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Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten years old, her 40-year-old father died of a sudden heart attack. Her mother never remarried, and her grandmother moved in to help her mother. Cate graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1992 and, in a little over a year, had won both critical and popular acclaim. On graduating from NIDA, she joined the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls", then played Felice Bauer, the bride, in Tim Daly's "Kafka Dances", winning the 1993 Newcomer Award from the Sydney Theatre Critics Circle for her performance. From there, Blanchett moved to the role of Carol in David Mamet's searing polemic "Oleanna", also for the Sydney Theatre Company, and won the Rosemont Best Actress Award, her second award that year. She then co-starred in the ABC Television's prime time drama Heartland, again winning critical acclaim. In 1995, she was nominated for Best Female Performance for her role as Ophelia in the Belvoir Street Theatre Company's production of "Hamlet". Other theatre credits include Helen in the Sydney Theatre Company's "Sweet Phoebe", Miranda in "The Tempest" and Rose in "The Blind Giant is Dancing", both for the Belvoir Street Theatre Company. In other television roles, Blanchett starred as Bianca in ABC's Bordertown, as Janie Morris in G.P. and in ABC's popular series Police Rescue. She made her feature film debut in Paradise Road. She also married writer Andrew Upton in 1997. She had met him a year earlier on a movie set, and they didn't like each other at first. He thought she was aloof, and she thought he was arrogant, but then they connected over a poker game at a party, and she went home with him that night. Three weeks later he proposed marriage and they quickly married before she went off to England to play her breakthrough role in films: the title character in Elizabeth for which she won numerous awards for her performance, including the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama. Cate was also nominated for an Academy Award for the role but lost out to Gwyneth Paltrow. 2001 was a particularly busy year, with starring roles in Bandits, The Shipping News, Charlotte Gray and playing Elf Queen Galadriel in the "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy. She also gave birth to her first child, son Dashiell, in 2001. In 2004, she gave birth to her second son Roman. Also, in 2004, she played actress Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's film "Aviator" (2004), for which she received an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress. Two years later, she received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for playing a teacher having an affair with an underage student in "Notes on a Scandal" (2006). In 2007, she returned to the role that made her a star in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007). It earned her an Oscar nomination as Best Actress. She was nominated for another Oscar that same year as Best Supporting Actress for playing Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There" (2007). In 2008, she gave birth to her third child, son Ignatius. She and her husband became artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company, choosing to spend more time in Australia raising their three sons. She also purchased a multi-million dollar home in Sydney, Australia and named it Bulwarra and made extensive renovations to it. Because of her life in Australia, her film work became sporadic, until Woody Allen cast her in the title role in Blue Jasmine, which won her the Academy Award as Best Actress. She ended her job as artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company, while her husband continued there for two more years before he too resigned. In 2015, she adopted her daughter Edith in her father's homeland of America. That same year, she and her husband sold their multi-million dollar home in Australia at a profit and moved to America. Reasons varied from her wanting to work more in America to wanting to familiarize herself with her late father's American heritage. She played the title role of Carol, a 1950s American housewife in a lesbian affair with a younger woman, for which she received an Oscar nomination as Best Actress. While most actresses might slow down in their forties, Blanchett did the opposite by stretching her boundaries even further, such as when she played 13 different characters in Manifesto and then making her Broadway debut in 2017 in "The Present", which is her husband's adaptation of Chekhov's play "Platonov" for which she earned a Tony nomination as Best Actress in a Play. Also in 2017, she was selected for the highest honor in her birth country: the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

Andy Serkis

Andrew Clement G. Serkis was born April 20, 1964, in Ruislip Manor, West London, England. He has three sisters and a brother. His father, Clement Serkis, an ethnic Armenian whose original family surname was "Serkissian", was a Medical Doctor working abroad, in Iraq; the Serkis family spent a lot of time traveling around the Middle East. For the first ten years of his life, Andy Serkis used to go backwards and forwards between Baghdad and London. His mother, Lylie (Weech), who is British-born, was busy working as a special education teacher of handicapped children, so Andy and his four siblings were raised with au pairs in the house. Young Andy Serkis wanted to be an artist; he was fond of painting and drawing, and visualized himself working behind the scenes in productions. He attended St. Benedict's School, a Roman Catholic School for boys at the Benedictine Abbey in London. Serkis studied visual arts at Lancaster University in the north-west of England. There, he became involved in mechanical aspects of the theatre and did stage design and set building for theatrical productions. Then, Serkis was asked to play a role in a student production, and made his stage debut in Barrie Keeffe's play, "Gotcha"; thereafter, he switched from stage design to acting, which was a real calling that transformed his life.

Instead of going to an acting college, Serkis, in 1985, began his professional acting career at the Duke's Playhouse in Lancaster, where he was given an Equity card and performed in fourteen plays, one after another, as an apprentice of Jonathan Petherbridge. After that, he worked in touring theatre companies, doing it for no money, fueled by a sense of enthusiasm, moving to a new town every week. He has thus appeared in a host of popular plays and on almost every renowned British stage. In 1989, he appeared in a stage production of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth", so beginning his long association with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, where he would return many times, to appear in "She Stoops to Conquer", "Your Home in the West" and the "True Nature of Love", among other plays. In the 1990s, Serkis began to make his mark on the London stage, appearing at the Royal Court Theatre as "The Fool" in "King Lear", making his interpretation of "The Fool" as the woman that "Lear", a widower, could relate to - a man, in drag, as a Victorian musician. He also appeared as "Potts" in the hit play, "Mojo", playing in front of full houses and earning huge critical success. In 1987, Serkis made his debut on television, and he acted in several major British TV miniseries throughout the 1990s.

In 1999, Andy Serkis landed the prize role of "Gollum" in Peter Jackson's epic film trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's saga, "The Lord of the Rings". He spent four years in the part and received awards and nominations for his performance as "Gollum", a computer-generated character in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which won 11 Oscars. "Gollum" was the collaborative team's effort around Serkis's work in performance capture - an art form based on CGI-assisted acting. Serkis's work was an interactive performance in a skin-tight CGI suit with markers allowing cameras to track and register 3D position for each marker. Serkis' every nuance was picked up by several cameras positioned at precisely calculated angles to allow for the software to see enough information to process the image. The images of Serkis' performances were translated into the digital format by animators at Weta Digital studio in New Zealand. There, his image was key-frame animated and then edited into the movie, Serkis did have one scene in "The Return of the King" showing how he originally had the ring, killing another hobbit to posses it after they found it during a fishing trip. He drew from his three cats clearing fur balls out of their throats to develop the constricted voice he produced for "Gollum" and "Sméagol", and it was also enhanced by sound editing in post-production.

Serkis spent almost two years in New Zealand and away from his family, and much of 2002 and 2003 in post-production studios for large periods of time, due to complexity of the creative process of bringing the character of "Gollum" to the screen. Serkis had to shoot two versions for every scene; one version was with him on camera, acting with (chiefly) Elijah Wood and Sean Astin, which served both to show Wood and Astin the moves so that they could precisely interact with the movements of "Gollum", and to provide the CGI artists the subtleties of Gollum's physical movements and facial expressions for their manual finishing of the animated images. In the other version, he'd do the voice off-camera, as Wood and Astin repeated their movements as though "Gollum" were there with them; that take would be the basis for inserting the CGI Gollum used in the released movie. In post-production, Serkis was doing motion-capture wearing a skintight motion capture suit with CGI gear while acting as a virtual puppeteer redoing every single scene in the studio. Additional CGI rotomation was done by animators using the human eye instead of the computer to capture the subtleties of Serkis' performance. Serkis also used this art form in his performance as "Kong" in King Kong, which won him a Toronto Film Critics Association Award (2005) for his unprecedented work helping to realize the main character in "King Kong", and a Visual Effects Society Award (2006) for Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture.

Apart from his line of CGI-driven characters, Serkis continued with traditional acting in several leading and supporting roles, such as his appearances as "Richard Kneeland" opposite Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30, and "Alley" opposite David Bowie in The Prestige, among other film performances. On television, he starred as 'Vincent Van Gogh' in the sixth episode of Simon Schama's Power of Art, the BBC2 series about artists. Serkis is billed as "Capricorn" in the upcoming adventure film, Inkheart. At the same time, he continued the development of performance capture while expanding his career into computer games. He starred as "King Bothan" in the martial arts drama, Heavenly Sword, a Playstation 3 title, for which he provided a basis for his in-game face and also acts as a dramatic director on the project.

Andy Serkis married actress and singer Lorraine Ashbourne, and the couple have three children: daughter Ruby Serkis (born in 1998), and two sons Sonny Serkis (born in 2000) and Louis George Serkis (born on 19 June 2004). Away from acting, Andy Serkis is an accomplished amateur painter. Since his school years at Lancaster, being so close to the Lake District, Serkis developed his other passion in life: mountaineering. He is pescetarian. Serkis has been active in charitable causes, such as The Hope Foundation, which provides essential life-saving medical aid for children suffering from Leukemia and children from countries devastated by war. In October 2006, he was a presenter at the first annual British Academy Video Games Awards at the Roundhouse, London. Andy Serkis lives with his family in North London, England.

Sean Bean

Sean Bean's 20 year career spans theater, radio, television and movies. Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and appeared in a number of West End stage productions including RSC's "Fair Maid of the West" (Spencer), (1986) and "Romeo and Juliet" (1987) (Romeo) , as well as "Deathwatch" (Lederer) (1985) at the Young Vic and "Killing the Cat" (Danny) (1990) at the Theatre Upstairs.

This soulful, green-eyed blonde's roles are so varied that his magnetic persona convincing plays angst-ridden villains, as in Clarissa, passionate lovers like Mellors in Lady Chatterley, rough-and-ready soldiers such as Richard Sharpe, heartwrenching warriors as the emotionally torn Boromir in "The Lord of the Rings," and noble Greeks, like Odysseus in Troy, where his very presence in the film adds grace and validity to the rest of the movie. Recently, he did a turn in Shakespeare's "Macbeth," where as the principal lead, he so transfixed the audience that the show was extended in London and critically acclaimed. Bean, however, remains himself, a man's man, and in the glizty world of movies this is a rare thing indeed. Bean resides in London where he enjoys raising his beautiful daughters, his beloved football, and the occasional pint.

Bean has three daughters, Lorna, Molly and Evie.

Karl Urban

Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Karl Urban now lives in Auckland. Born on June 7, 1972, he is the son of a leather-goods manufacturer (who had hoped that Karl would follow in his footsteps). His first acting role was when he was 8 -- he had a line on a television series. However, he did not act again until after high school. He was offered a role in the NZ soap opera Shortland Street as he was preparing to attend Victoria University. After appearing on the series for the 1993-1994 season, he attended the university for one year, then left to pursue his acting career. Over the next few years, he landed several theater roles in the Wellington area. Eventually, he moved to Auckland, where a number of guest roles in NZ television followed. One of his first roles was that of a heroin addict in the drama series Shark in the Park. He was in a movie as well, entitled Once in Chunuck Bay (aka Chunuk Bair). Other television roles followed, including a guest-starring role in the series White Fang. Karl's biggest roles include Éomer in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek, William Cooper in RED and Judge Dredd in Dredd.

Hugo Weaving

Hugo Wallace Weaving was born on April 4, 1960 in Nigeria, to English parents Anne (Lennard), a tour guide and teacher, and Wallace Weaving, a seismologist. Hugo has an older brother, Simon, and a younger sister, Anna, who both also live and work in Australia. During his early childhood, the Weaving family spent most of their time traveling between Nigeria, Great Britain, and Australia. This was due to the cross-country demands of his father's job in the computer industry. Later, during his teens, Hugo spent three years in England in the seventies attending Queen Elizabeth's Hospital School in Bristol. There, he showed early promise in theater productions and also excelled at history, achieving an A in his O-level examination. He arrived permanently in Australia in 1976 and finished his education at Knox Grammar School, Sydney. He graduated from NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art), a college well-known for other alumni such as Mel Gibson and Geoffrey Rush, in 1981. Since then, Hugo has had a steadily successful career in the film, television, and theater industries. However, he has illustrated that, as renowned as he is known for his film work, he feels most at home on stage and continually performs in Australian theater productions, usually with the Sydney Theater Company. With his success has also come extensive recognition. He has won numerous awards, including two Australian Film Institute Awards (AFI) for Best Actor in a Leading Role and three total nominations. The AFI is the Australian equivalent of an Academy Award, and Hugo won for his performances in Proof and The Interview. He was also nominated for his performance in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. He garnered the Best Acting prize for The Interview at the Montreal Film Festival in 1998 in addition to his AFI Award and, that same year, won the Australian Star of the Year. More recently, roles in films such as The Matrix trilogy as Agent Smith and The Lord of the Rings trilogy as Lord Elrond have considerably raised his international profile. His famous and irreplaceable role in The Matrix movies have made him one of the greatest sci-fi villains of the Twenty-first Century. With each new film, television, or theatrical role, Hugo continues to surpass his audience's expectations and remains one of the most versatile performers working today. He resides in Australia and has two children with partner Katrina Greenwood. Though Hugo and Katrina have never married, they've been a committed couple for over 25 years; while Hugo was quoted as saying marriage "petrified" him in the 1990s, by middle of the following decade he said he no longer felt that way, and that he and Katrina have toyed with the idea of marrying "when we're really old".

Viggo Mortensen

Since his screen debut as a young Amish Farmer in Peter Weir's Witness, Viggo Mortensen's career has been marked by a steady string of well-rounded performances.

Mortensen was born in New York City, to Grace Gamble (Atkinson) and Viggo Peter Mortensen, Sr. His father was Danish, his mother was American, and his maternal grandfather was Canadian. His parents met in Norway. They wed and moved to New York, where Viggo, Jr. was born, before moving to South America, where Viggo, Sr. managed chicken farms and ranches in Venezuela and Argentina. Two more sons were born, Charles and Walter, before the marriage grew increasingly unhappy. When Viggo was seven, his parents sent him to a a strict boarding school, isolated in the foothills of the mountains of Argentina. Then, at age eleven, his parents divorced. His mother moved herself and the children back to her home state of New York.

Viggo attended Watertown High School, and became a very good student and athlete. He graduated in 1976 and went on to St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. After graduation, he moved to Denmark - driven by the need for a defining purpose in life. He began writing poetry and short stories while working many odd jobs, from dock worker to flower seller. In 1982, he fell in love and followed his girlfriend back to New York City, hoping for a long romance and a writing career. He got neither. In New York, Viggo found work waiting tables and bar tending and began taking acting classes, studying with Warren Robertson. He appeared in several plays and movies, and eventually moved to Los Angeles, where his performance in "Bent" at the Coast Playhouse earned him a Drama-logue Critic's Award.

He made his film debut with a small part in Witness. He appeared in Salvation!: Have You Said Your Prayers Today? and married his co-star, Exene Cervenka. The two had a son, Henry Mortensen. But after nearly eleven years of marriage, the couple divorced.

In 1999, Viggo got a phone call about a movie he did not know anything about: The Lord of the Rings. At first, he didn't want to do it, because it would mean time away from his son. But Henry, a big fan of the books, told his father he shouldn't turn down the role. Viggo accepted the part and immediately began work on the project, which was already underway. Eventually, the success of Lord of the Rings made him a household name - a difficult consequence for the ever private and introspective Viggo.

