ORDINARY LIES With Edward & Manjinder


Ordinary Lies is a compelling new six-part British drama for BBC 1 about how a simple lie can spiral out of control, and stars HH clients MANJINDER VIRK and EDWARD MACLIAM.

With tragedy, warmth and humour, each episode focuses on one of the colleagues and friends of car showroom JS Motors. From party-loving receptionists to enigmatic salesmen, each new and individual story questions just how well we know the people we work with.

The show opens with the story of family man and salesman Marty McLean. Stuck in a rut both at home and at work and having receiving his final warning for being late, he knows the pressure is on. When another heavy night of drinking leads to him sleeping through his alarm, Marty calls work and, in a panicked attempt to save his job, tells the drastic lie that his wife, Katrina, has tragically died. As his colleagues rally round to help the apparently grieving widower, his lie quickly unravels…

MANJINDER stars as Marianne Morton and EDWARD plays Niall. Ordinary Lies also stars Jason Manford, Max Beesley, Jo Joyner, Rebecca Callard, Sally Lindsay and Mackenzie Crook.

Episode 1 will premiere next Tuesday 17th March at 9pm on BBC1 and will continue weekly on Tuesday nights. Check out the official trailer below:

2015 Pilots: First Three HH Leads Announced


The annual ‘Pilot Season’ has been underway again since January, with all major U.S. television networks preparing to shoot their next potential hit shows for the coming year. Huge congratulations go to TOM ELLIS, JACK DAVENPORT and BEN ALDRIDGE, our first three clients to land major leading roles in some of the networks’ biggest productions.

TOM ELLIS has been cast as the title character in Fox’s comic book drama Lucifer, written by Tom Kapinos and directed by Len Wiseman for Warner Bros. TV and Jerry Bruckheimer TV. Based on the characters from DC Entertainment’s “Vertigo”, the TV series centres on Lucifer (TOM) who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals.

JACK DAVENPORT will star as the male lead opposite outrageous U.S. comic Sarah Silverman in HBO’s as-yet-untitled comedy pilot, written by “Secret Diary Of A Call Girl” creator Lucy Prebble. Directed by Charlie McDowell, the project is described as a comic look at Jude (Silverman), a pathologically honest woman having a modern midlife crisis. JACK plays Blake, a broken Brit and eventual boyfriend who gets caught up in his own virtual reality in Seattle. Kerri Kenney will play Melissa, Jude’s older sister who is proudly holding the family together, with no idea her home is built on lies.

BEN ALDRIDGE has landed the lead in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Detour, from 20th Century Fox TV. Inspired by the real-life story of Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo, Detour centres on Michael Sturges (BEN), a charming rock star who made the unexpected choice at age 30 to quit his band and go back to college. Joey Morgan is cast as Walter, Michael’s sweet-natured, brilliant but socially anxious/awkward college roommate. The pilot is written by “Psych” creator Steve Franks and directed by Jeremy Garelick.

Big congrats to all three!

We have many more clients shooting U.S. pilots this year, but details of their shows and roles have not yet been officially announced. We’ll bring you all the info here, just as soon as we’re allowed…

Paul McGann’s Super-Powered Owls!


Next week sees the television premiere of captivating documentary Natural World: Super-Powered Owls, narrated by PAUL McGANN.

With their charismatic faces and extraordinary head-turning ability, owls are one of the nation’s best-loved birds, but it is rare to catch more than a glimpse of one in the wild. With the help of leading scientists and some bewitching slow-motion footage of nature’s ruthlessly efficient airborne killing machines, the programme follows the progress of irresistibly cute newly born barn owl siblings Luna and Lily. But once we get past the cute stage however, experts show us how and why these owls hunt at night, explain the secrets of their acute hearing and reveal, in incredible detail, their turbulence-free flight as they grow to become dive-bombing hunters.

The show airs on Tuesday 3rd March on BBC TWO at 8pm. Check out the two previews below:

Edward Hogg’s THE PHONE CALL Wins Oscar!


Huge congratulations go to EDWARD HOGG this week as the short film The Phone Call, in which he stars, won the Oscar for Best Short Film – Live Action on Sunday night at the 87th Academy Awards.

