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Meet the cast of Houdini

Jamie Nichols

Jamie trained at Bodens College of Performing Arts; he recently played Luke Prospect in Rikki Beadle-Blair’s Gutted at Theatre Royal, Stratford while other theatre credits include The Wedding Singer – the Musical, Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision (both at Millfield Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Wyllyotts Theatre).   Jamie’s TV credits include Life Begins, The Bill, EastEnders, The Last Detective, Britain’s Secret Shame and his film credits include Unseen (PPC/Rushmore), Peekabo (Urban Myth Productions) and Wickham Road for Northiam Films. "Jamie Nichols’ loverboy would come across as a dangerous psychopath if he weren’t so cute or sincere." (Timeout London, reviewing Gutted at Theatre Royal, Stratford).

Evanna Lynch

Evanna is well known for playing Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter film series in which she was cast, at the age of 14 in the fifth film in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  Originally from County Louth in Ireland and now based in California, Evanna studied drama at the Centre for the Talented Youth of Ireland and continued her lessons while on the Harry Potter set.  Evanna starred again as Luna in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2.  She guest starred as Princess Alehna in the first season finale of the Sky 1 TV series, Sinbad and is set to star in indie teen comedy GBF which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year.

Stuart Brennan

While Stuart was studying for his BA in Drama at Winchester University he performed in over 25 theatrical productions and films and his graduation piece was performed additionally at the Theatre Royal in Winchester.  In 2001, while he was still a student, he founded Burn Hand Film Productions and to date has produced over 20 shorts and features working with many stars including Rutger Hauer, Shane Richie, Edward Furlong, Sean Pertwee, John Noble, and Corey Feldman.  In 2011 he became the first Englishman to win the BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Actor, for his portrayal of boxing legend Howard Winstone in the film 'Risen', a film he was also made an honorary WBC World Boxing Champion for, in recognition of his boxing feats in the film. Recently he was the lead role in the feature film 'The Reverend' opposite Tamer Hassan and in Loaded Magazine's first foray into film, as the lead male in the film 'Serial Kaller'. After Houdini he will be starring as the lead role in the movie 'Tomorrow' which is the first British film to be Executive Produced by film legend Martin Scorsese.

Mark Lyminster

Actor Mark Lyminster has many strings to his bow including theatre manager of Islington’s favourite stand-up comedy venue, the Hen and Chickens Theatre.  Mark himself starred in two productions at the Hen & Chickens including Priest Hole and a very successful run of Umbrage Swain.  Adept at comedy and straight acting, Mark has a great deal of Shakespeare under his belt as well as character comedy; last year he garnered great reviews for his storming performance as Widow Twankey in Aladdin at the Victoria Theatre:  “A pantomime gold find is Mark Lyminster as Widow Twankey. Dames must have presence and know when to get in the face of the audience and when to share the limelight with others. Aided by a cracking script, Lyminster shines brightly here.” (The Stage)

Ion Patrick Ridge

Born in Bucharest, Romania and raised in Stoke on Trent, Ion’s acting career took off at the age of 10 when he played the role of Tiny Tim in the New Vic Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol.  Ion was hooked and he stayed involved with the New Vic Youth Theatre for several years, working later for Borderlines, part of the New Vic’s educational outreach programme. Ion then studied Performing Arts at Stoke on Trent College before completing his training at Arts Educational School London.  Ion has also toured the UK introducing young people to live theatre through plays and workshops and is really looking forward to treading the boards again in ‘Houdini’.

Sophie Attwood as Rose

Sophie Attwood was born in Berkshire the eldest of three children. She attended the Arts Educational School, Tring Park from the age of twelve where she studied Dance and Drama, until sixteen when she won a place at the Central School of Ballet in London. She gained her first degree, a BA Hons in Professional Dance and Performance at the age of nineteen. Having danced for a year she won a scholarship to study a foundation course in acting at The Actor Works in London. She completed her education at Birmingham School of Acting where she graduated this summer with a BA Hons in Acting. Sophie has had the opportunity to dance at various London theatres including The Unicorn Theatre, the Cochrane Theatre and the Shaftesbury, in 2008 she performed in a short film for Nike. Theatre performances whilst in training include Patricia Graham in Terrance Rattigan's Flare Path, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth directed by Alison Sutcliffe and Lucienne Homenides De Histangua in Georges Feydeau’s farce A Flea in Her Ear. This is Sophie's professional acting debut.

Sarah Dunworth as The Medium

Sarah trained at the Guildford School of Acting, where she gained a BA Hons degree in Musical Theatre. Whist in training, Sarah was awarded the Lionel Bart Scholarship, the South Square Trust Award, the John Gielgud Award and was nominated for The Laurence Olivier Award. 

Credits whilst in training include: Sarah Brown  - “Guys and Dolls”, Mrs Maurrant  - “Street Scene”, Adrianna – “Comedy of Errors”, Adult Female – “Spring Awakening” and Follies Girl – “The Producers”. Sarah also performed as part of the “GSA Dancers” and “GSA Singers” at events such as the 2011 Olivier Awards. Sarah was also president of the Student Union and is very proud to have organised many charity fundraisers and social events. Since graduating in 2012, Sarah has starred as Donna in BBC’s “Our Girl” and has performed in West End shows such as “Little Women” and “West End Men”. Sarah has always been a huge fan of Magic and is extremely excited to be a part of “Houdini”. 

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Mark Paul Wake - Charlie Chaplin

On leaving school Mark attended Adam Smith college where under the watchful eye of his lecturers built an admiration for stage craft and Stanislavski's System. The following year Mark travelled across to LA in order to attend an acting for film course by The New York Film Academy. On his return he honed his skills in short films before landing his first big role as the lead in welsh indie film Masterpiece by Andrew Tanner. This project, once completed, went on to screen at the British Independent Film Festival where Mark was nominated for and collected the Best Actor's award for his passionate performance in the project. Mark was drawn to Houdini by his love of magic and the opportunity to work with some incredible actors along the way.

Michael Chase - Swing

Michael grew up in Devon and went on to study English Literature and Film in Bristol. Upon graduating University he began working as a Runner on the feature film "Elizabeth: The Golden Age". From here he went on to work as a Floor Runner for both ITV and the BBC on various productions before moving into acting. He moved to London in 2009 to study at The Poor School on the two-year course. His credits whilst training include: Simon Bliss in Hay Fever, Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Trigorin in The Seagull and Banquo in Macbeth. Since graduating he has appeared in several commercials as well as filming for many international companies on corporate and promotional projects. Michael recently appeared in a fundraiser for Descent Theatre at The Last Refuge, London. Television appearances include Y Pris (S4C) and Merlin (BBC). Houdini marks his professional theatre debut.

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Javan Hirst - Swing

Javan Hirst trained at Rose Bruford College. His work in film includes 
The Return, A Party In London, and Nina Forever. This is his
professional stage debut.

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