Critics have continually recognized his work in over thirty movies, including such diverse projects as Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady, Sean Penn's The Indian Runner, Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way, Ridley Scott's G.I. Jane, Tony Scott's Crimson Tide, Andrew Davis's A Perfect Murder, Ray Loriga's La pistola de mi hermano, and Tony Goldwyn's A Walk on the Moon.

Mortensen is also an accomplished poet, photographer and painter.

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom was born in Canterbury, Kent, England on January 13, 1977. His mother, Sonia Constance Josephine (Copeland), was born in Kolkata, India, to an English family then-resident there. The man he briefly knew as his father, Harry Bloom, was a legendary political activist who fought for civil rights in South Africa. But Harry died of a stroke when Orlando was only four years old. After that, Orlando and his older sister, Samantha Bloom, were raised by their mother and family friend, Colin Stone. When Orlando was thirteen, Sonia revealed to him that Colin is actually the biological father of Orlando and his sister; the two were conceived after an agreement by his parents, since Harry was then-unable to have children.

Orlando attended St. Edmunds School in Canterbury but struggled in many courses because of dyslexia. He did embrace the arts, however, and enjoyed pottery, photography and sculpturing. He also participated in school plays and was active at his local theater. As a teen, Orlando landed his first job: he was a clay trapper at a pigeon shooting range. Encouraged by his mother, he and his sister began studying poetry and prose, eventually giving readings at Kent Festival. Orlando and Samantha won many poetry and Bible reciting competitions. Then Orlando, who always idolized larger-than-life characters, gravitated towards serious acting. At the age of 16, he moved to London and joined the National Youth Theatre, spending two seasons there and gaining a scholarship to train with the British American Drama Academy. Like many young actors, he also auditioned for a number of television roles to further his career, landing bit parts in British television shows Casualty, Midsomer Murders and Smack the Pony. He also appeared in the critically acclaimed movie Wilde.

He then attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. It was there, in 1998, that Orlando fell three stories from a rooftop terrace and broke his back. Despite fears that he would be permanently paralyzed, he quickly recovered and returned to the stage. As fate would have it, seated in the audience one night in 1999 was a director named Peter Jackson. After the show, he met with Orlando and asked him to audition for his new set of movies. After graduating from Guildhall, Orlando began work on the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, spending 18 months in New Zealand bringing to life "Legolas", a part which made him a household name. Today, he is one of the busiest and most sought-after actors in the industry.

Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood is an American actor best known for portraying Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's blockbuster Lord of the Rings film trilogy. In addition to reprising the role in The Hobbit series, Wood also played Ryan in the FX television comedy Wilfred and voiced Beck in the Disney XD animated television series TRON: Uprising.

Born Elijah Jordan Wood on 28 January, 1981, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wood is the son of Debbie (Krause) and Warren Wood, who ran a delicatessen. He has an older brother, Zack, and a younger sister, Hannah Wood. He is of English, German, Austrian, and Danish descent. Demonstrating a gift for performing at a young age, Wood's natural talent inspired his mother to take him to an International Modeling and Talent Association annual convention in Los Angeles. Soon after, he began to get bookings for small parts on television.

Although his first credit was a small part in Back to the Future Part II, Wood's first major film role was in the 'Barry Levinson' historical family drama Avalon. Following that, Wood became an in-demand child actor, appearing in a number of major films such as Paradise, Radio Flyer and The Good Son, in which he co-starred with Macaulay Culkin. This was followed by the first role for which he received top-billing, North. Although the film was widely condemned and a disaster at the box office, Elijah was praised as the only good thing to come out of it.

In 1996 Elijah starred in a movie remake of an old TV show, Flipper. Many critics wondered if his ability as a child actor to capture an audience was wearing thin, as had many child actors', but Wood deftly transitioned into a versatile performer with roles such as the endlessly curious Mikey Carver in Ang Lee' ensemble film The Ice Storm, as well as parts in popcorn flicks like Deep Impact and The Faculty. In 1999, Elijah was in three movies that never made it into wide release: The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (released on satellite TV), Black & White (released on home video) and Chain of Fools.

Wood's work in Peter Jackson's film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, provided a major boost to his career. The actor followed his work in the astronomically successful trilogy with a broad range of interesting screen roles and voice work, including a supporting role in Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, as well as the part of a sinister mute sociopath in Sin City. His voice work has been featured in such animated films as Happy Feet and 9, as well as on television series including American Dad! and Robot Chicken. Wood also played Ad-Rock in the Beastie Boys' comedic video for Fight for Your Right Revisited.

An avid music fan, Wood founded Simian records and released its first album, New Magnetic Wonder by The Apples in Stereo, in 2007.

Ian McKellen

Widely regarded as one of greatest stage and screen actors, both in his native Great Britain and internationally, twice nominated for the Oscar and recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US, Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer. He is of Scottish, Northern Irish, and English descent. During his early childhood, his parents moved with Ian and his sister Jean to the mill town of Wigan. It was in this small town that young Ian rode out World War II. He soon developed a fascination with acting and the theater, which was encouraged by his parents. They would take him to plays, those by William Shakespeare, in particular. The amateur school productions fostered Ian's growing passion for theatre.

When Ian was of age to begin attending school, he made sure to get roles in all of the productions. At Bolton School in particular, he developed his skills early on. Indeed, his first role in a Shakespearian play was at Bolton, as Malvolio in "Twelfth Night". Ian soon began attending Stratford-upon-Avon theater festivals, where he saw the greats perform: Laurence Olivier, Wendy Hiller, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and Paul Robeson. He continued his education in English Drama, but soon it fell by the wayside as he concentrated more and more on performing. He eventually obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1961, and began his career in earnest.

McKellen began working in theatre over the next few years. Very few people knew of Ian's homosexuality; he saw no reason to go public, nor had he told his family. They did not seem interested in the subject and so he saw no reason to bring it up. In 1988, Ian publicly came out of the closet on the BBC Radio 4 program, while discussing Margaret Thatcher's "Section 28" legislation, which made the promotion of homosexuality as a family relationship by local authorities an offense. It was reason enough for McKellen to take a stand. He has been active in the gay rights movement ever since.

Ian resides in Limehouse, where he has also lived with his former long-time partner Sean Mathias. The two men have also worked together on the film Bent as well as in acclaimed stage productions. To this day, McKellen works mostly in theater, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990 for his efforts in the arts. However, he has managed to make several quite successful forays into film. He has appeared in several productions of Shakespeare's works including his well received Richard III, and in a variety of other movies. However, it has only been recently that his star has finally begun to shine in the eyes of North American audiences. Roles in various films, Cold Comfort Farm, Apt Pupil and Gods and Monsters, riveted audiences. The latter, in particular, created a sensation in Hollywood, and McKellen's role garnered him several of awards and nominations, including a Golden Globe and an Oscar nod. McKellen, as he continues to work extensively on stage, he always keeps on 'solidifying' his 'role' as Laurence Olivier's worthy 'successor' in the best sense too, such as _King Lear (2008)_ directed by Trevor Nunn and in a range of other staggering performances full of generously euphoric delight that have included "Peter Pan" and Noël Coward's "Present Laughter", as well as Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" and Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land", both in acclaimed productions brilliantly directed by Sean Mathias.

McKellen found mainstream success with his performance as Magneto in X-Men and its sequels. His largest mark on the big screen may be as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, which he reprized in The Hobbit trilogy.

Brad Dourif

Character actor Brad Dourif was born Bradford Claude Dourif on March 18, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia. He is the son of Joan Mavis Felton (Bradford) and Jean Henri Dourif, a French-born art collector who owned and operated a dye factory. His father died when Dourif was three years old, after which his mother married Bill Campbell, a champion golfer, who helped raise Brad, his brother, and his four sisters. From 1963 to 1965, Dourif attended Aiken Preparatory School in Aiken, South Carolina, where he pursued his interests in art and acting. Although he briefly considered becoming a professional artist, he finally settled on acting as a profession, inspired by his mother's participation as an actress in community theater.

Starting in school productions, he progressed to community theater, joining up with the Huntington Community Players, while attending Marshall University of Huntington. At age 19, he quit his hometown college and headed to New York City, where he worked with the Circle Repertory Company. During the early 1970s, Dourif appeared in a number of plays, off-Broadway and at Woodstock, New York, including Milos Forman who cast him in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Although this film is frequently cited as his film debut, in fact, Dourif made his first big-screen appearance with a bit part in W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings. Nevertheless, his portrayal of the vulnerable Billy Bibbit in Forman's film was undoubtedly his big break, earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Acting Debut, a British Academy Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Skeptical of his instant stardom, Dourif returned to New York, where he continued in theater and taught acting and directing classes at Columbia University until 1988 when he moved to Hollywood. Despite his attempts to avoid typecasting, his intensity destined him to play demented, deranged, or disturbed characters, starting in Eyes of Laura Mars, John Huston's Wise Blood (arguably his best performance to date), and Milos Forman's Ragtime. Dourif then teamed up with director David Lynch for Dune and Blue Velvet. His high-strung style also served him well in a number of horror films, notably as the voice of the evil doll Chucky in Child's Play and its sequels.

Dourif broke from the horror genre with roles in Fatal Beauty, Mississippi Burning, Hidden Agenda, and London Kills Me. Recent film work includes the role of Grima Wormtongue in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Since his television debut in the PBS film The Mound Builders, Dourif has made sporadic appearances in a number of television series, such as The X-Files, Babylon 5, Star Trek: Voyager and Ponderosa (in the recurring role of Frenchy).

Marton Csokas

Marton was born in Invercargill, Aotearoa, to Margaret Christine (Rayner), a nurse, and Márton Csókás, a mechanical engineer. His father is Hungarian and his mother is Australian (of English, Irish, and Danish origin). He inherited some of his talents from his father, a trained opera singer and at one time, a trapeze artist in the Hungarian Circus.

His academic training began at Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand, where he commenced a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Art History, and then transferred to, Te Kura Toi Whakaari o Aotearoa/ The New Zealand Drama School, graduating in December, 1989. His first acting role was in Te Whanau a Tuanui Jones by Apairana Taylor at the Taki Rua Theatre in Wellington New Zealand, (1990). He has since had an eclectic career of theatre, television and film.

He appeared in the 1994 movie Jack Brown Genius in which he played the role of Dennis. After starring for 2 years in the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street, he starred in the 1996 movie Broken English as Darko. After performing in a great number of theatrical plays, writing his own and co-founding his own theatre company, the Stronghold Theatre, Marton got the role of Tarlus in an episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. After that, he continued working with Renaissance Pictures, playing the roles of Khrafstar and Borias in the 1997-1998 seasons of Xena: Warrior Princess. He continued appearing in many other shows in both NZ and Australia, such as Farscape, BeastMaster, Water Rats, Cleopatra 2525, and more, returning for the role of Borias in three episodes of the 2000-2001 season of Xena: Warrior Princess. He was also in many movies produced in NZ and Australia, such as Hurrah, The Monkey's Mask and the mini-series The Farm. He is a citizen of the European Union and Hungary, and is a permanent resident of the United States.

Most recently, Csokas starred opposite Denzel Washington in Sony's hit film The Equalizer. He played a brutal fixer for the Russian mafia and a formidable villain to Washington's reluctant hero.

Csokas appeared in Darren Aronofsky's Noah as well as Robert Rodriguez's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, a sequel to the 2005 hit film Sin City. Csokas also played the psychiatrist, "Dr. Kafka," in the hit movie sequel, The Amazing Spiderman 2, alongside Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx.

Csokas most famously starred as "Lord Celeborn" in one of the highest-grossing film series of all time, Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Some of his other film credits include 2010's The Debt opposite Jessica Chastain and Paul Greengrass' The Bourne Supremacy with Matt Damon. His depth of experience is illustrated in Asylum in which he starred opposite Natasha Richardson and Ian McKellen, as well as the Ridley Scott epic, Kingdom of Heaven, with Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson and Liam Neeson.

On the small screen, Csokas recently starred on the History Channel's miniseries Sons of Liberty as well as Discovery Channel's miniseries Klondike with Tim Roth and Sam Shepard.

On stage, Csokas continues to work internationally, most recently starring in a production of Lillian Hellman's "Little Foxes" at The New York Theatre Workshop by acclaimed director, Ivo van Hove. The play was noted by Time Magazine as one of the "Top 10 of Everything of 2010." The actor has numerous classical credits, including 'Orsino' in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" at the National Theatre of Great Britain, 'Anthony' in "Anthony and Cleopatra" at the Theatre of a New Audience, 'Brutus' in "Julius Caesar" and as 'Septimus' in Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia" in his birthplace of New Zealand. On the Australian stage, Csokas has appeared as 'George' in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," directed by Benedict Andrews of the Schaubuhne Theatre in Berlin and in "Riflemind," directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman at the Sydney Theatre Company.

Donnie Yen

Biography

Early Life

Donnie Yen was born in Guangzhou, China. His mother, Bow-sim Mark, was a kung fu master and his father, Kylster Yen, a newspaper editor and amateur musician. When Donnie was just two years old, the family moved to Hong Kong and then, when he was 11, to Boston, Massachusetts.

There, Master Bow-sim Mark became a pioneer for Chinese martial arts in America, and it was only natural that her only son was trained from early childhood in the same skills. At the same time, Donnie was influenced by his parents' love of music and reached a high level of proficiency as a pianist. All these interests would have a manifest influence on Yen's later life.

In his teens, Donnie defined his own persona by rebelling against his parents edicts. Beyond the limitations of his mother's school, Yen began training in various different fighting arts, including Japanese karate, Korean taekwondo and western boxing. Donnie also took up hip-hop and break-dancing. At the same time, he began spending his nights in Boston's notorious Combat Zone. Given that he was by now a serious practitioner of modern Wu Shu, his parents decided to send him to Beijing to train at the Chinese capital's famed Wu Shu academy.

It was when Yen returned to Hong Kong en route back to Boston that he met the famed martial arts movie director Yuen Woo-ping.

Acting Career

Donnie Yen exploded onto the Hong Kong movie scene when he was cast in the lead role of director Yuen Woo-ping's 'Drunken Tai Chi'. His debut film immediately established him as a viable leading man, and Yen has remained a major figure in Chinese action cinema to this day.

Yen skills as a street dancer were to the fore in his second starring role, 'Mismatched Couples', in which he showed off his breakdance moves, as well as his general athleticism. This slapstick romantic comedy was produced by Hong Kong's prestigious Cinema City studio.

Donnie was subsequently signed by the newly formed D&B Films, and cast in the hit cop actioner 'Tiger Cage'. In this movie, and his follow-up features for the company ('In the Line of Duty 4', 'Tiger Cage 2'), Yen showed off his own unique form of contemporary screen combat, a form that included elements of rapid fire kicking, Western boxing and grappling moves.

Having established a worldwide fan base, Yen moved on to star in a string of independent Asian action features before director Tsui Hark tapped him to co-star in 'Once Upon A Time In China 2'. The film's two action highlights saw Donnie's character duel the legendary martial arts master Wong Fei-hung, played by his old friend Jet Li. The film brought Yen his first real attention as a thespian and he was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category at that year's Hong Kong Film Awards.

Tsui Hark went on to produce a remake of King Hu's classic 'New Dragon Inn', which provided another showcase role for Donnie as the film's apparently invincible villain.

Donnie was reunited with director Yuen Woo-ping for 'Iron Monkey', a film which brought Yen's acting and action skills both into focus. In 'Iron Monkey', Yen played the father of Wong Fei-hung, and its success prefigured that which he would later enjoy as another pugilistic patriarch in 'Ip Man'. Donnie collaborated with Yuen on the action for the film, designing a new on-screen interpretation of Wong Fei-hung's classic 'Shadowless Kick'.