Director/writer Mat Kirkby and producer/writer James Lucas’ film tells the story of Heather (played by Sally Hawkins) who, working for a crisis centre phone help line, receives a call from a suicidal older man called Stan (voiced by Jim Broadbent). It is an encounter that will forever change the lives of all of those involved in the call. EDWARD stars as phone operator Daniel and Prunella Scales appears as Joan.

In addition to this week’s Oscars glory, The Phone Call has won numerous prestigious international awards, including the Tribcea Film Festival (Best Narrative Short), the Dresden Film Festival (Audience Award), the Krakow Film Festival (Best Fiction Film Award) and the Aspen Shortfest (Audience Award). For more information on the film, visit its official website. Check out the trailer below.

You can currently see EDWARD starring in Channel 4’s epic 10-part drama Indian Summers on Sunday nights at 9pm.

Tilda Transforms In TRAINWRECK Trailers


The first two trailers are finally here for the highly anticipated new Judd Apatow movie Trainwreck, starring TILDA SWINTON. And it looks hilarious! Check them out below.

The 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 and outspoken magazine boss in yet another fabulous career transformation, sporting long blonde hair and a hilarious London accent. Check her out in the trailers as she gives one of her employees the crucial journalistic task of “investigating” whether garlic changes the taste of semen!

We can’t wait for this film to arrive, currently scheduled for an August 28th UK cinema release.

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Navin Stars In Tricycle’s MULTITUDES


Multitudes is the brand new debut play by John Hollingworth, now showing at London’s Tricycle Theatre and starring HH client NAVIN CHOWDHRY.

‘This whole multicultural happy-clappy hippie-dippie love-in is a fantasy.’

Directed by Indhu Rubasingham, Multitudes is set in Bradford on the eve of a Conservative Party Conference and explores the journey of conversion and British perceptions of Islam.

The country is in turmoil and one of its most multicultural cities awaits a visit from the Prime Minister. Kash, a liberal British Muslim (played by NAVIN), prepares his address to politicians about the state of the nation. His girlfriend Natalie, a recent convert to Islam, cooks for anti-war protesters gathered at the Town Hall. Lyn, her mother, moans to anyone who’ll listen about the decline of her cherished England. It’s all too much for Kash’s daughter Khadira, who begins to plan a radical intervention. As the nation questions immigration policies and military support in the Middle East, one family face their own internal conflict of faith, belonging, and who gets to call themselves British.

Multitudes opens today at the Tricycle Theatre and runs until Saturday 21st March. Get your tickets here! You can have a read of the great write up on the show in this week’s Guardian here, and check out the trailer below:

Stuart’s COACH Wins Berlinale Prize


Big congrats go to STUART McQUARRIE and the team behind short film Coach, which won the Special Prize from the Generation 14+ International Jury at this year’s 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale).

Produced by Fluxus Films and directed by Ben Adler, Coach tells the story of divorced father Nigel (played by STUART) who takes his son to France for a football game. When the car breaks down, they have no choice but to accept a ride from a bus of traveling England fans. Here, Nigel will find his authority questioned, as the loyalty of his son transfers to the charismatic leader of the fans.

According to the festival’s jury, the film won the award “for its tonal mastery in portraying the casual brutality of male relationships, a nuanced script and pitch perfect performances, culminating powerfully in a moment of insight for its teenage protagonist…a film which surprised and captivated us.”

Congrats STUART!

Emma Thompson Turns Bill Bailey Upside Down


For a one-off Valentine’s Day special, Bill Bailey has re-imagined one of his most popular songs in a spoof music video, starring EMMA THOMPSON.

Poking fun at the earnestness of romantic rock, ‘Love Song’ recounts how a solitary, obsessive loner’s life is turned upside down by a beautiful, mysterious woman, played by EMMA

The full video is viewable exclusively on BBC iPlayer until 13th March. Check out the teaser preview below and watch the full video on iPlayer here.

Mark Rylance On The South Bank Show


Prestigious arts documentary strand The South Bank Show returns to our television screens next week and the first episode sees Melvyn Bragg meeting HH client MARK RYLANCE. The Olivier, Tony and Bafta award-winning actor, director and playwright reflects on a career in which he has starred in films including Prospero’s Books, The Other Boleyn Girl and Intimacy, as well as being the first artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe on London’s South Bank. Tune in next Tuesday 24th February at 9pm on Sky Arts 1.

