alongside Roger Rees in 1984's "Hamlet," a role in the plush mini-series The Camomile Lawn and a recent support role in the film Love/Loss, Virginia was more committed to her wild animals activism. Very much involved with the global influence of the Born Free Foundation and its Zoo Check project, Virginia earned an OBE for her services to wildlife conservation and animal welfare.

Bill died in 1994 but their son Will Travers has embodied their enthusiasm towards wildlife, becoming the CEO of the Born Free Foundation. Virginia is the author of several wildlife books and her autobiography "The Life in My Years" was published in 2009. One of her more recent outings was a 2011 appearance in the long-running, award-winning BBC documentary series The Natural World.

Jack Roth

Jack Roth, born in 1984 is the son of actor Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, etc) and award-winning writer and producer Lori Baker. He did not attend drama school, his acting talent was learned from his environment. Jack is best known for his roles as 'Max' in Sky Living's second series of 'Bedlam'(2012) and Dolge Orlick in BBC's 'Great Expectations'(2011). Other roles range from television, theatre (Quadrophenia) and film (Strawberry Fields). He is also an aspiring musician. According to a member of The Broadway Theatre, Catford, Jack gave the best Audition they had sat through when they first saw him 2006. He is now represented by Markham & Frogatt.

Raquel Beaudene

Raquel Beaudene was "discovered" at the age of seven in her parents computer store. She then began modeling with Stars the agency in San Francisco for print work such as Macy's, Mervyns, etc. Her agency then split to add a theatrical side. About three months after she had started auditioning she landed the role of Estella in Great Expectations at the age of nine. After filming in New York and Florida and going from a green-eyed brunette to a blue-eyed blonde, she switched to GML agency in L.A. After working for a few years, she decided to take a break from acting and pursue her education. She graduated high school at the age of sixteen and then received her AA two years later. At the age of eighteen she married the boy next door. She is focused on her family and does not know if she plans any returns to the screen.

Tom Canton

Tom is a British actor who graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2012. Theatre jobs since graduating include Dorian Gray in 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Sergei in 'Sons Without Fathers' after Chekovs Platonov at Arcola London/ Belgrade Coventry, and Pip in 'Great Expectations' at Bristol Old Vic.

Darius Miles

Darius LaVar Miles is one of the most physically gifted and tantalizing talents ever to grace the hardcourts of the National Basketball Association. He's an opposing coach's match up nightmare. Darius, at 6' 9", has the height of a frontcourt player, but the nimbleness and the ball handling ability of a player that's much smaller. He jumped from East St. Louis HS in Illinois where he was a Parade, USA Today and McDonalds All-American to the NBA via the 3rd overall pick in the 2000 draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. With that pick he became the first High Schooler ever selected by the organization. After joining the Clippers, he teamed up with fellow NBA neophyte Quentin Richardson to form one of the most exciting and explosive tandems in the league. His two-year stay in LA ended when he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers following the 2001-2002 season. His 2-year stay in Cleveland, like in LA, was filled with flashes of shear brilliance that kept the public as well as the team teeming with great expectations but returned very few results. The two frustrating years ended when Darius was again traded, this time in the middle of the 2003-2004 season to Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen's Portland Trailblazers. There, his potential has finally turned into true results as he has blossomed in the Pacific Northwest. His development as a player and as a young man has culminated in the Blazers' giving him a 6 year, $48 million contract extension, thus solidifying his future in Basketball. His talents however has not been limited to just the hardwood as he has dipped into the world of acting, making his big screen debut in National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002), as well as appearances on the TV series "One on One" and HBO's ARLI$$. In 2004, Darius took on his largest role yet as Desmond Rhodes staring alongside Erika Christensen, Scarlett Johansson, and Matthew Lillard in the comedy The Perfect Score.

Nathaniel Gleed

Nathaniel started acting at the age of 3. At age 4-6, he played Liam Butcher in Eastenders. He is playing young Archie (older Archie is Robert Sheehan) in Demons Never Die. He has just filmed Magwitch which is the prequel to Great Expectations in which he played Willam Sykes. He has been in Bedtime, Green Wing, Man/Woman, Pulling, Emma Walking The Dead, he played Lucas in Rotten Apple - a short film which won one of the top awards in the Berlin Festival, he also plays Tommy in CBeebies Tommy Zoom. He had a small part in the microwave film Shifty is un a short film called Slapper in which he plays James one of the lead characters with Ian Glen playing his dad and Bill Nighy, Directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor. He has the lead role in Revs a short film directed by Thabo Mhlatshwa. He has also been lead boy in over 20 adverts. Nathaniel has played golf from the age of 7 1/2 and he is now a 12.0 handicap and would like to be a scratch player by the time he is age 16.

Kirsten Lea

Kirsten Lea was born in London, England and is the daughter of Charlie Lea, who produced and managed actor Anthony Newley, husband of actress Joan Collins.

Kirsten was brought up immersed in the acting profession and first appeared on stage at the tender age of four, when her father invited her to tread the boards of the world famous stage at the London Palladium, where he worked as a producer.

Kirsten began taking classes in performing arts from the age of four, and was consequently cast in the lead roles in plays as soon as she began attending preparatory school. Throughout her teens, she continued to win the lead roles in plays such as Romeo & Juliet, Great Expectations, A Midsummer's Night Dream and Wuthering Heights. She twice won awards for Best Actress at her local theatre school and later went on to teach children Dance and Drama at the Theatre Train School in London.

After her father's death when she was just sixteen, she chose not to attend a formal drama school, despite winning a scholarship to one. Instead she continued to take private tuition under a range of dance, drama and music coaches while earning a degree in Art History and Journalism. After passing her examinations with distinctions, Kirsten worked for several magazines including Harpers & Queen and had regular features published in magazines such as Company, Women's Health, Total Style, Ms London, Girl About Town and The Magazine Guide. She also wrote a monthly fashion column for British newspaper, The Union Jack, published across America, while also appearing as a model and cover girl for numerous other publications.

Kirsten began writing screenplays in her early twenties and finally turned her hand to production, when she produced a million pound Variety Theatre Show in honor of her late father, in place of her own wedding reception. The show featured family show business friends such as comedian Jimmy Tarbuck, Mind Reader Graham P. Jolley and Grammy-Nominated Jazz Pianist Jamie Cullum. Kirsten also hosted the show.

