Claira Watson Parr
(in her first lead role in a feature film) trained at Birmingham School of Acting and has been working professionally in London since 2004. She has worked extensively in Film, TV and Theatre appearing recently in Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and played the leads in David Campton’s Permission to Cry on Stage and Nick Horwood’s award winning feature film Knight Knight. She has also appeared recently in promos for Goodyear, Glastonbury for the BBC, Visa and is the face of the Cyclewear brand Cyclodelic.
Ben began acting in rep and sketch comedy before appearing in shows such as Spatz, Streetwise, Crime Monthly and The Bill. He’s been in numerous plays and has toured throughout the UK and Ireland, and appeared at the San Franscisco and Endinburgh Fringe Festivals and the West End, where he worked with David Tennant, Andy Serkis, Mark Benton and Rupert Graves in Hurlyburly. After appearing in many short films he then moved to features. In 2005 Ken Colley cast him in the film ‘Greetings’, and since then Ben has appeared in over tweny feature films playing mainly lead roles and character parts.
Jonathan won Best Actor at the Fringe Report Awards 2011 and was nominated for Best Actor in the Off West End awards in 2011.TV credits include My Family and Hotel Babylon (BBC), The Queens Sister (C4),Dream Team (Sky), History’s Hardest Prisons (Nat Geo Channel) The feature Axed in which he leads has been picked up by Lionsgate and The Devils Business was at Frightfest 2011 and is due for release in 2012.
Theatre credits include his play Goodbye The (After)life of Cook and Moore (Leicester Square Theatre and Gilded Balloon Edinburgh), Decline and Fall (Old Red Lion), Toast (Hull Truck), Maggies End (Gala Theatre Durham), Pete and Me (Devonshire Park Eastbourne and New End). He is one half of the male female double act Teakshow (Hackney Empire Finalists 2007).
Trained at the RWCMD, Nicola spent several years playing Shakespeare, everywhere from castles to Radio 4. Since then, new writing, classics, more radio, cartoon voiceovers, some telly and a one woman show…whilst pregnant. TV includes The Bill, Love Soup, Casualty and Spooks. Summer 2011 saw Nicola’s return to the stage in the Premiere of a sell out new comedy by Patrick Marlowe. Death is Nicola’s first feature film, coincidentally shot outside her home town of Basingstoke.
David was born in Enfield, North London. At the age of 18, David began his Acting training at East 15 Acting School in East London. After a number of short films and theatre roles, David made his feature-film Début in British Zombie Movie ’The Dead Inside’ (due for release 2012) followed by lead roles in ‘London Stories’ (2012) and ‘Knight Knight’ (2012). Theatre Credits include the title role in ‘A Picture of Dorian Gray’, Benedick in Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and Captain Phoebus in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’. David also has 5 years experience working as a Rifleman for the British Army (Infantry).
Genevieve made her film debut playing the intensely troubled Bea in Luke Moss’s feature film Between the Silence; which premiered at the Curzon Soho. Previous work includes Jo in “The Good Hope” directed by Che Walker, Wife in “Stoning Mary” by Debbie Tucker Green, and the original stage version of Between the Silence at the Soho Theatre Studio. Genevieve trained on the acting course at East 15 Acting School and graduated in 2008. She has been absolutely thrilled to work on Death with Martin Gooch.
Theatre includes: Burlesque (Jermyn St Theatre); The Prisoner Of Second Avenue (The Vaudeville); Sit And Shiver (New End, Hampstead); Laughter On The 23rd Floor, Arturo Ui (The Queens); Henry V, Coriolanus, Pentecost, Slaughter City (Royal Shakespeare Company); After The Fall, The Changeling, (National Theatre); Edmond, The Front Room Boys, The Old Neighborhood (Royal Court); School For Wives (Almeida).
TV includes: Eastenders, New Tricks, Rome, Doctors, The Katy Brand Show, Casualty, Minder, The Bill, Strictly Confidential, Vanity Fair, Farscape, Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Comedians, Shine On Harvey Moon.
Films include: Outside Bet, Tuesday, Moulin Rouge, The Man Who Sued God, Heist, Solo, The Three Stooges, Soft Fruit, He Died With A Falafel In His Hand, Escape From Sobibor.
