Dover Castle by Jo Marriott

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Just a bit of an update since the last post. The DVD of In the Name of Ben Hur is now available in the shops too but the cover is a little misleading as it doesn’t have the full name on the cover and also the picture doesn’t really relate to the story of the film? Bit strange but there you go! This is what the cover looks like if your interested in checking it out.

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Done a few days of appearances and filming over the last month or so, with a couple of Stormtrooper gigs inbetween. Catwoman and Elizabeth Swann also made appearances at a couple of events recently which was fun especially when you get to sit in an awesome batmobile! (as catwoman ;))

Filming wise I did a days work on an episode of Forbidden History about Mary Magdalene at Chislehurst Caves, awesome location which has seen the several TV shows film there including Merlin. Have also done several days on Liam Neesons new film The Commuter as well as a commercial which has a massive Disney tie in, can’t say anymore on that but it was an awesome days filming. Have also done a few days stand in work on a big superhero film which was pretty cool, shame it wasn’t more days. Enjoying immensely working on the popular childrens show Horrible Histories and hopefully will have a few more days as the production is brilliant to work on and funny too. Filmed another day on Humber City in Hull, thankfully its nearing the end and hopefully will all be done in a couple more days of shoots and be wrapped by end of November.

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August saw the return of Boswoth Battle which I do love going to, mainly as its  full of memories from years back and seeing old friends again. It would have been fun to say I played the King but Henry Tudor didn’t want the crown so he gave it to me after the battle! :)

The school holidays saw me travelling down the the amazing Dover Castle twice over the month of August, first doing the craft activites helping kids make roman mosaics and the Bank Holiday running Gladiator School which was loads of fun. The weather was great and was a nice change to get out of doing the craft stuff and having fun with the kids.

This weekend (23/24th Sept) I am attending the 10th Starbase 24 Anniversary Charity Banquet in Peterborough as a guest of the event. I am very much looking forward to it and I shall post a report in the next posting. I shall be appearing as Xena but also as myself and talking about filming, should be fun :)

Well thats it for the mo and thanks for dropping by!

Jo :)

 

Braga being fierce!

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Ok ok sorry its been so long but I will make up for it with the things to post!

Ok lets rewind back to May! The online game Clash of Kings had a massive promotion in London which involved 3 armies, lava monsters, barbarians all in the centre of London in the shadow of Tower Bridge. It was quite a spectacle and something you don’t see everyday especially in central London! Armies marching over Tower Bridge with banners flying and cheering warriors going into battle. I played the Queen in charge of the Blue Army who teamed up with the King of the Red Army to defeat the evil King of the Black Army. It was loads of fun and loads of media coverage on the day. Check out this video that was streamed online the day after the event.

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Filming Sean and I did on the daytime soap Doctors was aired early June on BBC1, the episode called Slings and Arrows saw 2 rival darts teams going head to head in the final of a competition. I played one of the darts players in the ladies team, a small featured role which was really fun to do.

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I then popped over to the lovely Isle of Wight to the awesome Carisbrooke Castle to help out with the Roundheads and Cavaliers event. Myself and 2 other performers did pike and musket drill, kids battles, story telling and canon drill which was really well received by all that watched and took part.

A couple of years ago Sean and I attended an event for RAF Brize Norton for their family fun day.  Alongside a couple of our UK Garrison friends who were dressed as Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper, Sean and I went as Xena and Jack Sparrow. We filmed some of the highlights and Sean has eventually got around to editing it together. Here is the link and check it out! :)

July saw me return to the city of Hull to film another installment of the saga Humber City. This particular shoot was really nice to do as we had most of the main cast in the scene. Such a pleasure to work alongside these guys, other than being lovely people,  the dynamics of the characters everyone brought to the scene and everyones professionalism made it a really great scene. I shall be heading back up to do some more filming next month, and hopefully it is now coming to an end and all filming should be all done by September!

