Hodell’s Heroes!


After weeks of intense and routine training, Hodell’s Heroes completed the gruelling Spotlight 10K Challenge around Regent’s Park on Sunday 13th September, raising funds for Acting for Others. Lots of fun was had by all and Hodell’s Heroes are now looking forward to their next challenge, a marathon…maybe!



Rocket’s Island is back! The third series of the popular kids’ television show will launch next Monday 21st September at 4:30pm on CBBC, starring HH client JOE GALLUCCI in the titular role.

In the new series, suspicions arise over new boy Benjamin, the gang get trapped in a mine, and there’s a magical post box! You can get a sneak peek of what’s to come here, as Rocket and Dipper stumble upon something quite extraordinary.

Check out the series trailer below and be sure to catch all the new adventures on CBBC from Monday.

Bertie Carvel in DOCTOR FOSTER


Don’t miss the wonderful BERTIE CARVEL in Doctor Foster, starting tonight on BBC One!

In this brand new 5-part series produced by Drama Republic, BERTIE stars opposite Suranne Jones in what is set to be a very exciting series. Suranne plays Dr. Gemma Foster, a caring, local family GP who, on suspecting her husband Simon – played by BERTIE – is having an affair, throws herself into examining the evidence and, as a result, puts her own life in disorder, as well as that of her family and patients.

A gripping drama that examines human emotions and the decisions we make, this is gearing up to be a big summer hit! Tune in tonight at 9pm on BBC One for the opening episode. Here’s the trailer:

Amazon’s HAND OF GOD


Tomorrow, Friday 4th September, brand new Amazon Original Series Hand Of God will become available in its entirety for exclusive streaming on its Amazon Prime platform.

Hand Of God is a 10-episode psychological drama examining themes of vengeance, faith and justice and stars Ron Perlman, Dana Delany and HH client JULIAN MORRIS in the leading roles.

Ron Perlman (Sons Of Anarchy) plays Harris Pernell, a morally corrupt judge who, in the middle of a breakdown, believes God is guiding him on a path of vigilante justice as he attempts to hunt down the man who raped his daughter-in-law and caused his now comatose son to attempt suicide. Dana Delany (Desperate Housewives) plays his take-no-prisoners wife and JULIAN stars as Reverend Paul Curtis, a smarmy soap-star-turned-preacher who leads up a fringe religious group.

You can start streaming the full series over on Amazon Prime Instant Video from tomorrow. In the meantime, check out the official trailer below:



STEPHEN FRY becomes our favourite tour guide once again when his brand new four-part television series Stephen Fry In Central America starts tonight, Thursday 27th August, at 9pm on ITV.

It’s been seven years since STEPHEN embarked on an epic journey to each of the USA’s fifty states for the BBC’s Stephen Fry In America series. This time, as the title suggests, he is sampling the delights available just south of the border, most of which he has never seen before.

Hot air balloons, zip wires, piñata-smashing and swimming with manatees are all in store for STEPHEN as he sets out for the trip of a lifetime. Beginning in Mexico, the journey takes him through the entire Central American isthmus to the Panamanian border with South America. As ever, STEPHEN proves a warm, intrepid and insightful tour guide as he travels from place to place in a yellow American school bus, visiting countries such as Mexico, Belize and Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Starting in Mexico for tonight’s opening episode, STEPHEN visits the pyramids in the ancient city of Teotihuacán, takes part in a soap opera in Mexico City, learns of the magical migration of the monarch butterfly on the Pacific coast and the courage of cliff divers in Acapulco, takes a trip to Chihuahua and learns about the darker side of the country when he witnesses an emotional demonstration sparked by the ongoing drug wars, which most recently saw 43 students disappear.

“Overall it was a terrific experience, it really was amazing,” claims STEPHEN. “It was full of colour and variety and astonishment. I hope if this series does one thing, it might make people think, ‘Let’s go to Guatemala for our holidays,’ Or ‘Let’s go to Costa Rica for our holidays’ – instead of to the obvious places.”

Tune in tonight at 9pm – don’t miss it!




“The end of the world is coming. Bring it on!”