Continuing her intensive study of acting with private drama teachers in England throughout her early twenties, it was while attending a master class at the London Academy of Film that Kirsten came to the attention of renowned director and acting coach Milfid Ellis, who has described Kirsten as "having a real gift". Milfid has since supported Kirsten in both the classroom and on location.

In early 2008, Kirsten made a highly publicized appearance at both the Spirit Awards for Independent Film and the 80th Annual Academy Awards ® where she was one of 'the most photographed stars on the red carpet'. She then went on to make her feature film debut in the highly anticipated production of _The Soloist (2008)_directed by 'Joe Wright'( Atonement, Pride & Prejudice), where she starred alongside Robert Downey Jr..

Combining her passion for acting and producing, Kirsten launched her own production company, LoveLea Films, with branches in London and Los Angeles where she divides her time.

Michael Balin

Michael hails from the East Coast (born in NJ) where he received his training at Rutgers University and The Mason Gross School of the Arts. While still in school, he joined Actors' Equity when he was cast by Crossroads Theatre, the Tony Award-winning regional company. Theatre credits include: the long-running off-Broadway whodunit "Perfect Crime"; the world premiere of the musical adaptation "Great Expectations" written by John Jakes and Mel Marvin (originating the role of Jaggers); and the Florida Orchestra concert version tour of "The Music Man". Having lived in NY, Florida, and Los Angeles, Michael has worked in TV, feature films, commercials (Disneyland, Verizon), radio voice-overs, print ads (American Express), Internet spots, and live events. More recently, Michael has taken time to concentrate on writing for the stage and screen and has won a Second Place Award and achieved Finalist and Semifinalist status in several international writing competitions and Film Festivals for his plays and screenplays.

Martin Harvey

Martin was born in the UK. His early acting credits include; Michael, west end production of Peter Pan, Oliver, west end production of Oliver, Young Pip (opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins) in Disney's Great Expectations, Dominic Barber in the Central TV pilot, Zero Option and the same character in the resulting series, Saracen. At 11 years old he joined the Royal Ballet School, graduating at 17 into London's Royal Ballet Company. In a 12 year career he danced many principal roles, including; Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling, Onegin in Onegin, Colas in La Fille Mal Gardee, Lescaut in Manon and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. In 2008 he took on the lead role of Johnny Castle in the west end production of Dirty Dancing, for which he received the UK Critics' Circle Spotlight Award. He then moved to New York, where his principal credits include; David Michalek's Portraits in Dramatic Time (with Alan Rickman and William H. Macy), Sir Richard Eyre's Carmen, Twyla Tharp's Come Fly Away, A Chorus Line, Gossip Girl, All My Children, While The Cat's Away (Cannes Film Festival, 2013) and A Cool Dark Place (Cannes Film Festival, 2014).

Emma Lowndes

Born in Salford in 1975 Emma Lowndes was bitten by the acting bug at the age of eight when her school class was invited to take part in Opera North's production of 'Carmen'. Having been head girl at school and an English graduate from York University she managed to get a place at RADA thanks to Richard Attenborough, who championed her audition, and also to another Salfordian, Albert Finney, who helped set up the Salford Sport and Arts Fund which paid for her three-year course. Since graduation she has appeared on stage at the Manchester Exchange Theatre, where her performance in 'The Seagull' saw her nominated for an Ian Charleson award, and as the lead in 'The Rise and Fall of Little Voice'. For the Royal Shakespeare Company she was in 'Great Expectations, 'Therese Raquin' for the National and in the West End revival of 'Whose Life Is It Anyway?'. In 2009 she reprised her role as Bella Gregson' from the first series of television costume drama 'Cranford', where one of her many co-stars was Lisa Dillon, the actress who pipped Emma to winning the Ian Charleson award.

Gerard Barrett

After school Barrett attended Tralee IT where he studied Film, TV and Media. Also worked and trained in Radio with Kerry Radio.

Barrett won the IFTA Rising Star Award at the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards in Dublin for his debut feature 'Pilgrim Hill'. Previous winners of the award include Michael Fassbender and Saoirse Ronan.

In 2012 at the age of 24, Barrett's debut feature film 'Pilgrim Hill' premiered at the Galway International Film Festival in Ireland and immediately garnered critical acclaim, with critics calling the film "a masterful debut from a first time filmmaker". He won the Bingham Ray Best New Irish Talent Award at the Festival and the film won the Irish Times Best Film of the Festival. The film was then personally selected by Tom Luddy to have it's World Premiere at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival in Colorado. Barrett was also selected as the Great Expectation at the Festival, an honour bestowed to such filmmakers as Alexander Payne.

In January 2014, Barrett shot his second feature film 'Glassland' in Dublin, starring Jack Reynor, Will Poulter and Toni Collette. 'Glassland' had it's Irish premiere in July 2014 at the Galway International Film Festival and won Best Film garnering unanimous critical acclaim.

Zygi Kamasa

Zygi Kamasa is the CEO of Lionsgate UK, one of the leading independent distributors in the UK.

Zygi started his film career in 1993 as the Founder and Managing Director of TV production company Scorpio Productions, based at Pinewood Studios. In 1998, he co-founded the independent film distribution company Redbus Film. In October 2005, Redbus Films Distribution was sold to Lionsgate Entertainment.

Through Redbus to Lionsgate UK, Zygi has overseen the investment, production, and distribution of over 350 films and has had over 150 UK Top Ten Box Office hits including, most recently, blockbusters The Expendables 1 & 2, The Hunger Games and its sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-winning Hurt Locker, Olympus Has Fallen, The Cabin in the Woods, and Steven Soderbergh's acclaimed hit Magic Mike.

Zygi has made investing in UK projects a key part of the company strategy, beginning with Lasse Hallstrom's Salmon Fishing in the Yemen starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt, and Great Expectations starring Ralph Fiennes & Helena Bonham Carter. Releases this year included: the Irvine Welsh-scribed Filth starring James McAvoy and Dom Hemingway starring Jude Law & Richard E. Grant. The much-anticipated adaption of Eric Lomax's autobiography The Railway Man starring Colin Firth & Nicole Kidman releases in early 2014, followed by the period drama A Little Chaos directed by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet & Matthias Schoenaerts.

William Ellis

Born in London (England). He trained at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He has worked since in British Theatre, including London's National Theatre, and London's West End playing Algernon Moncreiff in Peter Gill's production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" at the Vaudeville Theatre. He has recently been a part of The Peter Hall Company 2011. He has most recently appeared in Mike Newell's "Great Expectations", and also the HBO Series "Parade's End".