'Iron Monkey' was all the more remarkable in that, years after its Asian release, it was acquired by the American studio Miramax, re-cut, re-scored and given a wide release in US theatres. After premieres in New York and Los Angeles, the film enjoyed great acclaim from the American critics, and won a prize at that year's Taurus Awards, an event held to celebrate action in cinema.

After working on a number of independent features, Yen went on to enjoy huge success on the small screen when he accepted a lucrative offer from Hong Kong's ATV to film a series based on the Bruce Lee classic 'Fist of Fury'. The show was the top-rated action drama show around the region, and was subsequently re-edited for international distribution on video.

Donnie went on to make his directorial debut with 'Legend of the Wolf', a stylish period actioner that even attracted the attention of legendary American film-maker Francis Coppola. The film, about an amnesiac warrior returning to his home village, has become a bona fide cult classic.

As director, Donnie followed 'Legend of the Wolf' with a very different venture, 'Ballistic Kiss', an urban thriller about a conflicted assassin. The film played at the prestigious Udine Festival in Italy, and took home awards at several other events, including the Japanese Yubari International Action Film Festival.

Donnie's body of work had by then attracted the attention of Hollywood, and Yen was approached to choreograph the action for the mainstream franchise films 'Highlander: Endgame' and 'Blade 2'. After a period where he was based in Los Angeles, Donnie returned East by way of the West when Jackie Chan requested that Yen play his nemesis in the hit 'Shanghai Knights', a shoot that took the star from Prague to London.

Yen returned to China to co-star in director Zhang Yimou's epic wu xia master work 'Hero'. Yen's duel with Jet Li brought his skills to the emerging Mainland Chinese theatrical audience, and paved the way for Donnie to become the country's biggest action star. The film received a wide US theatrical release from Miramax, and remains one of the most successful foreign language titles ever distributed in the America market.

Donnie returned to Hong Kong to choreograph the smash hit fantasy-horror-comedy 'The Twins Effect', and went on to enjoy his most productive partnership with a director. Beginning with the cop actioner 'SPL', Donnie teamed with helmer Wilson Yip for a series of very different films that Yen would star in and action choreograph and Yip would direct. Star and director subsequently teamed to create the comic book inspired fantasy actioner 'Dragon Tiger Gate' and the gritty police thriller 'Flashpoint', in which Donnie created what fans feel is the definitive on-screen MMA action scene. Yen was to return to this hard-hitting, urban action style for the later 'Special ID'.

Donnie now found himself in demand as a leading man in a series of prestigious period actioners produced for the Chinese market. 'Seven Swords' premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and proved a hit with worldwide audiences. The film was released in North America by The Weinstein Company's Dragon Dynasty label, and remains its biggest hit.

Yen also attracted rave reviews when he played an honorable general in 'An Empress and her Warriors' and an offbeat ghost-buster in Gordon Chan's 'Painted Skin'.

Yen took his career to a new level when he accepted producer Raymond Wong's suggestion that he play Bruce Lee's teacher, 'Ip Man', in an eponymous film relating the life of the great master. The film was a huge success in Hong Kong and China, and 'Ip Man' went on to find favor with audiences worldwide. Donnie also received a Best Actor nomination at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

'Ip Man' confirmed Donnie's position as China's greatest action hero, and he was immediately signed to lead a strong ensemble cast for Teddy Chen's 'Bodyguards and Assassins', produced by Peter Chan. Besides his on-screen performance, Donnie was also called on to choreograph the dynamic duel between himself and MMA champion Cung Le. The movie went on to sweep the board at the Hong Kong Film Awards winning Best Film, among many other prizes. Yen himself was nominated for Best Actor at the Chinese Hundred Flower awards.

Yen followed this with 'Ip Man 2', a rare example of a sequel that proved a match for its predecessor. The film followed Ip's life journey to Hong Kong, where he faces both rival kung fu masters, led by the film's choreographer, Sammo Hung, and a brutal foreign boxer, portrayed by the late Darren Shahlavi. 'Ip Man 2' was the biggest local hit of the year in China, and enjoyed a limited theatrical release in the US.

The film's success led to Donnie being cast as a number of legendary Chinese heroes: He played General Qin-long in Daniel Lee's '14 Blades', Guan Yu in 'The Lost Bladesman' and reprised Bruce Lee's Chen Zhen role in Andrew Lau's 'Legend of the Fist'. Yen also used the lighter side of his screen persona to good effect in two installments of the hit Hong Kong comedy movie series 'Alls Well Ends Well'.

Yen was cast opposite Tang Wei and Takeshi Kaneshiro in director Peter Chan's 'Wu Xia' (aka 'Dragon'), a dark, elegant period martial arts murder mystery. The film premiered to great acclaim at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and subsequently received a North American theatrical release from The Weinstein Company.

Donnie Yen played 'The Monkey King' in a hit reimagining of the Chinese classic. Donnie starred opposite screen legend Chow Yun-fat in the film, which smashed box office records in Mainland China.

Showing his versatility, Yen went on to play a kung fu master facing challenges in the modern era in director Teddy Chen's 'Kung Fu Jungle'. The movie, which premiered at the London Film Festival, paid tribute to the great history of Hong Kong martial arts cinema.

During the shooting of his ambitious, time travel themed action fantasy 'Iceman 3D', Yen was approached to revitalize the greatest brand in the history of Chinese martial arts cinema. 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny' was shot primarily on location in New Zealand, with Yen in the lead role. The world class creative team gathered by producer Harvey Weinstein included legendary kung fu film director Yuen Woo-ping, acclaimed directors Peter Berg and Morten Tyldum (as producers), 'X-Men' series DP Tom Sigel as well as the Oscar-winning production, costume and FX designers from the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Hobbit' film series.

The film debuted in most international territories as a Netflix Original movie, making it the most widely seen wu xia of all time. 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Sword of Destiny' also played at selected Imax theatres in North America, and enjoyed a wide theatrical release in China, where it was screened in its 3D version.

Yen reteamed with his former mentor Yuen Woo-ping for the hugely popular 'Ip Man 3'. The film, with Wilson Ip as director and Yuen as choreographer, pitted the title character against legendary boxing champion Mike Tyson. The film out-performed all the previous movies featuring the character of Ip Man, smashing box office records throughout Asia. Following a high profile Los Angeles premiere, 'Ip Man 3' enjoyed a Los Angeles premiere and a US theatrical release, earning rave reviews in the mainstream American media.

Having conquered every territory beneath the Asian skies, Donnie accepted an invitation to join the cast of an entry in the world's biggest film franchise. In 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story', Yen plays one of the Rebel warriors responsible for the theft of the Death Star plans, the adventure that, within the 'Star Wars' universe, leads to the events of the very first film in the series. The film was shot primarily at the famed Elstree Studios in England.

Donnie then accepted a role opposite Vin Diesel and his fellow Asian action star, Tony Jaa, in 'XXX: The Return of Xander Cage', currently filming in Toronto, Canada.

Now firmly established as a leading player across the globe, Donnie Yen continues to present a unique blend of Eastern experience and Western innovation, of musical grace with martial impact, from Hong Kong to a galaxy far, far away....

Choreography

Donnie is now one of the leading martial arts choreographers in the world of action cinema. His skills behind the camera began developing from his early days in the industry, and he was very much involved with the action choreography of his films for D&B Films. He received his first full action directing credit on the Michelle Yeoh, kung fu drama 'Wing Chun', in which he also starred.

Yen further developed his style of choreography in the high pressure world of Hong Kong television, where he created the action for his hit series 'Kung Fu Master' and 'Fist of Fury', and as a low-budget film-maker, when he directed, starred in and choreographed the movies 'Legend of the Wolf' and 'Ballistic Kiss'.

It was after Yen had helmed his first two Chinese features that Hollywood made its first serious bid for his services. He was signed to co-star in and action direct 'Highlander: Endgame', the latest in a series of fantasy actioners. The film, which starred Adrian Paul and Christopher Lambert, was produced by the US studio Dimension, and enjoyed a successful worldwide theatrical release.

Having relocated to Los Angeles, Yen paid his dues by directing action scenes for the Dimension action thriller 'Stormbreaker' and providing the fight sequences for the German TV series 'The Puma'.

Donnie agreed to both action direct and cameo in the major New Line action franchise entry 'Blade 2', starring Wesley Snipes. The film, directed by Guillermo del Toro, was a huge hit, earning almost twice the box office of the original 'Blade'.

Returning to Hong Kong, Yen found he now had a major contribution to make behind the camera, co-directing the SFX action adventure 'The Twins Effect'. The film, which starred two of China's top pop idols, told the tale of young vampire hunters with well-honed martial arts skills. A huge hit for Emperor, the film earned Yen his first Best Action Director prize at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

'The Twins Effect' saw Donnie start to introduce elements of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) in his film fight scenes. He took the on-screen depiction of the style to new heights with the film 'SPL', released in the US as 'Kill Zone'. Yen's final reel duel with Sammo Hung is now regarded as a classic of the genre. The film won Donnie his second Best Action Choreography prize at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

He took his on-screen depiction of MMA to new heights in 'Flashpoint', which featured an even longer and more intense final showdown, this time between Yen and 'Matrix Reloaded' actor Collin Chou. The film won Donnie his third Best Action Choreography prize at the Hong Kong Film Awards, as well as a prize for Best Action in a Foreign Language Film at the Taurus Awards.

Yen explored different styles of screen combat when he choreographed the stunning kung fu fights for the period actioners 'Legend of the Fist' and 'The Lost Bladesman', the fantasy combat for 'The Monkey King' and the time travel adventure 'Iceman Cometh 3D'.

Many fans feel that Yen delivered his best choreographic work to date in Peter Chan's masterful 'Wu Xia', released in the US as 'Dragon'. The film saw Donnie bring his own unique flair to classical Shaw Bros style kung fu action.

Donnie brought traditional Chinese martial arts into the modern era with 'Kung Fu Jungle', for which his work won yet another Best Choreography prize at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

Personal Life

Away from the cameras, Yen entered into the most rewarding partnership of his life when he married former beauty queen, Cissy Wang. The couple now has two children, a girl and boy, Jasmine and James.

Christopher Lee

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it be Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun, or Count Dooku in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, or as the title monster in the Hammer Horror film, The Mummy.

Lee was born in 1922 in London, England, where he and his older sister Xandra were raised by their parents, Contessa Estelle Marie (Carandini di Sarzano) and Geoffrey Trollope Lee, a professional soldier, until their divorce in 1926. Later, while Lee was still a child, his mother married (and later divorced) Harcourt George St.-Croix (nicknamed Ingle), who was a banker. Lee's maternal great-grandfather was an Italian political refugee, while Lee's great-grandmother was English opera singer Marie (Burgess) Carandini.

After attending Wellington College from age 14 to 17, Lee worked as an office clerk in a couple of London shipping companies until 1941 when he enlisted in the Royal Air Force during World War II. Following his release from military service, Lee joined the Rank Organisation in 1947, training as an actor in their "Charm School" and playing a number of bit parts in such films as Corridor of Mirrors. He made a brief appearance in Laurence Olivier's Hamlet, in which his future partner-in-horror Peter Cushing also appeared. Both actors also appeared later in Moulin Rouge but did not meet until their horror films together.

Lee had numerous parts in film and television throughout the 1950s. He struggled initially in his new career because he was discriminated as being taller than the leading male actors of his time and being too foreign-looking. However, playing the monster in the Hammer film The Curse of Frankenstein proved to be a blessing in disguise, since the was successful, leading to him being signed on for future roles in Hammer Film Productions. Lee's association with Hammer Film Productions brought him into contact with Peter Cushing, and they became good friends. Lee and Cushing often than not played contrasting roles in Hammer films, where Cushing was the protagonist and Lee the villain, whether it be Van Helsing and Dracula respectively in Horror of Dracula, or John Banning and Kharis the Mummy respectively in The Mummy.

Lee continued his role as "Dracula" in a number of Hammer sequels throughout the 1960s and into the early 1970s. During this time, he co-starred in The Hound of the Baskervilles, and made numerous appearances as Fu Manchu, most notably in the first of the series The Face of Fu Manchu, and also appeared in a number of films in Europe. With his own production company, Charlemagne Productions, Ltd., Lee made Nothing But the Night and To the Devil a Daughter. By the mid-1970s, Lee was tiring of his horror image and tried to widen his appeal by participating in several mainstream films, such as The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge, and the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun.

The success of these films prompted him in the late 1970s to move to Hollywood, where he remained a busy actor but made mostly unremarkable film and television appearances, and eventually moved back to England. The beginning of the new millennium relaunched his career to some degree, during which he has played Count Dooku in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and as Saruman the White in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Lee played Count Dooku again in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and as Johnny Depp's character's father in the Tim Burton film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

On 16 June 2001, he was created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to drama. He was created a Knight Bachelor on 13 June 2009 in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama and charity. In addition he was made a Commander of the Order of St John on 16 January 1997.

Lee died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on 7 June 2015 at 8:30 am after being admitted for respiratory problems and heart failure, shortly after celebrating his 93rd birthday there. His wife delayed the public announcement until 11 June, in order to break the news to their family

John Rhys-Davies

Acclaimed Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies was born in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales, to Mary Margaretta Phyllis (Jones), a nurse, and Rhys Davies, a mechanical engineer and Colonial Officer. He graduated from the University of East Anglia and is probably best known to film audiences for his roles in the blockbuster hits Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Rhys-Davies was introduced to a new generation of fans in the blockbuster trilogy "The Lord of the Rings" (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) in the role of Gimli the dwarf. He has also had leading roles in Victor Victoria, The Living Daylights and King Solomon's Mines.

Rhys-Davies, who was raised in England, Africa and Wales, credits his early exposure to classic literature for his decision to pursue acting and writing. he later refined his craft at London's renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. His television credits include James Clavell's Shogun and Noble House, Great Expectations, War and Remembrance and Archaeology.

An avid collector of vintage automobiles, Rhys-Davies has a host of theater roles to his credit, including "The Misanthrope", "Hedda Gabler" and most of Shakespeare's works. He divides his time between Los Angeles and the Isle of Man.

Lesley-Ann Brandt

Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Lesley-Ann Brandt has become one of the biggest South African exports via New Zealand after immigrating to Auckland with her parents and brother in 1999. With her mixed ethnic background, Lesley-Ann is Hollywood's exciting new discovery.

As a child, she participated in almost every kindergarten and school play and was a natural singer. It was when she starting modeling and booking TV commercials that she caught the eye of casting directors. Encouraged by them, she began studying the Meisner technique as well as doing every possible acting workshop she could find and after only a few months her natural ability to perform, take direction and work with the camera saw her commercial auditions shift towards television and film auditions.

Lesley-Ann was discovered by local New Zealand producer Chris Hampson and creator/writer James Griffen (Siones Wedding, Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons) who were on the hunt for the leading lady of their quirky new half hour comedy Diplomatic Immunity. They'd been searching for an actress for months and were 3 weeks away from shooting when Lesley-Ann auditioned. She was hired within a week, had to quit her job as an IT recruitment consultant and went on to star opposite Craig Parker (of Spartacus, Lord of the Rings and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), quickly moving her into the hearts of the New Zealand nation.

