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Carole Stennett

Rachel Marron
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Training: University of North London and Vocal Tech Music School, London. Theatre includes: Sapphire in This Is Also England/Just a Man (workshop); Nicki Marron and understudy Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre); Nala in The Lion King (West End and UK tour); Nala in The Legend of the Lion King (Disneyland Resort Paris); Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors (Salisbury and Colchester); alternate lead singer in Thriller Live (West End); Pirate/Indian in Peter Pan (Milton Keynes Theatre) and lead performer in The 12 Days of Christmas (Tilbury Docks). Television includes: Mum in Green Flag ident (commercial); The Late Late Show (Dublin) with the cast of The Lion King; This Morning (ITV) with the cast of The Lion King and GMTV - Get Up and Give ensemble. Carole has also appeared in the choir in The Gospel Train (Radio 2).

Melody Thornton

Rachel Marron
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Thornton discovered her passion for music at a young age. Knowing that ‘when she grew up she wanted to be famous’, Mel was quickly thrust into the spotlight. At just 19-years-old she went from turning heads at school talent shows in her native Arizona, to joining one of the most celebrated girl groups/dance ensembles of all time.

Purring on to the big stage with the Pussycat Dolls, the youngest member of the group Melody was affectionately given the nickname ‘Baby Doll.’ Collaborating with some of the biggest names in Hip Hop and RnB the group enjoyed mega success with hits ‘Buttons’ featuring ‘Snoop Dogg’ and the number one classic ‘Don’t Cha’ with ‘Busta Rhymes’. Which became the highest selling track in the United States by any girl group!

Selling over 70 million albums around the world, the Dolls reached every inch of the globe, becoming the most popular girl group of the past decade. After receiving copious Grammy nominations and winning multiple VMA awards, the group were honoured by being named in VH1’s Greatest Women in Music and the 10th Most Successful Girl Group of all Time! Hollywood soon called, with the ensembles music featuring in cinematic blockbusters, Slumdog Millionaire and Shark Tale. Branding out, the PCD re-recorded ‘Don’t Cha’ for video game, The Sims 2, as well as appearing in, Asphalt: Urban GT 2.

Proving their pulling power wasn’t limited to the stage, the girls imprinted their names in the world of fashion and beauty. The Pussycat Doll’s went on to design their own make up collection with Estee Lauder under the Stila brand, as well as producing a line of burlesque Doll inspired lingerie.

With the group Melody toured the globe in front of sold out venues worldwide and released two chart-topping full-length albums, PCD in 2005 and Doll Domination in 2008. The quintet went on hiatus in 2010, but Thornton's journey had just begun.

Her first mixtape P.O.Y.B.L hit in 2012, and it immediately began to turn heads. Thornton's impressive range and powerful delivery carried the offering with a combination of sass and savoir fare culled from her years on stage.

Mel embraced her earliest influences, while carving out a style all her own in the pro- cess. "I love classic sounds like strings and horn arrangements," she admits. "I want to create something that's very filmic. You could hear this in a movie score. I was raised on Shirley Bassey, Nancy Sinatra, B.B. King, The Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, and Al Green. So, I'm always drawing inspiration from those sounds and infusing it into my own material. My music still maintains a youthful energy though. It isn't a throwback. I'm looking forward while never forgetting where I came from."

This is most definitely the future for Thornton, this multi platinum selling international superstar has ‘Elevator...ed’ to the ‘Top of the World’ and is ready for total ’Domination.’ Proving no one puts Baby in a corner Melody is much more than just a Doll, and this Pussycat has claws! Thornton is a true vocal powerhouse and a force to be reckoned with!

Stuart Reid

Frank Farmer
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Training: Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).

Theatre includes: Frank Farmer in The Bodyguard (UK tour); Frank Gaily in Miracle On 34th Street (Pitlochry Theatre), Ray Court and understudy Frank Farmer in The Bodyguard (West End), Chopper in The Holy Trinity (Theatre 503), Joseph (Madinat Theatre, Dubai), Vince Fontaine/Teen Angel in Grease (UK tour), Genie in Aladdin (Adam Smith Theatre), Lt Brannigan in Guys And Dolls (Kilworth House Theatre), understudy Harry Bright and Bill Austin in Mamma Mia! (International Tour), Joey Biltmore/Rusty Charlie/Harry the Horse in Guys And Dolls (UK tour), Gerry in Dancing At Lughnasa (Essential Theatre Company), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Liverpool Playhouse), Clegg in Owner's (ISB) , I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change! (NSTC/Edinburgh). 

