LENNY HENRY to receive BAFTA SPECIAL AWARD
CvGG are thrilled that LENNY HENRY will receive this year's SPECIAL AWARD at the BAFTA's.
Toby Weidmann writes in BAFTA's announcement: 'As well as his incredible back catalogue, it’s such progressive thinking as this that underlines why Sir Lenny is a worthy recipient of BAFTA’s Special Award. His ambitions may have changed since those early days – “Today, I am driven by an ambition to do good work and to work with people who feel the same” – but his drive to succeed and make a difference to the television industry remain the same.'
Read Toby Weidmann's article here:
TOBIAS MENZIES returns to OUTLANDER
Series 2 of OUTLANDER has begun, and TOBIAS MENZIES returns as FRANK RANDALL and BLACK JACK. Tobias, who was nominated for a 2015 GOLDEN GLOBE for his role in the series, has had high praise for the premiere episode. The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER writes that he is 'terrific in his dual roles of old evil and modern-day sweetness'.
OUTLANDER SERIES 2 is availble on Amazon Prime.
[Photo credit: Starz Entertainment 2016]
Welcome to AURE ATIKA
We are delighted to welcome international star AURE ATIKA. Aure has recently been on your screens as Sophie Alekan in the hit BBC series THE NIGHT MANGER, and stars as Gabrielle Tackichieff in the critcially acclaimed political drama SPIN.
Aure can next be seen in the French feature TOUT POUR ETRE HEUREUX.
[Photo credit: Romain Rigal]
ANTON LESSER nominated for BAFTA
We are absolutely thrilled that ANTON LESSER has been nominated for BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR at this year's BAFTA Awards, for his performance as THOMAS MORE in WOLF HALL.
Anton has starred in a number of the past year's greatest shows, including DICKENSIAN and GAME OF THRONES.
Well done Anton, and best of luck!
[Photograph: Ed Miller/BBC]
The contenders have been announced, and plenty of CvGGers have featured in the nominated programmes.
POLDARK has been nominated for the RADIO TIMES AUDIENCE AWARD, which you can vote for here: http://www.radiotimes.com/win/radio-times-audience-award-2016/443.html
Others include: THE LAST PANTHERS, CHEWING GUM and DOCTOR FOSTER.
Good luck all!
ALEXANDER HANSON and TANYA FRANKS in THE TRUTH
There have been rave reviews for ALEXANDER HANSON and TANYA FRANKS in THE TRUTH at the MENIER CHOCOLATE FACTORY.
A new play by Florian Zeller, and directed by Lindsay Posner, THE TRUTH is a pacy comedy that follows Michel as he struggles to maintain his marriage, and his affair.
With THE TIMES' Ann Treneman giving it five stars, THE TRUTH is not one to miss.
[Photographer: Marc Brewer]
OLIVIERS 2016 nominations for CvGG stars!
We are thrilled to announce that THREE Conway van Gelder Grant stars have been nominated for 2016 Oliviers! They are:
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH nominated for BEST ACTOR for HAMLET.
TRACIE BENNETT nominated for BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL for MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS.
PETER DAVISON nominated for BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL for GYPSY.
Along with that, JEMIMA ROOPER'S show HAND TO GOD has been nominated for BEST NEW COMEDY.
Well done CvGGers!
HELEN MONKS in RAISED BY WOLVES is back!
The SECOND SERIES of CAITLIN and CAZ MORAN'S hit comedy RAISED BY WOLVES is back with our very own HELEN MONKS as the hilarious GERMAINE. After becoming a huge hit for CHANNEL 4 last year, it starts again on WEDNESDAY 2ND MARCH. We can't wait to watch!
RAISED BY WOLVES starts again at 10pm on Wednesday 2nd March on Channel 4.
[Photographer: Adam Lawrence/Channel 4]
MITCHELL MULLEN nominated for OFFIE
MITCHELL MULLEN has been nominated for the BEST MALE OFFIE 2016 for his performance as HAROLD in ORPHANS at the SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE.
THE STAGE writes 'The secret weapon in Paul Tomlinson’s production is Mitchell Mullen. The whole thing flares into life when he first appears as Harold. He’s a mischievous delight – a shady manipulator and a sincere father figure. With his suitcase full of stocks and bonds, he’s endlessly watchable.'
ORPHANS runs at the Southwark Playhouse until 5th March.
JEMIMA ROOPER returns to the West End
We're thrilled that JEMIMA ROOPER has joined the original London cast of HAND TO GOD. The Broadway hit is coming to the West End's Vaudeville theatre in February next year.
Described as Avenue Q meets The Book Of Mormon, the Tony nominated dark comedy is directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel and written by Robert Askins.
[Photograph - Faye Thomas]
JOANNE FROGGATT and TOBIAS MENZIES nominated for Golden Globe Awards
We are thrilled that JOANNE FROGGATT and TOBIAS MENZIES have both been nominated for a Golden Globe Award in their respective categories of 'Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television'.
JOANNE FROGGATT is nominated for her performance as Anna Bates in ITV's DOWNTON ABBEY. She was nominated for a Golden Globe in the same category last year and subsequently took home the trophy!
TOBIAS MENZIES is nominated for his performance as Frank/Jack Randall in popular Starz/Amazon drama OUTLANDER. This is his first Golden Globe nomination.
NOMA DUMEZWENI stuns in LINDA
The wonderful NOMA DUMEZWENI has had a stunning reception for her performance as the titular role in LINDA at the ROYAL COURT after stepping in last minute.
Dominic Maxwell at THE TIMES writes that Noma's performance is 'a star-making turn', and Dominic Cavendish for THE TELEGRAPH writes 'If they can bottle and mass-produce whatever it is that Noma Dumezweni has got then, please, I want to order a life-time’s supply.'
Well done Noma!
LINDA runs at the ROYAL COURT until 9th January.