In 2010 Brandt commanded the world take notice with her role as "Naevia" in the breakout Starz hit, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Naevia the beautiful slave girl who's story with Manu Bennett's character Crixus emerged as the show's big love story creating a fan frenzy worldwide.

Working with producers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and actors John Hannah (The Mummy and Four Weddings and a Funeral), Peter Mensah (300 and Avatar), Lucy Lawless (Xena), Lesley-Ann captivated audiences with her performance, and became one of the shows break out stars.

Lesley-Ann continued to work on back to back projects, This is not My Life (2010) and ABC's Legend of the Seeker (2010) as well as her feature film debut Insight starring opposite Natalie Zea and Christopher Lloyd.

In 2011 she resurrected her role as "Naevia" in the prequel season of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Roles on Chuck, CSI: New York (recurring) and TNT's Memphis Beat soon followed as well as a lead role in Syfy's highest rated original feature for 2011 Zombie Apocalypse starring opposite Ving Rhames and Taryn Manning.

Lesley-Ann has been named as one of 2013's faces to watch in film by South Africa's largest newspaper publication City Press. This year she can be seen in the much anticipated feature film Drift starring opposite Sam Worthington (Avatar, Terminator: Salvation) and Xavier Samuel (Twilight: Eclipse, Anonymous) as well as the dark comedy, Killing Winston Jones starring opposite Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Masterson, Danny Glover , Jon Heder and directed by Joel David Moore (Avatar, Dodgeball).

Lesley-Ann is now permanently based in Los Angeles.

Dominic Monaghan

Dominic Monaghan is best known for his role in the movie adaptations of "Lord of the Rings". Before that, he became known in England for his role in the British television drama Hetty Wainthropp Investigates.

Monaghan was born in Berlin, West Germany, to British parents Maureen, a nurse, and Austin Monaghan, a science teacher. His family moved back to England when he was eleven. He was studying English Literature, Drama and Geography at Sixth Form College when he was offered the co-starring role in the series, which ran for four seasons. His other television credits include This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper and a leading role in Monsignor Renard, a series starring John Thaw.

On the stage Monaghan has performed in the world premiere UK production of The Resurrectionists, Whale and Annie and Fanny from Bolton to Rome. Since watching Star Wars when he was six years old, Dominic has been consumed by films. His other obsessions include writing, music, fashion, playing/watching soccer and surfing. Utilizing his writing skills, he and LOTR co-star Billy Boyd are collaborating on a script.

Born and raised in Berlin, Monaghan and his family moved to England when he was twelve. In addition to speaking fluent German, he has a knack at impersonations and accents. He frequently returns to his hometown of Manchester, England.

Craig Parker

Craig Parker was born on November 12th 1970 in Suva, Fiji and now lives in New Zealand. He is best know for his part as Haldir the Elf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, although he had a part in the 1993 film of Stephen King's "Tommyknockers".

Natalie Mendoza

Natalie Jackson Mendoza was born in Hong Kong of a Filipina/Spanish Jazz musician father and German/English mother. She had a bohemian upbringing with her six artist siblings living all over the world in Asia, Australia, England and NYC. She was raised as a child in Hong Kong and Australia. She studied Classical Acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School UK and Playhouse West LA. Natalie has enjoyed playing many lead roles in theater and had the honor to open the National Theatre's brand new Dorfman Theatre in London with the show Here Lies Love written by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, directed by Alex Timbers, Natalie was cast as the lead role of Imelda Marcos and has received 5-star reviews for her interpretation of the role. Other theater credits include, Arms of Fire by Duncan Sheik and Steven Adler. She was selected from over 3000 women by Bono and Edge to play the original Arachne in Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark on Broadway. Cameron Macintosh originally discovered Natalie and had her star in Les Miserables and Miss Saigon Australia. Other credits include 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee MTC, Ghost, Lord of the Rings, Cats, and many more. After studying classical acting she moved onto do many plays including Romeo and Juliet, Coup D'Etat, 5 Kinds of Silence, Macbeth and many more. She has always worked in film and television from a young age and landed a 3-picture deal with Miramax at 19. She most recently appeared as one of the leads in Americana directed by Philip Noyce by ABC America and the British classic Midsomer Murders as Sasha Fleetwood. She is still best known for Descent 1 & 2 and her lead role of Jackie Clunes in BBC's drama Hotel Babylon. Natalie has moved on to writing and developing for her own film production company as well as recording an album she will be releasing later next year. She had a record deal with Virgin Records as a teenager in a Punk pop band. She has recorded and partnered with Grammy Award winning producer Glen Ballard developing and co-creating projects like the Eddy, Apotheosis and several other multimedia projects. She won Best Film, Best Writer and Best Director for the 72 hr Film Festival held in LA in 2011. Natalie is also directing her first feature slated for release next year.

Leigh Whannell

Leigh Whannell grew up in Melbourne, Australia, where, at the age of four, he developed an obsession with telling stories. Whether it be through acting, writing or filmmaking, his primary love was getting a reaction from an audience. In 1995, at the age of 18, he was accepted into the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's prestigious Media Arts course, where he met fellow filmmaker James Wan. In his second year of college, he landed the role of "film guy" on a Saturday morning TV show aimed at teens called Recovery. Filmed totally live in the studio and hosted by actual teenagers, the ground-breaking show was hugely popular down under and was the first to bring "alternative culture" to Australia's TV screens, featuring live performances from bands like Sonic Youth, Weezer, Public Enemy, Ben Harper, Pulp and hundreds more. Hosting the film component of the show, Leigh was lucky enough to interview people like Tim Burton, Peter Jackson, Russell Crowe, George Clooney, and eventually went on the host the show in 1999. After graduating from college, Leigh found himself working more and more as a "host" or "presenter" on Australian TV - all the while hatching a plan with James Wan to finally fulfill his dream of making a film. Small acting roles cropped up from time to time (including one in The Matrix Reloaded, which Leigh has said was "the most fun I've ever had in my life") and, along with those, some frustrating near-misses (and not so near-misses: like his cringe-inducing audition for "Lord Of The Rings", in which he paid $90 to have "hobbit ears" grafted onto his head, turning up at the casting office dressed as a hobbit - needless to say he didn't get the role). However, it was missing out on a role in Alex Proyas Australian film Garage Days that finally broke the camel's back. He called Wan and told him that if they wanted to get a film made, they would have to pay for it themselves. Saw was born. After nine months of writing, Leigh had written the screenplay for what he thought would be a self-financed, "Blair Witch"-style feature, with him starring and James directing. The script gained so much attention that soon enough, they were shopping it around Hollywood....and the rest is history.

Billy Boyd

Billy Boyd was born in 1968 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Mary and William Boyd. The talented young boy, inspired by Star Wars to try acting, got his first taste of it in his school's production of Oliver Twist when he was 10. Boyd's parents were extremely supportive, driving over two hours to get him to the performances, but sadly they passed away when he was 12. He was thereafter raised by his grandmother. He realized that he enjoyed acting very much and told his school counselor that was what he wanted to be, but the counselor discouraged this choice and told him to "keep it secret". When he was 17 he left school and went to work in a book-binding workshop. He worked there 4 years as an apprentice and 2 years as a workman. Ironically, during the years he worked at the book-binders, the Lord of the Rings trilogy was printed and bound there, many copies bound by his hands. After the 6 years as a book-binder, he was thoroughly sick of it. Billy planned on going to America for a year, but before he went he called the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and asked about applying for when he got back. But it so happened that they still had space for this year and they asked him if he wanted to apply and he did. He was at the drama school in a 3-year course for his bachelor of arts degree, meanwhile studying everything from Shakespeare to puppet-making. During this time Billy had a few small roles in TV series such as "Down Amongst The Boys" and "Taggart". After graduating he performed in many plays like 'The Slab Boys', 'The Diary of Adrian Mole' etc. at The St. Andrews theatre which were his first paying roles. He then received a call from his agent about the Lord of the Rings movies and if he would like to audition for them. He went along not expecting much, but within a few months Peter Jackson came out to Scotland to meet him and to audition him personally. While rehearsing for a show he received a call from his agent who said that the part of Pippin had been offered to him - if he wanted it. The rest is history.

Jonny Rees

Jonny Rees stars in the western "Forsaken" as "Tom Watson" alongside Demi Moore and Donald and Kiefer Sutherland. On the big screen Jonny is best known for his portrayal of "Lieutenant Commander Groves" in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies as well as starring in J.J. Abrams "Star Trek," as "Chief Engineer Olsen," the original chief engineer of the Star ship Enterprise.

In 2014 Jonny formed a production company '"Monkey Toes." The shingle's first project was the Sky television drama "Marked," produced, written and directed by Jonny and starring Kiefer Sutherland and Stephen Fry.

Jonny joined the cast of 'Hawaii Five-0' in season five to play Thomas Farrow in a major recurring arc, was a regular on the Fox drama "Touch" as "Trevor Wilcox," and played the villainous "Michael Amador" opposite Kiefer Sutherland in the 3rd season of the hit series "24." He also co-starred opposite Angelina Jolie in "Beowulf," with Brad Pitt in "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," and alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in 'Titanic.'

He is the voice of MZingo in the "Lion King" series "The Lion Guard" as well as the voice of Valen Rudor in the Disney animated series "Star Wars Rebels." Jonny's television credits include: "Dexter," "The X-Files," "The Riches," "Bones," "Alcatraz," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "The Closer," "CSI," "Nip/Tuck," "Perception," "Knight Rider," and "Trust Me" to name a few.

Voice-over work includes multiple characters on "Tom and Jerry," "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," "Batman: The Brave & the Bold," "Sophia the First," "Star Versus the Forces of Evil," "Tron: Uprising," "The Mummy," "What's New, Scooby-Doo?", "The Boondocks," "Ben 10," "Annoying Orange," "Phineas and Ferb," "Teen Titans," and the animated feature films "Garfield 2" as "Nigel," and "Cars 2," as "Sir Nigel Gearsley."

Jonny has over 170 video-game credits to his name including the iconic series of: "Call of Duty," "God of War," "Diablo," "Uncharted," "Dragon Age," "Star Trek," "Cars," "Lord of the Rings," "X-Men," and "Medal of Honor," to name a few. He is also the voice of Rocket Raccoon for the "Guardians of the Galaxy" video games and animated show. His West End theatre credits include the role of "Rusty" in the original cast of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's New "Starlight Express," directed by Trevor Nunn; the alternate Chris in the original cast of "Miss. Saigon," directed by Nicholas Hytner and the role of "Fat Sam" in "Bugsy Malone," directed by Mickey Dolenz of Monkees fame.

Jonny has performed for H.R.H Queen Elizabeth II at Saint Paul's Cathedral as well as 2 Royal Command Performances and his recordings can be heard extensively throughout Europe where he has achieved 3 Top 20 singles.

Jonny is the voice of the Skylander's character "Jet-Vac."

Adam Sinclair

Adam grew up in the Scottish town of East Kilbride, where he attended the local East Kilbride rep theater company - the same starting point for fellow Scots, actor John Hannah.

His passion for acting lasted throughout his childhood and he was accepted to Glasgow's prestigious RSAMD, straight from high school. Following in the footsteps of other notable Scots actors like Billy Boyd, David Tennant, Daniela Nardini and Robert Carlyle, he graduated, after three years, with a BA in Acting.

His first professional job came along, while still in his final year, when he appeared in the famous Kings Theatre Panto, with Elaine C. Smith and the late Gerard Kelly. He was also spotted during his last year at college and picked to star in Channel 4's fictional boy-band Mocumentary, Boyz Unlimited, with 'James Cordon'.

After spending some time in London, where he formed his own theater company, "Jockney Productions", and wrote his first play, "Disintigration", he was cast in the movie, To End All Wars, an epic POW film set during World War 2. Filmed in Hawaii with a stellar cast, including Kiefer Sutherland, Robert Carlyle and James Cosmo, this film also introduced Adam to his future wife, Michelle Kath, who was visiting her stepfather, Kiefer Sutherland, on the set.

After To End All Wars, Adam returned to the UK and appeared in many television series, including Hollyoaks: Movin' On, As If, Holby City and, perhaps most memorably, as the bleached-blonde air steward "Will O'Brian" in Mile High.

After a few years of dividing his time between London and Los Angeles, Adam and Michelle were married in Edinburgh and, eventually, settled in Los Angeles in 2005.

Since then, Adam has worked on a variety of US television and film projects, including Painkiller Jane, with Kristanna Loken, National Lampoon's Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj, The Summit, with Christopher Plummer, Rachelle Lefevre and James Purefoy, the award-winning The Day of the Triffids, with Dougray Scott, Eddie Izzard and Joely Richardson.

2011 looks set to be the biggest year for Adam to date. At the end of 2010, he beat off stiff competition to land his first leading film role, as "Lloyd Buist", in the adaptation of Irvine Welsh's critically- acclaimed novel, "Ecstasy". This highly-anticipated movie, Ecstasy, also starring Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) and Billy Boyd ("Lord Of The Rings"), will be released, internationally, at the end of 2011.

In another starring role, Adam recently became a father for the second time to baby Quinn Sinclair, a little brother for six-year-old Hamish Sinclair.

Drew Nelson

Drew, born and raised in Toronto caught the acting bug in his senior year of high school. He made his start in theatre and indie film and has trained with numerous coaches throughout North America.

He's best known for Guillermo del Toro's FX series, The Strain and Greg Daniel's TBS comedy series, People Of Earth. He has appeared on such acclaimed shows as The Girlfriend Experience (STARZ) starring Riley Keough, Suits, CSI: Cyber, Supernatural, Fringe, Saving Hope, Rookie Blue, Flashpoint, among others.

Drew also lends his voice to many ad campaigns and brands and is best know in the animation world as "Duncan" in the Cartoon Network's smash hit, Total Drama Island.

Aside from acting, Drew has a number of projects in development as a writer/producer, including the urban fantasy feature Lost Ones with producers Mark Ordesky (Lord of the Rings) and Jane Fleming at Court Five.

Samantha Noble

Australian-born Samantha Noble isn't the only person in her family who is in the media. Her father is actor/director John Noble, of "Lord of the Rings" fame. Samantha is a trained High School teacher. She completed her Masters at Sydney University in 2004 and then decided, after graduation, she wanted to be an actor. She has trained at NIDA, Actors Studio in New York, Stella Adler Institute in Los Angeles, Ivana Chubbuck Studio, On Camera Connections and ATYP.

She has starred in Court of Lonely Royals, Hildegard, See No Evil, All Saints, Home and Away, Life Support, Water Rats, Nailed and Gabriel. She has also starred in many short-films, including $100 Taxi Ride, How To Hurt (2000), Lost Little Girl and Dead Man's Creek (2000). As well as being an actress, Samantha is also a professional singer, director and writer. She teaches acting at numerous film schools in Sydney and Los Angeles. She plays the piano and saxophone.

She has a brother, Daniel, and a sister, Jessica. Jessica is a professional model; Daniel is a graphic artist.

Samantha resides in Los Angeles and is also a professional model.

Howard Shore

Howard Shore is a Canadian composer, born in Toronto. He was born in a Jewish family. He started studying music when 8-years-old, and played as a member of bands by the time he was 13-years-old. He was interested in a professional career in music as a teenager. He studied music at the Berklee College of Music, a college of contemporary music located in Boston.

For a few years in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Shore was a member of Lighthouse, a jazz fusion band. In the 1970s, Shore mainly composed music for theatrical performances and a few television shows. His most notable work was composing the music for the one-man-act show of stage magician Doug Henning. He also served as a musical director in then-new television show "Saturday Night Live" (1975-). He was hired by the show's producer Lorne Michaels, who was a close friend of Shore since their teen years.

