Hanna Ardéhn & Ella Rappich – Quicksand

Hanna stars in the lead role of  Maja Norbert  in  Netflix’s crime drama based on the bestselling novel Quicksand by Malin Person Giolito.

Ella plays the supporting role of Amanda Steen, Maya’s best friend in the series.

This is Sweden’s first original Netflix series which premiered on the 15th of February at the Berlin International Film Festival, has its Swedish premiere on March 27th, before launching worldwide on Netflix on the 5th of April.

It’s directed by Per-Olav Sørensen (Nobel, The Saboteurs) and Lisa Farzaneh (Arne Dahl, Det som göms i snö), written by Camilla Ahlgren (The Bridge, Marcella) and produced by FLX Productions.

After a mass shooting at a private school in Stockholm’s wealthiest suburb, high-school student Maja finds herself on trial for murder. As they unearth the details of that tragic day, it also reveals private details about her relationship with Sebastian Fagerman (played by Felix Sandman) and his dysfunctional family.

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Anita Olatunji – The Witcher & Quicksand

Anita has a  recurring role in Netflix’s upcoming fantasy epic The Witcher, premiering worldwide on the streaming platform later this year. 

Based off the best-selling books by Andrzej Sapkowski The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, a member of a long-maligned brotherhood of monster-slayers for hire known as Witchers.  They are mutated by a decoction of reagents and potions known as the Trial of the Grasses which renders them quicker and sharper than a regular man (and gives them their trademark cat-like eyes). However they have been subject to many pogroms and persecutions resulting in the secret of the Trials being lost to time. Therefore Geralt is one of the very few Witchers left still plying their trade across the continent. 

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Anita can currently be seen on Netflix in Episode 3 Quicksand playing Barbara Collins a well known economist lecturer. 

This is Sweden’s first original Netflix series which premiered on the 15th of February at the Berlin International Film Festival, has its Swedish premiere on March 27th, before launching worldwide on Netflix on the 5th of April.

It’s directed by Per-Olav Sørensen (Nobel, The Saboteurs) and Lisa Farzaneh (Arne Dahl, Det som göms i snö), written by Camilla Ahlgren (The Bridge, Marcella) and produced by FLX Productions.

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Cary Crankson – Country Music

Cary stars as Jamie in Simon Stephens’ Country Music, running from the 29th of May to the 23rd of June at Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre.

Directed by two-time Offie nominated Scott Le Crass, it tells the story of Jamie Carris, starting in 1983 in Gravesend with the committal of a crime which he doesn’t realise will shape the next 2 decades of his life. 

From the multi-award-winning writer of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, this is a play about protection, atonecentment but also how our experiences and circumstances may define who were are but not necessarily who we will become. 

It has received a immense amount of critical acclaim with outlets calling it a Must-See especially focusing on Cary’s performance as Jamie with The Stage calling it “Flat-out Revelatory.”

Thanks to this, Cary has been nominated for Best Male Performances in the OffWestEnd Awards 2019 (Aka “The Offies”)!

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Molly Nutley – Thicker Than Water

Molly is currently filming the Third Series of Erik Lejonborg’s Thicker than Water (Tjockare än vatten) airing on Channel 4 as part of their ‘Walter Presents’ platform later this year. Molly co-stars as Kim Waldemar. 

Three siblings of the Waldemar family have reunited at their mother’s guesthouse in Aaland at the start of the summer. After Anna-Lisa takes her own life the siblings Lasse, Jonna and Oskar discover that her will requires them to spend the season running the family’s guesthouse for a year before any of them can inherit it from her. 

Secrets from 20 years ago and from more recent times are uncovered, as well as one body, as the siblings attempt to overcome their differences for the sake of their mother…and her substantial estate. 

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Paul Sloss – Knightfall

Paul is featuring as Theophile in the second series of History’s Knightfall, returning to television screens later this year.

Created by Don Handfield and Richard Rayner, this slice of bloody historical fiction goes deep into the inner sanctum of the clandestine world of the Knights Templar. 

In the centuries prior the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, to give their full title, quickly went from pious bodyguards protecting pilgrims during their travels across the Crusader states (collectively known as Outremer) to being the richest organisation in all of Christendom, possibly the entire world.

Their wealth, power and influence was so vast that through their outposts dotted across Europe they essentially created the world’s first multinational banking firm. 

If you deposited money at a chapter house in Rome you could withdraw the exact same amount at a chapter house in Paris – a revolutionary advancement that made them Scrooge McDuck levels of wealthy, with everyone from paupers to the Pope owing the Templars money (perhaps the “Poor” in their name was meant to be ironic?)