Film includes: Lead in Great And Small, lead in The Soulmate (SGX Film Productions) and lead in Challenging Behaviour (BDP Media).

Voiceovers include: Disney, AerLingus, Investors in People, Harvey Nichols Ireland, Tesco, Lidl Ireland, Vodafone Ireland and Sony Playstation.

Emmy Willow

Nicki Marron
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Training: University of Gloucestershire. Theatre includes: Lead Vocalist in The Irvin Berlin Songbook (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham), Lead Vocalist in The Cole Porter Songbook (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham) and Cat in Honk! (Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham).

Richard Hurst

Sy Spector
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Theatre credits include: Sunny Afternoon (UK Tour); Jane Eyre (National Theatre); My Night With Reg (Apollo Theatre / Donmar); Around The World In 80 Days (Chipping Norton Theatre); Worst Wedding Ever (Salisbury Playhouse); Dick Whittington and his Cat (Salisbury Playhouse); Little Shop of Horrors (Aberystwyth Arts Centre); The Winter’s Tale (The Rose Bankside).

Television credits include: Eastenders (BBC); Doctors (BBC); Casualty (BBC); Look (ITV); The Sitcom Trials (BBC); Eastenders E20 (BBC Three).

Other credits include: Pinocchio (Workshop – NT); The Suicide (Workshop – NT).

Nolan Frederick

Bill Devaney
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Training: The Actors Studio, New York and with the Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey Schools

West End credits include: Cats; Miss Saigon; Starlight Express; Rent; The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe (RSC); Paul in Kiss Me Kate; The Lion King; Showboat (Royal Albert Hall); Porgy And Bess (Savoy Theatre); Gone With The Wind (New London Theatre); Chantal /us Jacob in La Cage Aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory and The Playhouse Theatre); Charley in The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre); Jake in Showboat (New London); Booker T Washington in Ragtime (Charing Cross Theatre).

Other credits include: The Merry Widow, La Cage Aux Folles, Anything Goes, Pal Joey, Hair, West Side Story and Jazz’ll Dazzle, a musical written for him (all for the National Theatre, Oslo); Rhythm Boy 1 in My One and Only, Mr Peterson in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and Rastakovksy in The Government Inspector (Chichester Festival Theatre); No Moe in Five Guys Named Moe (Civic Theatre, Chelmsford); Robinson Crusoe (Richmond Theatre, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh and Pavillion Theatre, Bournemouth); Just One World (Jeanetta Cochrane Theatre); Puss In Boots (Oxford Playhouse); The Mass Carribe (Greenwich);Vernon in King Cotton written by Jimmy McGovern (Manchester and Liverpool); The Balladeer in Assassins (Union Theatre); Me and My Girl (Sheffield Crucible); Ensemble cover Curtis Jackson in Sister Act (UK Tour); Ramses in The Horrible Histories –Awful Egyptians (Sydney Opera House and Melbourne); Leroy Delroy in SUS (Liverpool Everyman); Bud/Daisy in Bat Boy the Musical (Southwark Playhouse); Jake in Showboat (Sheffield Crucible).

Nolan also participated in the gala concert tribute to Sir Cameron Mackintosh Hey, Mr Producer (Lyceum Theatre) and Stiles and Drewe’s Peter Pan (Royal Festival Hall).

Workshops: Desperately Seeking Susan, Come Dancing, and We Will Rock You.

 

Joel Elferink

The Stalker
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Training: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (BA Music Theatre, William Shaw Warnock Award)

Theatre credits include: Bob Crewe in Jersey Boys (UK tour); George in High Society (Mill Theatre, Sonning); Cliff Roney/ Reporter in Floyd Collins (Wilton's Music Hall); cover Frederic in the All Male Pirates of Penzance (UK tour, Australian tour, Sydney Theatre Co); cover Sir Joseph Porter in the All Male HMS Pinafore (UK tour); cover Magaldi in Evita (West End, UK tour, European tour); Minister/Specialist in Tommy (English Theatre Frankfurt, European tour); cover Adam in Imagine This (New London Theatre); cover Marius and Enjolras in Les Misérables (Queens Theatre).

Television credits: Wayne in Home & Away (Network 7) and Alan in Headland (Network 7).

Recordings: Original West End Cast Recording and DVD of Imagine This (ICW Productions).

Tim Parker

Tony Scibelli
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Training: The Guildford School of Acting and Studio 68.

