Stephanie Waring

Cindy Cunningham from Hollyoaks ...

 

Stephanie was born in Urmston, Manchester in 1978 and has appeared in various television series including Nice Guy Eddie, Mersey Beat and Holby City, but is well known for the role of Cindy Cunningham in Hollyoaks. She also had one of the lead roles in the Australian Sky One series, Crash Palace, playing Tina Clark in the backpacker drama.

Stephanie was a long time in the role of Cindy Cunningham - she played the part for four years on Hollyoaks. Initially the character was played by Laura Crossley for a few episodes, before Stephanie took on the role between 1996 and 2000. For those who want a short recap of what the character was about, well, life was running pretty smoothly for Cindy until the night of her 16th birthday when she became pregnant, following the advances of scandalous Stan Stanley. Cindy would conceal the pregnancy from her parents and, when she finally gave birth, abandoned the child. Her parents forcibly reunited mother and child, but Cindy tried to suffocate the baby. The shock of her actions suddenly made Cindy realise that she actually really loved her newborn daughter.

Cindy fell for Sean Tate the decorator, who mistreated baby Holly. An incident with a firework was brought to the attention of Social Services, who then never let up on checking up on her. Eventually, Cindy tried to move abroad to start a new life, but was abandoned at the airport by Sean. Unfortunately, Holly was prevented from leaving as she did not have a passport. Instead, Cindy returned to Hollyoaks, set up her own business venture, "Steam Team", and hooked up with fireman Ben Davies.

An incident involving Holly swallowing an ecstasy tablet, and Social Services quickly being on her tail, meant that Cindy had no choice but to flee the country, involving Ben in helping mother and child make an escape from hospital.

In Nice Guy Eddie, Stephanie played Laura, one of the daughters of streetwise PI Eddie McMullen (Ricky Tomlinson). Other television guest starring roles have included Always and Everyone (as Linda), Sweet Medicine (with Ashley Jensen), Brookside, The Royal, and Doctors.

Her training includes two years at the Oldham Theatre Workshop, followed by two years at the Acting Studio in Manchester. She has devised a treatment for a drama format which is in development with a major production company. Recently, in fact on Christmas Day 2006, Stephanie appeared as Emma, a girlfriend of Jason Grimshaw in Coronation Street.

Some of Stephanie's personal TV favourites are 24, Ugly Betty, Ally McBeal, Will & Grace, Sex in the City, Buffy, Angel and Friends.

 

Ronald Wolfe

Creator and Writer of On The Buses, The Rag Trade and much more ...

 

Ronnie’s professional career began in BBC radio, with him eventually becoming Head Writer of the hit series "Educating Archie" (created by Eric Sykes). The cast at various times included such well-loved and remembered names as Julie Andrews, Tony Hancock, Max Bygraves, Beryl Reid, Harry Secombe, Benny Hill, Bruce Forsyth and Warren Mitchell.

Other writing projects around that time included intimate revue, summer shows and pantomimes, some of which starred Ken Dodd, Kenneth Williams, Beryl Reid and Tommy Steele.

In the 1960s Ronnie decided to concentrate on television, and with his writing partner Ronald Chesney, devised and created many TV sit-coms. These included The Rag Trade (with Peter Jones, Miriam Karlin, Sheila Hancock, Barbara Windsor and Reg Varney), Meet the Wife (with Thora Hird and Freddie Frinton), The Bedsit Girl (with Sheila Hancock), Take a Letter Mr Jones (with John Inman, Rula Lenska and Miriam Margolyes), Romany Jones, Don’t Drink The Water and, most famously, On The Buses (with Reg Varney, Doris Hare, Stephen Lewis, Anna Karen, Michael Robbins and Bob Grant).

The television series of On The Buses led to three cinema spin-offs, "On The Buses", "Mutiny On The Buses" and "Holiday on the Buses". The format has spawned a large and active fan club which continues to send out loads of literature, news and features to its devoted fans.

The Rag Trade is now a worldwide success, as in the last few years it has been successfully re-made in other countries. Each country has used their own actors and has been translated into their own language. And in each of these countries it has continually been top of the ratings, and is constantly repeated. So successful was the TV show in Scandinavia, that a full-length feature film, “Fredrikssons Fabriks - The Movie” was made. This show is still running in South Africa, with 26 further episodes recently made in 2003.

Ronnie’s work as a deviser, creator and writer of sitcoms has taken him across the world, and he has worked for all the major networks in the United States (ABC, NBC and CBS), Australia, Scandinavia, Germany, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, Canada and South Africa.

