As an actress I always feel lucky to be busy, you can't take anything for granted and you have to search for work every single day. Juggling motherhood and family life with that is always tricky but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
So where to start, I completed my commercial filming for a new packaging company last month. It was a fun shoot - I had to cook a spag bol for everyone (art mirroring life!) which the client was going to have for his dinner, I made sure it was extra tasty..... I hope! 😅 Some pics below from the shoot.
From commercials to photoshoots. I did a great photoshoot with Ralph Hope from Black Rabbit Photography recently. We wanted natural outdoor shots so used the beautiful Westgate Gardens as a backdrop. A taster of some shots from the shoot below plus a screen shot from an interview I did with them about the life of an actress. It will be out soon.
As I mentioned earlier, family life and being a Mummy is a huge part of my day to day, as it's been the Summer holidays we went on a really lovely holiday to Newcastle. We managed to pack a lot in including meeting up with old friends and spending time with my husband's family. The beaches in the North East really are beautiful.
No rest for the wicked, I came straight off hols to a photoshoot for German manufacturer Winkhaus! It was a fun day at a beautiful big house, some pics below from the day.
To finish off I did a commercial shoot a few days ago for a really great coffee brand. Don't get me wrong, I like coffee but I don’t drink it often. I think I had my yearly intake filming this one though... 😂😂 some pics below.
That’s it from me. I have some exciting shoots coming up and I’ll be sure to blog about them soon.
Lots of love,
It’s been a jam packed few weeks since I last blogged, I can barely remember what I did yesterday so writing this could be fun! I love the variety of things I get to do as an actress and you’ll see how varied the last few weeks have been when you read below. 🤪
When I went to drama school at East 15 I was trained into an RP accent (Received Pronunciation) which has been a great tool for me as an actor, however I was certainly put to the test this month when I had three days to not only learn a script but master the Geordie accent! Fortunately my brother-in-law is a Geordie so I had some vocal pointers from him, that and endless hours with my hubby at home fine tuning some dubious accent deviations - we sounded like a mix of Scottish and Jamaican at one point! Glad to say I got pretty good at it by the time the audition came around so fingers crossed.
One of the most enjoyable forms of work for me as an actor is voiceover work. You get to be in a nice comfy studio and can sup a cup of tea between takes! I was lucky enough to do a lovely one a couple of weeks ago reading as Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot, the wife of poet TS Eliot. I loved every minute of it and it was especially exciting learning more about this lady. I can’t wait to share the final piece with you when it’s released.
From voiceovers to film projects. I am delighted to be working with Misty Moon on their latest project (Ready for my Close Up). I have worked with them before and it’s run by the wonderful Stuart and Jen Morriss and we put a little crowdfunding video together for the project. If you are passionate about film/ indie filmmakers/ watching film then take a look at this link - you can contribute here and there are many perks!! One of them includes a Skype call with me! If I get no takers I’ll just get my Dad to do that one!! 😂😂😂 I star alongside Lynn Lowry and Gary Shail and it’s directed by the super Jason Read!
From films to project development - I travelled up to Shropshire recently to make a documentary for a new programme called “Cuttle”. It’s a brilliantly written piece that's still being worked on but it is looking very good indeed. Cuttle is somewhere between a mystical and magical adventure (in the realm of the Da Vinci Code) and quintessentially British dramas like Lovejoy. It’s a stunning location- so I would be very happy filming here! I took our little boy with me and we had a blast, apart from when Hugo got a HUGE splinter in his foot... well he does love bare feet! 😅Some pictures below.
Most recently I was filming in a very well known supermarket for an online commercial. It seems to be all about eco friendly these days so we were focusing on recyclable packaging. I think it’s a great way to get people to see the importance of recycling and I for one learnt a lot that day! Some pics below.