Sky have just released their first teaser trailer for upcoming epic comedy drama You, Me And The Apocalypse, which you can check out below.

Sky1 and NBC’s massive new series – which you may know by its former title Apocalypse Slough – has an amazing ensemble cast including no fewer than six HH clients: MATHEW BAYNTON, PATERSON JOSEPH, LLOYD OWEN, NIGEL LINDSAY, BRONAGH GALLAGHER and KYLE SOLLER, starring alongside Rob Lowe, Megan Mullally, Pauline Quirke, Joel Fry and Jenner Fischer, to name just a few!

The series will follow a group of seemingly unconnected eclectic characters who are forced to survive together as a large comet hurtles towards Earth. You, Me And The Apocalypse will air late 2015 and, as always, we’ll be bringing you more info as soon as we have it. In the meantime, check out the teaser:



HH clients PAM FERRIS and LUKE TREADAWAY will each be voicing characters in the upcoming film version of Raymond Briggs’ autobiographical book Ethel And Ernest, to be shown on the BBC next year.

One of The Snowman author’s best-selling books, Ethel And Ernest tells the true story of Briggs’ parents and details the couple’s life through four decades of marriage, taking in the Great Depression, the Second World War and the swinging ‘60s. Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn will voice the titular characters for this television adaptation, with LUKE playing Briggs himself and PAM playing both Mrs Bennet and Aunty Flo. Virginia McKenna and EastEnders veteran June Brown – aka Albert Square’s Dot Cotton – also star.

Director Roger Mainwood said: “It’s a real privilege to be directing [what] many consider to be Raymond Briggs’ masterpiece…so far Raymond has loved everything he has seen…the actors bring an enormous amount of charm and character to their roles.”

Ethel And Ernest will be shown on the BBC in 2016.

David Oyelowo Reads James Bond!


Exciting exclusive news released today: HH client DAVID OYELOWO will play James Bond!

DAVID will play Bond, and other characters, in the audiobook version of Trigger Mortis, written by Anthony Horowitz and commissioned by the Ian Fleming estate. Describing himself as “very honoured”, DAVID told UK press: “I am officially the only person on planet Earth who can legitimately say: ‘I am the new James Bond’ – even saying that name is the cinematic equivalent of doing the ‘to be or not to be’ speech”, adding: “I was asked specifically by the Fleming estate, which is really special.”

More than 100 million Bond books have been sold worldwide. Fleming wrote 14 and his estate has since commissioned new adventures from various authors, including Horowitz, who has written more than 40 books and, as a television screenwriter, created the Bafta-winning Foyle’s War. DAVID described his Bond as “a man who is very self-assured” but not perfect.

In a statement, Horowitz said: “What an honour to have an actor as talented as David to read my take on Bond. He has a brilliant voice and talent for bringing out the nuances of dialogue and characters.”

DAVID‘s casting is being described by the press as “groundbreaking”. Read what they are saying in their articles: The Guardian | Hollywood Reporter | Metro | The Independent.

Trigger Mortis takes place two weeks after the events of Goldfinger and will be released on September 8 2015. Make sure you order your copy!

MOUNTAIN GOATS Starts Tomorrow


Mountain Goats is a brand new six-part BBC comedy series set around the antics of a ragtag group of Mountain Rescue volunteers. The first episode airs tomorrow night, Friday 14th August at 10:35pm on BBC One, starring HH client KEVIN MAINS as one of the series leads.

The show celebrates the Highlands of Scotland, with proper kilt wearing maniacs fighting disaster on a weekly basis against the stunning backdrop of the Glencoe hills. When the unlikely heroes aren’t out rescuing people, or being rescued themselves, they spend their time in The Old Goat pub – a place of great warmth and camaraderie, where people come in for a quick pint and never want to leave.

KEVIN plays Conor, one of the rescuers and a pub regular. He’s a handsome, easy-going young man who is more than a little bit naive. Other regulars include: Jimmy (played by Jimmy Chisholm), the wild and mysterious Bill (David Ireland), the cheery Bernie (Kathryn Howden) and no-nonsense Jules (Sharon Rooney). And our very own DOON MACKICHAN guest stars in tomorrow night’s opening episode as KEVIN‘s character’s mum, Norma!