When we pick up the story in 1306, the Knights Templar are very much on the back foot. Acre, the Templars’ last stronghold in Outremer, has fallen and years later a rumour spreads that the lost Grail is still in that area.

The Templars, led by the courageous, headstrong, but noble Landry (Tom Cullen) have shifted their attention to regaining a foothold in the Holy Land. They take their battle back to the Levant and their battles become the Crusades.

However with the Templars now losing allies and gaining new and powerful enemies, including the King Phillip IV of France and Pope Clement V, the formidable and secretive order of warrior monks are entrusted with protecting the Holy Grail and any secrets that are capable of destroying their Order and the Church.

From their battles in the Holy Land, to their clashes with the French Monarchy, to the betrayal that would ultimately lead to their tragic dissolution, Knightfall follows the story of this esoteric militaristic Christian brotherhood from its dizzying highs as the most powerful and wealthiest organisation in the Medieval world to being burned at the stake en mass for heresy (but really because the French king wanted all their money and land.)

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Femi Houghton – Doctors

Femi is due to guest-star as Sean Lowe in a future episode of the BBC’s long-running daytime drama Doctors airing on the 17th of June!

Sean struggles with his mental health, having been diagnosed with schizophrenia. While he manages this usually with the help of medication, he has recently changed his meds, something that is having an adverse effect on him, causing him disorientation and severe paranoia leading him to believe that the people in the local community are after him for crimes connected to his wayward teenage years. 

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James Vaughan – The Capture

James guest stars at a Judge in the debut episode of the BBC’s major upcoming conspiracy thriller The Capture airing later this year on BBC One. 

A story set in the modern day landscape of misinformation and”alternative facts” where intelligence services have extraordinary technological capabilities, it sees a man being blamed for a crime he didn’t commit but where the visual images used as evidence have been so drastically and accurately manipulated it supposedly irrefutably incriminates him.

With this man’s arrest the conspiracy soon escalates into a multi-layered web of manipulated evidence and the characters are caught in a world where nothing is as it seems. With soldiers, police, lawyers and spies lost in their own personal struggles and with their love lives entangled in a myriad of deceptions and double-crosses they must try to overcome all of these obstacles in order to determine the truth.

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Ellie Nunn – Honk! National Tour

Ellie is starring as Ida in Honk! touring across the England from May to July.

Written and composed by songwriting duo Stiles and Drewe, this Olivier-Winning musical is the adaption of Han Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling.

This updated retelling is the story of a cygnet who is mistaken for an ugly duckling upon falling out of his mother’s nest and is rejected by everyone except his mother Ida, a sly tomcat who only befriends him because he looks delicious, and several other barnyard animals.

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Stefanie Powers -William Holden Wildlife Foundation 35th Anniversary

It is with great pleasure that we share with you the celebration of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation’s 35th anniversary commemorating the inauguration of the completed Education Center in Nanyuki, Kenya.

The ceremony will occur at the Center on the 13th of April in the presence of the chief honoured guest Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, First Lady of the Republic of Kenya, along with an esteemed guest list including the US Ambassador to Kenya.

With Stefanie Powers as its president, the Foundation is determined to foster a better understanding of the crucial role flora and fauna play in the quality of life and its sustenance on the planet by showing practical methods of sustainability.

The Foundation aims to teach renewable alternatives to habitat destruction and to enlighten visitors and students to the innovations of energy production with low environmental impact.

Their educational programmes are attended by around 11,000 students every year from all over Kenya with lectures and guided tours of the Mt. Kenya Wildlife Conservancy.

In addition, they also run outreach programmes to 6 schools in rural areas and their communities, amounting to a further 6000 students per year.

As part of the William Holden Wildlife Education Center it includes many different examples of renewable agriculture and farming and, remarkably, the first breeding herd of Chilean llamas in Africa. 

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Alexandra Afryea & Sona Vyas Dunne – TV BAFTA Nominations

Overjoyed to say that Alex and Sona both featured in shows nominated in this year’s Television BAFTAs.

Alexandra plays the role of Nurse Alice Darwin in Jimmy McGovern and Gillian Juckes’ Care which has been nominated for Best Single Drama.

Sheridan Smith plays Jenny, a single mother whose husband abandons her and her two daughters, only to be supported by her mother, Mary. However, Jenny struggles to stay afloat after Mary’s health starts to deteriorate.

Sonya appears in the workplace comedy Stath Lets Flats which has been nominated for Best Scripted Comedy.

Stath Lets Flats revolves around Stath (Jamie Demetriou), a chaotic but well mannered letting agent who tries to prove he is a worthy heir to the family business. Sona features as Helen, a prim and proper middle-class prospective tenant after a large property.

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