The 31 year old British actress Rebecca Hall won the Supporting Actress BAFTA in 2007 for Red Riding in the Year of Our Lord 1974 and was nominated for Leading Actress n 2013 for her role as Sylvia Tiefjens in BBC Two’s Parades End.
Her latest film Transcendence with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman will be released in the UK this Friday (25/04/14).
Rebecca signed this very quick fine biro portrait at the BAFTA screening of The Town with Ben Affleck at the Odeon West End in September 2010.
This is the second sketch of Tamara Rojo, The English National Ballet’s principal dancer and artistic director, signed for me this month. She is reuniting with Cuban star Carlos Acosta for the classic romantic tragedy Romeo + Juliet, (which they last performed in 2011 for the Royal Ballet) at the Royal Albert Hall in June 2014.
Irish singer and actress Jessie Buckley made her Globe debut in April 2013, playing “a tomboyish” Miranda opposite Roger Allam‘s “delicatedly handled” Prospero in The Tempest. The Bard’s last great masterpiece with a modern twist.
Described as “an ambiguous but magical production of Shakespeare’s problem play”. The Stage reviewer Catherine Usher said Jessie’s “energetic, rebellious, vaguely feminist Miranda is very enjoyable.”
Jessie signed my sketch, which I left at The Globe and wrote me a lovely note, appreciating my support and the rendering.
British actress Helen Bradbury featured in William Nicholson’s Crash at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in the Autumn of 2010. It was the Tony and Oscar nominated author’s first play in ten years and focuses on the banking crash and its subsequent fallout and blame game.
William’s screenwriting credits include Shadowlands and Gladiator. Helen’s TV CV includes Sherlock, The Borgias and Upstairs Downstairs and appeared in Quartet, directed by Dustin Hoffman. She signed my Crash sketch in the final week of Versailles a the Donmar Warehouse, where one critic called her performance “a striking combination of beauty, pragmatism and idealism”.
Actress and comedian Gemma Whelan took time out from Game of Thrones to return to the stage. She has just completed a run of Dark Vanilla Jungle at the Soho Theatre as part of the Soho Solo Season. It’s a breathtaking drama about one girl’s craving for family and home and the lengths she will go to to achieve them, by award winning writer Philip Ridley.
“On a Fringe full of powerful monologues, there’s none more shattering in its impact than this blazing new solo drama.”
“A masterpiece… An absolute must-see”
“Riveting… the extraordinary performance of Gemma Whelan… vivid and audacious”.
“Grabs you but he throat and takes you to some nasty places… the sheer velocity is astounding.”
I met Gemma after her final performance at the Soho, where she signed my sketch, which she was obviously happy with.
An accomplished actor, director, producer, comedian, novelist, screenwriter and playwright, Mark Gatiss is the modern Renaissance man. “I’m all over the TV like a rat,” he said in The Independent, when they listed all his small-screen involvement over the past winter season. He has written for and acted in DOCTOR WHO and SHERLOCK, which he also created and produced with Steven Moffat and is cast as banker Tycho Nestoris in Season 4 of THE GAME OF THRONES. Mark’s latest stage appearance was Menenius in the Donmar’s acclaimed production of CORIOLANUS, opposite Tom Hiddleston. It was his first Shakespearean role since his student days at Bretton Hall drama school in Yorkshire. The RadioTimes said,”… a beautifully modulated performance, provides the voice of reason throughout the play with skill and precision”. With other super turns under his belt-such as his Charles I in Hampstead Theatre’s 55 DAYS last year – Gatiss really is growing in statue as a stage performer”. Mark said he spent a lot of the play saying “calm down”. He was like Geoffrey Howe to Coriolanus’s Thatcher. Both Mark and Tom, in the title role were nominated for Olivier Awards, which were presented at the Royal Opera House last Sunday (13 April,2014). I drew a quick montage of Mark as Menenius and the seventeenth-century British Monarch, which he signed on the red carpet at the ceremony.