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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! :)

Annabelle Alien

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

Jo Zombie doctor

Post from Jo

Hey,

As ever the first couple of months are generally fairly quiet, particulary on the filming front with only a days filming on a advert.  Fingers crossed the constant roles I am putting myself forward will bring something good soon.

In the meantime a much welcomed role came in playing a zombie on a trade stand for a gaming company helping to promote the new Walking Dead slot machine. It was hard work constantly being in character for many hours but it was also fun scaring the public. :)

Thankfully my costume and leather commissions have helped see me through the quiet time with 2 Iron Age Childrens costumes for Jersey Heritage, look forward to see the children having fun in them.

Girls Iron Age Dress
Girls Iron Age Dress

I also received a commission for a costume piece from a character from the popular TV Show Wynona Earp. Officer Haught wears a police gun rig which my client requested which consisited of a leather notepad pouch, handcuff pouch, radio holder and gun holster.  After a fair bit of research and working out,  the holster in particular had a strange configuration in the way the strap wrapped around the back of the gun and came over and fastened at the front. I purchased the correct belt to finish it off and I after dying and waxing the pieces was very happy with the finished look.

Officer Haught Gun Rig
Officer Haught Gun Rig

I have some more potential commissions coming up so look forward to see what will be next!

Going back upto Hull for another couple of days filming on Humber City and then it should be the last one after that. Actually looking forward to the next one as I shall be filming with Sophie Aldred which will be fun. Will keep you posted on that, in the meantime check out the productions FB page for all the upto date news. https://www.facebook.com/Humber.City/?fref=ts

Just a reminder that the Tales of Albion DVD is on sale and can be purchased here: http://www.talesofalbion.com/ and a very cool book is due for release soon as well which is a very well done behind the scenes book. Full of never seen before photos, storyboard images, costume designs and what went into making each episode. It really is a quality book so keep checking the webiste of FB page for further details :) https://www.facebook.com/TalesofAlbion/?fref=ts

I am pleased to say Colchester Roman Circus Visitor Centre, the only site of Britain’s only known Roman chariot racing track have invited me back as Queen Boudica for an event day in June alongside the Ermine Street Guard Roman group. Very much looking forward to go back as they made me so welcome last time when I was the guest of honour at their official opening back in 2015.

Well thats if for now and thanks again for stopping by and will post again very soon. x

Jo

 

 

 

Jo on set of Tales of Albion Film

Posting from Jo

Ok back tracking to September I attended the starbase 24 annual banquet as a guest with Sean along side my lovely friend John Carrigan and his wife Annie. The lovely Virginia Hey and J G Hertzler were also guest at an awesome event and all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care. This was a lovely well planned event and I had the opportunity to appear as a special guest to talk about my filming experiences as well as dressing as Xena for the photo ops with proceeds going toward the charity pot. I managed to sell a couple of my leather hair barrettes as well which was great. It was a lovely event which I look forward to support again next year.

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I have also had the pleasure of working a few days on the popular childrens TV Show Horrible Histories. Such a laugh and a lot of fun to work on this series, I have been dressed in lots of different costumes and covering an array of time periods. Lovely crew and production, will find out when its due to air.

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Then the best part of this year, going on holiday to Los Angeles with Sean, staying with friends and experiencing new adventures and making new friends. Love visiting LA, it always presents new and exciting times, even more special when other friends are over at the same time. John Carrigan and Annie where there too and we spent sometime together having such a great time. We went to Universal Studios which is always a must when in LA, weather was great and company even better. We were also introduced to Anthony De Longis and his lovely wife Mary thanks to John and also to Ben Alpi and his lovely wife Jyotika, all lovely people and a pleasure to know. What was very exciting was getting a bullwhip lesson off the master himself Anthony, he trained Michelle Pfeiffer for her role as Catwoman and Harrison Ford as Indy! Flippin amazing!!! What an experience and I will follow it up with more lessons when over next in LA.

Sean Jo Anthony and Mary
Sean Jo Anthony and Mary

We also visited my friends in Yucca Valley to spend time with them and visit Pioneer Town for good drinks and food. First day there we ended up on a 4 hour trail ride in the desert! Lots of fun times!

Whilst in LA I did a bit of filming for a little shoot which saw a fight ensue with Xena and Red Sonia! The actress who plays her contacted me before I flew over about the idea of the 2 amazons crossing swords. I took my Xena costume over with me and ended up shooting for a day in a glade. Not sure as and when it will be completed but of course will post on here any news or links.

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jo marriott as Xena and Tatiana Dekhtyar as Red Sonja

After all the excitement of Los Angeles and back in the UK Sean and I were heading down to Dover Castle for the Halloween holidays helping children make masks and spooky spiders! Great working with Griffin Historical again and thankfully the weather was kind and we had some beautiful sunsets most evenings.

And finally some great news about the Tales of Albion film I did a while back. The film is now available for pre-order and will be available from the 12th December. Please follow this link for further details http://www.talesofalbion.com/ where you can order your copy. The premiere is being held on the 11th December which I will be at and will post some photo too. Very excited to see it completed and see all the hard work that has gone into this project. Please support the film by purchasing a copy! :) The photo at the top of this post is a shot from one of the days I was filming.

Well thats it for the mo, I’m sure there will be plenty to post over the next couple of months so keep checking back.

All the best

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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Posting from Jo

Well another full month running all over the place but now the holidays are over things will calm down a little but hopefully not too much.