He is a keen Open Water Swimmer - representing GB at Masters Level.

James Hillier

James is a British actor with a wide ranging theatre and screen career. Born in Kent to Anthony and Susan Hillier he is the eldest of three boys. He studied English Literature at King's College, London and then went on to train at RADA from where he went straight into the prestigious BBC production of Great Expectation. His stage work includes 'Lulu' at the Almeida, 'The Homecoming' at The Royal Exchange, the British Premier of Tennessee Williams, 'Something Cloudy Something Clear' and 'Blue Surge' by Rebecca Gilman for which he was nominated for a Best Male Performer Award. James is artistic director of theatre company Defibrillator. He spends his spare time with his long time partner Amy Lamont and their two boys and is a talented sportsman and sports fan, following Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Catherine Porter

Catherine Porter was born in New York and trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arms.

She has performed in various theatrical shows such as Tonight's The Night alongside Tim Howar, Dianne Pilkington, Hannah Waddingham, Howard Samuels, Tim Funnell and Mike Mckell.

Also performed in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sunset Boulevard, Taboo workshop, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, Only the Lonely and workshop of Great Expectations.

She has released various solo songs and albums.

Charlie Callaghan

Charlie Benedict Scotland Callaghan was born in Hampshire in August 1999. He began acting when he was 7 years old and following early stage & screen successes, including his RSC debut and The Awakening, was spotted by the original Harry Potter Casting Director for Young Herbert Pocket in Mike Newell's Great Expectations. His next role is as Jacob DeCharme in Mark Roper's Terror Island. When not working on big productions Charlie will be found shooting short films with his friends, when not dancing, singing or playing guitar. He is the eldest of four children.

Jill Forster

Jill Foster was born in Britain and immigrated to Australia in 1964 to pursue a career in modeling. Crawford Productions gave provided her with her first acting opportunity in Hunter (a television series).

She appeared in the movies Libdo, Great Expectations and Say A Little Prayer. Television roles included Hunter, Number 86, The Box, Prisoner, The Restless Years, The Man From Snowy River, A Country Practice, The Power and The Passion, Beauty and The Beast, Seachanges; as well as Hosting Creature Features as Vampira.

She married fellow actor John Stanton.

Freda Jackson

Freda Jackson was born in Nottingham, England in 1908, the daughter of a railway porter. After studying at High Pavement School and the University College there, she became a schoolteacher but gave up her career to study acting at the Royal College of Art, in London. Her first professional stage appearance was in Northampton, England in 1934, before moving on to London's West End in 1936. In 1938 she joined the prestigious Old Vic company, touring with them in Europe and Egypt. She played Shakespeare at Stratford on Avon in 1940, but it was in 1945 that she gained fame in 'No Room at the Inn' in London. Following this success she went on to play many starring roles. In total Freda Jackson appeared in some sixty two major stage roles in England and overseas.

At the same time she appeared in twenty six films, including Sir Laurence Olivier's 'Henry V', David Lean's version of Dicken's 'Great Expectations', Tony Richardson's 'Tom Jones', and the Hammer Horror classic 'Brides of Dracula'. Not content with this she also appeared in several classic British television shows, including Maigret, Adam Adamant Lives, and Blake's 7, together with a number of more serious dramas.

Freda Jackson, who was married to the painter Henry Bird ARCA, died in 1990.

Gerry Sundquist

Actor Gerry Sundquist was born Gerald Christopher Sundquist in Manchester. He was known professionally as Gerry Sundquist, but always affectionately known as Ged to his friends.

He grew up in Chorlton with his older brother and younger sister. He developed an interest in acting at primary school and joined the Stretford Children's Theatre whilst still at school - St. Augustine's R.C. Grammar School in Wythenshawe.

On leaving school at 16 he worked briefly on the night shift at the Kellogg's factory in Manchester, but keen to pursue his acting career he soon moved to London. His first real breakthrough came in 1974 when he was cast in his first professional TV role as Jim in the popular 10-part Granada TV serial 'Soldier & Me' followed by the role of Billy in 'The Siege of Golden Hill' in 1975. He also appeared in many theatre productions in the mid 1970s - the Young Vic's production of 'All Walk of Leg', 'The Fantastic Fairground' and 'Macbeth' in 1975, following on with a memorable portrayal of Alan Strang in John Dexter's production of 'Equus' at the National Theatre in 1976.

His other TV and film roles include an appearance as Malic in 'The Dorcons' episode of 'Space 1999', in 1978, the starring role in 'Music Machine' in 1979, Michael Radlet in the TV drama, 'The Mallens' in 1980 and one of his finest roles, 'Pip' in the 1981 BBC adaption of 'Great Expectations'. Appearances in 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' in 1982 and 'The Last Days of Pompeii' and 'Don't Open 'til Christmas' in 1984, followed.

In between filming in various locations around the world, Gerry lived in the Cotswolds village of Barnsley for a time and then moved back to London. However, his personal life and career seemed to go into a downward spiral in the mid 1980s.

Throughout his most difficult times he was supported by his loving family, especially his brother Geoffrey and with his help Gerry seemed to gradually overcome his problems and resume his acting career. In 1992 he played a character called Jimmy Matthews in 'Lost Boy' - an episode of the long running ITV series, 'The Bill' but this was Gerry's last TV appearance. Despite his apparent hope for the future, Gerry took his own life by jumping in front of a train at Norbiton train station on Sunday, 1st August, 1993. He was only 37 years old. He left a suicide note apologising to his family for "letting you down". His funeral took place in Kingston, Surrey.

Gerry's brother, Geoffrey was inspired to create a lasting tribute to Gerry's life and created a children's story - 'Father Christmas and the Missing Reindeer', inspired by childhood memories of time spent with Gerry and their family at Christmas time. The book was published and later made into an animated short film and released in 1997 - dedicated to Gerry's memory.

After his first book, Geoffrey began writing a screenplay for a film entitled 'The Whistling Boys', a story about two brothers, set during the First World War. However, the film was never realised as, sadly, Geoffrey Sundquist passed away in March, 2005.

Ruth Myers

Two-time Academy Award Nominee Ruth Myers was brought up in Manchester, England. She trained at St. Martin's School of Art in London, then went to work at the Royal Court Theatre on a student grant, followed by a year working in repertory. Ms. Myers next returned to the Royal Court, contributing to at least 15 productions which included John Osborne's "Hotel in Amsterdam" and "Time Present", and David Hare's "Stag".