Theatre includes: Groundhog Day (UK workshop); Once (West End); The Last Ship (New Theatre); Edward II (The Rose); The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (West End); The Lord of the Rings (West End); Billy Elliot (West End); Nine (West End); Jailhouse Rock (West End); Stomp (World tour); Rain Dogs (West End); Buddy (West End, UK and European tour); Return to the Forbidden Planet (UK and European tour); Patsy Cline (UK tour); Ferry Cross the Mersey (UK tour); Heart and Soul (Chester Gateway).

Film and Television includes: Greyhawk (Bold Turtle Films); Waking The Dead (BBC); Mankind - The Story of Us All (Nutopia); White Heat (BBC); Rehab (Recoil Films); The Tempest Project (Wunderpit); The Shroud of the Messiah (MTA International); Inside The Court of Henry VIII (The Ideas Room / PBS); Children In Need (ITV); Suede - Night Thoughts (Burning Reel); Goal 2 (Milkshake Films); Elvis Prestwick (37Films Ltd); Billy Vincent - St Catherine's Oratory (Myster General); Voices from The Air (National Geographic Channel); Bloody Tales of The Tower (National Geographic Channel); Top of The Pops (BBC); Blue Peter (BBC); X-Change (CBBC); Open Mic (Myster General); The Facility (Vertigo Films).

Voiceovers include: LP Jeans; Transport for London; Network Rail; De Rijke; William Lawsons; The Shard; The Healing House; The Heart of Borneo Project; The Elvis Years; Country Boy.

Oliver Stoney

Ray Court
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Training: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where he received the Newton Blick Award. Upon graduating Oliver was awarded the 2005 Spotlight Prize.

Theatre credits include: George Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life (UK Tour); Speed the Plow (Playhouse Theatre); South Pacific (Kilworth House Theatre); The Sunshine Boys (Savoy Theatre); Holding the Man (Trafalgar Studios); Rain Man (UK tour); Legally Blonde (Kilworth House Theatre); The Shawshank Redepmtion (UK tour); Amadeus (UK tour); Romeo and Juliet (Wimbledon Theatre); Wuthering Heights (UK tour); The Ghost Train (UK tour); Economy of Thought (Assembly); Happy Ending (Arcola Theatre); Beauty and the Beast (Haymarket Theatre); Waiting for Lefty (Bike

Shed Theatre); The Beheading (Etcetera Theatre); The Shadowmaster (King's Head Theatre) and

Cyrano de Bergerac (Haymarket Theatre).

Television credits include: Call The Midwife.

Kostas Alexopoulos

Ensemble
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Training: Masters Performing Arts College

Credits include: Man In the Mirror (Spirit Productions); Dancing Queen (Spirit Productions); Sinitta (UK tour); Peter Maffay (German Arena tour).

Television credits: Children In Need (BBC); Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV); The Royals (E!); Rugby World Cup 2016 (ITV); Brit Awards- Jess Glynne (ITV); Anastacia - Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV)

Gianni Arancio

Ensemble
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Training: Liberatus School of Performing Arts, Swindon and Bird College, London gaining a National Diploma in Dance and Theatre Performance 

Credits include: ensemble in Cinderella (London Palladium); dancer / model in Canary Wharf AW16; swing/dance captain in Thriller Live (UK and European tour); choreographer for Thriller (Macau); dancer in Rae Morris ‘Cold’ music video; dancer in Puma fashion show; dancer in John Barrowman You Raise Me Up (UK tour).

Diane Girbau

Ensemble
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Training: London Studio Centre - Musical Theatre Degree

Theatre credits: Ensemble in Cinderella (London Palladium); Ensemble/Assistant Dance Captain in The Last Tango (Phoenix Theatre & UK Tour); Ensemble in Mamma Mia! (Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas); Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs (Birmingham Hippodrome); Cha Cha/Cover Frenchy in Grease (Coliseum Theatre Madrid & Spain Tour); Ensemble in The Last Horseman (Canal Theatre Madrid)

Dance credits: Mountbatten Festival of Music (Royal Albert Hall); Body of People Jazz Company’s Miles Ahead (UK Tour); Headliners Theatre Company (P&O Azura); The Jazz Dance Company (Peacock Theatre & UK Tour)

Workshops: King Kong The Musical (Drew McOnie)

Gabriella Hernandez

Ensemble
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Gaby is originally from Venezuela and has been living in England for the past 15 years. Her dancing started back in South America where she learnt Venezuelan folk dance from a young age.

Credits include: the Bollywood film R.A. ONE and worked with various Bollywood artists in India; Hooray for Hollywood (Monte Carlo sporting club); Jack and the Beanstalk (Qdos Entertainment); Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Qdos Entertainment); IPPF’S Dead End Kids voice-over (Spanish); Thriller Live (Lyric Theatre & tour); Samsung; HONDA; Ellie Goulding; Rugby World Cup (closing ceremony); Mary kay cosmetics; INTU fashion show.