cast of Humber City

More filming, this time a documentry called The Private Lives of the Tudors which was aired on the Yesterday Channel. Filmed this a while ago earlier this year I ended up playing Queen Elizabeth I showing her not so good side. The Queen used many things to try and make herself look youthful like lead based makeup and used honey to clean her teeth! I think it goes without saying they may not have been the best things to have used! So I went through a couple of hours in make up having a bald cap put on, blackened teeth and  scaring to show what the Queen actually looked like underneath all her makeup and wigs! Mmmm sexy!

jo Marriott as Queen Elizabeth I

The lovely annual Open Day at the ABC Animal Sanctuary was upon us again. Only one day this year not the usual 2 but it was still a great day, more so as this year we were joined by a couple of old costuming friends we hadn’t seen for a while so it was great to catch up with them and spend a lovely relaxing day helping raise much needed funds for the charity. Weather was lovely and I helped with parading one of the lovely Shetland Ponies called Jack.

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For those of you who do follow this page you may remember me landing a role in a film back in September last year for a film called Chariot. A film about Ben Hur following his life after the chariot race. I played a celtic warrior mercenary that was part of a group of mercancaries hired to capture Ben Hur. The photo at the top of the post is a screengrab from the trailer and here is the link to the trailer, will find out when it is due to be released and let you know. :)

Well during the month of June and July I have been very busy making my new costume Captain Phasma from the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens. I was aiming to get it done for the huge event at the Excel in London – Star Wars Celebration Europe, the biggest Star Wars event that is held all over the world and on this occassion it was the turn of London, the last one here was in 2007. After much blood, sweat and tears I managed to get her done just in time. I was still doing minor alterations up until lunchtime on the first day (Friday) but I got to the point of its now or never and without having a chance to try it on beforehand. Well I can thankfully say she held together with just a few minor repairs along the way! The response from other 501st members and the public was overwhelming she came she saw and she conquered! She went down an absolute storm and as I was the only Captain Phasma there that made it even more special. She will be on patrol again in the near future! :)

Jo as Captain Phasma
Jo as Captain Phasma

Well thats it for now I promse I won’t leave it as long as last time for the next one!

Jo :)

 

 

taken at MCM Memorabilia NEC

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Back again! So where to start, ok back in March I joined Sean on his sponsored walk in aid of Moorfields Eye Hospital as a thank you for all the amazing treatment he has received since his serious eye injury. He raised over £550 pounds which was an awesome achievement and he did it dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow! The weather was beautiful and the walk was a lot of fun. Sean has still a little way to go with his recovery but h is doing great and the surgeons are very happy with his progress.

Jack Sparrow Lookalike Sean George charity walk
Jack Sparrow Lookalike Sean George charity walk

The MCM Memorabilia event at the NEC happened in March in which Sean and I attended as we regulary do as Xena and Jack Sparrow.  Alongside the UKG it was the usual exhausting but fun event and meeting up with good friends. Here Xena is dealing with a dodgy looking character, aka the awesome Heisenburg lookalike Jamie Pagett.

Xena meets Breaking Bad!
Xena meets Breaking Bad!

Easter holidays came about and that saw me heading down to Dover Castle for their Childrens Festival event helping the children with the craft activities making roman mosaics. Here is one of my creations! :)

Mosaic Making at Dover Castle
Mosaic Making at Dover Castle

Beginning of April saw Sean and I heading back to Hull for some more filming on the drama Humber City, I have another few days coming up in June so will keep you posted.

St Georges Day saw a few events kick off, first was at Wentworth Golf Club for a large charity event for British Airways. For this myself and Mark Griffin were dressed as Medieval Knights in full armour greeting people as they entered the building.

None Shall Pass!
None Shall Pass!

Then Mark and I went onto Woburn Centre Parcs and we were helping celebrate St Georges Day walking around as St George and his Lady. I helped Mark, arming him up in the displays and talks we did to the public.

This month saw a couple of Stormtrooper events, one at a store opening in the Midlands and one at a Star Wars themed Wedding in Dorset. Both events went down realy well and the Wedding was a lovely relaxed event in beautiful surroundings. Here little baby Benji wearing his stormtrooper baby grow and chilling with the stormtroopers! :)

Start them when they're young!
Start them when they’re young!

