"I began acting professionally when I was 13 when I was cast in a seven part series for CITV. This was the most incredible experience but, I have to admit, is the source of a lot of embarrassment now! (it was called Butterfingers and was about a football team...I am no footballer.) Studying Drama and Theatre Studies at Trinity College in Dublin was what took this dream into reality for me and really made me understand how important it was to me. The Irish scene was also a fantastic thing to experience. It is so similar to Scotland in so many ways and I will definitely continue to work in Ireland in the future. I recently moved to London and since living there I have missed the Scottish production industry a lot. I miss the people, their energy, their creativity and above all else the support Scottish teams constantly supply each other with. Reading about Silly Wee Films after seeing the audition posting on Casting Call Pro I was very keen to work with you as you seem to encapsulate all these qualities that made me fall in love with Scottish film. The web series itself really interested me as it is different and exciting without taking itself too seriously. It was immediately obvious that this would be a great team to work with and a web series I would be very proud to be associated with. Reading about your past short films it is clear how passionate you are about making diverse and original productions."
Simon Weir is a Scottish actor. He is best known as Paul McLafferty in Take the High Road and for his role as a gangster in River City. He also appeared in the short-film The Acid House as Tambo.Simon also recently took up the role of CS Carlisle in the independent movie Night is Day (film). He also played Stuart MacIntosh on the television series "Monarch of the Glen.
Chris is known for playing a young Jason Mewes in the official Kevin Smith biopic "Shooting Clerks", which is released this year. Further to this he has played a wide range of characters from Charles Darwin in the dramatised documentary Evolution, camp and witty “God on Demand” Robert in afterlife drama Blue Skies and of course conniving government agent Clark in Cops and Monsters. Chris will also be appearing in record breaking feature film Breathe Easy as Danny which will begin filming this year.
Sophie is best known for playing Ace, companion to the 7th Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) during 1987 and 1989. Sophie is also known for starring in "Bob the Builder", "Tree Fu Tom", "Strangeness in Space", "Eastenders", "Dennis the Menace" and much, much more.
James Payton, best known for his roles in Harry Potter and Captain America: The First Avenger, has joined our cast! James will be playing werewolf activist and bartender at "The Tooth and Claw", David Brannigan. James is best known for his performances as Frank Longbottom in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and as Hitler in Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger. He cites Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness, David Niven and Noël Coward as influences. James continues to work in Film, Television and Commercials despite numerous attempts to stop him.
Innes has been involved with drama, dance and musical theatre groups around Inverness and the Highlands from a very young age. Between the ages of 11 and 15 Innes was heavily involved with the Youth Music Theatre UK organisation and spent her summers travelling up and down the country from Aberdeen to Plymouth performing and collaborating on many different shows. When she reached 16 Innes auditioned and gained a place at the Musical Theatre Course at the Dance School of Scotland for two year of intensive MT training. It was at The Dance School where she met some incredibly inspiring tutors and discovered that her true passions lay in acting. She then gained a full scholarship to The Academy of the Live and Recorded Arts in the North of England, during which she’s performed classical roles in ‘Antony and Cleopatra’, ‘The Comedy of Errors’, ‘Candide’ and ‘As You Like It’. As well many more roles in contemporary pieces such as Louise in Road and Wendla in Spring Awakening as well as working a lot with TV, film and radio. Since graduating from ALRA in October 2015 with a BA Hons degree in Acting she has returned to Scotland to continue her theatre and film journey on home soil.
Scottish-born actor Kenny Boyle will be returning as Martin Carmichael, a hacker with a troubled past, and feelings belonging to new PITs member Maya Hedges. We can't give too much away, but things are about to get... complicated for Martin, and you'll see more of that by the end of episode 4. Since emerging into the acting world Kenny has appeared in various plays across Scotland, most recently a tour of one man show "Hero Worship" and Theatre's "Nine Lives of Roddy Hogg". He's had the pleasure of appearing in the Tron Theatre as Ariel in "The Tempest "and the Traverse in Isobel Wright's "Blind Eye" as well as appearing in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe twice. He recently appeared award winning film "Perfect Strangers" which was warmly received by festivals around the world. He is keen to see where his character will go and what he shall become as he journeys through the world if Cops and Monsters.
Katrina has an extensive acting career, featuring as scientist Nina in hit CBeebies' show "Nina and the Neurons", she had a long-running role in crime drama "Taggart", and also appeared in "Rab C Nesbitt".