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It’s been a little while since I last blogged so I thought I would let you know what I have been up to! Trying to adapt to life without my beautiful Mum is still hard, but we are taking each day as it comes. It has been one year now since she sadly lost her battle with cancer. It really doesn’t feel like a year, I could still believe that I she could walk into the room at any time. 🙏💔 She is never far from my thoughts
On the acting front I am delighted to have wrapped on the western feature film Fistful of Lead directed by Marc Price and distributed by Sony Pictures. I play the vengeful Mrs Timms and it’s set to be released hopefully by the end of this year or beginning of the next! My family and friends should already know what Santa is going to bring them for Christmas ;) We shot the final few days in an authentic western location in Kent! It was amazing - I got to work with some brilliant people, including the stunning make up team. As you’ll see from the pics below it was pretty gruesome!
From feature films to commercials, I was delighted to be working alongside my hubby on the commercial for sports brand Molten last month. I played the Mum and we had a great couple of days shooting with Jeremy Small and the brilliant young actor Thomas Hassall! I absolutely love working with Mark, we met on set and working together is always fun! Below are a few pictures from the day.
Our son Hugo is on the books of agency Kids London and he goes up for castings too - I know we all think our children are lovely (and quite rightly so!) but I particularly like these ones of Hugo taken whilst waiting for his audition ! Our little dude!
I had a recent casting in London when we were all free, so we decided it was high time to have a family trip together. It was great, we watched the street entertainment in Covent Garden and packed a picnic too! A few pics from our day below.
I have some exciting projects coming up, so I’ll be sure to blog again very soon.
Lots of love
Its been a few weeks since my last blog so I thought I would do a quick update. As always life has been pretty hectic juggling family and work but I wouldn’t change a thing, I'm very grateful to have such a nice balance at the moment!
I was very lucky to have recently been cast as the vengeful Mrs Timms in the feature film “ Fistful of Lead” directed by the super-talented Marc Price ( Raindance Winner and best known for “Colin” the zombie movie much loved by Martin Scorsese and George Romero!). I was filming out in Shropshire and I got to do my scenes with the super talented Tom Nolan with whom I am pictured below. We'll be shooting my final scenes next month, I cannot wait!
From feature films to music videos, I was delighted to be working alongside my good buddy Glen Power again. We had an absolute blast filming with new band Tony Goff & The Broken Colours - it’s for the single “Duel”. It’s a great track and was directed by Ashley Saunders.
Obviously recently it was Mother's Day and I had a great day with my boys. I was thoroughly spoilt with breakfast in bed, massages and lunch out! I couldn’t wish for a more loving hubby and son. Below are a couple of pics from the day.
On a final note, the film Ripper Tour in which I star alongside Lynn Lowry and Dudley Sutton is screening on the 24th and 25th March at the Dark Fest Horror Film Festival on the big screen. Unfortunately I won’t get to be there but the poster is below and I am very proud to be a part of it alongside Misty Moon.
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A very belated Happy New Year to everyone.
January can be a notoriously slow month in the acting profession (well that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! 😜😜) but I’m happy to say I have been darting into London for a few castings! I’m delighted to have been offered a couple of great jobs off the back of it too, I’ll be able to reveal more in time but it’s always nice to get those first few gigs in the locker after Christmas!
This week I had a lovely lunch meeting with actor/writer Stephen Kearney who, along with his wife, has written a fantastic sitcom which I have a feeling will be a great success. He has offered me the leading lady role and I don’t mind telling you all she is absolutely fabulous! Stephen is working with Bou Mou Productions (my hubby and I’s production company) to put the funding in place and shoot our pilot later this year, so watch this space! :)
I have also been offered a very cool role in a music video inspired by the Peaky Blinders opposite my good friend Glen Power. As some of you may know, Glen and I have worked together before and I am very excited to be working alongside him once again! The song is great and I know it will look fabulous too. I worked with Glen most recently on a film concept shoot for the feature film screenplay Chiku San as well as the short film Theseus... some pics below!