Early May Bank Holiday there was an event, ‘Roman Rampage’ at the English Heritage site Old Sarum in Wiltshire. I was there making an appearance as Queen Boudica and riding around on a chariot! It was a great event even though the weather wasn’t the best it was still a realy enjoyable event to do. I performed in the main arena talking about the story of Boudica and we used the chariot in the display as well. Even though the chariot I was on wasn’t an Iron age one it still looked amazing with the 2 beautiful black horses Flo and Nimbus. It really gave the audience a feel to what it must have been like to come face to face with on the battlefield. Photo to follow! :)

I just had 2 days on a new big action adventure movie as a supporting artist. Was a really fun couple of days, the film isn’t due out until this time next year but I think you will get a glimpse of me next to the star! :) Can’t say much else about it but will mention it again nearer the time as a reminder.

Well thats it for now, keeping busy with 2 new costumes for myself which I have a deadline for. Got a fun event next week which I will report on next time.  Thank you for your interest :)

Jo

Jo and Sean on corporate inhouse film

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As always this time of year things go a little quiet work wise, though I have been making a few things and have a few things in the pipeline.

First off since the last posting Sean and I have done 3 stormtrooper jobs, one which was filming for an internal film for a tobacco company so unfortunately it won’t be seen publicly. Only thing to show is the photo above of Sean and I just after filming. It was funny filming in a newsagent in London with unsuspecting customers walking in!

TheTales of Albion film project is almost complete, I was asked back to record some voice over work and a bit of dubbing. Was great to see some of the edited footage on screen as its a couple of years ago when they were filmed. Fingers crossed it will be finished and available in a couple of months. Will update with further details.

February half term saw Sean and I return to Jersey to the Maritime Museum for their Pirate Week! A group of us from Griffin Historical where there for the week entertaining the families with sword fights, story telling and games and displays of gun powder. Was a lot of fun and one of the highlights for me was to visit the Jersey Celtic Coin Hoarde to see how the conservation was going. The hoarde of coins, gold Torcs and jewellery is so big it is taking several years for them to seperate and record every item! Each time I have seen it is slowly being getting smaller and smaller but there is still a long way to go.

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Filming, I did a day on a new Hollywood film with the special effects dept. They have not started filming yet but they were testing out the sand storm effects machine, there was about a dozen of us running around being blown about with big wind machines and different types of fake sand. It was purely for the effects dept to see what worked best so they footage will not be seen anywhere but it was fun to do. Not something you get to do every day! :)

Still plugging away at the auditions, fingers crossed a cracking role will come my way! Memorabilia in a few weeks in Birmingham so will have a report about that too so please keep checking up on the page.

Jo :)

Yucca Valley holiday jo

Posting from Jo and A Happy New Year!

Big apologies for the lack of posts, just been so busy and limited access to the internet plays a big part in the slow posting of new reports. I will endevour to make sure I post up more regulary.

Ok so lots to catch up on. Since I last posted the Chariot film was the latest thing, hopefully will know soon when that will be complete and available to watch. Other filming projects include doing some sound recording for a new computer game called Total War. They needed the sound of horses hooves at different speeds and on different surfaces. We went along to help out a friend of ours to ride a couple of their horses, it ended up being really fun and a nice day out.

Jo sound recording horses hooves

Then we flew off to California for a busmans holiday, part was a break but we were also attending a friends wedding and Sean was taking part in the Tournament of the Phoenix. The first part of the holiday started off at our friends ranch in Yucca Valley where we were horse riding in the desert. Always great to stay with our dear friends and enjoy their hospitality. See photo at the top of the posting.

We then moved on to LA to attend a friends wedding which was lovely and we had a few days in LA to ourselves. Then we went onto San Diego to the Tournament of the Phoenix. It was lovely to go back to see old friends and make new ones which we will cherish. Sean did brilliantly at the tournament which also refects on his awesome team he had helping him, thanks to Kathy his groom and Dave his Valet.