Be sure to tune in tomorrow and on Friday nights for the next six weeks. And you can check out KEVIN and DOON in the trailer below:

TRAINWRECK – Opens August 14


Judd Apatow’s highly anticipated new movie Trainwreck will be released nationwide in UK cinemas next week, Friday August 14, starring TILDA SWINTON and EZRA MILLER.

The hysterical American comedy, directed by Apatow and written by Amy Schumer, stars Schumer as a commitment-phobic career woman who, having thought that monogamy was never possible, may finally have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.

TILDA stars as Dianna, Schumer’s direct, outspoken and vulgar magazine boss who enjoys dealing out crucial journalistic tasks to her team, like “investigating” whether garlic changes the taste of semen! And as her fans have now come to expect, TILDA undergoes yet another fabulous visual transformation for the film, sporting long blonde hair and speaking in a hilarious London accent. EZRA plays Donald, a seemingly green and naïve office intern who has an ‘alternate side’ when out of the office (we shan’t say any more – you just have to see it!)

You can watch Trainwreck‘s two trailers below (the first is a little NSFW!) and do go check it out on the big screen once it drops next week – it’s absolutely brilliant!



“Reinventing sketch comedy before our very eyes” ***** List

“Eviscerating their chosen form completely” **** Sunday Times

“A very classy, very funny show indeed” **** Telegraph

“A genuine boundary pusher” **** LondonIsFunny.com

“Great flair – adept at finding laughs in surprising places” **** Times

On the back of recording their own BBC Radio 4 series, selling out a run at London’s Soho Theatre and appearing on Comedy Central, BBC3 and Dave, the award-winning and critically acclaimed comedy duo ‘The Pin’ – aka HH clients BEN ASHENDEN and ALEXANDER OWEN – return to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year with a brand new show, Ten Seconds With The Pin. This hilarious new sketch show opened at the festival this week and runs daily at 7pm at the Pleasance Dome until 31st August.

Ten Seconds… is truly brilliant and if you’re at the festival this year, don’t miss your chance to see BEN and ALEXANDER in their element! Tickets are going fast, so book yours here to avoid disappointment.

For more information, follow @thepincomedy on Twitter or visit thepincomedy.com.




“Impressive. Some phenomenal acting”
-Time Out

Three Days In The Country is now showing at the National Theatre, starring HH client DEBRA GILLETT. It opened this week and has already received a wealth of rave reviews.

Adapted and directed by celebrated playwright Patrick Marber, Three Days… is an excellent new version of Ivan Turgenev’s passionate and moving 1854 comedy A Month in the Country. Set on a beautiful country estate in mid-nineteenth century Russia, a handsome new tutor brings reckless, romantic desire to an eccentric household. Over three days one summer, the young and the old learn lessons in love: first love and forbidden love, maternal love and platonic love, ridiculous love and last love.

DEBRA stars in the production as Lizaveta, alongside a top cast including Mark Gattis, Amanda Drew and John Simm. It’s produced in association with Sonia Friedman Productions and is now playing in the National’s Lyttelton Theatre until 21st October. Book your tickets here!

2015 HH Emmy Nominations


It’s that time of year again! The nominations for the 67th Emmy Awards have now been revealed in all the categories. Huge congratulations go to HH clients DAVID OYELOWO, MARK RYLANCE and EMMA THOMPSON for their individual acting nominations, and to all clients who star in this year’s various nominated shows!

See below for a full list of HH-related nominees:

Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:
DAVID OYELOWO for Nightingale
MARK RYLANCE for Wolf Hall

Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:
EMMA THOMPSON for Sweeney Todd Live

Wolf Hall – which stars MARK RYLANCE as well as NATASHA LITTLE, LUCY RUSSELL and EMMA HIDDLESTON – is nominated for Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series and Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series.

Veep – which stars HUGH LAURIE – is nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.

Downton Abbey, starring MICHELLE DOCKERY and RAQUEL CASSIDY, is up for Outstanding Drama Series.

Game Of Thrones, starring TOM WLASCHIHA, is up for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series.