He is a script consultant for Alomo Productions, and in his work as Visiting Lecturer, Ronnie has been invited to speak and take Seminars and Workshops at the British National Film and Television School, The City University - London, the London Department of the New York University, the University of Barcelona, as well as at many other leading universities at home and abroad, plus various institutes of learning which have departments of Drama, Film, TV, Radio and Media Studies.

Ronnie’s definitive book, "Writing Comedy", has recently been published in a new and updated third edition by Robert Hale Ltd.

 

Keith R Lindsay

Script writer and story editor on productions as diverse as Birds of a Feather and Crossroads ...

 

A member of the British Society of Comedy Writers, whose aim is to provide highly trained writers to the highest the comedy light entertainment, Keith Lindsay has written for television, the stage, and film both in the UK and abroad.

After writing stand-up material for the likes of Frankie Howerd and Rik Mayall in the early stages of his career, from 1988 until 1991 he was put under contract to Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran's Alomo Productions and involved in the American-style, team-writing on the award-winning sitcoms Love Hurts and Birds of a Feather to which he contributed story-lines during its second and third series.

While providing material for Hale and Pace and The Freddie Starr Show during the early 1990s, he developed sitcoms for Spanish and Dutch television channels, then spent the remainder of the decade contributing to The Jacques Vermiere Show in Belgium and a comedy drama for Germany.

From July 2001 to January 2002 he was a story-liner on the re-launched Crossroads, featuring what is believed to be the first ever soap story-line involving a crypt.

For further details on the British Society of Comedy Writers visit their website at http://www.bscw.co.uk

 

Mitch Benn

What any Festival celebrating extraordinary fictional television needs is a cabaret act that has material specially angled to its theme. As attendees at the Cult TV Festival in 1999, 2003 and 2005 will tell you, Mitch Benn does this better than anyone else.

Mitch is not only one of the most sought-after acts on the comedy circuit but is widely acknowledged as one of the best writer/performers of comic songs in the country. Mitch began his comedy career in Edinburgh in 1994. He moved to London in 1996 and quickly established himself as a comedy club "headliner" as well as a favourite on the university circuit.

Mitch is a regular writer and performer on “The Now Show” for BBC Radio 4 on many a Friday night at 6.30pm, and “It's Been a Bad Week” for BBC Radio 2. Three series of his successful Radio 4 show, "Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music" were also broadcast. He also presented "The Mitch Benn Music Show" on BBC Radio 7.

On TV, Mitch appears regularly on BBC1's The One Show as the writer and arranger of “The Complaints Choir”. Mitch contributes occasional songs to Channel 4's Bremner, Bird And Fortune. He has also appeared on The Last Word for More4, Gas for Channel 4, Live at Jongleurs, The Warehouse and Today With Des & Mel for ITV, The Comedy Store for Channel 5, The World Stands Up for Paramount Comedy and Raymaan Is Laat for Dutch TV. He was the presenter of the paranormal discussion show Out There for Carlton World, and in 2009 made semi-regular appearances on BBC1's Watchdog performing songs highlighting consumer grievances.

Mitch's second album “Radio Face” was released through Laughing Stock records in 2002. His earlier live album, “The Unnecessary Mitch Benn” is still available.

Mitch has toured extensively abroad, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, France, Montreal, Holland, India and South Africa (including a two-week run at the Grahamstown Theatre Festival in 1998). In 1995 Mitch won the Best New Comic award at the Glastonbury Festival and has played there every year since, including an hour-long extended set in 1999 which drew a standing ovation from an audience of 1,500.

In 1998 he won the “Mercury Comedian of the Year” prize at the Leicester Comedy Festival. Mitch has performed many times at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, including hour-long solo shows in 1997, 1998 and 1999. He also appeared in the successful revue show “The Bootleg Bootleg Beatles” in 1998 and the showcase Carlton Comedy Warehouse in 1999, the subject of a documentary series for Carlton TV.

In 2003 Mitch formed the band Mitch Benn & The Distractions with Kirsty Newton and Tash Baylis; after a successful run at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe they took up a residency at The Bedford in Balham in October 2003. Mitch Benn & The Distractions completed a successful national UK tour in autumn 2004, to coincide with the release of their album “Too Late To Cancel”.

Mitch Benn & The Distractions' debut single, Everything Sounds Like Coldplay Now, was released on September 5th 2005, ahead of the release of the album “Crimes Against Music”. The video for the single www.everythingsoundslikecoldplaynow.com/ attracted 8,000 hits in one hour when first posted online. The band completed their second UK tour in December 2005.

Mitch brought a reconvened Mitch Benn and the Distractions back to the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2007, performing a nightly two-hour show – “The Mitch Benn Music Club” - at the prestigious Reid Hall concert venue (the “Cow Barn”). A live album, recorded on the last night of the festival, entitled “Official Bootleg Edinburgh 2007” (or “The Brown Album”) was released in October 2007 to coincide with the start of another national tour, which concluded in December 2007.