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No sooner had we got back home it was Halloween, Sean and I had several days work at Dover Castle helping children make Halloween masks which was fun but a little chilly. On the evening of the 31st we had an appearance at the Octopvs Bar in Crawley for their Walking Dead evening. Looking beautiful as ever! :)

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Then another filming session for the TV pilot Humber City, this one involved a fight scene with my co star the lovely John Carrigan. Amazing martial artist who choreographed the fight scene and help me train up for it too. Looking at the raw footage it looks like its going to be really good. More filming planned in a couple of months, wil keep you posted.

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Then another filming project came along, a documentary about the secret lives of the Tudors, filmed at the lovely Hever Castle. I played a Tudor lady in waiting for one episode and then I was suddenly asked to play Queen Elizabeth for a seen which required lots of make up and a bald cap to recreate Elizabeth when she was not looking so good when she had no make up on and no wig. I looked pretty rough I have to say, the makeup girls did a great job. Will keep you posted when it airs on Yesterday Channel. Here is a photo of me looking a lot nicer when I was the lady in waiting. :)

Jo filming Hever Castle

Then the usual journey to the NEC in Birmingham for the Memorabila show. This time was spent with the lovely Paris Jefferson from the TV show Xena.  She was so sweet and was fun to hang around.

Jo and Paris

Finally December saw me off to the Isle of Wight for the Victorian Christmas Weekend at Osborne House, such a lovely event spent with lovely folks.

After that was the big build up of a certain film called The Force Awakens. This brought several appearances as Stormtroopers through December which was great and also gave me the opportunity to showcase my new Force Awakens Stormtrooper costume. Looks great but takes a bit getting used to, look forward to jo FA TrooperI’m on the right

wearing it again and also leads me into making a Captain Phasma Costume which I will post updates on here.

Well thats it for now, thanks so much for your valued support and interest. Happy New Year and hears to an adventure filled 2016!

Jo :)

 

Jo Marriott as Braga from the film Chariot

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Again apologies to the lateness of my posting, the summer months have been busy to say the least, but hear is the update of whats been happening.

Starting from the last post, I recorded an audition video for a role playing the owner of an illegal drinking establishment in the Prohibition Era. From that I got a call back and did a live reading with the director and by the end of the session it came across that I got the role. Sure enough I got the email saying the role was mine which was awesome! Filming was set in a weeks time.

Before that filming, I was heading upto Hull to do the first main block of filming on the TV Drama Humber City. I was there for 4 days for exterior and office scenes which went well on the whole. There is more filming planned for early November, to keep upto date with whats happening with the project, check out their Facebook page here  https://www.facebook.com/Humber.City?fref=ts

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As always during the Summer months I am busy going all over the place doing events at English Heritage sites, this season I have been to Kenilworth Castle, Framlingham Castle and a couple of times at Eltham Palace. One of my favourite gigs was the Bug Safari, taking families around the lovely grounds and looking for insects in different enviroments. A lovely fun relaxed event and playing dress up as Victorian Explorers! :)

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Then it was time to film the Prohibition video, the set was dressed my hair and make-up was done (which was amazing) and it took a few hours to have it all done. The video will be an introduction to a corporate training game in which high end executives will take part. There is a gaming box on the table in front of each team,  after they have watched my video which welcomes them to my establishment I also explain what the day entails. It should look great when its done, as of yet I still haven’t seen it but I am hoping to get a copy of it soon. In the meantime check out my awesome make-up!

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I have had a couple of commissions for heradlic flags this season, which I am proud to say were at 2 top end Tudor Jousts at Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London. The Hampton Court ones were 8 silk flags, 4 English crosses and 4 Spanish ones. The Tower of London Jousts I was commissioned to paint 2 Anne Boleyn flags which looked amazing. I hope to do more as I really enjoy making these.

