Jackie HoweJACKIE HOWE – EILEEN

Jackie is an experienced and versatile Actress who has worked extensively in Film, Television and Theatre. Her Television and Film work include roles in The Bill, Westbeach, Holby City, No Ordinary Joe and Autumn.

Jackie has performed with various repertory companies and in the West End playing a wide range of characters including ‘June/George’ in The Killing of Sister George, ‘Sheila’ in Relatively Speaking, ‘Diana’ in Absent Friends, ‘Faye’ in Chapter Two, ‘Rachel’ in Seasons Greetings and ‘Angela’ in Abigail’s Party.

Come on Eileen is Jackie’s third collaboration with Director Finola Geraghty, having previously worked with her on two short films Ladies and Gentlemen and Charlie Chester.

MERCEDES GROWERMERCEDES GROWER – GYPSY

Mercedes Grower is an actress and comedian. She trained as a ballet dancer at Sadler’s Wells Ballet school as a child before moving to New York to study acting later in her teens.

After her training, Mercedes returned to the UK and landed some notable TV and Film roles including, Dirty Filthy Love, Low Winter Sun, both by Adrian Shergold, Guy Ritchie’s Revolver,  HBO’s The Passion, Nathan Barley, and The Mighty Boosh.

Theatre includes Market Boy and Two Thousand Years directed by Rufus Norris and Mike Leigh, both at the National Theatre.

Mercedes also started a comedy act called The Hush, with Amanda Boyle producing, and is in the middle of directing her first film (Brakes).

FELIX MALCOMFELIX MALCOM- STILL – JIMMY

Felix Malcolm-Still recently graduated from the Brit School of Performing Arts. He formed The Goat and the Gravel Theatre Company with fellow graduates and has directed and acted in three plays at South Hill Park Theatre in Reading.

He recently performed in the Brit School’s final major project Days of Significance, about a group of soldiers in Afghanistan by acclaimed playwright Roy Williams, who attended the performance.

Past work includes radio play Jennings and Darbyshire for BBC Radio 4. This year he also appeared in the feature film The Boy Who Saved the World as well as playing ‘Jimmy’ in Come On Eileen


FREDDIE JONES – DERMOT

The British character actor Freddie Jones came to the acting profession after 10 years of working as a laboratory assistant and acting in amateur theater on the side. To kick off his mid-life career change, Jones attended Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in Kent, England, on scholarship. He then worked in repertory theater, later joining up with the Royal Shakespeare Company and gaining recognition as an actor of exceptional cleverness, intelligence, and perception. His theatrical film debut came in 1967 in Peter Brook’s critically acclaimed Marat/Sade (1967). Two years later, Jones made his mark on the acting world playing Claudius in the six-part television miniseries “The Caesars” (1968). Based on this performance, he was named The World’s Best Television Actor of the Year at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival in 1969. Also, around this time, Jones gave one of his most touching film performances, that of the “monster” in Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), in which he displayed pathos reminiscent of Boris Karloff’s monster. Critical acclaim led Jones to more prominent roles in television, e.g., “The Ghosts of Motley Hall” (1976), “Children of the Stones” (1977), and “Pennies from Heaven” (1978), as well as in film, e.g., The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970), Antony and Cleopatra (1972), _All Creatures Great and Small (1974)_, and Zulu Dawn (1979). Jones achieved international recognition as a film actor after appearing in such Hollywood films as Clint Eastwood’s Firefox (1982) and David Lynch’s The Elephant Man (1980), Dune (1984), and Wild at Heart (1990). Arguably one of his most endearing roles was the frequently drunk reporter Orlando in Federico Fellini’s And the Ship Sails On (1983). His theatrical acting has been especially well suited for literary drama, e.g., Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), “Nicholas Nickleby” (1977), Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe (1985) (TV), Adam Bede (1992) (TV), David Copperfield (2000) (TV), and The Count of Monte Cristo (2002). Jones’ eccentric, twitchy portrayals, often bordering on caricature, although sometimes criticized, have nevertheless ensured his international recognition and popularity as a character actor.


KEITH ALLEN / MARTIN

Keith Allen has a long standing reputation in both Film Theatre and TV. He appeared in a number of films made by The Comic Strip Presents on Channel 4 in the early 1980s after becoming one of the breakthrough acts of the Comedy Store in 1979.

He appeared briefly in the black comedy, Twin Town, the Channel 4 adaptation of A Very British Coup and played the lodger who dies at the beginning of Danny Boyle’s thriller Shallow Grave (1994). In the same year, he turned in a critically acclaimed performance in a BBC adaptation of Martin Chuzzlewit. He was used again by Boyle to play a drug dealer in Trainspotting (1996). In 2000, Allen appeared in two Harold Pinter plays at the Almeida Theatre, playing Lambert in Celebration and Mr Sands in The Room. These were performed again at The Lincoln Center Festival in July, 2001. He also appeared in the hard-hitting hospital drama, Bodies, as Mr Tony Whitman, a sarcastic but somehow likable Consultant Obstetrician with an enormous ego. In 2005 he appeared in the Endemol-produced BBC Two television programme Art School alongside Ulrika Jonsson, John Humphrys and Clarissa Dickson Wright where he discovered a passion for painting. From 2006 to 2009, Allen co-starred in the BBC’s Robin Hood drama series, as the Sheriff of Nottingham.

STEPHEN TAYLOR  (AKA Stephen da Costa) – BILL

Stephen has been working as a TV and Film actor since leaving Rose Bruford Drama School 15 years ago. His notable TV performances in Nature Boy, Strumpet and Tube Tales have led him to work alongside Steven Segal and Vinnie Jones inSubmerged, and Billy Zane and Louise Lombard in Claim.

He has worked with some of the best British film directors currently working today, including Menja Huda, who he has been involved in 4 projects with, the last being Kidulthood.

As well as acting, Stephen is currently developing and writing three feature films.

MEL HUDSON / ANN

Mel Hudson wrote and performed 4 series of her own Hudson and Pepperdine Show for BBC Radio 4 alongside double-act partner Vicki Pepperdine.  She has been a regular in radio and TV comedy including Omid, The Catherine Tate Show, I’m Alan Partridge, People Like Us, Beast, World of Pub, Bremner Bird and Fortune, and as Alan’s co-host Nina Vanier in Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge.

Stage work includes Gone to LA (Hampstead Theatre), Walking on Water (White Bear), and as Carol in Oleanna and Violet in Tennessee Williams’ Small Craft Warnings (Library, Manchester), for which she was nominated for a Manchester Evening News Award as Best Actress.

She is currently developing a script of her own for BBC Radio Drama, and hoping that the recent pilot of A Cinema Near You by Simon Nye, in which she starred alongside Matthew Horne and Caroline Quentin, will get made into a series.