MARK can currently be seen starring in BBC2’s Wolf Hall and in the upcoming feature film The Gunman, opposite Sean Penn, Idris Elba and Javier Bardem.

Taking Civil Rights Fight To The Acting Profession


Ava DuVernay’s critically-acclaimed, multi award-winning feature film Selma is currently screening in cinemas around the world, starring DAVID OYELOWO in his masterful performance as African-American civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King Jr. Whilst promoting the film, DAVID has himself become a leading voice in the fight for racial equality in the acting profession – an issue which he has been speaking out on passionately since the early 2000s in an attempt to change the outdated casting attitudes of British TV and the voting habits on the Oscar ballots.

In an amazing article in this week’s The Guardian, Mark Lawson profiles DAVID’s remarkable career to date, describing how he was an early advocate for racial equality in both stage and screen – an ongoing issue that is still as relevant today as ever. Read the opening paragraph below and check out the full article on The Guardian website here. Go David!

“There’s a theatrical anecdote in which the wife of a leading performer advises a friend: “I wouldn’t come round for lunch on Sunday if I were you. He’s playing Stalin at the moment.” In a more benevolent example of the phenomenon of actors overlapping with their characters, David Oyelowo, while promoting his role as the African-American civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King in the movie Selma, has become a leader of the fight for racial equality in his own profession. He complained that British TV’s lack of interest in telling “black stories” had forced him to work in America, while not sparing his adopted culture either, acknowledging “hurt” at the lack of recognition from the predominantly white Oscar voters for Selma, including his own omission, despite adulatory reviews, from the 2015 Best Actor shortlist…[Continued…]”


Manjinder In MIDWIFE Crisis

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MANJINDER VIRK will be starring in a guest lead role in the fifth episode of the hugely popular Call The Midwife this Sunday, 15th February, at 8pm on BBC1.

This fourth series of the hit television show, which also stars PAM FERRIS as series regular Sister Evangelina, has already seen many new character developments and exciting storylines incorporating various different UK communities. In Sunday’s episode, MANJINDER stars as Ameera Khatun; a pregnant, non-English speaking Sylheti (Bangladeshi) woman with whom the midwives must try to communicate via her young, English-speaking son – a process which brings with it a whole new set of problems for the sisters.

Bu sure to tune in and watch the drama unfold!

LOST RIVER Trailer Released


Lost River is a dark, fairy tale feature about love, family and the fight for survival in the face of danger. Written, produced and directed by Ryan Gosling in his directorial debut, the film stars HH client IAIN DE CAESTECKER in the leading role.

In the virtually abandoned city of Lost River, single mother of two, Billy (played by Christina Hendricks), is led into a macabre underworld in her quest to save her childhood home and hold her family together. Her teenage son Bones (played by IAIN) discovers a mystery about the origins of Lost River that triggers his curiosity and sets into motion an unexpected journey that tests his limits and the limits of those he loves. Saoirse Ronan, Matt Smith, Eva Mendes and Ben Mendelsohn also star.

The film premiered in competition in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and is scheduled to be released in cinemas on April 10, 2015. Check out the mystical trailer below:

Vanity Fair’s Rylance Double!

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Here’s a sneak peek at the beautiful feature spread appearing in Vanity Fair’s March 2015 edition, featuring HH clients MARK RYLANCE and JULIET RYLANCE. Gorgeous!

FORTITUDE On Sky Atlantic HD

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Fortitude is the brilliant new Sky Atlantic television series written by HH client SIMON DONALD. Its opening episode will premiere tomorrow night, Thursday 29th January at 9pm on Sky Atlantic HD.

The series is set in the small Arctic outpost known as Fortitude – a place like nowhere else. Although surrounded by the savage beauty of the Arctic landscape, Fortitude is one of the safest towns on earth. Everyone has a specific job, so there’s ostensibly no poverty or crime. The polar bears, however, are behaving oddly, and shifting weather and melting ice has brought unexpected artifacts into view. And there has never been a violent crime here. Until now.

A murder forces the local sheriff, Dan Anderssen (played by Richard Dormer), to get involved, and a forensic investigator from the mainland (played by Stanley Tucci) to eventually be sent to help him.