The DAVID OYELOWO-led Nightingale is also nominated in the Outstanding Television Movie category and The Knick, starring JULIET RYLANCE, is up for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.

Winners of the awards will be announced at this year’s ceremony on September 20 at L.A.’s Microsoft Theatre. Congrats everyone, and good luck!

Madeline & Susan: PARTNERS IN CRIME


Agatha Christie’s Partners In Crime is a brand new detective series starring HH clients MADELINE APPIAH and SUSAN BROWN. It receives its premiere this Sunday 26 July at 9pm on BBC One.

Based on the characters created by Agatha Christie, Partners In Crime is set in 1950s England and follows married couple Tommy (played by David Walliams) and Tuppence (Jessica Raine) as they stumble into a world of undercover agents, mysterious evil masterminds and diabolical political conspiracy.  The six-part series is derived from two of Christie’s detective novels: the first three episodes are an adaptation of The Secret Adversary, written by Zinnie Harris and starring MADELINE as Annette; the last three episodes are of N or M?, written by Claire Wilson and starring SUSAN as Mrs Harrison.

Tune in on Sunday night for the series premiere, starring MADELINE. The show will then continue weekly on Sundays at 9pm. Here’s the trailer:

THE REVENANT Trailer Unveiled


The first teaser trailer has been unveiled for the highly anticipated feature film The Revenant, which stars HH client WILL POULTER. Check it out below.

The Revenant is written, produced and directed by multi-award winner Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel) who most recently won this year’s Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance). His latest film The Revenant is based on the novel of the same name by Michael Punke, and tells the story of Hugh Glass (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), a fur trapper in the 19th century American wilderness who sets out on a path of vengeance against his companions who leave him for dead after a bear mauling. Tom Hardy, Domhnall Glesson and WILL star as the three associates on whom Glass seeks his revenge.

The Revenant has been described by 20th Century Fox as “an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit.” For the visuals, Iñárritu is rejoined by his Birdman cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who won the Best Cinematography Academy Award for the last two years in a row, for Gravity in 2014 and Birdman in 2015. Both Iñárritu and Lubezki have raised the stakes visually this time around by shooting only in natural light, regardless of how remote the locations were. We can’t wait to see the full results!

The film is scheduled to have a limited release in the United States on December 25 2015, followed by a wide international release on January 15 2016. Check out the Official Teaser Trailer below, which gives us a sneak peek of some of the treats in store:

Spotlight Award For Edward


Huge congrats to HH client EDWARD BLUEMEL who has been named winner of the Highly Commended Spotlight Prize at this year’s annual Spotlight showcase!

The awards are voted for by a panel of industry experts which this year consisted of actors Hattie Morahan, Aidan Gillen, Ian Hart and Tara Fitzgerald, and casting directors Kelly Valentine Hendry, Victor Jenkins, Derek Barnes and HH client KAHLEEN CRAWFORD. Previous winners form an illustrious list including Dame Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Zoë Wanamaker and fellow HH client ROBERT LINDSAY.

Rosalind Eleazar has been named Best Actor at this year’s awards, with EDWARD taking second place, having impressed the judges with his performance of The Possibilities. Congrats EDWARD!

SPECTRE Trailer Is Here!


It’s here! Unveiled only three hours ago, the first full-length, official trailer for Spectre – aka James Bond 24 – has been unleashed onto the world…and it looks awesome!

The plot follows Daniel Craig’s Bond as he trails an undercover, sinister organisation known as ‘SPECTRE’, slowly peeling back layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind its operations.

And of course, the film stars our very own BEN WHISHAW, reprising his role as technical wizard ‘Q’. BEN first appeared as the character in 2012’s monumental Skyfall, which has since gone on to become the best performing James Bond film of the franchise, topping $1.1 billion worldwide, and is currently the twelfth highest grossing film of all time.

The world premiere for Spectre is set for October 26 in London and for the first time ever, the film will open in cinemas across the the U.K. and Ireland on the same night as the premiere. We can’t wait!

Check out the first glimpses of BEN‘s Spectre exploits in the brand new trailer below:

Paterson’s SANCHO!