Since the last posting I joined Sean down in Cornwall for his joust at Pendennis Castle which was great thanks to good weather and good company. Spent an extra couple of days staying down with friends which was nice and a great little break.

Straight back and onto Bosworth Battle weekend with Destrier which was a good as I love catching up with old friends as well as taking part. I think Bosworth will always hold a special place in my heart as its such a great place and have been there so many times over the years. Really enjoy the battle as I get to take part in the charge with King Richard which is always an exhilerating ride!

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A great photo taken by Christine Pearn

The straight onto Battle Abbey for a week of kids activities for English Heritage which was tiring but fun. Some good crowds for the stort telling which was really fun to do, full of laughs and jokes.

A day off thankfully and a chance to help Sean get ready to fly off to Canada for a joust and then myself off to the beautiful Leeds Castle in Kent. Five days of jousting, skill at Arms and Melee for Destrier, unfortunatley no riding for me this time just working as ground crew. Hard work but enjoyable all the same.

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Destrier at Leeds Castle

News on the TV project Humber City will see some short promo’s going online on the Facebook page soon with one of them being for my episode. Keep checking their page for updates.

Well my next adventure see’s me off to Jersey in a couple of weeks for a pirate show which should be fun will let you know how it goes.

Thanks for checking up on me :)

Jo

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Robin Of Sherwood 30th Anniversary Convention

Hey still hanging in here, thanks for waiting. The site still hasn’t changed over yet so keep checking in. :D

Wow ok where to start since I posted last… oh yeah The Robin of Sherwood 30th Anniversary Convention, just awesome sums it up. Sean and I went just on the Sunday as we were working the day before, we went under the banner of the Tales of Albion film. Tales were very kindly given a table to advertise and promote our project by the lovely organiser Barnaby, so we were with the Director Gary Andrews and one of the Producers Julianne Gascoyne. Got the chance to meet up with some of the actors from the show and in particular Jason Connery who I worked with on a TV film Merlin. It was so lovely that he remembered me as it was back in the 90′s when we filmed it. Great to chat and catch up with him and had this awesome photo of the 2 Robins from the show, first time together I believe!

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Tales seemed to have gone down well with the convention fans and hopefully gained some more supporters. Check out the film page for a few more photos of the event and to keep upto date with it’s progress. Some great news in connection with this is that the actor Nickolas Grace (aka The Sheriff of Nottingham) will be the narrator for the Tales project, exciting stuff! Tales/Spirit of Albion Facebook Page

The next day saw Sean and I heading off to a castle I had not been to for a few years and that is Hedingham Castle. Went there years ago with my old medieval group having a few skirmishes, so it was great to go back but this time the the jousting group Destrier. First show of the year and it was a good one! The castle had to close its gates midday as they were sold out so record crowds were recorded so that was good for both the castle and the group!

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Photo by Nick Moore

Had a great gig at the London Guildhall playing Queen Guenivere for a large corporate event for GM Motors. Had to address an audience of 900 guests from all over the world and welcome them to the evenings precedings! Great buzz and lots of photos!

Then was off to Battle Abbey for 9 days teaching kids squire school which was fun but tiring. They all seemed to enjoy it and had lots of happy families and good feedback!

Had a couple of nice filming jobs, first being a police officer on the TV show New Tricks, got to drive the police car too which was loads of fun, I believe that should air around October time, will keep you posted. The other was a couple of days on Downton Abbey set at the races. Thankfully the weather was great as we were in the middle of nowhere at a point to point track. Not sure when it air’s but again I will keep you posted.

Then Sean and I were invited to the Watford Comic Con where the TV project Humber City had a stand. We were there helping to raise awareness of the project and a bit of networking. Whilst there we met up with the lovely Virginia Hey who remembered us from the last time we met, lovely lady!

As you can see the last month has been pretty busy! I then headed off to Colchester Castle for my day as Boudica which I was looking forward to. First job was to help out with the Battle of the Ages chariot race which was lots of fun and saw chariots form the Roman and Iceni team, Norman and Saxons and Roundheads and Cavilers. Of course it goes without saying the Iceni team won! :) An all girl team equals winning team! Then later on I went inside the castle to chat with the public and did some story telling which seemed to go down well with everyone. I do hope I get asked to go back again as its a great place and it has my film playing there too!

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And finally to RAF Brize Norton for the 99th Squadron’s family day. Four of us in costume went along to entertain the families and we got to go up in a C17 that had just flown over Buckingham Palace that morning for the Queens Birthday Flyby! Great day and great memories.

Well thats it for now, I hope this big post makes up for the wait :)

Jo

Shot taken during audition filming (c)

Audition For Game Of Thrones

Still here just about!

Well since posting last have done a couple of things. Done a days filming on a new ITV police drama called Chasing Shadows which hopefully will get a few more days on. A day on the set of the US hit TV series 24 playing an MP which was fun.
The aviation documentary I filmed last year aired on BBC2 last week, such a shame my scenes were cut so short or not ending in the final cut but at least you do see me in a couple of shots.

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Also weekend just gone I did some filming for an audition piece for the TV show Game of Thrones. Sean and I traveled up to the stables where the jousting horse are kept and we filmed a specially written scene. It all went really well and just waiting for it to get edited together so it can go off the the people concerned. Fingers crossed! We invited our friend Lusete to come along and take some photos and she caught some great shots. Here is one she took and added a castle into the background.

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Photo by Luste

Well just waiting to hear about other projects, will keep you posted as and when it comes in.

Jo