Wolfblood and Stella star, Leona Vaughan, has joined our cast and will appear in episode 6, currently titled "The Ties That Bind" by Laura Anderson. This is what Leona had to say about herself: "My name is Leona Vaughan! I'm a Welsh actress who has always dreamed of performing! I got my first break on the CBBC Series 'Wolfblood' 3 years ago, playing 'Jana', and since then have worked on Sky One's 'Stella' and Welsh feature film 'Bridgend'. I am so excited to work on Cops and Monsters as it's not something I've ever done before! It'll be interesting and exciting to play a new character and be part of the Cops and Monsters team!"
"I am delighted to be joining Cops and Monsters for the Christmas Special, Astrid is a gem of a role, with her dark secret, can't wait to get my teeth stuck into it!" 2016 has been a busy year for Joanna, touring with "Mums the Word", appearing in various commercials and short films and most recently working on Outlander series 3. Previous TV credits include Casualty, City Lights, Black Eyes, Bergerac along with many theatre credits. Joanna is a graduate from The Royal Scottish Conservatoire, previous to her acting career Joanna had been a professional dancer working in many of the UK's No 1 touring theatres. In the last 12 months Joanna returned to acting after focussing her time on her 3 children but now they can all get to school on time! She is throwing herself full throttle back into performing and finds the world of web series an exciting concept to be part of.
He has worked for many theatre companies including The National Theatre of Scotland, The Tron, The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Stellar Quines, Oran Mor, and Random Accomplice to name but a few and has performed all over the country in everything from Macbeth to Sunshine On Leith the Musical. His TV credits include; Double BAFTA award winning CBBC series Raven, River City (series regular Gary Trenton), Danni’s House, Still Game (BBC) Rebus & Taggart (STV). James is delighted to be joining the cast of the award winning Cops and Monsters playing the Role of Neil Hedges. Here's what he has to say about his casting - "It's an exciting, fast paced, new web series gaining fans across the internet, it'd be silly not to be a part of it. Especially when fellow actors friends like Colin McCredie, Katrina Bryan, and Sophie Aldred give it high praise. "Let the challenge begin" as my feathered alter ego might say!!"
A Scottish actress and comedian, Wendy launched her comedy career in 2004, getting to the final of Funny Women and semi-finals of So You Think You’re Funny at the Edinburgh Fringe the following year. She was already an established actress with roles in Coupling and the IT Crowd working with everyone from Chris O’Dowd and Nicholas Lyndhurst to Johnny Depp and John Malkovich. February 2014 saw Wendy nominated for best actress in Hollywood for British Hustle, the Toscars spoof. Whilst her acting career continues, her comedy career has taken off. 2008 saw Wendy in America on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and was also the year she did her first one-woman show at The Edinburgh Festival: Things I Didn’t Know. Her charisma and wit ensured packed houses. After the success of that she returned with three further solo shows culminating with this year’s knock out show, Hotel California. She has performed in all the major UK clubs such as Just the Tonic, The Glee Club, The Comedy Store, The Stand, and Laughter House in Dublin. In 2012 she was invited to the New York Comedy Festival and charmed audiences there too. She currently performs as part of The Cutting Edge at The Comedy Store in London and has written and stars in her own sitcom for BBC Scotland – Half My Age Plus Seven, due for broadcast in October 2014 and she writes for the Huffington Post. Wendy joins James Mackenzie, playing his on-screen wife, and mother to Maya, Lucy Hedges.
Rowan will be playing Catherine Bennett, daughter of Astrid, in our next episode. Here's what Rowan had to say: "I'm an actress that couldn't afford drama school so have a degree in Psychology. I've recently been down in London performing in a site specific theatre piece called Sitting Comfortably directed by Geraldine Pilgrim. Next year year I have my first role in a feature film as Mirwen in Kingdom: Fall of Illandrieal. I'm a member of the National Youth Theatre and I'm one of the voice actors in an ongoing sci-fi radio drama called Tin Can. I applied for Cops and Monsters because I saw a casting call and thought I'd make a damn good Zombie. My resting facial expression is naturally vacant so that helps. On the shoot I'm looking forward to meeting some new people who are passionate about what they do, and playing a zombie. Though admittedly I like to think I'd be on the surviving side when the eventual apocalypse does take place. I guess we'll see."
Billy Kirkwood is best known for his award winning stand up comedy as well as commentator and host of Insane Championship Wrestling. Billy has acted in CBBC quiz show “School of Silence” and currently hosts West FM’s Breakfast show. Billy has been playing the villainous “Cult of Many Faces” in series 1 and series 2 of Cops and Monsters.
Karen Bartke is a Scottish actor from Glasgow. Appearing on stage from an early age, Karen first found her feet as a member of Glasgow Schools Youth Theatre, before studying for a degree in archaeology. The lure of the stage was strong, however, and in recent years Karen has converted her long-held passion for performing into a successful stage and screen career.