Her first professional assignment was sewing sequins all night on costumes for the great designer Anthony Powell. During this period, Ms. Myers worked as assistant to the legendary Sophie Devine, who as 'Motley' had created the costumes for many of the early English classic films including director David Lean's "Great Expectations". With her encouragement, Ms. Myers started to design for the theatre and then for low-budget English films beginning in 1967 with "Smashing Time" (now famous for its era-defining Mod look), "A Touch of Class", Peter Medak's "The Ruling Class", and "The Twelve Chairs".

After being persuaded to come to America by Gene Wilder, she collaborated with him on "The World's Greatest Lover," "The Woman in Red" and "Haunted Honeymoon." She also then designed for Joseph Losey's "Galileo" and "The Romantic Englishwoman." It was on this film that she met her late husband, noted Production Designer, Richard MacDonald. As a couple they enjoyed a dynamic collaboration on films that include Sydney Pollack's "The Firm"; Fred Schepsi's "Plenty" and 'The Russia House"; Norman Jewison's "And Justice For All"; Ken Russell's "Altered States"; Jack Clayton's "Something Wicked This Way Comes"; and Barry Sonnenfeld's "The Addams Family," for which Ms. Myers received an Academy Award nomination.

Since 1993, she has designed more than 30 films including Curtis Hanson's "L.A. Confidential"; Douglas McGrath's "Emma," (for which she earned her second Academy Award nomination) "Nicholas Nickelby" and "Infamous"; Taylor Hackford's "Proof of Life,"; Mimi Leder's "Deep Impact"; John Curran's "The Painted Veil." Her most recent films are the forthcoming "City of Ember," directed by Gil Kenan; and "The Golden Compass," directed by Chris Weitz.

In 2003 Ms. Myers designed the costumes for the pilot episode of HBO's "Carnivale," creating the look for the continuing series and garnering an Emmy.

Richard James

Richard was born on 28 January, 1969. After a comprehensive education, Richard accepted a place on the three year acting course at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 1989. Following graduation, Richard gained representation by Brown Simcocks & Andrews, who have represented him ever since. He is a familiar face on British children's' television, thanks largely to his regular and guest roles in series like 'Sir Gadabout', 'The Mysti Show', 'My Parents Are Aliens' and 'MI High'. His growing list of film credits includes 'Stormbreaker', 'The Wind in the Willows' and 'Great Expectations', and he is also carving a name for himself as a writer of comedy plays.

William S. Gilbert

William Schwenck Gilbert was born in London on November 18, 1836, to William Gilbert, a retired naval surgeon, and his wife Anne. The Gilberts would add three younger girls to the brood: Jane, Maud and Florence. His parents were cold and distant, with prickly characters. Stern and unyielding, they did not show affection for their son, who absorbed their inflexibility and emotional frigidity. His parents' relationship was strained, and they separated in 1876. Gilbert cared more for his father than his mother, but his biographers are mute on his feelings towards his father's death, or indeed, about his relations with his parents at all . Gilbert remained detached from life, regarding its triumphs and defeats with a reserve, a sense of atomization likely inherited from his parents.

Young William spent his formative years touring Europe with his parents before they returned to London in 1847. He was sent to the Great Ealing School and completed his education at King's College, London. He did not go on to Oxford as he was determined to join the Army to fight in Crimea. He failed to obtain a commission, and turned his attention towards making a career as a government clerk and barrister in the years 1857-66.

His interest in the theater seems to have come to him at an early age. Circa 1861, he began making submissions of prose, verse and drawings to the comic magazine "Fun," writing "The Bab Ballads" for the wag rag. He turned to playwriting, and his first legitimate production, "Uncle Baby," debuted at London's Royal Lyceum Theatre ion the October 31, 1863. The play ran seven weeks, but he was not produced again until 1866, when his pantomime "Hush-a-Bye Baby" and his burlesque "Dulcamara" were produced in December. He continued to work in burlesques for the next three years , making a reputation for himself as a tasteful and intelligent writer. Burlesque in the 19th century was akin to vaudeville, with star turns, ballet, and spectacle. Gilbert had no control over his work as in burlesque, as the stars were the thing, a position of powerlessness he resented.

Gilbert married Lucy Agnes Turner on of August 6, 1867. Little is known of her, although most biographers speculated that her personality was soothing and conciliatory, a fitting counterpoint to Gilbert's own abrasive and confrontational personality. She likely dominated her household, and Gilbert even may have been afraid of her anger lest he trespass her in her domestic fiefdom.

Gilbert's last burlesque, "The Pretty Druidess," debuted on June 19, 1869. He had already began writing for the Gallery of Illustration, a small, sophisticated theater that produced his "No Cards" on March 29th, earlier that year. Freed from the interference of stage-managers of the more vulgar, commercial theater, Gilbert was able to develop his personal style while writing for the Gallery. The Gallery presented six Gilbert musicals in which his unique tone of voice began to emerge.

Adopting a more restrained style, he produced "fairy comedies" in blank verse for the Haymarket Theatre. The fairy comedies presented a more tasteful and popular entertainment than the farce and burlesque that dominated the theater. He became a theatrical director in this period, and began directing his own plays so as to exert artistic control over them and fully realize their potential. In 1867, he directed the Liverpool production of "La Vivandiere" and the London production of "Thespis" in 1871, a year that saw six other Gilbert productions on the boards. As a director, he aimed to introduce subtlety into the English theater. "Thespis," though not a hit, is significant in that it is his first collaboration with Arthur Sullivan. Their first hit would come with their second collaboration, four years later, with "Trial by Jury."

His output for the theater included farces, operetta librettos, adaptations of novels such as Dickens' "Great Expectations," and translations of French drama. He even dabbled in writing serious drama, though he was not notably successful in that genre. The strain of so much work led to his leaving "Fun."

Gilbert's reputation was waxing, and he was positioning himself as one of the major forces on the English stage. He collaborated with Gilbert a Beckett on the political satire "The Happy Land" in 1873. The play, which lampooned prime minister Gladstone and two of his ministers, was banned briefly. This was the beginning of Gilbert pushing the parameters of what could be presented on the English stage. While Gilbert did tend to be iconoclastic, he worked in the popular theater and needed success to continue to work. Drama was then the least respected of the literary professions, and in his career, he attempted to make it more respectable, succeeding to the degree that the next generation's leading lights, Oscar Wilde and Bernard Shaw, were able to tackle more sensitive subjects while being respected as major authors.