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The only ride I got with the jousting team this season was at Bosworth Battle re-enactment, bit disappointing I only got to ride the once but here is a nice image from the weekend.11873385_850312678409699_2861118014797708448_nTaken by ARW Photography

Earlier this year I did some filming on a new Channel 4 series called Time Crashers. A new show which saw 10 celebrites being sent back in time to different periods doing every days jobs. I was involved with the second one which was set in the Medieval period around a Joust. I played the Lady of the Joust which was great fun but it doesn’t show on the screen how cold it was that day, it was freezing! I got some good screentime, if you missed it you can watch it and the other episodes here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkyc5deYero

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Finally I auditioned for a feature film called Chariot set around the character Ben Hur. I was blessed to win the role of a character called Braga, a Celtic Tribal Warrior. She is part of a mercenary gang hired by the Romans to capture Ben Hur. Filming was up in Snowdonia, North Wales. The scenery as you can imagine was beautiful! I really enjoyed my time filming on this and hopefully it will be finished for January. I will keep you posted on this as this film will have worldwide distribution so you should have a great chance to see it somewhere! The image at the top of this post was taken on my last day on set.

Well thats it for now but lots more stuff coming up in the next couple of months so keep popping back for updates :)

 

Jo

 

jo as Elizabeth Swann

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Oops missed out last months report! Ok carrying on from the last one, Sean and I travelled to Bristol to attend a wedding as Stormtroopers at the Bristol space centre (@Bristol).  The couple were fans of Star Wars but unknown to them the brides father had arranged for 2 Stromtroopers and Darth Vader to make a surprise appearance. A nice event at a great venue and a lovely couple.

Next gig saw us heading up the the Space Centre in Leicester for a corporate as Stormtroopers again which went well. We then headed down to Gloucester for the Tall Ships Festival to appear as Elizabeth Swann, Jack Sparrow and Barbossa for the May Bank Holiday weekend. The first day we sailed in on one of the Tall Ships which was brillaint with all the crowds lining the river banks. Then we were swordfighting for the rest of the weekend which was well received and was loads of fun. Great time was also had hanging around with the lovely Victorian characters :)

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Then straight on from Gloucester, down to Southampton for the Ferry to the Isle of White to Osborne House as Victorian Carneys for 3 days. Good weather and crowds with a beautiful setting. If your 11297921_1030873556930390_157532607_n

wondering what the paper character is its called a flat Stella, my friend from Canada asked if I could show pictures of me with her at different places I visit. Its part of her sons school project to learn about new places in different countries.

Then we attended a charity event in Redhill for Autisum Allstars to help raise money and awareness. Many costumed characters were there to help attract the public to the stand. Sean and I decided to dust off our Judges costumes and wear them for a change. Happy to report the charity raise over £1200 on the day!

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Then the annual Open Weekend for the ABC Animal Sanctuary was upon us and as usual Sean and I were there as Jack Sparrow and Xena. Was lovely to see some friends who came along to supprt the event. Always a pleasure to support this lovely charity.

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Been working on Tim Burtons latest film for a few days which was great, always good to get a run of days on a film, as ever can’t really say much on public sites but will post more when able.

I was recently over in Poland with Sean at the Tournament of King John III. Sean with team mate Steve won the Team joust last year and was invited back this years as guests and marshals for this years tournament. So glad I went as it was a great trip and the hospitality was second to none. The polish guys could not have been more lovely with looking after us and entertaining us. Got drunk on Polish moonshine! we went on a brilliant ride in the countryside and went on a flat out gallop several times, visited an awesome castle and I ordered my new jousting helmet with an armourer! Awesome times, oh yeah and I got to fire a cannon! lol.11665542_10206158228491400_2013163137302569035_n

Very much looking forward to going back next year!

Just did an awesome action show for a private birthday party with a Mission Impossible theme. First time with a new team and it went down brilliantly with the client, so hopefully more gigs like that to come in he future!

Well thats it for the mo, thanks for popping by and I will report again soon :)

Jo

 

 

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Well lots to report since my last posting.

Over the Easter weekend I was working at Dover Castle, very imposing and dramatic especially with the changing weather.  A little chilly but the crowds came out in force and the Childrens Festival went very well with multi period performers entertaining the crowds. I was doing the Roman mosaic activity which was fun but as ever busy, chucked in a story telling session too which was fun.