In 1978, Shore started his career as a film score composer, with scoring the B-movie " I Miss You, Hugs and Kisses" (1978). His next film score was composed for the horror film "The Brood" (1979). Shore had a good working relationship with the film's director David Cronenberg. Cronenberg would continue to use Shore as the composer of most of his films, with the exception of "The Dead Zone" (1983).

In the 1980s, Shore also composed the film scores of works by other directors, such as "After Hours" (1985) by Martin Scorsese, and "Big" (1988) by Penny Marshall. He received more acclaim for composing the film score for "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991), a major hit of its era. Shore was nominated for a BAFTA award for this film score.

By the 1990s, Shore was an established composer of high repute and worked in an ever increasing number of films. Among his better known works were the film scores for comedy film "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993) and crime thriller "Seven" (1995). Shore received even more critical acclaim in the 2000s, when he composed the film score for fantasy film "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001). He won an Academy Award and a Grammy for the film score, and received nominations for a BAFTA award and a Golden Globe.

Shore continued his career with the film scores of acclaimed films "Gangs of New York" (2002), "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002), and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003). He received his second Academy Award for the film score of "The Return of the King", and his third Academy Award as the composer of hit song "Into the West". He won several other major awards for these film scores. His film scores for "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy are considered the most famous and successful works of his career.

For the rest of the 2000s, Shore closely collaborated with director Martin Scorsese. Shore won a Golden Globe for the film score of Scorsese's "The Aviator" (2004). In the 2010s, Shore continues to work regularly, mostly known for composing film scores for works by directors David Cronenberg, Martin Scorsese, and Peter Jackson. He was the main composer for "The Hobbit" trilogy by Peter Jackson, and the fantasy film "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" (2010) by David Slade.

Olivia Tennet

Born and raised in New Zealand, Olivia has been a performer from a young age. Following in her sister's footsteps, she began learning tap dancing at four years old and eventually stumbled into acting three years later. Over the years, she appeared in both guest and supporting roles in various local and international screen productions in New Zealand, including a small speaking part in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers". Years later, she would eventually land the part of teenage sweetheart Tuesday Warner on "Shortland Street", appearing in its 2007 and 2008 seasons. After graduating from secondary school, she landed the role of teen genius Dr. K on "Power Rangers RPM" in 2009.

Following this, Olivia continued landing parts in hit New Zealand shows like "The Almighty Johnsons" (2011) and "Underbelly NZ: Land of the Long Green Cloud" (2011). She also began performing on stage professionally, having appeared in major New Zealand productions of works like William Shakespeare's "Othello" as Emilia (2011) and a musical adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" as Dorothy (2011).

After finishing "The Wizard of Oz", Olivia moved to Los Angeles, CA to film the independent horror film "Blood Punch" (2013), which premiered at the 20th annual Austin Film Festival and received an Audience Award. Since then, she has appeared in several smaller screen productions and has even done voiceover work, narrating Megan McCafferty's "Jessica Darling's It List" (2013) and the interactive storybook "My Friend Barlow" (2013).

In November 2013, Olivia returned to New Zealand to begin rehearsals for the innovative stage play "360: A Theatre of Recollections" (2014), where she reprised her role as the Sister to critical acclaim. She has also appeared in the New Zealand miniseries "When We Go To War" (2015) which chronicles New Zealand's involvement in World War I, along with the web series "Jiwi's Machines" (2015). She has also produced her own web series entitled "Dancing in Small Spaces" (2014 - 2015).

Olivia can be seen in the jointly-produced NZ/Australian show "800 Words" (2015) as Siouxsie McNamara, the daughter of plucky realtor Monty (Jonathan Brough).

Olivia lives in Auckland and has been enrolled in university majoring in speech therapy, while working in commercial dance and continuing her acting and dancing pursuits. She had gotten married to Milo Cawthorne (Ziggy from "Power Rangers RPM") in 2013, but the couple have since parted ways.

Ralph Bakshi

Ralph Bakshi worked his way up from Brooklyn and became an animation legend. Born on October 29, 1938, in Haifa, Bakshi grew up in Brownsville after his family came to New York to escape World War II. Bakshi attended the Thomas Jefferson High School and was later transferred to the High School of Industrial Arts and graduated with an award in cartooning in 1957.

At the Terrytoons studio, he started as a cel polisher then graduated to cel painting. Practicing nights and weekends, he quickly became an inker and then an animator. There, he worked on such shows as Mighty Mouse, Heckle and Jeckle, Deputy Dawg, Foofle and Lariat Sam. At 28 he created and directed a series of superhero spoof cartoons called The Mighty Heroes.

In 1967, Bakshi moved to Paramount Studios. Working with producer Steve Krantz, Bakshi worked on episodes of the Spider-Man TV series and several short films. In the 1970s, Bakshi set out to produce films using his innovative vision for how animated films should be. Krantz suggested Robert Crumb's "Fritz the Cat" comic book as Bakshi's first feature. The two set out to meet with Crumb and get the film rights. In 1972, the film premiered and was extremely successful, as the first feature-length animated film to receive an X rating by the American rating system (when it was distributed worldwide, it generally received lower ratings the equivalent of an R rating, and was released as being unrated on DVD).

The success of "Fritz the Cat" allowed Bakshi to produce films featuring his own characters and ideas, and so "Heavy Traffic" and "Coonskin" were produced, both of which were extremely controversial, but were praised by critics. During the same period, he shot and completed another feature titled "Hey Good Lookin'" for the Warner Brothers studio, who didn't think that a combination of live-action and animation would sell, and forced Bakshi to go back and animate the live-action sequences.

During this period, Bakshi also produced two very successful fantasy films: "Wizards" and part one of an animated film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings." Although these films were financially successful, they were misunderstood by critics, and United Artists, the studio that produced "The Lord of the Rings" refused to fund the second part, or sequel to Bakshi's ambitious adaptation.

During the 1980s, animation went into a decline. "American Pop," done using the same style of realistic animation as "The Lord of the Rings" was not successful financially, and critics did not see the point of the film being animated. The finished version of "Hey Good Lookin'" was released during the same year as "American Pop," but was also unsuccessful financially. Bakshi's last film of the decade, "Fire & Ice," a collaboration with famed artist Frank Frazetta, was a flop.

Bakshi produced several television features with mixed results before returning to film with what would eventually become "Cool World" - the script was rewritten several times during production without Bakshi's knowledge until it came to the point where Bakshi did not recognize his own work. The film was critically scorned, and was a box office flop. Fans feel that the film is not a true Bakshi film.

Since then, the Internet and DVD releases of Bakshi's work have brought him a new generation of fans and increased interest, encouraging Bakshi to produce another film. "Last Days of Coney Island" is currently in production. Bakshi currently lives in New Mexico. A three-day retrospective was held at American Cinematheque at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California and the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, California in April, 2005.

Annette Crosbie

Crosbie was born in Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland, to Presbyterian parents who disapproved of her becoming an actress. Nevertheless, she joined the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School while still in her teens. Her big break came in 1970 when she was cast as Catherine of Aragon in the BBC television series The Six Wives of Henry VIII, for which she won the 1971 BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress. In 1973, she starred alongside Vanessa Redgrave in the BBC serial, A Picture of Katherine Mansfield.

In 1975, Crosbie made a similar impact as another Queen, Queen Victoria, in the ITV period drama Edward the Seventh, for which she won the 1976 BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress. She played Cinderella's fairy godmother in The Slipper and the Rose, which was chosen as the Royal Film Première for 1976. In that film, Crosbie sang the Sherman Brothers' song, "Suddenly It Happens". In Ralph Bakshi's animated movie, The Lord of the Rings, filmed in 1978, Crosbie voiced the character of Galadriel, Lady of the Elves. In 1980, she played the abbess in Hawk the Slayer. In 1986, she appeared as the vicar's wife in Paradise Postponed.

After appearing in the BBC1 drama Take Me Home, Crosbie's next major role was as Margaret Meldrew, the long-suffering wife of Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson) in the BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave (1990-2000) for which she is best known. She also played Janet, the housekeeper to Dr. Finlay, in the 1993 revival of A.J. Cronin's popular stories. She also had a poignant role in the thriller The Debt Collector (1999).

Crosbie's other roles include playing the monkey-lover Ingrid Strange in an episode of Jonathan Creek (1997), Edith Sparshott in An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1997-2001), and Jessie in the film Calendar Girls (2003). In 2004, Crosbie appeared alongside Sam Kelly in an episode of the third series of Black Books, as the mother of the character Manny Bianco. In the series six and seven of the BBC Radio 4 comedy series Old Harry's Game, she played a recently deceased historian named Edith.

In 2008 she appeared in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens's Little Dorrit and an AXA Sun Life television advertisement for the over-50s. In 2009, she portrayed Sadie Cairncross in the BBC television series Hope Springs. In 2010 Crosbie appeared in the Doctor Who episode "The Eleventh Hour" and in the New Tricks episode "Coming Out Ball". In 2014 Crosbie appeared in the movies What We Did on Our Holiday and Into the Woods. In 2015 she appeared in a BBC adaptation of the novel Cider with Rosie. In 2016 she appeared in the new film version of Dad's Army .

Crosbie was awarded an OBE in 1998 for services to drama.

Crosbie is divorced from Michael Griffiths, the father of both her children, Owen and Selina (also an actress).

She is a campaigner for greyhound welfare. Since 2003, she has been President of the League Against Cruel Sports. She has also fronted commercials for Sun Life Direct insurance.

A.R. Rahman

A two-time winner and five-times nominee of the Academy Award (Oscar), A. R. Rahman is popularly known as the man who has redefined contemporary Indian music. Rahman, according to a BBC estimate, has sold more than 150 million copies of his work comprising of music from more than 100 film soundtracks and albums across over half a dozen languages, including landmark scores such as 'Roja', 'Bombay', Dil Se', 'Taal', 'Lagaan', 'Vandemataram', 'Jodhaa Akbar', 'Slumdog Millionaire', '127 Hours' and countless more.

Rahman pursued music as a career at a very young age and after assisting leading musicians in India went on to compose jingles and scores for popular Indian television features. He also obtained a degree in western classical music from the Trinity College of Music, London and set up his own in-house studio called Panchathan Record-Inn at Chennai. In 1991, noted film maker Mani Ratnam offered Rahman a movie called Roja which was a run-away success and brought nationwide fame and acclaim to the composer. The movie also won Rahman the Indian National Award for the best music composer, the first time ever by a debutant. Since then, Rahman has gone on to win the National Award 3 more times, the most ever by any music composer.

In 1997, to commemorate 50 years of Indian Independence, Sony Music signed up Rahman as its first artiste in South Asia. The result was Vande Mataram, an album that instantly made Indians relate to it and succeeded in rekindling the spirit of patriotism. In 2001, Andrew Lloyd Webber, the well known composer of musicals like Phantom of the Opera &Jesus Christ Superstar invited Rahman to compose for his musical, Bombay Dreams, the first time he would produce a musical he did not compose for. Bombay Dreams opened to packed houses at London's West End and had an unprecedented run for 2 years and later premiered at New York. In 2005, Rahman composed the score for the stage production of 'The Lord of the Rings', one of the most expensive productions mounted on stage.

Rahman's music led him to be noticed internationally with several of his tracks featuring in movies such as 'The Lord of War', 'Inside Man' and 'The Accidental Husband'. His composition, Bombay Theme holds the distinction of being featured in over 50 international compilations. He also scored the music for the Hollywood productions, 'Elizabeth - The Golden Age', 'Slumdog Millionaire', 'Couples Retreat', '127 Hours', People Like Us, the Chinese movie, 'Warriors of Heaven & Earth' and more recently 'The 100 Foot Journey', 'Million Dollar Arm' & 'Pele'.

In 2008, Rahman's work gained global prominence with the extraordinary success of his score for 'Slumdog Millionaire' that won 8 Academy Awards including two for Rahman, for Best Score and Best Song. Rahman won over 15 awards for this score including two Grammys, the Golden Globe and the BAFTA.

Rahman has also been conferred with honorary doctorates from the Trinity College of Music, Aligarh Muslim University, Anna University, Middlesex University and the prestigious Berkley College of Music. He was also named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, in 2009.

In 2011, Rahman joined a super band, SuperHeavy, comprising Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley and Dave Stewart. Rahman has collaborated with several other international artistes including Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Michael Jackson, Michael Bolton, MIA, Vanessa Mae, the Pussycat Dolls, Sarah Brightman, Dido, Hossam Ramzy, Hans Zimmer and Akon.

Rahman remains one of the few mainstream artistes, classical adaptations of whose works have been performed live by the likes of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Babelsberg Film Orchestra and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Rahman has expanded his focus to newer horizons like setting up the A R Rahman Foundation to help poor and underprivileged children. Rahman has also announced initiatives to establish a tradition in western classical music in India and embarked on an ambitious venture to set up the KM Music Conservatory and the KM Music Symphony Orchestra based out of Chennai, India.

Nathaniel Lees

An accomplished actor of Samoan descent, Nathaniel Lees who was born in New Zealand has succeeded impressively as both an actor and theater director. As a native of New Zealand, it comes as no surprise his name and face appeared on notable New Zealand projects including Hercules: The Legendary Journey, Young Hercules, Xena: Warrior Princess and Lord of the Rings: Two Towers, the latter of which he portrayed the Uruk Hai named Ugluk. As the new century arrived, Lees perhaps became better known for his role as the battle-hardened Captain Mifune in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). His directorial credits are equally impressive as he directed plays that have won various award titles from the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards.

J.R.R. Tolkien

English writer, scholar and philologist, Tolkien's father was a bank manager in South Africa. Shortly before his father died (1896) his mother took him and his younger brother to his father's native village of Sarehole, near Birmingham, England. The landscapes and Nordic mythology of the Midlands may have been the source for Tolkien's fertile imagination to write about 'the Shire' and 'hobbits' in his later book the Hobbit (1937). After his mother's death in 1904 he was looked after by Father Francis Xavier Morgan a RC priest of the Congregation of the Oratory. Tolkien was educated at King Edward VI school in Birmingham. He studied linguistics at Exeter College, Oxford, and took his B.A. in 1915. In 1916 he fought in World War I with the Lancashire Fusiliers. It is believed that his experiences during the Battle of the Somne may have been fueled the darker side of his subsequent novels. Upon his return he worked as an assistant on the Oxford English Dictionary (1918-20) and took his M.A. in 1919. In 1920 he became a teacher in English at the University of Leeds. He then went on to Merton College in Oxford, where he became Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon (1925-45) and Merton professor of English Language and Literature (1945-59). His first scholarly publication was an edition of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1925). He also wrote books on Chaucer (1934) and Beowulf (1937). In 1939 Tolkien gave the Andrew Lang Lecture at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland titled: "On Fairy-Stories". Tolkien will however be remembered most for his books the Hobbit (1937) and the Lord of the Rings (1954-55). The Hobbit began as a bedtime story for his children". He wrote Lord of the Rings over a period of about 14 years.