Up until Gilbert decided to publish his oeuvre, plays were published very cheaply, as pamphlets for the use of actors rather than readers. Gilbert wanted his plays published as real books, proofread and attractive so they could find a place in the home libraries of gentlemen. The first volume of Gilbert's plays was published in 1875 by the respectable house Chatto and Windus in a an attractively-bound, well-printed volume that eliminated stage jargon intended for actors. Such a well-published book was unheard of for a new, relatively controversial dramatist like Gilbert, as it typically was the province of older, for long-established dramatists to be published in respectable volumes. Gilbert eventually published three more volumes of his original plays, and his popularity was such that he even made a profit from them.

After the success of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Trial by Jury," Richard D'Oyly Carte became the duo's producer. The third Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration, "The Sorcerer," was presented in 1877, as was his masterpiece "Engaged," a cynical and ironic work that was very funny. Critics attacked the play as debasing the human spirit. However, critics and audiences eventually would accept Gilbert's cynicism when he wrote in tandem with Sullivan due to the ameliorating affect of the latter's music. The audience also began to get used to Gilbert's cynical voice.

"The Sorcerer" was a success, but their next production, "H.M.S. Pinafore" (1878) was a blockbuster hit that engendered multiple pirate productions in the United States. The next year, they had an equivalent hit with their "The Pirates of Penzance." To stymie the American pirates, D'Oyly Carte presented its own "H.M.S. Pinafore" production in New York City in 1879, then introduced Gilbert and Sullivan's as-yet-unpirated "Pirates of Penzance" to the New York audience.

Gilbert continued to write plays without the participation of Sullivan, but they were not successes. His serious drama "The Ne'er-Do-Weel" (1878) flopped after opening to awful reviews, and the rewritten version, "The Vagabond," also proved a flop. Gilbert's blank-verse tragedy "Gretchen" (1879) lasted but three weeks on the boards, as did his farce "Foggerty's Fairy" (1881). The 1881, Gilbert and Sullivan's satire on Oscar Wilde and his circle, "Patience" was a success. ("Patience" eventually was transferred to the new Savoy Theatre, which Gilbert's personal company also made its home.) Coming after the failure of "Foggerty's Fairy," Gilbert decided to focus his writing to his collaboration with Sullivan. His production slowed down, partly due to his economic success obviating a need to continually turn out new plays like clockwork, but mostly due to the new careful and systematic writing methods he adopted.

In an 1885 interview, he admitted to laboriously developing his plots, in consultation with Sullivan in multiple drafts. He would create a skeleton libretto using the fewest words possible to sketch out the actions of the piece. Songs and dialog would be slowly developed and polished. This new process was time-intensive, and produced but one operetta per year, and while it produced many masterpieces, it took the risk out of Gilbert's work. He started settling into formula, which betrayed his iconoclastic nature.

For the rest of the decade, Gilbert-and-Sullivan produced "Iolanthe" (1882), "Princess Ida" (1884), "The Mikado" (1885), "Ruddigore" (1887) and "The Yeomen of the Guard" (1888). Despite its success, the collaboration became tenuous, and after "Princess Ida," Sullivan refused to write anything more for D'Oyly Carte's theater, The Savoy, and departed for a five-week-long European. When he returned to London, both Gilbert and D'Oyly Carte tried to persuade him to continue the collaboration, but Sullivan was tired of the contrived plots and balked at Gilbert's insistence that the plot of their next work involve a magic pill. Finally, Sullivan relented when Gilbert, aware of the vogue for Japanese culture then current in Europe, developed the plot for what became "The Mikado."

After "The Gondoliers," the Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration broke up permanently. The split-up was triggered by the expenses incurred by the Savoy Theater, which were shared equally by Gilbert, Sullivan and D'Oyly Carte. Gilbert objected when D'Oyly Carte bought a very expensive carpet for the theater. Sullivan tried to remain neutral in the feud between Gilbert and D'Oyly Carte, but when he came down on the side of the latter, Gilbert bolted the partnership, though he remained friends with his collaborator. Neither Gilbert or Sullivan would prove as successful as when they collaborated, and Sir Arthur Sullivan eventually would become a morphine addict due to his attempts to assuage the pain from his declining health. He died on November 22, 1900 in London. D'Oyly Carte joined him in death a few months later.

There were many reasons for the break-up of the collaboration other than the expensive carpet. By the time of the premiere of "The Gondoliers" (1889), Gilbert's creative powers were in decline. His wit, once so concise, was replaced by a verbosity, which became more pronounced with "Utopia, Limited" (1893) and "The Grand Duke" (1896). The audiences demanded that Gilbert hew to the formula that had made him a huge success, but he had grown weary of it. "The Grand Duke" is a tired riff on the old formula, so much so that it is almost a parody.

Gilbert went into semi-retirement at his home in Grim's Dyke Harrow Weald after "The Grand Duke," where he played the country squire. He continued to write and finished four more plays in his lifetime. He turned out the serious melodrama "The Fortune Hunter" (1897) but returned to his lighter style with "The Fairy's Dilemma" (1904). After being knighted in 1907, he rewrote "The Wicked World" as "Fallen Fairies" (1909), with music provided by Edward German. His last produced work was the short piece "The Hooligan" (1911), which hit the boards four months before his death. "The Hooligan" represented a departure for Gilbert into serious drama, and might have been the direction his career would have taken had he lived.

Sir William S. Gilbert died on of May 29, 1911, while teaching two young women how to swim in his lake at Grim's Dyke. One the women, out of her depth, called out for help and Gilbert tried to rescue her. Accounts are conflicting, and he died of heart failure either in the middle of the lake during the attempted rescue or shortly thereafter.

One of his epigrams could serve as his epitaph, tongue-in-cheek: "Did nothing in particular, and did it very well."

Tieva Lovelle

Tieva Lovelle was born in the former communist state of Georgia - Tbilisi to a renowned dissident Georgian Artist and one of Russia's most revered actresses of that time. Her early life was spent in Taganrog Bay a port city in Rostov on the shores of the Azov Sea - southern Russia, before the inevitable separation of her parents prompted a move to Moscow and, through her mother, an unsettlingly candid immersion in the confused, though highly creative atmosphere that pervaded in the Russian capital at the time.

