JOANNA SCANLAN – LYN
BAFTA-nominated Joanna Scanlan is fast becoming one of Britain’s most versatile actresses. Seamlessly moving from comedy to drama in both television and feature films, Joanna carves some of the best character roles out there.
Joanna has a plethora of exciting projects coming up. Joanna will be seen as ‘Janice’ in the new BBC One and Netflix co-production Requiem. A taut psychological thriller, the story concerns a young girl whose life is turned upside down when her Mother inexplicably commits suicide. The project is slated for release in November. Joanna will also join Dougray Scott, Jessie Buckley and Charles Dance in Carl Tibbetts new TV miniseries, The Woman in White – a bold new BBC1 adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ classic gothic novel.
Winter 2016 saw Joanna return to series two of Paul Abbott’s BAFTA nominated and RTS award-winning primetime drama, No Offence, playing lead character DI inspector ‘Viv Deering’. In an explosive start to the series, Deering meets her match in the matriarch of one of Manchester’s most feared crime families known as ‘The Attahs’. A cast-iron cop with a tough-love approach to managing her team, Deering and her ‘Friday Street Squad’ will do everything possible to restore justice to the streets of Manchester. The series features a strong female cast that includes Elaine Cassidy, Alexandra Roach and Sarah Solemani. Series one was awarded Best Drama Series at The Royal Television Society Awards earlier in the year.
Prior to this, Joanna returned to the big screen in the beloved comedy series Bridget Jones’s Baby. Based on Helen Fielding’s 2006 columns, the film fills in the gap between the last film and her subsequent book ‘Mad About the Boy.’ Directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Diary), the film finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting. Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth will reprise their roles, this time joined by American actor Patrick Dempsey. Working Title co-chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner produce alongside Debra Hayward. The film was released worldwide September 2016.
Joanna takes a supporting role in John Cameron Mitchell’s How To Talk To Girls At Parties, starring alongside Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning. Adapted by Cameron Mitchell and Philippa Goslett, from a Neil Gaiman short story, the film follows a ‘punk alien love story’ in 1970s suburban England. Joanna also appears in The Weinstein Company’s Tulip Fever, a 17th Century set romantic drama starring Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Jack O’Connell, Tom Hollander and Holliday Grainger. Both are due for release this year.
Joanna was also previously seen in the original eight-part drama Hooten & The Lady for Sky One starring with Jane Seymour, Jessica Hynes, Ophelia Lovibond and Michael Landes.
Other film credits include Joanna’s hugely celebrated performance as Charles Dicken’s wife in Ralph Fiennes directed The Invisible Women, Get Santa, The Testament of Youth, In The Loop, Bad Education The Movie, The Other Boleyn Girl, Stardust, Notes on a Scandal and The Girl With A Pearl Earring and Kinky Boots.
Joanna is known for appearing in some of the best television series of the past decade, including BBC’s award winning satirical comedy The Thick of It, Little Britain and Rev. Among her successes is Joanna’s critically acclaimed dark satirical NHS drama, Getting On, which she starred and co-wrote with Jo Brand and Vicki Pepperdine, earning her a BAFTA nomination for ‘Best Female Performance in a Comedy’ and a BAFTA Television Craft nomination for screenwriting in both 2011 and 2013. They were also nominated for ‘Best Comedy Screenwriting’ at The Royal Television Awards in 2010 and ‘Best Comedy’ at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2011. The comedy series was adapted for an American audience with HBO, with Joanna onboard as an executive producer to closely work on the script development. Joanna was a guest star in the American version reprising her role as ‘Denise Flixter’. The Emmy nominated show ran for three seasons between 2013-2015.
Following on from this, Joanna and Vicki teamed up to write and star in their BBC Four comedy series Puppy Love, which follows two women at their dog training classes on the Wirral. Under their production company George and
George Co., they adapted Puppy Love with HBO for America and have a new sitcom This Land is Ours in development for the US Network IFC.
Additional television credits include Death Comes To Pemberley, Fungus The Bogeyman, Mapp and Lucia, Heading Out, Stella, Doc Martin and Spaced.
On stage, Joanna has worked with Thea Sharrock in her production of Cloud 9 at the Almeida Theatre and Top Girls, with Rufus Norris in Vernon God Little at The Young Vic and featured in Polly Teale’s Madame Bovery.
Joanna was born on the Wirral, brought up in North Wales and studied history and law at Cambridge University where she joined Footlights. After Cambridge, Joanna lectured performing arts at Leicester Polytechnic/De Montfort University and worked at the Arts Council of Great Britain.
LILY NEWMARK – IONA
Lily Newark’s feature film debut will see her star in the British Film Institute feature PIN CUSHION, soon to receive its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival. This all-female fairy tale set against the backdrop of the UK working-class suburbs will screen out of competition as a part of the Film Critics’ Week strand, Venice Days.
Lily is currently filming a supporting role in new Judd Apatow-produced feature film adaptation of Nick Hornby’s best-selling novel JULIET, NAKED, starring Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd. Following Pin Cushion she will next be seen in the US Indie horror WELCOME TO MERCY, directed by Tommy Bertelsen, about a single mother who begins to experience symptoms of the stigmata and seeks the help of a local priest and nun to help her understand what is seen and unseen. Lily has also completed filming the historical drama BORN A KING, opposite Hermione Corfield and Ed Skrein. The film takes place in the 1920s, when there was a desire to unify Saudi Arabia and covers the childhood of the future King Faisal, who went to England as a child to resolve the conflict.
Lily made her television debut even before she graduated from drama school with a recurring role in NBC’s EMERALD CITY.
CHANEL CRESSWELL – BELINDA
Chanel Cresswell trained at the Nottingham Television Workshop and it was from here that she was cast by Shane Meadows as Kelly in his feature film This is England.
She subsequently reprised her role in three further television series – This is England ’86, This is England ’88 and This is England ’90. It was for the third and final series that Chanel won Best Supporting Actress at the 2016 BAFTA Television Awards.
Her further notable television credits include leading roles in SKY 1’s hit comedy Trollied and The Aliens on E4. She can currently be seen on BBC3 as Detective Steph Farley in the stand-alone drama Murdered for Being Different and she is currently filming on Abi Morgan’s new drama The Split for BBC1.
Chanel’s feature film credits include Ron Scalpello’s feature film My Name is Lenny and Chris Green’s forthcoming feature film Strangeways Here We Come.
ISY SUTTIE – ANNE
Acclaimed stand-up comedian, Isy Suttie has been lightening the mood with her comic performances and hilarious shows since her first appearance in the limelight in 2000. A year after graduating from the Guildford School of Acting, she directed as well as composed a score for play “Marat/Sade” at the Arcola Theatre, London in 2001.
She began performing comedy in 2003 with her act comprising of stories, pieces of twisted music stand-up, either as herself or under the guise of a character. At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, she took part in “The Comedy Zone” and a year later, in 2006, she performed in “Take-a-Break Tales” at the Pleasance along with Emma Fryer and Neil Edmond. She performed her debut solo comedy show titled “Love lost in the British Retail Industry” in 2007, which she took to the Sydney Arts Festival and on a UK tour in 2010 and 2011. Her second solo show “The Suttie Show” was premiered in 2008 and Isy won the Gold award for Best Comedy at the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2013 for her third solo show “Pearl and Dave”.
In addition to her comedy ventures, Isy has worked across film, television and radio. Among her many roles, she portrayed waitress, Kiki, alongside Alan Davies in Whites as well as becoming series regular on Peep Show and Shameless. Most recently, Isy reprises her roles in Damned and Man Down both for Channel 4.