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Jo with Simon Pegg

Posting from Jo

So sorry in the delay in posting a new report, things picked up pretty quickly and l got swept up in it all.

Ok so lets start where I left off last post. The HSBC photo shoot seemed to have gone well as apparently one of my images was a featured one but can I for the life of me find it on the web! I will keep looking but its a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack!

Again another trip up to Hull for more filming on Humber City, this time working with the lovely Sophie Aldred who played the doctors assistant Ace from Dr Who. She was very sweet and a pleasure to work with. Also got to help out with the lovely Vic Mignogna (Star Trek Continues )scenes and looked after him for a couple of days before he headed to Memorabilia where we was a guest signer. Very sweet and was fun taking him to Cadbury World and he re-enactors market.

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Still a couple more scenes to film and then done!

Easter saw me performing at Dover Castle for the combined St Georges and Easter weekend. Lots of fun with storytelling and children activities. Then following weekend on the actual St Georges day I was at Woburn Centre Parcs alongside St George for a lovely relaxed walkabout appearance reminding people what day it was!

A great appearance as a Stormtrooper at the London Guildhall to help welcome over 700 guests to a large evening event. To top it all the guest of honour was the Lord Major of London!

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I then had a surprise weekend in Paris with Sean whilst he is working over there on a film, I was lucky to get permission to join him on set for a day and hang out with him. Watching the car stunts was awesome and exciting and getting the opportunity to meet the director Chris McQuarrie and also Simon Pegg at an evening event. The next day was Seans day off so we did some sight seeing and hung out with new friends which was great fun. Exciting weekend of adventures!

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Straight after Paris I got the opportunity to get Annabelle my Alien out of Quarantine for an Alien Covenant themed evening which was great fun to do. Great to use the costume again and see her in action! :)

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Filming wise for me has been a little quiet but I did do a commercial for Virgin Media, not sure when its out but will post more news as soon as I find anything out. Also just done another historical documentary with the same company I did the Elizabeth I job, I was playing a lady for 2 different scenes for the series The Private Lives of the Monarchs. More details to follow. Mid June sees the return of the TV show Forbidden Histories on the Yesterday channel, you will see me in the episode about Mary Magdalene as one of her followers.

Had some great leather commissions for more Labyrinth characters which has kept me busy inbetween other jobs, really enjoyed making these new items, with more to come! Let me know if anyone wants one making!

Jo's Labyrinth Characters

The same company that made the Ben Hur film I did are doing a new family adventure film which I am auditioning for in a couple of weeks, fingers crossed I get the role as she sounds great fun! More info as and when it comes in.

Sean and I will be setting sail for the Gloucester Tall Ships Festival this coming May Bank Holiday, if you can make it I can highly recommend it, lots of fun for the whole family and we will be there swordfighting alongside other characters!

Ok thats it for now, thanks for bearing with my slow posts I will try to post up sooner than later for the next one.

Jo :) x

Dover Castle by Jo Marriott

Posting from Jo

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!

Posting from Jo

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!

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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

Posting from Jo

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 Marriott as Braga from the film Chariot

Posting from Jo

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

 

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Memorabilia At The NEC

Well thanks for hanging in there, few changes are planned the site is going to be moved to another host so fingers crossed the changes over will go smoothly, will keep you informed.

Memorabilia at the NEC went well met the lovely Paris Jefferson from Xena, it was lovely to see her again. Mem is great for catching up with friends and the fact its in my home town makes it better as I get to stay home and see my mum! :)

Well the jousting season is about to kick off next weekend for the team at Hedingham Castle check out the link if you are interested and can come along, I will be riding on the Monday Hedingham Castle Joust link

All the winter training is done and horses and riders are ready to go, here is a great photo by Richard Pearn of me at the last training session riding Ripley.

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Sean and I attended the NuView Film Festival which is organised by our friend Marq who filmed the behind the scenes footage on Spirit of Albion film and our Shadower filming. It was a great day with a third of the films having us in them! :) A really nice afternoon at Wimbledon Theatre Studio watching some great short films.