From music videos to film screenings… The delightful duo at Misty Moon (AKA Stuart and Jen Morriss) screened the very scary Ripper Tour recently, a film I made alongside horror legend Lynn Lowry and Lovejoy’s Dudley Sutton. It was also Stuart’s 50th birthday party so we celebrated with all the Misty Moon gang at The Phoenix Artist Club in Soho! My husband came too so we danced the night away like we were 21 again, needless to say we suffered a bit the next day! 😱 A great night had by all!
Also, my little Hugo has been modelling some fabulous clothes recently for new kids’ fashion brands Wild Kind Kids and Small Stories! He absolutely loves being in front of the camera... I wonder who he takes after??
On that note, much to my Dad’s delight we have some vintage footage of me many moons ago showing just a whiff of becoming a diva!! 😂 I have changed honestly... here I am below performing a little play.. enjoy!
My final bit of news is that Bou Mou’s short film Ghost Nets (that I starred in) is now available on Amazon Prime to rent, a bargain at 99p I think you’ll agree :)
That’s it from me! I’ll be sure to blog again very soon.
Thanks for reading
Well, here we are with my last blog of 2017 and undoubtedly the worst year of my life. As some of my regular readers will know I lost my Mum this year and it has truly broken my heart. It’s a daily battle riding the waves of grief but I have an amazing support network so can feel very grateful for that. I will dedicate a blog to my beautiful Mum when the time is right but I don't feel able to summon the correct words to describe how I feel at the moment. I would, however, like to add this picture of my Mum and Dad on their Wedding Day! They were married for 47 years (and would have been 48 today on 20/12/17) and utterly devoted to each other. Happy Christmas Mum, this photo is for you. 💔⭐️
Work wise it has actually been very very busy... so I am delighted to announce that I am the leading lady in British Gangster Movie 8ish which shoots next year!! I cannot wait, it stars Larry Lamb amongst others and I will be playing opposite the fabulous Luing Andrews as his mistress... it’s going to be explosive... a few promotional pictures below , plus a link to the full cast on IMDB!
I still love working on short film, it’s where it all starts and invariably you get to work with some super talented cast and crew. The Escapist by Elizabeth Pitkin was no exception, I played Morana, a lady stuck in an unhappy marriage riddled with insecurities. It was a fantastic shoot up in Shropshire and I cannot wait to see the final result, some pictures below plus the teaser trailer...Enjoy!
From films to commercials, I was delighted to be asked to lead in the new British Heart Foundation commercial. It’s an amazing charity and I played a “jogger”, I really enjoyed the shoot although it was absolutely freezing, don’t be fooled by the pics below! After the shoot I had to record some voice over - lip syncing (ADR) can be tricky so you really have to focus to get it right.
Finally, a bit about Bou Mou Productions ( mine and the hubby's boutique production company). We have finally completed our feature film screenplay Chiku San ( it has won awards already) and we put together a concept photoshoot with a few talented actors to help promote it! We had great fun, with lots of amazing people, I played a futuristic medic called Dr Rachel Hesnjiak. As you can see from the pictures I had a bit of a rough ride... 😂 Enjoy a few pics from the day and a little behind the scenes video!
On the subject of Bou Mou, we were honoured to be invited onto Channel Radio with the marvellous David Barry to talk about all things business, family and life in general! It was a really enjoyable show and once we get the recording I’ll be sure to add some to my blog.
That’s it from me for 2017, I’m looking forward to a peaceful and hopefully healthy new year. With great family and friends, work lined up and a holiday abroad I’ll be going into 2018 grateful for what I have.
Happy Christmas everyone. Much love,
Charlotte 🎄🎅🏽⭐️ x x x.