On a sadder note my lovely Xena horse lookalike Lori had to be put to sleep due to complications recently. She will be sorely missed by myself and her owner Marianne. A lovely sweet natured horse and the best Argo lookalike. Will miss doing  photo shoots with her :(

Xena and Argo

On a happier note the Anne Bonny film had its premiere at the Prince Charles Theatre in Leicester Square. Really happy how this short film turned out, check it out here and use the password ‘snugbar‘ to view it. https://vimeo.com/123885163

A meeting will be arranged very soon to start discussing the feature length version of the film. Will keep you posted how it goes.

Popped along to the new Birmingham Comic Festival  at Edgbaston Cricket ground. It was a great event seeing it was the first one and look forward to next years event. Sean and I went as Dark Phoenix and Wolverine which was a nice change from Xena and Jack.

Jo as Dark Phoenix Taken by Dan W

May Bank Holiday saw me at Tatton Park as part of the Tudors on Tour event. I was on the leathercraft stall showing folks how to stamp leather which was a have a go activity. Was very pleased when the three days were up as the constant hammering noise level was pretty intense when everyone was working at the same time!

Inbetween all these activities I have been busy working on costume commissions and hair barrettes. Here is the Game of Thrones costume I did, which I am quite pleased how it turned out! :) Jo's GOT costume

Right events coming up! Will be heading off to Bristol this coming weekend as a Stormtrooper for a wedding and then the next weekend (Bank Hols) will see me at Gloucester Tall Ship Festival with Sean and Jeff. We will be performing 2 sword fight shows a day plus other performances. Come along and enjoy the weekend its packed full of great entertainment!

Then straight after off to Osborne House on the Isle of White being Victorian characters for the big event there! Busy busy :)

May see you at an event?

Jo :)

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Oops, I missed out last months update, apologies for that I have been locked away working on costume/prop commissions with deadlines inbetween everything else thats going on!

Well whats been going on since January, lots! First off Sean and I went to the Sky Atlantic Game of Thrones Exhibition which was great fun and also useful for costume detail as one of my commissions is a GOT costume. Of course the trip would not have been complete without a photo on the Iron Throne! :)

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Next was flying off to Jersey for the school half term to perform at the Maritime Museum for their Pirate Week. Great fun working with Sean and the other pirates for the week sword fighting, story telling and other activities. Was lucky to visit the massive Jersey Celtic Coin hoard again to see how the progress was going on seperating the thousands of coins and gold torcs, truly amazing!

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No sooner getting back from Jersey I was off to Devon to play the main character in the short film about Anne Bonny. Four days down filming in the lovely village of Clovelly with a great cast and crew. We were blessed with the weather and I really enjoyed my time working on this project. It will be premiered in April and off to do the rounds in some film festivals. The film makers will then look into making a full feature length film in which the short will be used as a promotional tool to gain funding and interest. I will post more on this as and when news comes in.

jo as Anne Bonny

Working on two big costume commissions filled up several weeks and I will post photos of them when I have completed the third. As always other smaller jobs come in to hinder the other projects but hopefully now will get some more work done on my Maleficent costume!

Sean and I were also lucky to have just worked on a new Channel 4 show called Time Crashers, at this stage I can’t say much more but I know its due to air around June. Will keep you posted.

We had a great time at the recent Memorabilia at the NEC in Birmingham as Xena and Jack, only managing the Sunday this time due to commitments.

Then we popped over to Leicester to visit King Richard III, we queued to see the coffin and then went to the new visitor centre which was great. It was an experience worth queuing for and something that will never happen again so glad we could be a part of it and say ‘we were there’.

Jo King Richard

And finally have just made another appearance in Colchester as Queen Boudica where I was the guest of honour to open the Roman Circus (where they held the roman chariot races). The site has been updated and made visitor friendly with brilliant reconstructions, displays, new media to show how it looked and historical finds on show. Worth a visit if your ever in Colchester as well as the castle museum where you will see yours truly staring in the museum video as Queen Boudica! A highlight of the day was making my entrance on the chariot that was used in the TV film about Boudica staring Alex Kingston. Pulled very ably by my Iceni horses from the Colchester Archaeological group!

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Well thats it for now, keep an eye out for the new Avengers film this April, fingers crossed my scenes will be in the final cut! fingers crossed! :)

Thank you and I promise it won’t be so long for the next posting!

Jo :)