Alexander Jackson

Ensemble
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Training: The Urdang Academy

Alex has danced with artists such as Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, Katy Perry, M.O, Pharrell, and various television shows such as The X factor, Victoria's Secret, Lip Sync Battle and Let's Dance for Comic Relief. Alex was featured male in the Breach Jack video and previously performed in The Bodyguard (West End) and Thriller Live (West End).

Alex has now started choreographing for artists including Lady Leshurr at the MOBOS (2016) and her 2017 tour. He is currently working on future project with Nadia Rose and K Stewart

Phil Mennell

Ensemble
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Training: Bird College

Theatre credits: ensemble/cover Captain Hook in Peter Pan (Evolution Pantomimes); Dance Captain/cover Brit in We Will Rock You (Royal Caribbean Productions); Jojo/Il Rosso in Newsies Il Musical (W-E-C/BaGs Live); ensemble/Madonna in We Will Rock You (Royal Caribbean Productions); Ensemble/cover Prince Charming in Cinderella (Qdos Productions); understudy male swing/Chachi/Ralph/Potsie in Happy Days (UK tour); dancer in The Nations 20 Best Dance Moments (Living the Dream Co); ensemble/understudy King Izznit in Sleeping Beauty (Evolution Pantomimes).

Credits whilst training: Bernardo in West Side Story; Cioffi in Curtains; Dancer in Move It; featured soloist/dancer in Broadway Then & Now; featured soloist in A Grand Night For Singing; Arbiter in Chess; ensemble/dancer in Burlesque and Other Distraction.

Chanté Simpson

Ensemble
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Training: The Urdang Academy
Professional Credits: Thriller Live (Lyric Theatre, West End); West End Live (Zoonation Dance Company); Good Witch Gee/Ensemble Dancer in Groove On Down The Road (Zoonation Dance Company); Ensemble in Aladdin (Qdos Entertainment); Dancer in Harry Hill The Movie; Dancer in Pied Piper; Lost Kid in Into The Hoods (Zoonation Tour).

Charlotte Wilmott

Ensemble
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Training: The Urdang Academy (BA (Hons) degree)

Theatre credits include: The Bodyguard (Germany).

Other credits include: Music videos with Chase and Status and Jermain Jackman (winner of The Voice UK 2014 - How Will I Know); The Illusionist Tour (Beirut); Buttermilk Sweet commercial (Thailand).

Lori Barker

Backing Vocals
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Training: The Urdang Academy.

Theatre credits: Ghost The Musical (UK tour); Juicy Bits (Orange Tree Theatre); Play Mas (Orange Tree Theatre); Hairspray (UK tour); Legally Blonde (UK tour).

Television includes: Sue in the Harvey's 'Sofas By You' advert.

Micha Richardson

Backing Vocals
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Training: The Urdang Academy

Credits include: Ali in Mamma Mia (UK tour); Erato in Xanadu; Ensemble & u/s Clara/Louise in Ghost (Asia tour); Genie of the Ring in Aladdin (Chris Jordan Productions); Dynamite/Dance Captain in Hairspray (Macau); Jodie in Blockbuster (UK tour); Ensemble u/s Carmen and Miss Bell in Fame (UK tour); Ensemble in We Will Rock You (World tour); Pilar in Legally Blonde (UK tour); Dancer in Jingle Bell Ball (O2 London); Momentum Charity Event (Kelly Rainford); Hormonal Housewives (Nick Winston).

Luke Jasztal

Ensemble Actor
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Training: Royal Academy of Music (Musical Theatre).

Theatre credits include: Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK tour); Elwood in Blues Brothers: Approved (Switzerland); Soloist/Understudy in Blues Brothers: Approved (UK, Europe and USA tour); Horatio in Hamlet (Rose Theatre, Southbank); Sergeant/Inspector/Old Man/Undertaker in Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! (Leicester Square Theatre); Paul in The Edge (Rose Theatre, Kingston); Birowne in Love's Labour's Lost (Rosemary Branch Theatre); Valentine in Twelfth Night (The Space); Tuzenbach in Three Sisters (White Bear Theatre); Ross in Friends: The Opera for Comedy Central (The Box, London); John Lennon and Liam in The Great Pretenders (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) and Pap in Gutter Press: the Opera (Riverside Studios). 

Television and film credits include: The Staves 'Black & White', Dirty Money, L.A. Larry, The Lift, Timestretched, Lack of Sense.