Time flies when you are busy and, luckily for me, it's been another action packed month since I last blogged! As those of you that have been through it may know, things are still very tough since losing my beautiful Mum. I consider myself very lucky as I have amazing family and friends that are there for me each and every day, I know my Mum is always looking over me! ⭐️⭐️
It has been a very varied few weeks work wise, I did a great little commercial shoot for Hewlett Packard, it was for a nice little gadget that prints out your photographs instantly., below are a few pics from the day! I played the Mum and got wear my PJ's all day... it's a tough life. 😜
From HP printers to playing Doctor...It was for a medical corporate shoot involving a lot of jargon, I had to wear the white coat so I really did look the part! Hopefully for your sake that's the closest I'll ever get to being a doctor, saying that though my eldest brother is a Consultant so I must share some of those clever genes somewhere?! 😜😜Below are a few pics from the day.
Now to my favourite role that I have been able to play this month! I played Mary Kelly in the film Ripper Tour produced by the wonderful Misty Moon Film Society ( Stuart and Jen Morris - love them both) and wonderfully directed by Jason Reed. Mary Kelly was Jack The Ripper's last confirmed victim so as you can see from the pictures below it's pretty dark and gruesome, I love it! The highlight for me was working with Hollywood horror icon Lynn Lowry again ( one of my favourites ) and the results were pretty horrifying. I can't wait to see the film!
Will be blogging again very soon.
As seems to be always the case September has proved to be a busy month, my little darling Hugo has started school and I feel like a lost soul 💗 I have truly embraced being a Mother and I have loved that I have been there for Hugo a majority of the time!! The great thing with my job is that I can pick and choose, yes you make sacrifices financially but I wanted to be a mummy like my own mum. It's been a struggle at times but I wouldn't of had it any other way. I guess now I can embrace new things and hopefully take more work! I love the fact that I get to pick him up from school too, it normally only takes us 8 minutes to walk, although Hugo was on turbo this morning and we did it in about 5... 😅😅
I starred in the new Everton Football Club promo with players Wayne Rooney, Morgan Schneiderlin and Jordan Pickford. It was a great fun to shoot and I got to play the lead journalist talking to Schneiderlin, the footage should be out soon so I'll be sure to post it! Below are a few pics from the day, my phone was taken off me whilst we filmed with the players so it's just me I'm afraid... and yes I wore RED to Everton Football Club...oops... 😨😨 I just wanted something comfy to wear! ;)
I also did a nice shoot for Panasonic, as with most of these jobs the pictures are very laid back and more about the product. It was a really great crew and I love working for iSite TV, below are a few pictures from the day! (Please note: I am sad to say that glass of wine was actually concentrated Ribena ;) )
The big news and thing I am most excited about though is I have landed a part in the British feature film 8ish, I play the girlfriend of talented director/actor Luing Andrews! We are doing a PR photoshoot in November so they'll be plenty more to see when we start rehearsals and filming in January 2018.
The first audition itself took place via selftape in our underground parking, I was wearing the shortest tightest dress and my hubby was filming me when our new neighbours decided NOW was time they wanted to clean their bike. We quickly scarpered from the normally empty car park and dived into the car to hide until they had gone...Goodness knows what they make of us.... picture of the outfit below.
From films to adverts, I did a nice advert with Doctor Dawn Harper ( Embarrassing bodies) last week for a pharmaceutical ladies product) it will be out soon so keep your eyes peeled! A few pics below.
That's it from me!
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Realised I haven't blogged for a while so here is a quick update.
It's been a real struggle the last few months, some of you may or may not know that my Mum lost her brave battle with cancer in June. I think it's fair to say it's been the single most devastating experience of my life. My mum was more than a parent to me, she was my best friend and part of my life every single day. They say time is a great healer but if I'm honest, it gets harder. I know that's not a great thing to say but I'm sure anyone else who has experienced this kind of loss will understand. I'm lucky, I have a great husband and son alongside a close knit family and lifelong friends that have been helping me through this process, so I'll keep taking each day as it comes 💗
Despite all this the show must go on and I've had a few shoots recently, one being for a pro-biotic brand (like an Activia!). It was certainly one of the more unusual shoots I've ever done, I'd say it was more of a movement piece that included lots of physical theatre...the only twist being was that I had to do this in a morph suit.