Tolkien also discussed parts of his novels with fellow Oxfordian and fantasy writer CS Lewis during their 'meetings'. He was trying to create a fantasy world so that he could explain how he had invented certain languages, and in doing so created 'Middle-earth'. However among his peers at Oxford his works were not well received as they were not considered 'scholarly'. It was after LOTR was published in paperback in the United States in 1965 that he developed his legendary cult following and also imitators. Tolkien was W. P. Ker lecturer at Glasgow University in 1953. In 1954 both the University of Liege and University College, Dublin, awarded him honorary doctorates. He received the CBE in 1972. He served as vice-president of the Philological Society and was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was made an honorary fellow of Exeter College. Despite the immense popularity of his books today Tolkien did not greatly benefit from their sales. His son Christopher Tolkien was able to publish some of his works posthumously after his manuscripts were found.

Aedin Mincks

The youngest of three children, Aedin was born in Georgia, October 10, 2000.

Aedin got his start in acting at the age of 6, with a slew of commercial jobs including Orbit Gum, Verizon and Capital One as the visigoth kid "Garth Jr.", but quickly moved on to television and film thanks to his charming and fearless presence and no mess, no fuss attitude.

Mincks gathered his inspiration for acting from movies such as "Lord of the Rings" and "Star Wars." He has been seen in popular series such as "The Sarah Silverman Program," "ER," "Desperate Housewives," "The Middle," and "New Girl."

Mincks' made his theatrical debut as Billy Bob Thornton's son in "Faster"(2010) opposite Dwayne Johnson, followed by his role in the hit comedy "The Hangover Part II," (2011) as young Allan starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms. He went on to display his comedic chops in Seth MacFarlane's "Ted"(2012) starring as 'Robert,' son of Giovanni Ribisi's character 'Donny' opposite Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. He was fortunate to be able to do these features while recurring on the Disney Channel Series, "A.N.T. Farm" for it's first 2 seasons, where he was then offered a series regular role in the third and final season.

His latest projects include "Any Day"(2015), starring Sean Bean, Eva Longoria and Kate Walsh; as well as appearances on Colony (USA), Fresh off the Boat (CBS), and a brief recurring role on the short lived series Bad Teacher (CBS).

He enjoys studying history as well as spending time with his two dogs, Angus and Frodo. Mincks' hobbies include archery, swimming and football.

Christine Dunford

Born in the Bronx and trained at the Juilliard School, Ms. Dunford began her theater career in NYC. Upon graduating from Juilliard, she was cast in Joseph Papp's NY Shakespeare Festival production of Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Ms. Dunford spent the next two years working at Mr. Papp's Public Theater in the American premiere of Serious Money (both the off-Broadway & Broadway runs) and in the lead role of Love's Labors Lost, directed by Gerald Freedman. Other NY stage appearances include Infidelities at Primary Stages and the title role in Tamara. On the West Coast, Ms. Dunford starred with Ed Begley, Jr. in David Mamet's Cryptogram at the Geffen Playhouse, and in the Bottom's Dream Theater Company productions of Losing Venice and 7 Blow Jobs, and was directed by fellow Juilliard alum Keith David in The Shadow Box at the Edgemar Theater. Since moving to Los Angeles, Ms. Dunford has appeared in over 100 episodes of television, both as a series regular (Good Sports, Hudson Street with Tony Danza, Something So Right with Jere Burns, Bob with Bob Newhart, and The Secret Lives of Men with Brad Whitford) and as a guest star (Law & Order LA, Harry's Law, Two and a Half Men, Boston Legal, Seinfeld, Frasier, Til Death, Without a Trace and others). She also co-starred with Jon Lovitz in the live broadcast of the FOX comedy special: The Jon Lovitz Show. On film, Ms. Dunford was recently seen in American Dream, the indie award-winner directed by J. Walker Smmith, and Hello Herman, written by John Buffalo Mailer. She starred opposite Peter Fonda in the Oscar-nominated Ulee's Gold, and in Love & Basketball, Date in Queens (opposite Jason Alexander), Reversal of Fortune, Slaves of NY, and the award-winning shorts Dos Corazones and Lost People of Mountain Village, which was written and directed by the creators of The Wonder Years, Carol Black and Neal Marlens. Ms. Dunford is also a playwright, and was invited to perform her series of monologues, Out Loud, at HBO's Aspen Comedy Festival as well as at the Edgemar Theater in Los Angeles. She performed another solo show, Toucan in the Bronx, at the Improv in Los Angeles. In addition to her work on camera and stage, Ms. Dunford is a voice artist on several animated series as well as television and radio commercials. She provides narration for documentary films and museum installments, and does voice work for video and online games such as Mass Effect, Lord of the Rings, Civilizations, Dawn of War, Hitman, Everquest, Warhammer, XCOM & others.

Sabine Crossen

Sabine Crossen is a bilingual actress (French mother, American father) who was born in the United States but grew up in NZ. When she was 20 years old she moved to Paris to study acting at the Actorat Dramatic Arts College where she landed her first role playing the Virgin Mary.

Sabine's first role in a feature film was playing an Elf in Lord Of The Rings.

In 2003 she had her first lead role portraying Kim Lee in the independent feature film Shadow Girl that won several awards; Platinum Award Houston (USA) and Thessaloniki (Greece) Best Image.

During this time Sabine was also on the prime time Canal+ Hypershow presenting stars like David Bowie, John Malkovitch, The Cranberries and Adrien Brody.

She has written songs for several compilation albums winning 3 gold discs.

In 2005 after playing the Rita in Surface Sensible the blockbuster The Brice Man (starring Jean Dujardin star of The Artist) came out where she plays his young mother-in-law.

During this time Sabine also presented for the Alcatel web TV filming in France and Spain over several years.

2006 brought In Memoriam II: The Last Ritual (In Memoriam won the 2003 best game award world), which gave her the lead role of Jessica Moses. Filming took place in Canada, USA, Portugal, Scotland and France.

Then in 2007 Sabine played the lead female part of the alien Dragonfly Fairy in Car Academy, also interpreting the song "Superman" for the original soundtrack. The DVD won a double diamond disc in France.

Sabine then discovered motion capture and had the opportunity to play in several video games; Heavy Rain, Red Steel 2, Lana Del Rey. She then had the privilege of playing June in the game that became the film Hitman with Timothy Olyphant and Olga Kurylenko.

3 years later she seduces Philippe Lellouche and Franck Dubosc in the movie Bienvenue A Bord (Welcome A Bord)

In 2012 things start to accelerate for Sabine who flies to Hong Kong and China to film S.O.L.I.I.D a pre-quel for the feature film where she will play the lead of a dangerous android. She then returns to Hong Kong to film the role of Joan in The Borderland starring Seydina Baldé.

Back in Paris she films Le Grand Méchant Loup (The Big Bad Wolf) playing a naughty dominatrix and then the role of a reporter in Crossing Lines directed by Daniel Percival and finally a Texan facing Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson in The Love Punch. Out in 2013.

2014 saw Sabine travel back to Hong Kong to film as Joan in director Mathieu Weschler's debut film Couvert Operation. She also filmed in Rosemary's Baby an NBC TV series.

In 2015 Sabine played the role of Freya in Predator Dark Ages, a fan film which has today 1.9 million vues on YouTube. She learnt how to use a bow and arrow for this role and looks a little like Orlando Blooms character in L.O.T.R, Legolas. Two other short films Spavento and award winning Blue-Eyed Me finished the year.

Her first role in a horror feature film S.H.C.I.A.W as the bad girl Ana was shot in March/April 2016 written and directed by Simon P. Edward with award winning D.O.P Andrew Martin. This involved on screen fight scenes with a lot of action and FX. Family comedy It's All About The Manners shot in 2016 in the UK is a film about the Manners adopting 2 chaotic boys that turn the kingdom of Barland upside down. Sabine plays the role of Jenny Manners.

Sabine is the brand ambassador for Chablis 2012 alongside Plus Belle La Vie Star Ambroise Michel. Sabine was an official jury member of the International Crime Film Festival in Liège 2013. She has won 10 awards for her short film L'amour Rend Aveugle (Love Is Blind)

Brigitte Kingsley

Brigitte Kingsley is a Canadian actor and producer. She was born on April 12, 1976 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Her family moved to Whitby, Ontario when she was ten years old. At the age of fourteen, Brigitte Kingsley began her acting career in high school with television commercials such as Oxy, Foot Locker, McDonalds, Head & Shoulders and Radio Shack to name a few. She became the "hostess with the mostess" on the television series Game Nation for 4 seasons as host Suki Diefenbaker.

She studied theatre and psychology at York University. Shortly after graduating with Honours from York University with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Studies, Brigitte Kingsley launched her production company Defiant Empire Corporation with business partner Andrew Cymek. She produced a series of short films, corporate videos and commercials before producing her first feature film Dark Rising in 2006 starring wrestling superstar Jay "Christian Cage" Reso. The low-budget indie feature was released through Universal Vivendi in 2007 and nominated for 6 Canadian Comedy Awards in 2008 for Best Writing, Directing, Male Performance and Best Female Performance, which Brigitte earned for her role as the lead character "Summer Vale". It was later released in the US and internationally through EOne and subsequently expanded into a sequel Dark Rising 2: Summer Strikes Back! and the television series The Savage Tales of Summer Vale both released in 2011 on Super Channel and acquired by Cinemavault for International sales and by MarVista for the US.

In 2008, Brigitte Kingsley became president of Black Walk, a production company that is best known for their clever comedic features including the 2005 TIFF Favorite and Independent Spirit Award Winner Phil the Alien. In 2010, she completed her third feature film Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf, an action-thriller starring John Rhys Davies (Lord of the Rings), William B. Davies (X-Files), which was released through Anchor Bay Canada, US, UK and Australia. In 2011, she took on the responsibility of Decade Distribution in order to increase her knowledge in the sales and distribution side of film and also produced her first Telefilm supported feature film "Two Hands to Mouth" - an official selection of the Madrid International Film Festival. In 2012, she was nominated for another Canadian Comedy Award for her role as Summer Vale in Dark Rising 2: Summer Strikes Back! and starred and co-executive produced the fourth Dark Rising project: Warrior of Worlds (also starring Colin Mochrie, Peter Outerbridge and Scott Thompson). In September 2012, Brigitte left Black Walk to start her own production company Good Soldier Films with partner Andrew Cymek. Their films include Night Cries, which won best screenplay at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival, The Man in the Shadows that played at Dances with Films and Cinefest and the country musical Country Crush starring Jana Kramer, Madeline Merlo and Sophie Tweed-Simmons acquired by SHOUT! Factory in the US and winner of Best Narrative Feature, Best of the Festival Film and Audience Choice at the Desert Rocks Films and Music Festival in Hesperia, CA.

Brigitte Kingsley is on the Board of directors for Canadore College's Television/Video Production and Digital Cinematography program and is behind the "Good Soldier" initiative, a charitable cause supporting soldiers.

Anthony Brandon Wong

Anthony Brandon Wong is an award-winning actor who has played a wide range of roles in numerous films, more than 40 hit television programs, and over thirty stage productions in the US, Canada, Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Africa. He is best known to international audiences for his role as 'Ghost', the Zen Buddhist assassin in "The Matrix Reloaded", "The Matrix Revolutions", and as the lead character (alongside Jada Pinkett Smith) in the "Enter the Matrix" video game, all written and directed by The Wachowski's. Wong spent 15 months working in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sydney, Australia, opposite Pinkett Smith, Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Monica Bellucci, Harold Perrineau and Hugo Weaving.

Wong plays the role of Danny Law, father of five children, in the SBS/Matchbox Pictures comedy series "The Family Law", which recently won the 2017 Equity Ensemble Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. The Family Law also won the 2016 Screen Producers Australia Awards (SPAA) for Best Comedy Series Production and the 2016 Casting Guild of Australia (CGA) Award for Best Casting in a TV Comedy Series. "The Family Law" was also nominated for a 2016 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award for Best Television Comedy Series. Wong will return as Danny Law in Season 2 of "The Family Law" which airs on Australia's SBS television network from 15 June 2017.

Wong will be seen later this year in the ABC medical drama series "Pulse" as Dr Arthur Chan, appearing alongside Game of Throne's Owen Teale, Hawaii Five-0's Claire van der Boom, and Seven Types of Ambiguity's Susie Porter and Andrea Demetriades. He will also be seen in the Channel Seven (Australia) mini-series "Blue Murder: Killer Cop" which stars Richard Roxburgh, Toni Collette and Aaron Pedersen.

Earlier in 2017, Wong played a lead guest role of a father struggling with his transgender child in the ABC legal drama series "Newton's Law" opposite Claudia Karvan and Toby Schmitz.

Wong played the series regular role of lascivious shop-owner and fish-fighting champion Le Bok in the NBC Universal/Matchbox Pictures kung fu comedy series "Maximum Choppage", which was screened on Australia's ABC TV network in early 2015. The main cast of "Maximum Choppage" were nominated for a 2016 Equity Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

In 2013-4, Wong filmed the role of Michael Lau in the Matchbox Pictures sci-fi series "Nowhere Boys", which won multiple awards including an International Emmy Award in 2016, Best Children's Series at the 2014 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, and a 2014 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Children's Program.

In 2012, Wong played the role of former Chinese premier Chou En-lai in the HBO movie "Hemingway and Gellhorn" opposite Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen, directed by Philip Kaufman. That same year, he played the supporting role of 'Asian Elvis' opposite Gary Oldman and Christian Slater in the comedy "Guns, Girls and Gambling", which was shot in Salt Lake City, Utah, and also played a guest role opposite Ed Asner in "Hawaii Five-O" in the episode titled "Kalele", filmed in Honolulu.

In 2011, Wong was seen in the Steven Soderbergh movie "Haywire", alongside Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, and Gina Carano. Wong filmed the role of kidnapped journalist 'Jiang' in Dublin, Barcelona and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Other notable film credits include the 20th Century Fox action movie "Flight of the Phoenix", opposite Dennis Quaid, Giovanni Ribisi, Hugh Laurie, Tyrese Gibson, and Tony Curran, which was filmed in the deserts of Namibia, the lead male role in Clara Law's "Floating Life" as a womanizing Hong Kong stockbroker who realizes the error of his philandering ways, the villainous Chinatown crime lord Peter Cho in the Australian comedy "Crooked Business" and the films "Little Fish" (opposite Cate Blanchett), "Lilian's Story" (starring Toni Collette), "Till There Was You" (starring Mark Harmon and Jeroen Krabbe), and "Seeing Red" (opposite David Wenham, 'Faramir' in "The Lord of the Rings"). Wong's forthcoming films include the Australian feature "Thicker than Water", in which he stars as dance teacher Tin alongside 15 of his acting students including Australian singer-songwriter Pete Murray, and the sci-fi short "Emporium", in which he plays the lead role opposite nine of his acting students including Christopher Sommers ("The Water Diviner").

In 2008, Wong played the series regular role of 'Tasuke Kogo' in ABC Family's "Samurai Girl", father of the title character and one of Japan's most powerful businessmen. In the same year, in the BBC's "Secrets of the Forbidden City" he played the principal character of real life 15th Century Chinese Emperor Yongle, the visionary but despotic leader who built the world-famous Forbidden City.

Wong also played the lead role of Hirohito opposite Caspar Van Dien ("Starship Troopers") in the US martial arts TV movie "Mask of the Ninja" (Spike TV). His many other television credits include "Glee" (in the Series 2 episode "Grilled Cheesus"), "The Unit" (as a Thai prince facing death threats), "NCIS" (as Navy Doctor Russell Nguyen), the Francis Ford Coppola produced "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" (playing a Hong Kong detective), Disney Channel's "Jumping Ship" (as a modern-day pirate), "All Saints" (as a journalist who loses his partner), "Water Rats" (as a compulsive gambler), "Xena Warrior Princess" "Cassidy", "The Boys from the Bush", "Home and Away", "A Country Practice", "The Alice" and the HBO pilot "1%", written by Michael Tolkin ("The Player") and directed by Emmy award winning director Alan Taylor ("The Sopranos").