Caitlin Blackwood is best known for playing Little Amelia Pond in series 5 and 6 of Doctor Who alongside Matt Smith and her real-life cousin Karen Gillan. Caitlin stars in Cops and Monsters as a younger version of Alexis Smith (played by Innes Anderson) in prequel episode “Preparing the Weapon” alongside Billy Kirkwood. Caitlin has also recently starred in “Sundown” alongside Doctor Who veteran Frazer Hines.
Rachel Teate plays Kara Waterman in Wolfblood. Like the other 2 K's, she hasn't done much acting before. Her role as Kara was only her second professional acting job. She will also be playing Grace Mackenzie in "Cops and Monsters" in 2015.
Producer (Episodes 4-8).
Producer (Episodes 1-3) Claire is a creative producer who has produced several of Fraser's short film and television scripts in the past as well as producing for other people and writing a few of her own. Claire's has been working as a freelance television researcher for BBC Scotland and other independent companies for a number of years, as well as managing Creative Talent Connections: media networking events. She enjoys the creative elements as well as the challenges that come with producing. Claire's thoughts on the webseries... "The world of Cops and Monsters was alluring, very well written and extremely ambitious with a modest crowd funding target already attached when I got involved. It was a challenge and I was happy to sink my teeth in."
Writer “Astrid’s Secret” Roland, who is best known for creating and writing the BBC 1 drama "Land Girls", will be writing one of two special mini-episodes that will be exclusively available on our DVD and to backers of our episode 4 crowdfunding campaign that launches on Friday 29th of January at 9am. Roland wrote the adventure film "2:hrs" and created the award-winning BBC1 series "Land Girls". He also wrote a steam punk sci-fi re-imagining of "White Fang" and is currently working on an international Gothic drama series about the witch hunts. Speaking about joining the world of Cops and Monsters, Roland had this to say - "Cops and Monsters has been brought to life by the determination of its creator, Fraser Coull - and it's an interesting world that he's created. I've always loved sci-fi and horror - so a world that combined elements of the two genres was appealing to me. I'm looking forward to telling a story within it!"
Writer “Fight the Bite” Laura Anne Anderson is an Edinburgh based writer with a Masters in Screenwriting from Screen Academy Scotland. Her screenwriting includes the short films ‘Ladies Who Lunch’ and ‘We All Fall Down’, sketches for BAFTA award winning series 3 of CBBC show 'OOglies', and a feature film currently in development. Laura is also an actor for the stage and screen, a journalist, and a writer of games, stories and novels. Her debut novel, a dark science fiction book for young adults, will be published later in 2016. ‘I am thrilled to be part of team Cops and Monsters, and think that the cast and crew of the series are doing amazing things for the genre and the Scottish screen community. It’s also a real pleasure to be able to write for something with such an amazing fan base, and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the episode.’
The series was created by Fraser Coull, who has previously created and produced 13 episodes of superhero sci-fi show, “Night is Day” from 2006 until 2009, with a feature film version premiering at the Glasgow Film Festival in 2011. During his spare time off from working as a runner/researcher for broadcast television including the BBC, ITV and Sky Arts, Fraser focuses his energies on writing for Cops and Monsters and various other projects. Fraser has also all directed all the episodes so far.
Script Editor/Writer “Revolution in a Teacup” James T Harding is a writer based in Edinburgh, UK. His previous writing credits include two episodes of Cupid of the Clyde (Subcity Radio, 2014), 'The Secret' (short film, 2012) and six episodes of Staircase 22 (Cherwell, 2011). He has an MA in Television Writing from Glasgow Caledonian University. As well as writing Episode 5 'Revolution in a Tea Cup' for Cops and Monsters, he is currently developing a co-written TV series with the BBC Writersroom. James's non-writing career spans editorships of Broadway Baby and Stewed Rhubarb Press as well as social media for Touchpaper Television, the production company behind Being Human. "If even a quarter of the excitement I'm feeling about Episode 5 makes it onscreen, it'll probably be responsible for multiple coronary arrests," said James. "The cast and crew are such a fantastic bunch, it's a real treat to write for them. l feel like they could pull anything off. The producers said I'm allowed to feature a talking severed head... perhaps I've just gone power mad." "On a more serious note, now is not the best time to be emerging screen talent in Scotland - for actors, writers, and crew alike. Webseries like Cops and Monsters are providing fantastic opportunities for Scottish talent with an international outlook. The support the show has received from the public who donate to our crowdfunding campaigns is mind-blowing. I'm so grateful to everyone who helps make Cops and Monsters happen - we're gonna blow your socks off!"