As mentioned before I was working at the beautiful Osborne House on the Isle of White for 8 days helping children decorate Easter Eggs and cards. Here is my Victoria and Albert eggs I did :)

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Well the first May Bank Holiday weekend is fully booked up! Friday the 2nd see’s Sean and I heading down to Colchester Castle for the opening from its long refurbishment. I will be seeing the filming I did for them as Queen Boudica playing in situ which will be very exciting! I will also be appearing there on the 7th June as Boudica for an event so all good! Here is a screengrab from the video of me.

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Sat 3rd will be a stormtrooper at a shopping mall, and on the Sunday something very exciting. I will be a guest at the 30th Anniversay Robin of Sherwood Convention with Sean and Gary the Director and Juliette one of the producers talking about Tales of Albion film. You will have seen my earlier posts about it. Very excited to be seeing the stars of the show and will definitely post photos of the day. Then the Monday will be over to Hedingham Castle for the Joust!

Phew! well thats it for the mo but there will be lots of piccies from the weekend so stay tuned!

Jo

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Working At Osborne House

Just a quick update to say I am on the Isle of White for the Easter break working at Osborne House. I will do a proper update when I get back as I have reports on Memorabilia and the NuView Film Festival which I attended with Sean. I have also added a couple of new Xena items on my Etsy shop, please check it out, hope you like and I will add my new posting next week :)

Etsy Xenajo Creations

Jo

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Snowboarding In France

Ooh quick before I disappear again! I can’t apologise enough about the constant breakdowns on the site, it is out of my control and I can’t stop them. All I can say is hang in there the blog will not stop, it just keeps having hiccups! So thanks for keep popping back trust me its not going anywhere. In the meantime those on Facebook can keep track of whats going on.

Well Christmas has been and gone and we are already ploughing into the new year at a pace. So first thing that came up was some work on a new movie called The Secret Service starring Samuel L Jackson and Colin Firth. I have had several days work on this at Leavsden Studios and the film has now wrapped.

Some of the most upsetting news came early in January, the sudden passing of a dear friend, the actress Alexandra Bastedo. She was the founder of the animal sanctuary that I have been supporting with Sean, you will have read earlier posts of the events on my page of the open weekends. Now that Alex is gone the future of the sanctuary is uncertain. Alex’s last wish was for the sanctuary to continue and everyone involved is committed to make it so. The charity runs on donations and nothing else and all the volunteers are unpaid. Please help and either follow and support their FB page or website and any donation will help no matter how small. Here is the link to the FB page ABC Animal Sanctuary and their website ABC Website I shall be supporting the open weekend in June again as they will need the support more than ever.

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On a slightly happier note I went on my first snowboarding holiday to France which was awesome. It came about unexpectedly, I wasn’t down to go but due to unforeseen circumstances a place became available. The location was stunning and I’m proud to say on the last day I snowboarded down 2500 feet which was an amazing achievement. Very chuffed and was an amazing experience shared with Sean, we even stopped and had iced tea and a twix on the way down! :) Here is a photo taken from our balcony of the part of the mountain we came down.

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The Tales of Albion is still ticking over even though I did my filming on it nearly a year ago they have just started the last block of filming. As there are so many extra things they need to keep the production values, they have started a kick starter fund as they need some extra pennies to get it finished. Please check it out and consider offering a small amount. This will also help speed up the release date which is due around Oct/Nov time. Here is the link to the page with more info of the film and what they need the funds for Tales of Albion Kick starter
In the meantime they have started releasing the posters for each of the Tales as a teaser, check out the one for the tale I’m in.

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Well thats it for now, a few small filming projects are in the pipeline and will let you know more about them when they happen. In the meantime check out the movie The Monuments Men due out on the 14th Feb, hopefully you will see yours truly in it at the bar in the pub! :)

Thanks

Jo