A few years later and in coincidence with the fall of Communism, the newly re-composed Lavrentieva family moved to London in the early 1990s. When asked about this period in her life, Tieva only refers to it as a time where we pretty much existed upon the fringes, moving regularly and rarely settling in one place. However, she does admit that whilst it was a time of constant upheaval, it perhaps also represents, in many ways, a time from which she now draws a great deal of inspiration. More recently, Tieva has enjoyed some success by following tentatively in maternal footsteps, with spells of studying Performing Arts/Screen Acting and moving on to work in the TV and Film industry. Tieva has worked and travelled on both sides of the Atlantic, working for E-entertainment network, The BBC, ITV and Channel 4 as well as working along side with the likes of such directorial luminaries as David Cronenberg, Kristoffer Nyholm; actors Martin Shaw, Amanda Donohoe, Kris Marshall, Caroline Quentin, Shaun Evans and producer/rapper Dr Dre. Tieva has recently been picked up by prolific agent Kristin Tarry of TCG Artist Management (known for helping to launch the careers of such talents as Jeremy Irvine the lead in Warhorse and Great Expectations).

Tom Burstall

Tom Burstall graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art at the University of New South Wales where he completed a course in Production in 1972. After directing several productions for theatre he joined Crawford Productions, working for several years as a First Assistant Director. Tom also acted as lst AD on TANDARRA for the Seven Network and WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE for Network Ten. Tom Produced the Advance Australia series of commercials for MDA. In 1976 Tom went freelance as an Assistant Director working on over a dozen features and several series and mini series shot throughout Australia. Tom has acted as a consultant for both the West Australian Film Corporation and Film Victoria. Producer or Co-Producer on DUET FOR FOUR, MIDNITE SPARES, NEIL LYNNE, DEVIL IN THE FLESH, SLATE WYN AND ME and GREAT EXPECTATIONS - THE UNTOLD STORY. Tom devised and developed the idea of GREAT EXPECTATIONS - THE UNTOLD STORY. This $6,000,000 - project was the first to involve the National broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, in a local Co-Production. Tom was Story Editor on SLATE Y4YN AND ME and GREAT EXPECTATIONS - THE UNTOLD STORY. Both of the above projects have been sold to the Hemdale Corporation for world wide distribution. From 1988 - 1990 Tom was based in Los Angeles where he established Parasol Films Inc. During this period Tom prepared shooting schedules for several production companies including Village Roadshow. Tom also script edited several feature projects. Tom has worked as a Completion Guarantor Representative for Motion Picture Guarantors Ltd, on several Australian and OIS productions. Tom was appointed Vice President, Australia Pacific Rim, for a new joint venture between MPG and First Australian Completion Bond. MPG are now the second largest Guarantor worldwide. Tom is involved in risk management issues with AME. Tom was appointed last year to the Cinemedia board, the largest state film body in Australia Tom also acts as a production analyst for several Australian and International film companies. Australian Writers Guild.

Christine Edzard

Christine Edzard was born in Paris in 1945 of German-born father, painter Dietz Edzard and Gdansk-born mother, painter Susanne Eisendieck. After studying for a degree in Economics, she began a career in the theatre as an assistant to Lila de Nobili and Rostislav Doboujinsky. Whilst in Rome, working on Franco Zefferelli's "Romeo and Juliet", she met Richard Goodwin, the producer, to whom she is married. In 1971, having designed several productions for various European Opera and Theatre companies, Christine Edzard wrote the script of "Tales of Beatrix Potter" and designed, with Doboujinsky, both the sets and costumes. This marked the birth of Sands Films. In 1975, Christine Edzard and Richard Goodwin moved into two disused warehouses in Rotherhithe, South London, where they equipped a small film studio and made three short films which Christine Edzard wrote and directed: "The Little Match Girl", "The Kitchen" and "Little Ida". These films were based on stories by Hans Christian Andersen and were released by EMI in 1979 under the title: "Stories From a Flying Trunk". Christine Edzard's subsequent films include the animated film "The Nightingale" (1981) and her first feature, entitled "Biddy" (1982), describing the life of a nanny between 1860 and the turn of the century; she wrote and directed both films. In 1983 Christine Edzard Began work, with Olivier Stockman, on her six-hour film adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit", which was released to enormous acclaim in 1987. The film received many awards, including: Oscar Nomination for Screenplay adaptation, 1988; BAFTA as Best Screenplay; the Los Angeles Critics Award for best film; and for the cast: Derek Jacobi received the Evening Standard Award for best actor; Miriam Margolyes received the Globe Award and Sir Alec Guinness received the Berlin Film Festival Award and had both Oscar and BAFTA nominations. Soon after Christine Edzard began work on "The Fool" which she directed after having written an original screenplay based on the work of Henry Mayhew. Like her previous work this remarkable piece stands out by the quality of its cast and the meticulous details of its production designs. In 1991 Christine Edzard directed a film adaptation of William Shakespeare's "As You Like It" in contemporary setting. Again the cast include a myriad of British acting talents; James Fox, Cyril Cusack, Griff Rhys Jones and Miriam Margolyes to name but a few. In 1992 Sands re-created the sets and costumes of "Tales of Beatrix Potter", this time, however, for the live revival of the film at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. With the making of these films, the studio grew bigger and immediately after "the Fool" Sands began to provide studio space and facilities to outside productions. In particular, Sands Films has built up a formidable reputation for the making of 19C. period costumes. The company has made and supplied costumes to many of the most prestigious period dramas made for cinema as well as TV: recent projects include "Amistad", "Oscar and Lucinda", "The Woman in White", "Great Expectations" (Bafta for best costumes), "Gormenghast", "Topsy-Turvy" (Oscar for best costumes). In 1996 Christine Edzard completed the location filming of Gian Carlo Menotti's opera: "Amahl and the Night Visitors" for which she also designed the sets and costumes. 1997 saw Christine Edzard write, design and direct "The Nutcracker" a dramatised, non-ballet version of the Hoffmann tale, in IMAX 3D... The first entirely European production of an Imax 3D feature.

Shawn Griffith

Shawn holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Film Production and cinematography from The University of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Shawn Griffith, Director, Producer, Line Producer, Unit Production Manager has over 22 years in the entertainment industry. As a member of the Director's Guild of America, Shawn Griffith has accumulated credits on numerous studio, independent, and network feature films and television series. Griffith has worked with such notables as Robert DeNiro, Sydney Pollack, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Harrison Ford, Bernie Pollack, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Shawn produced "Cowgirls N Angels" in Oklahoma, Line Produced "Searching for Sonny", "Mongolian Death Worms" (ScFi Network) and "Hands of the Dragon", shot in Deli, Rajasthan, Calcutta and Mumbai (Bollywood). He producing the award winning films "The Locker", and "Agenda".

