Jamie Newell – Lyrebird

Jamie features as a Prison Clerk in Lyrebird, a World War II thriller produced by Ridley Scott and Imperative Entertainment and directorial debut by Dan Freidkin. Which was released this autumn. 

Starring Guy Pearce and Phantom Thread‘s Vicky Kreips, it tells the true story of notorious Dutch painter Han van Meegeren, considered one of the finest and most ingenious art forgers of the 20th Century, believed to have duped art collectors out of over $215 million in today’s money. 

He would make his name forging works by the Dutch Old Masters so effectively that world-renowned art experts believed them to be genuine masterpieces.

He entered Dutch folklore (and the nightmares of art collectors everywhere) for his actions during World War II, selling counterfeit paintings by Vermeer and other Old Masters to Nazi officials including Hermann Göring, swindling the German High Command out of millions. 

He was arrested under the charges of collaborating with the Nazis by the newly-restored Dutch government but after admitting that the paintings he sold were nothing but very convincing forgeries, he was instead given a year’s imprisonment for falsification and fraud which is getting off pretty damn lightly compared to being executed for high treason. 

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Ken Christiansen – Strike: Lethal White

Ken is currently filming a role as Maitre d’ Francos in the BBC adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s  Lethal White, directed by Sue Tully and due to air on BBC One in 2020 with US distribution through HBO’s upcoming streaming service HBO Max.

The fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series that J.K. Rowling wrote under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, it follows private detective Cormoran Strike (played by Tom Burke) and his partner Robin Ellacott (played by Holiday Grainger). 

‘In the grips of psychosis, a young man named Billy Knight (Joseph Quinn) arrives in private detective Cormoran Strike’s (Tom Burke) office telling the story of a child he saw strangled many years ago. Strike is simultaneously hired by government minister Jasper Chiswell (Robert Glenister) to investigate Billy’s brother, Jimmy Knight (Nick Blood), who is blackmailing him. As Strike and his partner Robin work to determine how the cases might be connected, Robin goes undercover in the House of Commons.’

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Adam Lilley – The Mousetrap

Adam will be co-starring as Giles Ralston in the UK tour of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap runs from 21st of January 2020 until November 7th 2020. 

The longest-running play in the history of the West End, this iconic murder-mystery has been performed over 26,000 times since its London debut in November 1952. 

Agatha Christie famously thought that the show didn’t have any legs. She notes in her autobiography that she, in a conversation with the show’s original producer Peter Saunders, said: “It won’t run that long. Eight months perhaps. Yes, I think eight months”,

It would break the longest run for a straight play in the West End by September 1957 with Noël Coward sending Christie a telegram begrudgingly saying “Much as it pains me I really must congratulate you…”

The Mousetrap also makes history for having an original cast member survive every single cast change since its opening night. Original cast member Deryck Guyler can still be heard reading a radio news bulletin during the show via a recording. 

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Julie Barclay – Martyrs Lane

Julie has just finished filming the role of  Janet in the feature film Martyrs’ Lane, releasing in 2020

Written & directed by Ruth Platt and starring two-time Olivier winner Denise Gough, this psychologically riven haunted house horror/thriller is a deeply personal story of love and loss.

Tearful, worried and worn out from caring for her elderly mother, Janet is dependent on the vicar’s wife Sarah for emotional support. 

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Alexandra Afryea – Doctors

Alexandra is set to guest-star in BBC’s daytime medical drama Doctors airing later this year.

Set within the fictional Birmingham suburb of Letherbridge, it follows the lives of the doctors & nurses at the local NHS practice and the nearby university hospital.

Alexandra will be playing the role of Janice Wilkinson, a no-nonsense strictly religious single mother whose just recently moved into the area with her young son Paul.

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Jacob Butler – Boys

Jacob Butler is making his on screen debut in BOYS – the new drama from Russell T Davies. 

BOYS will focus on the lives of three young gay men, Richie, Roscoe and Colin, affected by the 1980’s AIDS crisis. Jacob will be playing the role of BENJAMIN who appears in one episode of the series. 

Jacob graduated from ALRA North in 2019. 

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Robin Cousins – Holiday on Ice: SUPERNOVA

Robin is the Creative Director and Choreographer for SUPERNOVA, which is touring Europe from today and throughout 2020 and 2021

This is the 76th annual production of Holiday on Ice which premiered in Germany November 27th 2019. 

SUPERNOVA will take you on a fantastic journey from earth to a distant galaxy full of awesome settings and equally mind-blowing moments. 

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Cassidy Little, Nicholas Clarke & Lizzie Mounter – Soldier On

Nick, Cassidy and Lizzie all co-star in Johnathan Guy Lewis’ Soldier On performing at the Berkeley Street Theatre in Toronto from the 26th of November to the 8th of December.

Featuring both trained actors and genuine veterans, it tells the story of a haphazard conglomeration of ex-servicemen and military wives who come together to devise a play about their experiences and their lives post-deployment. This expertly written and sublimely performed script is both hilarious and moving, uplifting and harrowing, and focuses on issues such as PTSD and finding your place in the civilian world. 

Cassidy plays Woody – a crudely funny and flippant ex-serviceman who is the most resistant and cynical to the project but may be the one who needs it the most.

Nick plays Jacko, one of the soldiers involved in the project, as well as Donny, the abusive alcoholic husband of one of the military wives. 

Lizzie is both Beth, a Welsh military wife, and Chrissy, a friend of Maggie played by Rekha John-Cheriyan. 

Soldier On is produced by The Soldier’s Arts Academy, an award-winning charity focusing on using the arts to help soldiers and members of the military family overcome their myriad of troubles.

The show has received glittering critical acclaim for its performances at London’s Playground Theatre and The Other Palace as well as performances in Sheffield to coincide with the trials for the Invictus Games with 5 Stars from the Evening Standard, British Theatre Guide and West End Wilma and 4 Star reviews from the Sunday Times, the Daily Mail and Londonist. 

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Lucy Polgar – Doctors

Lucy will be playing the guest-lead Sasha Lesson in an upcoming episode of Doctors. 

Sasha is attractive, innately bright, but comes from a fairly chaotic background and paid little attention in school.

Street-smart, she prides herself on her quick wits and feisty attitude, only too happy to use verbal attack as the best form of defence.

She moved in to Hayden’s place 6 months ago to escape the family home but it’s not a perfect getaway in the slightest…

Lloyd McDonagh – Ghost Stories

Lloyd appears in Ghost Stories, this bone-chilling smash hit spooktacular will be playing at the Ambassador’s Theatre from October 2019 until January 2020. 

Transferring from the Lyric Hammersmith and directed by original co-creators Andy Nyman & Jeremy Dyson and the Lyric Hammersmith’s creative director Sean Holmes; this multi-sensory fright-fest has been terrifying voluntary victims around the globe for nearly two decades and was adapted into a Hollywood film in 2017 starring Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse and Alex Lawther. 

The 80-minute play is advertised almost entirely on videos and photographs of the shocked reactions of the participants and with public information warnings advising anybody under the age of 15 or with a nervous disposition to steer well clear. 

The show takes the form of a lecture by a certain Doctor Goodman, Professor of Parapsychology, and he explains that through scientific methods he can explain away almost every single ghostly supernatural occurrence he’s encountered. However, in all his years documenting such phenomena there are 3 instances which he cannot explain – three that will be brought to shockingly vivid life right before our dumbfounded eyes! 

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