Paul Freeman (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Hot Fuzz)One of Britain’s most versatile character actors, Paul Freeman’s dark, hypnotic good looks and talent for accents have often seen him cast as villains. He originally worked first in advertising and then he trained as a teacher, while he participated in amateur dramatics as a pastime. As a professional actor he gained extensive experience performing in repertory in England and Scotland and landed small roles at the Royal Court Theatre. He is also a founding member of the Joint Stock Theatre Company.
He acted at the National Theatre and began to get roles on British television. Films included The Long Good Friday (1980) (starring Bob Hoskins) and The Dogs of War (1980) (starring Christopher Walken). His work was noticed by American director Steven Spielberg, who cast Freeman as French archaeologist Rene Belloq, Harrison Ford‘s charismatic but utterly selfish rival in the blockbusterIndiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). He had expected to appear in the next Indiana Jones movie, but Spielberg and George Lucas decided on a different story. Nevertheless, his portrayal of Belloq guaranteed him good work in the following years, during which he continued to showcase his command of dialects and chameleonlike ability to disappear into roles, such as the deliciously evil Professor Moriarty in the Michael Caine comedy, Without a Clue (1988).
His notable television appearances have included “Life of Shakespeare” (1978), “Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years” (1981), “Falcon Crest” (1981), “Inspector Morse” (1987), and “ER” (1994). He has also continued to work as a stage actor.
Leslie Phillips (A veteran of over 100 films)A much-loved comic actor who has specialized in playing plummy, quintessentially English stereotypes, Leslie Phillips’ heart was in acting from a very young age. He received elocution lessons as a child in order to lose his natural cockney accent (at that time a regional British accent was a major impediment to an aspiring actor) and he attended the Italia Conti School.
During the Second World War, he served with the Durham Light Infantry (1942-45) until he was invalided out suffering from shellshock. He returned to acting, and it was during the 1950s that he established himself as a notable player in British movies. His greatest claim to fame to this day are the “Doctor” series of movies, which he inherited from Dirk Bogarde. He also worked on radio, most notably ‘The Navy Lark’ for the BBC.
In later life, he returned to playing supporting roles and even appeared in Steven Spielberg‘s Empire of the Sun (1987). He continues to make cameo appearances in films and television and is a regular guest on British chat shows.
He was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1998 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to drama and was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2008 Queen’s New Years Honours List for his services to drama.
David Acton is currently in The Woman In Black at the Fortune Theatre, London. He has done several seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company and in London has appeared at the Old Vic, the Young Vic, Hampstead Theatre and the Donmar Warehouse. Recent television appearances include EastEnders, Doctors, Hollyoaks and The Bill.
Nick is an English, actor, writer, producer and director, best known for his role as Eddy the card shark in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. He appeared as Scabior in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2. Moran co-wrote the play Telstar with James Hicks. It is a dramatisation of the life of Joe Meek, one of England’s early independent record producers, who had a massive worldwide hit withThe Tornados‘ 1962 Telstar single. A screen adaptation of the play, directed by Moran, was released in 2009. Con O’Neill reprised his stage role as Meek; Kevin Spacey played his financier, Major Banks.
After his directorial début in Telstar, Moran went on to film The Kid, an adaptation of Kevin Lewis’s book of the same name. The movie stars Rupert Friend, Ioan Gruffudd, Natascha McElhone and Liam Cunningham.
Michael McKell was born in London and in the 1980s he was a prolific singer and song-writer. However, in 1991 he was involved in a near-fatal car crash which proved to be the catalyst for a career change. He studied acting for three years at the Lee Strasberg Institute and began on stage, in classical roles, making his West End debut in the musical Blood Brothers. After years of television supporting roles as villains, in the mid-2000s he has been a leading player in a police series Murder Investigation Team and as one of the titular Doctors in the weekday afternoon soap. He has recently completed a long run on Emmerdale with an apocalyptic finale.
Sarah Jayne Dunn
Sarah was born in Leigh, Greater Manchester. She first appeared on Channel 4′s Hollyoaks in 1996, walking into the video shop in the forty-third episode. Sarah joined the show aged 14, as wannabe supermodel Mandy and quickly established herself as a force to be reckoned with; She went on to be the longest standing female character in the soap’s history picking up awards and nominations along the way including Best Actress, Sexiest Actress, Best dramatic scene and eventually Best exit.
After a decade of playing the role of Mandy, Sarah left Hollyoaks in 2006. Sarah has since worked on The Innocence Project, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Doctors, The Adam and Shelly show (all for the BBC), and shot three films including Northern Cowboys (a wild west comedy based in the North of England) and The Dark Knight alongside Christian Bale as Batman. Sarah was then asked back by Lime Pictures for a six month stint on Hollyoaks which she filmed last summer.