With a darkly hypnotic tone and fantastic script writing by SIMON, Fortitude also boasts an excellent cast: Joining Tucci and Dormer are Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston, Sofie Grabol, Jessica Raine, Nicholas Pinnock, Johnny Harris and HH client LUKE TREADAWAY, who stars as Vincent Rattrey, a talented young scientist arriving in Fortitude as part of a team investigating the recent cannibalistic behaviour in the polar bear population, but who is soon drawn into the strange and terrifying events that threaten the town.

Set in the Arctic and filmed amidst the beautiful backdrops of Iceland, Fortitude comprises 12 episodes which will air on Thursday nights. Don’t miss the two-hour, two-episode premiere tomorrow, and check out the trailer below. You can also have a read of this brilliant article in the Independent which discusses the show in more depth and features an interview with SIMON about his work.

BBC’s WOLF HALL Starts Tonight!

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The long-awaited and hugely anticipated dramatisation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies finally premieres on UK television screens tonight, Wednesday 21st January at 9pm on BBC2.

The brand new six-part series – Wolf Hall – stars MARK RYLANCE as the powerful historical figure Thomas Cromwell and charts his rise and fall in the lead-up to the Reformation, covering everything from his interactions with the major players of the court through to his domestic life and flashbacks to childhood. Damian Lewis plays the charismatic and unpredictably brutal Henry VIII and HH clients NATASHA LITTLE, EMMA HIDDLESTON and LUCY RUSSELL also star as Elizabeth Cromwell, Meg More and Lady Shelton, respectively.

MARK‘s performance as Cromwell has already been receiving accolades from critics and the show looks set to be a big hit. According the Radio Times, Wolf Hall “lives up to the books, and the hype [and it] could already be the best drama of 2015″. It describes MARK‘s performance as “magisterial”, saying: “Rylance is a uniquely gifted performer who marries a brilliant mind with an enormous heart, and even just one look from him seems to carry years of pain, hurt, fear and deep human feeling.”

Check out the series trailer and a preview from Episode 1 below, and don’t miss the premiere on BBC2 tonight!

Top Reviews For Hayley and AGENT CARTER

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It’s been an exciting week so far for HH client HAYLEY ATWELL as her brand new eight-episode show, Marvel’s Agent Carter, in which she stars in the titular role, premiered on America’s ABC channel last night to excellent reviews for both the show and HAYLEY‘s star performance.

In this highly anticipated new series, HAYLEY once again reprises her role as Peggy Carter from the short film Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter as well as the massive feature films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The new full-length series is set in post-war 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she returns from war to find herself marginalised by the men returning home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark, all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, HAYLEY “fully embodies the character [with] panache and allure”. Time Out describes HAYLEY‘s performance as being “like a ’40s movie idol in her bearing, history and confidence. She’s as convincing wielding a crisp insult as an improvised blade, conveying the control and deftness Carter requires to run a covert operation under the patronizing gaze of her inferior superiors in the SSR boys’ club.” Screenrant have praised Agent Carter for having “at its core, the extremely adept Atwell, to establish the foundation of the series.”

The show airs weekly on Tuesdays on ABC. Make sure you tune in to watch HAYLEY rocking her iconic role!

HH Christmas and New Year Guide 2014/15


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone here at Hamilton Hodell!

Below is your festive guide to this season’s HH treats, with listings for all upcoming films, television programmes and theatre shows starring Hamilton Hodell clients over the holiday season. So be sure to tune in, set your digital recorders, buy tickets and enjoy all the festive treats on offer over the next three weeks.

Monday 22nd December

9:00pm, BBC2
The Wrong Mans (Series 2)
Episode 1 of 2
Written by MATHEW BAYNTON and

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Tuesday 23rd December

9:00pm, BBC2
The Wrong Mans (Series 2)
Episode 2 of 2
Written by MATHEW BAYNTON and

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Wednesday 24th December

8:00pm, ITV

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Thursday 25th December

6:00pm, Channel 4
Arthur Christmas
Starring (the voices of) HUGH LAURIE and ASHLEY JENSEN

6:15pm, BBC1
Doctor Who – Christmas Special

7:15pm, BBC1
Miranda – Christmas Special
Part 1 of 2

7:50pm, BBC1
Call The Midwife – Christmas Special

9:00pm, ITV
Downton Abbey – Christmas Special

10:30pm, BBC2

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Friday 26th December

8:30pm, BBC1
Marvel’s Avengers Assemble

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Saturday 27th December

7:00pm, ITV
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

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Tuesday 30th December

8:00pm, ITV
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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Wednesday 31st December