Shawn has taken time to lecture at multiple and mentor the students at KD college in Dallas Texas. Griffith is dedicated to adolescent wellness and education, and works to introduce youth to the film industry. Along with being a mentor to high school students, a keynote speaker at many career seminars and film camps around the country, Griffith has also directed and produced the children's television series Reggie & the Roustabouts. He strives to introduce youth to this Industry, and motivate them to succeed, no matter what

As a member of the Director's Guild of America (DGA), he has accumulated credits on films such as "City by the Sea" (Warner Brothers), "Rollerball" (MGM), "Devil's Advocate" (Warner Brothers), "Uptown Girls" (MGM), "Random Hearts" (Sony Pictures), "Flawless" (MGM), "The Riff" (All Channel Pictures), "Eraser" (Warner Brothers), "Great Expectations" (20th Century Fox), and the television series, "The WestWing" (Warner Brothers).

He is also an accomplished actor, and musician.

Claude Letessier

Letessier studied psycho-acoustics and political economy (PhD) before starting what would become the most important music production and sound design company in Europe: Vol de Nuit. In 1996, upon his invitation, he joined long time friend Hans Zimmer, to create a sound design division at Media Ventures in Santa Monica and collaborate with Hans on numerous major projects. Working with Terrence Malick on The Thin Red Line as a sound designer and an ethnomusicologist (Malick and Letessier produced a CD of the Solomon Islands Melanaisian choirs) and _Endurance (1998)_ certainly was the highlight of his career. Letessier has created and composed sounds and sound design for some of the most prestigious and creative directors: Steven Spielberg, Marc Pellington, Tarsem, Wong-Kar Wai, Michael Bay, Traktor, John Stockwell and, of course, his mentor: Terrence Malick.

Letessier recently teamed up with veteran Sound Supervisor Kelly Cabral and they now work with an incredibely skilled team of sound craftsmen (and women) out of "The Racket" in Burbank. Current projects include designing and co- supervising visceral sounds for the greatly expected Len Wiseman feature film: Underworld.

Tom Ward-Thomas

English actor Tom Ward-Thomas was born in London and raised in rural Hampshire. Son of Anthony, owner of a successful removal company, and Amanda, impressionist painter. Tom attended Bedales School and became a member of the National Youth Theatre before following a career in acting. He's one of three, with two younger, twin sisters, Catherine and Lizzy, who form the country duo Ward Thomas. Tom has appeared in Theatre such as The New Prime Minister and The Danny Crowe Show and his film work includes Summer in February, Great Expectations and The Honourable Rebel.

Jodi Rothfield

Jodi Rothfield hails from New York. She attended Smith College and graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS degree in African American Studies.

Jodi's professional career began as a music producer and manager handling NYC's top session players and rock bands. Her bands played at the notorious New York City rock houses CBGB's, TRAX and Great Gildersleeves, opening for such acts as Talking Heads, Blondie and Guns & Roses. Jodi also worked as a producer for several music houses producing scores and jingles for films, television and radio.

Her casting career began in Los Angeles under the tutelage of Ronnie Yeskel and Gary Zuckerbrod. She moved to Seattle to be with her husband, a native of Washington state, and is now a 25 year veteran of casting for film (Grassroots, Sleepless in Seattle, The Ring, Smoke Signals, Life or Something Like It, American Heart), TV (The Fugitive, Citizen Baines, Under One Roof and season 1 and 3 of The Apprentice) and lead actor searches for features including The Spiderwick Chronicles, Speed Racer, Signs, Hearts in Atlantis, Stepmom, Great Expectations and many, many more.

Jodi is an adjunct instructor at Cornish College of the Arts and The Professional Actors' Training Program at University of Washington.

Jodi loves actors and is a devoted theatergoer.

Kaypri

Born in Teaneck, New Jersey right outside of New York City, Kaypri began acting in sixth grade and wrote her first play in the seventh. After performing in several high school plays and lip sync contests, she was fortunate to acquire a BFA in Acting from the College of Fine Arts at Howard University. In her undergrad years, Kaypri also took several writing classes and in her senior year conceived the challenge of her career, merging her acting and writing talents to create Babygirl.

Babygirl, the coming of age sitcom/drama of a media-codependa-lova-holic, takes her audience through the first loves and losses of childhood, the peer pressures of adolescence, the great expectations of campus life, and finally to the realization that though pop culture might always be our first love, "Sometimes we have to push the off button to find ourselves."

While substitute teaching in the NY area, Kaypri discovered a new audience: adolescents. Since then she has brought her story to youth in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Chicago and Los Angeles.

In addition to performing and producing Babygirl under her Priscilla Belle Productions banner, Kaypri co-authored and edited her mother's autobiography I Didn't Know What I Didn't Know A Southern White Woman's Story About Race. Her mother Dorothy has Altzheimers and had worked on the book for over fifteen years. Kaypri finished the first version of the book for her mother's 80th birthday in 2012 and released it worldwide in the Spring of 2014.

Gala Fahmi

Jala Graduated from Cairo University, Faculty of Arts, English Literature section. She comes from an artistic family, her father Ashraf Fahmy is one the most well known Egyptian directors. Jala showed great interest in cinema ever since she was young, she even acted at school when she made her first performance in Charles Dickens' novel "Great Expectations", but strangely she starred as Pip, not as Estella! She started her career in 1988,with a kind of stand up comedy, a ten minute daily program on the Egyptian National TV. This program proved to be a sucess, it was written by Youssef Auf, one of the biggest comedian writers in the Arab World. Her performance was dazzling, amongst classical TV presenters. The program was a great hit and Jala's breakthrough performance attracted offers to act in cinema. Jala made a variety of roles in comedy,and melodrama but she finds herself in comedian roles because comedian actresses are rare now.

Nic Benns

Nic Benns is a director and film titles designer.

Nic has collaborated on theatrical opening sequences with directors such as Richard Curtis, Stephen Daldry, Lasse Halstrom, Ridley Scott, Paul Haggis, Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman.