Wong also played the series regular roles of 'Mek', a heroic scientist on "Spellbinder 2", filmed in Poland, China and Australia, opposite Ryan Kwanten ("True Blood") and 'Lee', a political revolutionary in "Embassy", filmed in Melbourne and Fiji.

He played the role of Gerald in the Internet series "The Booth at the End", opposite Xander Berkeley ("24" and "Nikita"), produced by Michael Eisner.

In 1992, he won the Victorian Green Room Best Actor Award (theatre) for his performance as a Filipino transvestite in "Sex Diary of an Infidel", which also netted him a Sydney Critics Circle Award nomination. He also scored Green Room Award nominations for his stage work in "The Temple" as a cocaine-addicted paraplegic and in "The Language of the Gods" as an Indonesian priest with magical powers. He played the lead role of a Malaysian king in the Melbourne Theatre Company production of "Coup d'etat", and portrayed an Aboriginal hip-hop artist, a Lebanese tough guy, an African schoolgirl and a New Zealand-born Samoan boxer in the acclaimed stage production of "Fast Cars and Tractor Engines" (Urban Theatre Projects, Sydney). In 2010, he starred in the circus theatre spectacular "Shanghai Lady Killer", written by renown Australian director and screenwriter Tony Ayres ("The Home Song Stories") and in the villainous role of Vasquez in "'Tis Pity She's A Whore" at Melbourne's acclaimed Malthouse Theatre. In early 2017, Wong was seen in the Australian stage premiere of the Olivier-Award winning play "Chimerica" at Sydney Theatre Company, directed by Kip Williams. Wong will play Chebutykin in the Sydney Theatre Company production of Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters" in November/December 2017 at Sydney Opera House, also directed by Williams.

Wong is an accomplished singer in cabaret, having performed in shows at Hollywood's renown cabaret venues M Bar and Gardenia Lounge, and sung in the Australian musicals "Rasputin" directed by Emmy award winning director Stephen Hopkins), and "And It's Got a Lovely Backyard". In Sydney, Australia, he has sung at well-known music venues such as The Imperial Hotel, The Harbourside Brasserie, Side On Cafe, LA Bar, and at the Chinese Gardens in Darling Harbour. He has recorded a dance single "Emancipate", co-written with Daniel Nemes, and produced by Steve Peach, who has worked with the likes of Gwen Stefani, Macy Gray and Kylie Minogue.

He is also a writer (journalism, plays) and comedian (credits include the hit Australian comedy stage show "Wog-a-rama", the sit-com "Acropolis Now" and stand up).

He is also a much sought after acting teacher and coach, who has taught at Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Arts (alumni include Cate Blanchett, Mel Gibson and Judy Davis), Actors Centre Australia (where Hugh Jackman and Naomi Watts studied), West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 16th Street Studios Melbourne, Queensland University of Technology and the Australian Theatre for Young People.

Wong trained in many different acting techniques (Meisner, Strasberg, Improvisation, Asian theatre methods) and with many acclaimed acting teachers including world-renown acting coach Ivana Chubbuck, who has worked with Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, Jake Gyllenhaal, Charlize Theron, Jim Carrey, Terrence Howard, Catherine Keener, Kate Hudson and hundreds of other A List actors. He has also studied with Larry Moss, acting coach to Leonardo di Caprio, Hilary Swank, Helen Hunt and Tobey Maguire; with Eric Morris, former coach to Jack Nicholson, and with Elizabeth Kemp, Bradley Cooper and Harvey Keitel's teacher from the famed Actors Studio.

Robert Shaye

Robert Shaye was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is a producer, director, and actor, particularly known for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002). He has been married to Eva G. Lindsten since 1970. They have two children.

Steven Price

Steven Price is an Academy Award-winning composer. In 2014 his groundbreaking score for Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity won him not only the Academy Award but also the BAFTA, the Critics' Choice Award, the Satellite Award, and ASCAP's first-ever Film Composer of The Year Award. He has since scored Fury, the WWII epic written and directed by David Ayer, starring Brad Pitt; Believe, a drama series produced by Alfonso Cuaron and JJ Abrams for NBC; and the BBC's The Hunt, a landmark natural history documentary series narrated by Sir David Attenborough following the struggles and successes of predators in the animal kingdom. Price's debut score was for Joe Cornish's 2011 feature Attack The Block, produced by Edgar Wright. His music earned Price the award for Best Original Soundtrack from both the Austin Film Critics Association and the Sitges Film Festival. He then went on to work with Edgar Wright as a director, composing the original score for the Universal comedy The World's End. Steven Price moved into composing following an extensive period gaining experience in various roles within the film music industry. He began his career as an assistant in the London studio of Gang of Four with guitarist/producer Andy Gill. He then had a five-year apprenticeship with the film composer Trevor Jones during which he contributed to projects including Thirteen Days, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, 80 Days Around The World, Dinotopia, and Crossroads, for which Price was also the featured guitar soloist alongside the London Symphony Orchestra. Having become a regular in the studios, Abbey Road recommended Price to Howard Shore, which led to his role as music editor on The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Price went on to music edit on Batman Begins for Christopher Nolan, and on Scott Pilgrim v. the World for Edgar Wright as well as a number of other films and TV series. However, despite having become a leading music editor, Price remained focused on composing. He began to contribute original music to a number of projects, including Richard Curtis' 2009 movie Pirate Radio and Edgar Wright's film Scott Pilgrim vs The World, where he collaborated with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. A guitarist from the age of five, Price has a First Class degree in Music from Cambridge University.

Philip Stone

Philip Stone (April 14, 1924 - June 15, 2003) was an English actor.

He was born in Leeds. He was the only actor to appear in three consecutive Stanley Kubrick films. First, he played the central character Alex's "P" (as in "M" and "P" for "Ma" and "Pa") in A Clockwork Orange. Subsequently, he played Graham, the Lyndon family lawyer, in Barry Lyndon, and Delbert Grady, the original caretaker who murdered his family in _The Shining_. The only other actor to be credited in three Kubrick films is Joe Turkel.

Other film roles included parts in Thunderball, Where Eagles Dare, Quest for Love, Flash Gordon and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. In the 1978 Ralph Bakshi's animated film The Lord of the Rings, he voiced the role of Théoden.

Stone was also a prolific stage and television actor, appearing in many popular TV series, including the very first Avengers episode, The Rat Catchers, Dalziel and Pascoe, A Touch of Frost, Heartbeat, Yes Minister, Justice and Coronation Street.

Stone died of a heart attack in London in 2003, aged 79.

Rebecca Davis

Rebecca's first role in a major film came in Academy Award-nominated director, Atom Egoyan's Where the Truth Lies, in which she played a power-hungry publicist opposite Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth. The film had its world premiere in Cannes before making its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Rebecca was born in the small town of Cobourg, Ontario, where her childhood years were devoted to figure skating, horseback riding, and writing and performing plays with her friends. In her teens, Rebecca continued to pursue her interest in drama, performing in regional and youth theater productions. However, her talent at figure skating began to turn into a full time pursuit, and at 16, she moved to Toronto for high level training. By 18, Rebecca was a nationally ranked skater, leading to a contract with Disney On Ice which took her on an extensive tour through the United States, Japan and South East Asia.

After retiring from figure skating at the age of 21, Rebecca turned her attention back to acting. Her formal training began in Sydney, Australia studying acting with John Noble (Fringe, Lord of the Rings), and voice with Bill Pepper (National Institute of Dramatic Arts). She also landed roles in a series of short films. After a year and a half in Sydney, Rebecca returned to Toronto where she continued to study acting and pursue her career. At the same time, she also completed a degree in History and English, graduating with distinction from the University of Toronto.

Rebecca has landed roles in feature films and major network television series including Battlestar Galactica, Smallville and Supernatural. In 2010 she worked opposite Heather Locklear in Lifetime Television's He Loves Me and in 2012, her comedy and improv skills were showcased playing a fed up publishing executive alongside Emmanuelle Vaugier and Carson Kressley in Hallmark Channel's It's Christmas, Carol!

In 2013 Rebecca starred in leading roles in the sci-fi thriller The Woods and the comedy Focus, while also guest-starring opposite acclaimed comedian Harland Williams in the CTV sitcom Package Deal, produced by Andrew Orenstein (Malcolm in the Middle, 3rd Rock from the Sun) and Denise Moss (Frasier, Roseanne).

She now splits her time between Toronto, Vancouver and LA.

Tony Giglio

Tony Giglio worked his way up from a Production Assistant to become one of Hollywood's most versatile Writer-Directors.

Tony recently directed "S.W.A.T.: Under Siege", produced by Sony and Neal Moritz (Original Film). The movie stars Adrianne Palicki ("John Wick", "GI Joe 2"), Michael Jai White ("Spawn", "The Dark Knight") and will be released in 2017.

Tony wrote, produced & directed Sony Entertainment's first ever made for New Media Feature Film entitled "Extraction". The film stars Danny Glover ("Lethal Weapon" series), Vinnie Jones ("Snatch"), Sean Astin ("Lord of the Rings" series), Falk Hentschel ("Knight and Day"), and Jon Foo ("Tekken").

Previously, Giglio directed 2nd Unit on Resident Evil: Afterlife for Screen Gems/ Constantin/ Impact PIctures. The film, shot in 3-D, opened #1 in the worldwide box office on September 10, 2010 to a franchise record $73 million.

Universal Pictures hired Giglio to pen Death Race 2, a prequel to 2008's Death Race. Giglio wrote the script while simultaneously directing 2nd Unit on Afterlife. Based on Death Race 2's overwhelming success, Universal moved quickly to make its sequel, Death Race: Inferno, with Giglio again returning as Screenwriter. Death Race has become one of Universal's biggest successes. Death Race: Anarchy, the 4th film in the franchise, another penned by Giglio, was produced and will be released in January 2018.

In 2007, Giglio directed Timber Falls. The horror-dark comedy stars Brianna Brown (TV's Devious Maids, Homeland, Entourage). Shot in Romania doubling for West Virginia, Giglio was able to find locations never before filmed in the mountains of Transylvania. The film opened theatrically on December 7, 2007 to extremely positive reviews.

In 2005, Giglio wrote and directed his best known work, the action-thriller Chaos, starring Jason Statham, Ryan Phillippe and Wesley Snipes. The film which was originally budgeted for $25 Million and 40 Days of Principal Photography, suffered massive financial problems which caused 7 shutdowns during prep and production, resulting in several cast and crew turnover, and slashing the budget and shooting days in half ($12.5 Million and 21 days respectively).

In 2004, Giglio co-wrote and directed the World War II drama, In Enemy Hands, starring Academy Award Nominated Actor William H. Macy, Til Schweiger, Clark Gregg, Scott Caan, Thomas Kretschmann, Lauren Holly, Ian Somerhalder and Jeremy Sisto. The film was released by Lion's Gate in the U.S. in 2004. Some obscure trivia, Academy Award-winning Director Gavin Hood was one of Giglio's Cast members.

Giglio's first job in film was as a Production Assistant on the Quick & The Dead. Giglio, a huge fan of The Evil Dead, wrote director Sam Raimi a letter prior to graduating college seeking employment with him. Much to his surprise, Raimi answered his letter and said, "if he (Giglio) decided to relocate to LA, to look him up." Giglio moved to California shortly after graduation, reconnected with Raimi's office just as Raimi had signed on to direct The Quick & the Dead. Giglio started as an office P.A., but later served as a Set P.A.. Location P.A. and Sam Raimi's P.A. on the production in Arizona.

Giglio gained experience working in the entertainment industry on such high-profile film projects as, Heat, Terminator 2: 3D, Liar, Liar, Celtic Pride, Bulletproof, Fear, Dante's Peak, Escape From L.A., The Rock, Kicking & Screaming And Jingle All The Way.

Tony graduated from Seton Hall University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993. He is a proud member of the DGA, WGA & SAG. He holds citizenship in good standing status with both the United States and Canada.

When not on location directing, Tony Giglio resides in Southern California with his wife and dog.

Gabriel Burrafato

Two-Time Broadway World Award Winning Actor/Singer Gabriel Burrafato has performed starring roles on Broadway, National Tours, Las Vegas, and International stages around the world. This "Trilingual, Triple Threat" powerhouse of a performer has also held Principle leading roles in Feature Films and Television.

Gabriel has had the honor of working closely with the best in the industry, including 2-time Academy Award winning composer A.R. Rahman, 21-time Tony Award winning Broadway director Harold Prince, and the legendary Sir Andrew Lloyd. His televised PBS concert "Live from the Venetian in Las Vegas" has aired in over 350 PBS stations across North America.

Gabriel began his career as an apprentice actor at the prestigious Shaw Festival of Canada. He made his Broadway debut in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Bombay Dreams. He also starred as Lancelot in the Broadway National Tour of Camelot and Magaldi in the Broadway National tour of Evita (Harold Prince Revival). Gabriel has had the distinguished honor of originating the role of the elf archer Legolas in the $30 Million Dollar, world premier production of The Lord of The Rings, directed by Tony award winning director Matthew Warchus. Other roles include Dean Martin in the original Las Vegas Production of Vegas! The Show, at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, and Lun Tha in the world renowned Stratford Festivals production of The King and I.

Andy Pessoa

With a bright future ahead, Andy Pessoa is a talent whose career is on the climb. Andy has amassed a number of network and cable television appearances in his burgeoning career.

Not just content to make a splash on television, Andy has branched out into feature films. Which include his most recent role in "The Amazing Spiderman" (2012).

Andy also has lent his voice to several voice-over projects including his series regular role as "Raf" (Rafael Esquivel) in the Emmy winning show, "The Transformers Prime"; as well as in the Daniel Day Lewis feature "Nine" and the video games of the "Lord of the Rings" and "Transformer's Prime".

Andy resides in Southern California with his parents and older brothers.

Thomas Robins

Thomas Robins is an Emmy Award winning Producer, Writer and Director based in Wellington, New Zealand. He is the co-owner of the award winning production company KHF Media. Previously an actor known for his roles as Deagol in The Lord Of The Rings and Young Thrain in The Hobbit, he now focuses on producing films, televisions projects and documentaries.

Jing Wong

Wong Jing is one of Hong Kong's most prolific, talented and controversial filmmakers. His directorial style, at best, manages to combine commercial appeal and artistic aspects. Most of his films were among the biggest box office hits, partly due to possessing an amazing sense of what would play well. Some of his films have achieved groundbreaking success, artistically as well as financially.

His films are so popular that in the mid to late '90s, Wong's movies accounted for as much as thirty percent of the total box office take in Hong Kong. Genre-wise, he's done comedy, drama, romance, action (including martial arts) and even erotica. He often combines genres. His screen-writing portfolio is impressive as there is so much scope in terms of plot, historical setting and quality.

Even his credentials in the action movie genre are accomplished from films set in period China to a futuristic setting, whether it be a Chinese equivalent to Lord of the Rings, a Sci-Fi adventure that manages to be an adaptation of the famous computer game Street Fighter or a scathing satire on action films that also manages to pay tribute to films such as Reservoir Dogs, Invasion U.S.A. and Raw Deal.