10:00pm, ITV
Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This

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2015 New Year celebration

New Year’s Day
Thursday 1st January

6:30pm, BBC1
Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot

8:00pm, BBC1
Miranda – Christmas Special
Part 2 of 2: ‘The Final Curtain’

8:00pm, Channel 4
Snow White And The Huntsman
Nick Frost

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Friday 2nd January

9:00pm, BBC1
The Musketeers (Series 2, Episode 1)
Starring BO PORAJ

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Four great holiday films showing at a cinema near you:

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies – starring STEPHEN FRY
(Now Showing)

Paddington – starring (the voice of) BEN WHISHAW
(Now showing)

Exodus: Gods And Kings – starring ISAAC ANDREWS
(Opens in UK cinemas on Boxing Day)

Unbroken – starring LUKE TREADAWAY
(Opens in UK cinemas on Boxing Day)

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If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas present, or just want to sample the plethora of excellent 2014 releases starring our brilliant clients, then check out our Clients ON DVD page where you can browse through a year’s worth of DVD and BluRay releases starring HH clients, with links to purchase physically (Amazon, Play) and digitally (iTunes).

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HAMILTON HODELL at the Theatre

And finally, if you fancy a great night out at the theatre during the festive season, have a browse through our Clients ON STAGE page to see who is currently performing, and where.

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See you all in 2015!


UPDATE: David Oyelowo’s Incredible SELMA Accolades!


DAVID OYELOWO‘s masterful performance in Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King Jr. bipoic Selma continues to receive overwhelmingly positive critical and audience reactions and, with awards season in full swing, his list of wins and nominations is rapidly increasing. DAVID has been enjoying a fantastic few weeks and receiving numerous plaudits for a role described by the Hollywood Reporter as “one of the greatest performances you’ll ever see”.

As of today (17 December 2014), he has won three awards for Selma, including the Best Actor Award at the African-American Film Critics Association Awards, the Virtuso Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and, in January, he will be honoured with the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor, at the 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

He has also received Best Actor nominations at the Golden Globe Awards, Image Awards, Film Independent Spirit Awards, Satellite Awards, Phoenix Critics Circle Awards, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards and the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards, and named as one of Vanity Fair’s “10 Best Performances of 2014″.

Huge congratulations DAVID, and fingers crossed!

On the weekend of 6 December, DAVID‘s Selma co-star Oprah Winfrey hosted the “Celebrating Selma & The Legends Who Paved The Way” festival of events in Santa Barbara, California. The event was held to honor the upcoming film and to celebrate the lives of the iconic civil rights heroes who fought in the civil rights movement and those from the entertainment and arts industries who contributed to African American history. DAVID attended the emotional event and you can watch the featurette below:

Selma has also been racking up a wealth of award nominations for Best Film, Best Director, Best Song, Best Cinematography and numerous other categories across the board. This is set to be a very exciting awards season indeed, so keep watching this space!

Tom Crowned Best Actor at ES Awards!

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Huge congratulations go to TOM HIDDLESTON who won the award for Best Actor at Sunday’s 60th Annual London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014 ceremony, for his leading role in Josie Rourke’s powerful Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus.

TOM gave a stunning performance in the show, which opened around this time last year, playing the titular Roman general, a one-man killing machine happiest with a sword in his hand, slaying enemies on a battlefield but restless and ill at ease in civilian life.

Congrats TOM! Watch his reaction to winning, below:

2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

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Here we go… Awards season has begun once again, kicking off this year with the annual shortlist nominations for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Huge congratulations go to HH clients DAVID OYELOWO and TILDA SWINTON, both of whom have received nominations for leading roles.

DAVID is nominated for Best Actor for his magnificent portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ava DuVernay’s upcoming Selma. For more information on the film and to see some of the rave reviews DAVID has already received, read last week’s blog post “One Of The Greatest Performances You’ll Ever See”.

TILDA has been nominated for Best Actress for her remarkable turn as an aging vampire in Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive.

The ‘Spirit’ Awards nominations are selected from films with budgets of under $20 million and the winners will be announced on February 21st 2015, one day before the Oscars during an afternoon ceremony in Santa Monica. Fingers crossed for both clients!

Here are the trailers:


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