Commercials include: Thomson ‘First Dates’, Puma ‘Play Loud’, Ford ‘Stop Dreaming’, Supercasino, Dr Vegas, Doritos, JML.

Callum Clack

Swing
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Training: Masters Performing Arts College

Theatre credits include: The Last Tango (West End); The Last Tango (UK & Ireland Tour 2015/2016); Dance ‘Til Dawn (UK Tour 2015); Aladdin (Glasgow S.E.C.C); Aladdin (Hull New Theatre); Robinson Crusoe (Southampton Mayflower); Dick Whittington (Plymouth Theatre Royal); Robinson Crusoe (Glasgow S.E.C.C); Aladdin (Glasgow S.E.C.C); 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Closing Ceremonies (London Olympic Stadium)

Television and Film credits include: Polyna - Lonely Angel (Music Video); Surprise, Surprise (ITV); Virgin Holidays (Commercial); Vodafone (Commercial); Guardians of the Galaxy (Feature Film); Pan (Feature Film).

Stephanie Elstob

Swing
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Training: Central School of Ballet (Freed Award).

Theatre credits include: ensemble in Aladdin (Glasgow SECC); Harem Girl in L'italiana In Algeri (Garsington Opera, Will Tuckett); ensemble in Eugene Onegin (Garsington Opera); Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands; ensemble in Amadeus (Chichester Festival Theatre); dancer in La Boheme (Royal Albert Hall); ensemble in Aladdin for Karen Bruce (Qdos Pantomimes- Birmingham Hippodrome); Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs; ensemble in Robinson Crusoe (Qdos); dancer in Wella Trend Vision Awards (Icon Dance); dancer in ROH at Buckingham Palace; dancer in Stravinsky Project (Michael Clark Company).

Workshops include: swing in Pleasures Progress (ROH2); ensemble in In Touch (Perfect Pitch); Jane in Shadowthief (Tom Jackson Greaves and Craig Adams).

Television includes: Marie Taglioni in Victoria (ITV); Humans (Channel 4); The Hour, Mr Selfridge (ITV); and the 2012 Royal Variety Performance.

Films include: Beauty and the Beast; Maleficent; Anna Karenina; Alice, Through the Looking Glass; and Avengers – Age of Ultron.

James Lee Harris

Swing/Dance Captain
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Training: Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts

Theatre credits include: ensemble/swing in The Bodyguard (Musical Dom - Köln Germany); ensemble in Loserville (Union Theatre); Dromio of Syracuse in Comedy of Errors (Avondale Theatre); Tyron Jackson in Fame (Avondale Theatre); Farsi / Ensemble in Dick Whittington (Fleets Harlington).

Other credits include: concert dancer in The Midnight Beast (E4); School for Stars (CBBC); Stepping Out, This Morning (ITV); Aaron in Birth of a Terrorist (short film).

Helen Parsons

Swing/Assistant Dance Captain
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Training: Jenny Reed’s School of Dance in Surrey and London Studio Centre (First Class B.A Honours Degree in Theatre Dance).

Credits include: Thriller Live (Lyric Theatre); Volvo Ocean Race 14/15 World Tour; London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony; Formula 1 Grand Prix; The National Television Awards.

Helen has danced for numerous brands including Adidas, New Balance, Reebok, Sports Stylist and 3 mobile. She has also appeared in music videos, TV commercials and presented for dance DVDs including Just Dance. 

Jaden Oshenye

Fletcher
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Training: Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School. Credits include: Reckoning music video for artist Lady Fitz. Other work includes: Young Voices (2014-2015, O2 Arena) and performances for Children in Need and the Holi Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Mickell Stewart-Grimes

Fletcher
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Training: Stagecoach Harrow

Credits includes: Michael in Mary Poppins (Stagecoach performance, Her Majesty's Theatre); extra in The Legend of Tarzan; mini presenter in Game Changers (Sky Sports One); child assassin in short film Game Over.

Josiah Musiyiwa

Fletcher
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Training: Make Believe London, Steppaz, Streets Ahead and Lion King Cub School.

Josiah has received certificates of excellence from Make Believe London, Steppaz for performances in dance, singing and acting and Streets Ahead for fashion shows and acting. Josiah is a keen musician who plays the Clarinet, he is also a talented footballer who has been chosen for the school team. Josiah has received various certificates from school project and overall excellent work, including the headmaster's achievers award.

Credits include: first professional performance in the BBC play 30 Eggs; Josiah also took part in Make Believe presents The Tour (Watford Palace); Bollywood movie, House Full 3 with Abhishek Bachchan.

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