Ironically, regardless of his impressive list of credentials, there came a time when the one genre Wong Jing was most famous for (in the eyes of Western fans of Hong Kong cinema) was the erotic thriller. It became commonly associated with him due to him being the producer and screenwriter for Naked Killer - an exploitation film well known for combining scenes of action, dark humor, shocking violence and lesbianism.

His true niche, however, can be found in the gambling genre (his favorite genre). He has, quite frankly created some of the best gambling scenes ever depicted on celluloid. His highest-grossing film in Hong Kong theaters was a gambling-themed genre-mixer (God of Gamblers Returns) starring Chow Yun-Fat (of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fame).

Also known as The Return of the God of Gamblers, the film is still one of Hong Kong's top ten highest-grossing films. It had even made a lot more money than Jackie Chan's Drunken Master 2 (which was released in the same year - 1994). This is saying a lot since Drunken Master 2 is constantly referred to as Jackie's best film (the quality of the fight scenes have rarely been rivaled). It had people cheering and giving standing ovations in cinemas throughout Asia which led many to suggest that Drunken Master 2 is the pinnacle of his decorated and illustrious career. However, that didn't stop Jing from delivering a larger crowd-pleaser.

His directorial debut was a gambling film. A multi-layered caper set in the early part of the twentieth century, Challenge of the Gamesters is a prequel to the popular Hong Kong TV mini-series The Shell Game (which Wong himself wrote, with his father Wong Tin-Lam handling the directing duties).

Which brings us to Wong Jing's roots, he got his start in the entertainment industry early, since his father Wong Tin-Lam was a TV drama director and a renowned film director from the 1950s. It seemed inevitable that Jing would follow in his father's footsteps, but first Wong attended the Chinese University of Hong Kong, majoring in Chinese Literature.

He was becoming disenchanted with university and was more interested in media art so he asked his father for permission to study film in England but his father said "just observe and you will learn the craft" and that is what he proceeded to do so he became a screenwriter by writing scripts for TV. In fact, he skipped class a lot to the extent that some of his professors said that they never saw him at all during the four years it took to earn his degree.

He later said that the degree was worthless to him. Jing believed that he learned more about making movies and (perhaps more importantly) making money by cutting classes and hanging around studios, where he would get work as a director's assistant (basically a glorified errand boy) and writing scripts for his father's shows.

As a devout fan of classical Cantonese cinema, Jing impressed many of the old-timers around the studios with his knowledge of movie trivia. Combined with his high work ethic and the ability to change scripts on the fly (a necessary skill in the fast-paced world of Hong Kong's entertainment industry), Wong had found his niche.

By 1978, he made his entrance into the world of movies with his script Cunning Tendency before directing Challenge of the Gamesters in 1981. Both films were made for the Shaw Brothers film studio and were big hits but it wasn't until the late '80s where he began to show his commercial genius with Casino Raiders, which was a smash hit that actually began the gambling craze (that Wong was to capitalize on with the extremely popular God of Gamblers films).

The one thing that Jing likes about making this genre of film is being able to direct the gambling duels at the end. Besides possessing a genuine interest in gambling, his main motivation for making gambling movies was because Wong saw there was a large audience for gambling films. This revelation was found after working on two films with his father: King of Gamblers (1980) and Return of King of Gamblers (1981).

Wong Jing is also a highly influential filmmaker. Hong Kong's most popular film star - Stephen Chow - had become what he is today due to Wong. He had starred in a film, which was a parody/cash-in of God of Gamblers entitled All for the Winner, which became the highest-grossing film in Hong Kong and made Stephen a huge star in the process (virtually overnight).

Wong went out of his way to not only adapt this new star in his own franchise but to add more comedy to the proceedings. This resulted in making an even more groundbreaking success with God of Gamblers II (which was also a sequel to All for the Winner).

Chow's collaborations with Wong, which included yet another God of Gamblers movie had confirmed the basic template for Chow's films - a slightly dimwitted but talented man gets thrown into strange circumstances, where he ultimately finds redemption (and resolution) through love.

In regards to Jing's influence, there came a point when nearly one third of the films coming out of Hong Kong yearly had Wong's touch on them in some way, either as a screenwriter, producer, director or actor. The script that Wong Jing helped to write for the early '80s traditional Kung Fu film Dreadnaught had proved to be the inspiration for one scene in the Hollywood blockbuster Batman Forever, which had Chris O'Donnell doing laundry chores with the aid of his martial arts skills.

Wong Jing's New Legend of Shaolin had proved to be one of the main influences for Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon via the use of a female duo of thieves dressed in black (one of whom is much older and proves to be an expert in poison darts) who try to steal a valuable object before confronting someone who's trying to stop them.

Like many famous directors; Wong Jing has trademarks. Besides making a slew of films referencing or based on computer games, he likes using creative POV shots.

Sometimes, Jing likes to trick the audience into thinking the film is over when it's not as a way of making things less predictable e.g. the endings of two of his films (i.e. City Hunter and Return to a Better Tomorrow) feature shots where the camera is being pulled further into the distance away from the action into an aerial shot (a shot which is accomplished either a crane or a helicopter) before concluding with an additional scene.

Another Wong Jing trademark (or Jingism) is the vertigo shot (a shot that is accomplished by zooming the lens forward whilst physically moving the camera backwards). The way he uses it is either during a revelation of a plot point or a startled reaction from one of the main characters. He has used this shot in The Romancing Star, The Big Score, The Last Blood, Royal Tramp, City Hunter, God of Gamblers 3: Back to Shanghai, Kung Fu Cult Master, Return to a Better Tomorrow, God of Gamblers Returns and High Risk.

Like Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith, Jing's films have plenty of pop culture references from a subtle reference to The Beatles (in City Hunter) to a blatant take on The Six Million Dollar Man.

Another Jingism is to lampoon (as opposed to just referencing) other Chinese filmmakers such as Tsui Hark, John Woo and Wong Kar Wai. Jing's Last Hero in China is a parody of Hark's Once Upon a Time in China film series (which dealt with the nineteenth century Chinese hero, Wong Fei-Hung). Woo has been well known for making action films that deal with male bonding, so Jing had lampooned John Woo's macho male bonding in Boys are Easy with a scene that parodies Woo's A Better Tomorrow. Arthouse favorite Wong Kar Wai is mocked in Jing's Those Were the Days via a character called Wong Jing Wai.

Unlike his fellow contemporaries, Jing chooses not to make films in Hollywood as he feels that most other American films directed by Hong Kong directors fail to live up to standards (considering the amount of money and time invested). Hence why he allegedly rejected Tom Cruise's offer to direct Mission: Impossible II. Coincidentally, Jing referenced Tom in The Big Score. Additionally, God of Gamblers has been described as a Chinese take on Rain Man. Also, Jing feels that he won't gain the same amount of control as he would in his Hong Kong productions.

Perhaps that is the key to Wong's continued success - while many directors craft overly 'arty' films or overly 'commercial' movies, Wong Jing's films hit a nice middle ground. Yes, there is a good deal of bloodshed and talk of sexual-related things such as bodily functions, but the films themselves are technically sound and well-written. It is quite a testament to Wong's talent that his first film, made over 20 years ago, can stand up to (and surpass) much of today's output. Those wanting to get a bit of a H.K. film industry lesson, while having fun doing it, would be well-advised to check out Challenge of the Gamesters.

Luis A. Lozada Jr.

Son of Puerto Rican legend Vico C, Luis Armando Lozada Jr. moved to Orlando FL. with the family at the age of 4 where Vico and the family started a new life and settled for 10 years. Luis was always artistically inspired by movies, tv shows and music. At the age of 1 Luis was already inspired and moved by The Lion King and winning dance competitions in carnivals. Winning talent shows at 7 years old he was always obsessed wit with theme parks in Disney World and Universal Studios he always wanted to create his own one day after playing with the Google Sketchup software where he created and designed 3d models. This led him to dream of being and architect and create worlds himself. He always enjoyed movie series like Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Terminator and Avatar: the last Airbender and many video games. This fueled his dreams of wanting to create worlds and stories filled with multiple plots and characters. But at the age of 13 he finally had more interest in music when he started "fitting in" with the crowd. Because he became more familiar with HipHop in general he became inspired by Hip Hop. a former Vico C DJ introduced Luis to the Fruity Loops beatmaking software and he instantly began producing beats until the age of 14 where he started rapping as "Shuga Daddy" after being inspired by Timbaland and Kanye West. Later produced and engineered all his songs and at 16 years old was performing in Puerto Rican competitions after moving there in and dance battles for a few months after moving to PR in 2009. in 2010 He changed his name to LoUPz and found an identity as a person and in music. He released a pair of mixtapes called Homecoming: The Diploma and Homecoming: The Terminal on datpiff. later in 2014 flew to New York and decided to settle there after his father Vico C was made a part of the Zulu Nation which also led him to meet Afirka Bambatta and the Nation after they heard him rap at the Zulu Anniversary. after releasing many single on youtube which have gotten thousands of views and many feedback from allover latin america he started releasing videos with he directed and edited himself. in 2016 he was casted twice to fill the role of his father Vico C in his biopic. This would be the official LoUPz acting debut already getting critics claiming its setting standards for acting in Puerto Rican Films. Directors already have him casted for future Puerto Rican films. In October, Because of the amount of views and feedback on youtube LoUPz decided to release his 3rd mixtape "WE ALL DIE YOUNG" filled with catchy and energetic anthems just created for everyone to feel young. after releasing 2 videos for WE ALL DIE YOUNG, LoUPz released NEBULA just a few months later. NEBULA is a project with a large plot, message, world and many characters leaving room to expand the universe and adapt it into other forms of entertainment in the future.

Susan Ateh

Susan is a self proclaimed 'mish mash of continents'. Her mother hails from Ireland in Europe and her father from Cameroon in West Africa. Adding to her truly international flavour, her early schooling was in the French education system followed by High School and further study at 'The Conservatory of Music and Drama' in Dublin.

In 2007, Susan was chosen to be one of the top ten participants on the critically well received Irish documentary series 'Hollywood Trials' selected by audition coach Margie Haber, award-winning director Declan Lowney ('Little Britain', 'Father Ted', 'Cold Feet', 'Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa') and casting director Ros Hubbard ('The Bourne Ultimatum', 'The Lord of the Rings', 'The Commitments', 'Lara Croft'). Following the series, Susan was signed to the prestigious management company 'Vincent Cirrincione Associates' who represent A-listers such as Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez and Taraji P Henson.

Susan has been involved in numerous screen roles including 'In Bruges', by Martin McDonagh, 'Following Footsteps', '50k and a Call Girl' directed by Seth Grossman with whom she has had the pleasure of collaborating with once again on 'Inner Demons'. Her TV work includes the BBC's 'Holby City', RTE's award winning 'The Clinic' in which she starred opposite Aidan Turner ('Being Human', 'The Hobbit'). On the very popular Irish TV series 'Fair City' fans may recognise her as Kim, the lap dancer-with-a-conscience who led detectives to the first illegal brothel in the soap. She has performed in many plays including the acclaimed 'Plays in the Park' also starring Ed Asner, Mark Rydell, George Segal and Beege Barkette at the Santa Monica Playhouse.

In 2012, Susan wrote and starred in her first short Film 'Closer Apart' produced and edited by Pitof ('Alien: Resurrection', 'Catwoman') screened at numerous film festivals ('Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival', 'Women's Independent Film Festival'). Susan is in post-production with her second short yet to be titled co-produced with Dollkiller Films.

George Marshall Ruge

George Marshall Ruge is an American filmmaker, born in San Francisco and known for his work on such film projects as the Pirates of the Caribbean four-film franchise, and The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Ruge was featured in the Daily Variety (2011) annual Below The Line Impact Report: The Top 50 as second unit director, and was the recipient of the American Choreography Award (2004) for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography in Film: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.

Danny Jacobs

Danny Jacobs is an award winning, Los Angeles based actor and filmmaker. Alongside his writer and directing partner, Darren Grodsky, Danny made his debut narrative feature with Humboldt County. The film stars Chris Messina (Julie and Julia, Away We Go), Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under), Fairuza Balk (The Craft), Brad Dourif (Lord of the Rings), Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show) and Jeremy Strong (Lincoln), and was an official selection in the 2008 SXSW Film Festival. Additionally, the film won the audience award at the Idaho International Film Festival as well as the Ibiza International Film Festival. Magnolia Pictures released the film theatrically in 2008.

As an actor Danny starred alongside Harland Williams (Dumb and Dumber) and Greg Pitts (Office Space) in Fox's Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation, a sequel to the 1980s hit with Tom Hanks. Additionally, Danny played a lead role in Sony Pictures' The Cavern, directed by Olatunde Onsunsamni (The Fourth Kind). Danny's TV credits include guest-starring stints on The West Wing, NCIS: Los Angeles, and NBC's prime time comedy, Love Bites.

Danny earned a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.

Seli Marset

Seli Marset is a Los Angeles-based actress with international roots who has appeared on hit dramas such as Days of Our Lives and CSI: Miami. She has won Best Actress at the Open World Toronto Film Festival in 2015. Seli had completed the suspense thriller "Borderline" with award-winning cinematographer, Phil Meheux that won the Audience Choice Award for Best Film in the drama category at the Playhouse West Film Festival in 2016. She is attached as a main character in the upcoming feature film, Heartstorm (2016) which she says "represents hope, strength and will be an inspiration for many women across the world." Experiential learning is a lifelong endeavor for Seli, who does not deviate from her maxim, "No risk, no reward." Seli was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany. She spent a year as an exchange student with a host family in Louisiana before taking her studies of drama and performance to LSU in London, England. In addition to English, Seli is a native German speaker, fluent in Turkish and conversational in French. This diverse background and global perspective only accentuates her unique qualities. An intrepid traveler, she frequently visits sites off of the beaten path in order to garner a larger cultural awareness of all walks of life. She has explored the lifestyles and landscapes of Israel, Cuba, Costa Rica, Scotland, Ireland, Colombia, Egypt, Spain, Italy, France and Denmark. She considers herself at home in four distinctly different cities across the world: Los Angeles, London, Hamburg, and Antalya (Turkey). "I consider myself a global citizen... a child of this earth. I have never felt the sense that I belong to just one culture or country." Seli strives to be authentic, even if that means being different. She believes this is where her passion for acting stems from. "I get to live hundreds of different lives in one lifetime. Since I was a child with a colorful imagination, acting is the only true thing that excites me." She also attributes her early love for acting to her parents, who loved the arts and took her and her siblings to the theatre to see plays frequently. She grew up watching her father, a singer and guitarist, perform and attended schools with a focus on the arts. In addition to obtaining her BA in Drama & Theatre from LSU in London, Seli attended workshops at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. In LA, she has studied under the phenomenal acting coaches Howard Fine and Steve Tietsort at The Imagined Life, before joining the "actor's gym" at the Playhouse West. Says Seli, "We must never stop being a student, and I appreciate the work." Among some of Seli's favorite recent projects was her work on the short film "My Pearl," that she produced and played a key role in, wife of a Schizophrenic. The story shares the unknown lives of heroes who battle with schizophrenia to raise awareness to help individuals and families affected by this mental disorder. In October 2014, she was cast as Princess Jasmine in Buzzfeed Production's "If Disney Princesses Were Real," with an over 20 million viewer number. With an affinity for the unpredictable and fantastical, Seli says one of her dream roles would have been to act in the Lord of the Rings motion picture trilogy, though ultimately she relishes any acting opportunity to leave people "feeling moved, happy and more deeply considering their own lives.

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