It has been announced this week that HH client PATERSON JOSEPH’s one-man show Sancho: An Act of Remembrance will be staged in Oxford Playhouse and Birmingham Rep in the autumn, prior to a US tour.

This new play is conceived, written and performed by PATERSON himself and is set at the height of the British slave trade. It charts the life of composer, actor and writer Charles Ignatius Sancho, who became the first British African to vote in Britain.

Born on a slave ship in 1729, Sancho’s life was full of surprising twists. As Thomas Gainsborough paints his infamous portrait, we are given an insight into the remarkable true story of an African man who dared to act, write, sing and voice his political opinion with wit and charm as he fought to take his place in British society.

Sancho: An Act of Remembrance will be co-directed by Simon Godwin, with music and sound design by Ben Park, design by Michael Vale and lighting by Lucrecia Briceno. It will run at the Oxford Playhouse, on the main stage, from September 17 to 19, before playing at the Birmingham Rep from September 22 to 25, after which it tours the US from October through February next year. Book your tickets for Oxford here.

For more information, visit the official website and the Sancho Facebook page.


JURASSIC WORLD: 5th Highest-Grossing Film Ever!


It hasn’t even been showing in cinemas for a month yet and Jurassic World, which stars HH client KATIE McGRATH, has already entered the list of highest-grossing films of all time, in fifth position! With a current worldwide gross of $1.4 billion, this figure is still growing with no signs of slowing down as it looks set to remain in UK and international cinemas for quite some time yet.

This amazing achievement gives a new total of FOUR films starring Hamilton Hodell clients to sit within the all-time top ten of highest-grossing films! It joins the first Avengers film, which stars TOM HIDDLESTON and is currently in third place; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 starring RUPERT GRINT, in seventh position; and Avengers: Age Of Ultron starring AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON and ISAAC ANDREWS, currently in sixth position and still showing in some cinemas. Whoop!

WARNING: Contains Spoilers!

Jurassic World is the third sequel to the epic dinosaur franchise that all started back in 1993 with Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. This time around, Richard Hammond’s legendary theme park has officially opened to the public and everything is going well until the park’s newest attraction – a genetically modified, giant stealth killing machine – inevitably escapes containment and goes on a killing spree as all hell breaks loose!

KATIE stars as Zara, PA to the theme park’s operations manager Claire (played by Bryce Dallas Howard) who is tasked with chaperoning Claire’s nephews. And guess what – things don’t go quite as planned! Without wishing to spoil things too much, let’s just say KATIE receives not only the first ever female character death scene in the franchise, but also what has been universally agreed as the film’s best death scene in one of Jurassic World‘s (and possibly the entire franchise’s) most iconic moments. In fact, so awesome, hilarious and terrifying is her character’s final sequence that it has even been immortalised in lego!

If you haven’t seen Jurassic World yet, you HAVE to catch it on the big screen – it’s absolutely epic, thrilling and full of massive scares, groundbreaking CGI and huge set pieces! Here’s a video in which the film’s director and cast discuss KATIE‘s iconic death scene:

Gregory’s ODYSSEY On BBC2


Odyssey (know in the U.S. as its original title American Odyssey) is an American thriller television series which premiered in the UK as a two-episode double bill on Sunday 28 June on BBC2. The show continues weekly on Sundays at 9:15pm and stars HH client GREGORY FITUOSSI.

Envisioned by the creators as a modern-day take on Homer’s Odyssey, the conspiracy series stars Anna Friel as Sergeant Odelle Ballard – a soldier, mother, wife and the only female member of a U.S. Army team on a secret mission in Mali. She discovers computer files that suggest a major U.S. corporation is funding jihadists but, before she can tell anyone, her team is assassinated by U.S. Special Forces. News is reported that the unit was wiped out, but the truth is that Odelle survived and is the only witness to her unit’s massacre. Elsewhere, lives are torn apart when a disillusioned corporate attorney and a disrespected political activist are pulled into the same shocking international military conspiracy.

GREGORY stars as series regular Luc Girard, a camel drug runner. KYLE SOLLER also appears in one episode as safe house CIA Agent Rich Alexander.

Tune in on Sundays to watch the epic conspiracy unfold. Here’s the trailer:


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