His aesthetic is organic and texturally layered. Credits include Contraband, Ripper Street, Nine, Luther, Dracula, The Musketeers, Hannibal, An Education, 30 Days Of Night, Alien Vs Predator and Love Actually.

In 2012 he won the Outstanding Main Titles EMMY for Great Expectations. He has also been EMMY nominated for the opening to HBO's Strike Back.

Kezz Stone

He's been called a musical wonderboy, one of the finest songwriters in England & the best-kept secret in music. Kezz Stone is a British born singer/songwriter hailing from London's Chelsea district.

Born in Bury St Edmunds in 1978 he is the younger of two boys to folk singer Jed Stone & mother Sally Potirakis. Attended Norwich City College sporadically in the mid 90s, preferring to spend most of his time globe trotting with touring bands, & perfecting his bewildering guitar technique. He won the face of 97 modeling competition, & then refused to stand in-front of the camera.

Having gained himself a reputation as a serial model dater, in 2000 he settled down with Italian model Nathalie Petronelli, with whom he set up & runs independent record label Airhead Records. He has released one full-length solo album to date "Great Expectations" released June 2005 & showcased his extraordinary talent playing every single instrument on the album that he recorded on a four-track tape recorder in a house perched on the side of the A1 motorway. The album featured the lyrical ode to his muse Asia Argento who's name is also the songs title, as well as the instrumental "Scarlet Diva", taking its name from the movie written by, directed by & starring Argento.

Likened to his own guitar hero Django Reinhardt, for his ability to play only by ear, as he never learned to read music, insisting, "books should be read, music should be played". Always a musical puzzle Stones influences draw from the energy of 1970's London punk bands, the bluesy rock of Led Zeppelin, & the earthy passion of his gypsy mentors Taraf de Haidouks.

Thought to reside in the glitzy boho surfing town of Biarritz in his adopted country France, his gypsy lifestyle & unpredictability means little factual evidence of Stone exists. Clearly connected & highly protected, his name is like a ripple amongst the coolest of celebrity circles. Only time will tell if he will overcome his shyness & let the rest of the world hear just exactly what they say he's capable of.

Andrew Piper

Andrew was born in London to Rod and Terry Sharp, and moved to Oxford aged 10 when his father started working for a childrens' hospice. He studied at Magdalen College School, Oxford, before going on to graduate with a First in Drama from the University of East Anglia in Norwich. He then went on to train at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where he graduated playing Shylock in 'The Merchant of Venice'.

Since Bristol, theatre work has included national tours of A Midsummer Night's Dream (Peter Quince) and Macbeth (Banquo), Phileas Fogg in Around the World in Eighty Days (Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong), Dr Detmold in the London première of Sondheim's musical Anyone Can Whistle, Hamlet in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead for Jersey Opera House, Herbert Pocket/Uncle Pumblechook in Great Expectations for NTC Touring Theatre, and repertory seasons at a number of theatres where roles have included Bob Phillips in Ayckbourn's How the Other Half Loves, Bryan Snow in Noel Coward's Star Quality and John Terry in Tudor Gates' Who Killed 'Agatha' Christie? Radio work includes various recordings for the BBC, most recently the voice of John Milton for BBC America's The World. Andrew also wrote and delivered the narration - entirely in iambic pentameter - for a concert performance of Berlioz's Beatrice & Benedick for the Cambridge Berlioz Festival. For Methuen Drama he edited Actors' Yearbook for the 2007 and 2008 editions.

Charles Garland

Charles is a writer and composer, television producer and director.

His diverse career began at Birmingham Repertory Theatre as a dancer in a musical, and broadened to include working as an actor; musician; cabaret artist; restaurateur and "after dinner" speaker.

In the theatre, his acting 'swan song' was at The Old Vic Theatre in a production of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, adapted and directed by Peter Coe. Charles played five parts, and composed much of the incidental music, which he helped play on various musical instruments.

Soon after, Charles joined the BBC. His first assignment was as assistant to Sir Jonathan Miller for a new production of Cosi Fan Tutte. Following that, he worked on every type of programme - children's shows such as Blue Peter; five Royal Variety shows; sketch and variety shows, including three years with The Paul Daniels Magic Show (don't ask how it was done); as well as dramas; educational programmes and a stint as director of Top Of The Pops.

Sitcom became a large part of his working life, with Terry and June; Joint Account; and Last Of The Summer Wine as assistant producer, although most of his time was spent with David Croft OBE, on such shows as Hi-De-Hi!; 'Allo 'Allo!; You Rang, M'Lord? and Oh, Dr Beeching! as producer.

Next, over a three year period, Charles re-edited most of the classic comedy archive for the BBC, and the majority of comedy repeats shown in the last five years passed through his hands, including Dad's Army; Are You Being Served?; Steptoe and Son; Porridge; The Good Life and many others.

Having left the BBC, Charles is now freelance, and concentrating on various projects, including a new stage musical; a two act stage play; a two part television drama; a documentary for BBC2; a game show pilot completed in November 2014; a new sitcom; and half a novel which hasn't been touched for weeks, for obvious reasons

Jorge Jaramillo

Jorge Jaramillo has developed his career in direction, illustration, concept art design and animation art direction. As a graduate in Computer Graphics, Animation and Multimedia from LaSalle College International, he worked in the Design and Illustration of many children's publications. Among his many creative works stand out music videos "Theseus" (for Patrick Wolf's song), and "Hellhounds" for the rock band Dante. At the time, he works on projects like his major animated short film "RED", the suspense/horror web series "Bruja" ("Witch", still in preproduction) and his first terror movie "Juega Conmigo" (spanish for "Play with me").

Likewise, he has directed the animated short films "Cygnus, The Battle Race", "The Chicken and the Worm" and "Tree" (still in preproduction), where he also worked as writer. Also, he took part as director and editor in the short film "Boquilla", and the direction of many autostereoscopy spots for History Channel and Super Bowl XLIV, among others. In 2010, he directed the teaser trailer for horror project "Juega Conmigo" (Play with Me, in english), creating great expectations on the web, reflected on many international publications and reviews in well-known horror specialized webpages.

He has also colaborated in various short films, including :"Una de espantos", by Arimaka Studios, winner of Lapiz de Acero and Guadalajara Film Festival, where he worked as Concept Artist, Texture 3d Artist, and did light and render; "Unheimlich" by Juan Manuel Escobar, where he did composition and posproduction; and "Go To Sleep" by Luis Carlos Uribe, where he worked as 3d Artist, and did editing, composition, light and render.

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