Sarah’s stage debut came in the form of the hilarious comedy Boeing-Boeing, where she played the sexy ball-breaking American, Gloria, alongside Susie Blake. The production opened in Sarah’s home town of Liverpool (as the final piece for the
capital of Culture 2008) before departing on a nationwide tour to critical acclaim. Having a taste for Theatre, Sarah then embarked on a Number 1 tour with The Vagina Monologues with Sally Lindsay and Lisa Riley. Next up, Sarah landed the iconic role of Sally in ‘When Harry met Sally’ opposite Rupert Hill.
2011 saw Sarah competing in ”Famous & Fearless” against Dame Kelly Holmes, Jenny Frost and Kacey Ainsworth in a variety of high octane stunts and dangerous activities. Next up was a quick trip back to Hollyoaks and then to RED Productions on EXILE working with Timothy West and John Simm.
Sarah is an ambassador for Breast Cancer Campaign.
Ian Livingstone is one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry. He co-founded iconic games company Games Workshop in 1975, launching Dungeons & Dragons in Europe, and subsequently its retail chain and White Dwarf magazine. In 1982 Livingstone, together with Games Workshop co-founder Steve Jackson, created the best-selling role-playing games book series, Fighting Fantasy, which has sold over 16m copies to date. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the series and Ian has written a new title Blood of the Zombies to be published in August 2012 to celebrate the event.
He made the leap to computer games in 1984, designing Eureka, the first title released by publisher Domark . He joined the company in 1992 as a major investor and director, overseeing a merger that created Eidos Interactive in 1995, where he was Executive Chairman for seven years. At Eidos he helped secure and bring to market some of its most famous properties including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Hitman. Livingstone became Life President of Eidos for Square Enix, which bought the publisher in 2009, and has creative input in Eidos-label games.
He is an active supporter of new and upcoming games talent having invested in Indie studios including Playdemic, Playmob and Mediatonic. He is also sits on many boards including games trade body UKIE, industry charity GamesAid, Skillset games council, BAFTA games committee, the government’s Creative Industries Council and is an advisor to the British Council.
In 2011, he co-authored the NextGen report for the government, recommending changes in education policy to bring computer science into the national curriculum as an essential discipline.
Since her 2010 graduation from UCL, Brooke has been cast in a number of films. Her debut feature appearance was in Mark Noyce’s ‘On The Ropes’ as ‘Sarah’, alongside Joe Egan (Sherlock Holmes). She went on to play ‘Noreen’ in comic book comedy ‘Pulp’ next to John Thomson (Cold Feet, Fast Show). In the summer of 2011, Brooke was based in Salisbury performing her first lead role as ‘Sarah-Jayne’ in Robin S. Boyd’s picture ‘The Soft Touch’. In ‘Death’ Brooke plays the sycophantic TV presenter ‘Sally Sneed’.
Mark is also an accomplished actor and presenter. He has appeared in numerous short films, including the award-winning, “Arthur’s amazing things,” directed by Martin Gooch and starring Emily Booth, Linsey Dawn McKenzie and Leslie Phillips
He has also starred in and wrote, “lipsmackin’ “(a pilot for BBC three), was the winning comedian on gagging for it (Channel 5) and taught Ant and Dec on the screen how to do ventriloquism for their “Saturday Night Take-Away” (ITV). He has applied his comic talents to an advertising campaign for “Stimerol” in the Netherlands, which meant he had to endure filming in Cuba, with 10 glamorous models, and also a campaign including General voice-overs for the Royal bank of Scotland, which was far less glamorous! Mark has also lent his voice to the radio, playing the character Dewey in two series of the BBC radio 4 sitcom “Elephants to Catch Eels” from the writers of “Dead Ringers”.
For five years Mark presented on Nickelodeon, where he fronted the shows, “The Crunch”, “MeTV”, “Nick Heads” and “Slime across the UK”. Mark also performed in Nickelodeon’s flagship Saturday show “Ross Lee’s Ghoulies” playing Tarquin the zombie butler and Mr Budgie, Ross’s pet head in a birdcage.
Mark also appeared in a broadcast pilot for Aardman (the creators of Wallace and Gromit) on CBBC called “Men in Coats”,a show that combined fast-paced visual comedy and illusion with Mark starring as Moe one of the Men in Coats.