Yes a morph suit.
We had to enact all kinds of internal 'activity' and no the suits weren't flattering, and no it wasn't always my dream to be in a commercial enacting bloating and flatulence! Whatever pays the bills though sometimes ;) :)
From commercials to photoshoots, I was delighted to be asked to go and shoot for Panasonic's latest product. As always with tech campaigns you're not allowed to take any behind the scenes pictures but I can tell you it was a lot of fun and the gadgets are very cool!
On a completely different note, my hubby and I ran our first ever Film Festival on the 19th of August, in case you don't know we run a boutique digital creative agency called Bou Mou Productions (www.boumou.com) and this was in conjunction with local brand Wheels and Fins. Wheels and Fins is an amazing event here in Kent and we were able to offer digital and creative support to Dave Melmoth and his team to bring films from all around the world to further enhance their brand's reach and presence globally.
We do video production, digital amplification and can run live activations for brands and companies looking to enhance their online presence and also really engage with their audience.
It was a really fab day and we had films from 13 countries in our final selection of 21 films. Some pictures below.
I've also been auditioning like mad, so hopefully a few irons in the fire including a new developing feature film. Here I am outside the Cockpit Theatre near Edgware Road, London.
If you get a chance please check out the crowd funding campaign from Robo Films (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ripper-tour-london#/) , this macabre tale is a reimagining of the Jack the Ripper story starring Lynn Lowry, Dudley Sutton and myself!
That's it from me for now!
I know it’s been some time since I’ve blogged, and sadly for good reason. It's not something I feel comfortable talking about publicly at the moment but I’m heartbroken to say my beautiful Mum recently passed away. After the most brave of fights for just over a year she lost her battle to cancer.
The pain is still very raw and I'm finding things very hard but I know my Mum would want me to carry on so I am (I have to) and I can do this with the support of my wonderful husband, son, family, friends and of course my wonderful Dad. I will maybe write a more personal blog dedicated to my Mum when the time feels right in the future. 💗
Before this devastating news I found myself at the film premiere of one of my latest short films Bad Friday (Jason Read/2017) produced by the amazing duo at Misty Moon, Stuart and Jen Morris. The Premiere was at a great central London venue called the Phoenix Arts Club, right in the heart of theatre land near Shaftesbury Avenue. First we watched the hilarious new play by writer/ actor David Barry (The Life and Times of Frankie Abbott) who brought back to life his character from hit 70s show Please Sir!
After that (and a few glasses of wine) it was time for the film to be screened to the full house (help!). The film was awash with iconic talent - original blonde bombshell (and star of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) Vera Day and Quadrophenia’s Gary Shail! Also, any modern horror fans would have had their fix of Emma Dark who had a starring role too! The evening was topped off by some stars watching in the audience too with Lovejoy’s Dudley Sutton in attendance, me and the hubby managed to get a few snaps…well, it would be rude not to!
From film premieres to commercial shoots, I was delighted to see my latest commercial on TV the other day! My son Hugo (aged 4) couldn't quite work out what I was doing on the telly, bless him. It was for MyBeautyMatches and I was advertising the face wash!
Talking of Hugo, my little man made his debut in his first ever official photoshoot for the Boots Mini Club Christmas range last week! His first ever casting and he only goes and gets it!! I need some of his luck me thinks... I can't put any pictures out yet but I will do once the range has been launched! He is following in his Mummies footsteps as my poster campaign is out now! Final picture below.
A real high point in a difficult time was making my feature film debut, I got to work on Breezeblock Productions latest feature film Relentless alongside Steven Murphy. It was shooting on location in Bournemouth and we had a great day for filming. It was great to finally work with Steven, Tiffany and the super crew they put together, I felt the scenes went well so hopefully they'll make the final cut!
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