In spring 2008, Mitch released the controversial single “Happy Birthday War” (with accompanying video) and later on that same year, the album “Sing Like An Angel, from which the title track (featuring Rick Wakeman on piano) was released as a single.

In 2009 Mitch Benn & The Distractions (with Ivan Sheppard now permanently installed as drummer) completed the “Where Next?” tour, in support of the album of the same name.

In 2010, Mitch and the band completed the “Rhyme Lord” tour and also released the single "I'm Proud of the BBC", for which Mitch received the Media Blog Media Hero Of The Year Award.

Mitch has recently released an EP of Doctor Who-related songs (including one brand new never-heard-before track), which is available exclusively from the Mitch Benn download store.

To find out more visit Mitch’s website, www.mitchbenn.com

 

Jean–Pierre Dorléac

The costume designer for Quantum Leap, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and the original Battlestar Galactica, and many others, made his UK convention debut at Cult TV 2005 ...

 

Jean–Pierre Dorléac's prolific career in costume design has encompassed feature films, television, theatre, music videos and private couture. An American, born in Toulon, France, many of his relatives worked in the theatre, both in front of and behind the footlights. His schooling took in many European countries, even England for a time when he resided in both Ipswich and Oxford.

For fans of Cult TV, his contributions to fantasy and science-fiction have been very memorable, and across a range of styles. These are represented through the punk, sociopathic madness of Max Headroom, the vampy, cartoonish camp of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and the Emmy Award winning simplicity of the retro, alternative future of Battlestar Galactica (Outstanding Costume Design for a Series for the episode "The Man With Nine Lives", aka "Furlon", which guest-starred Fred Astaire).

His depiction of the South Pacific in the 1930s was nominated for an Emmy with Tales of the Gold Monkey. The 1940s were explored in "Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story". The 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s costumes for Quantum Leap were Emmy nominated for four consecutive years, for their factual depiction of the eras that Sam Beckett visited in his weekly trips through time. Jean-Pierre also worked for producer Donald Bellisario on other projects such as Airwolf and Magnum PI, as well as further work for Glen A Larson on Knight Rider, Rooster and Sword of Justice.

Jean-Pierre also became a trendsetter in the classic American mini series. The gallantry and pageantry of the American Revolutionary War was seen in the television movie, 1978's The Bastard, earning him his first Emmy nomination, followed by its sequel, 1979's The Rebels.

His provocative and challenging creations range from the exotic rags and tatters assembled for the 1980 version of "The Blue Lagoon", to the mad, institutional designs for the West Coast stage production of Peter Weiss' "Marat/Sade".

The beauty and romanticism of turn-of-the-century America was captured in a quartet of memorable films. These were Horton Foote's "Lily Dale" (1996), the biopics "Mae West" (1982) and "A Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story" (1994), and the cult hit "Somewhere in Time" (1980), the film that garnered him an Academy Award nomination.

The enduring "Heart and Souls" showed us San Francisco in the late 1950s and present day, while Universal's feature, "Leave It to Beaver" gave us a 'today', reminiscent of the late 1950s. His striking creations for the cover of New York magazine caused a fashion media frenzy and the beguilingly-styled, high-tech glamour Elizabeth Hurley wore in the television special "The World of James Bond" was 'simply drop-dead', according to television’s Extra.

Dorléac's collection of work has been exhibited worldwide. Benefit events for AIDS Project Los Angeles have celebrated his designs, as well as fashion shows seen at Mannequins Auxiliary of the Assistance League of Southern California. The Los Angeles County Museum of Arts showcased his costumes in their exhibition and book, "Hollywood and History: Costume Design In Film", and there have been other celebrations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), La Palais de la Civilization (Montreal, Canada), and La Place Vendôme, (Paris, France).

His most recent TV series, The Lot, was set in a 1938 movie studio back lot, and was a half-hour comedy that featured Jonathan Frakes. Dorléac's attention to detail earned him another Emmy in 2001 (in conjunction with Costume Supervisor Gilberto Mello) and recognition from the Costume Designers Guild in 2002, for Excellence in Period Television Design.

Jean-Pierre had an uncredited role as a mental patient in the Quantum Leap episode "Shock Theater", and played himself in an episode of the short-lived police series Tequila and Bonetti, as well as the mini series of Jacqueline Susann's "Valley of the Dolls".

He has recently completed the costumes for George F Kaufman and Moss Hart's American comedy classic, "You Can’t Take It With You" for the Geffen Playhouse, directed by Moss Hart's son, Christopher Hart.

His first novel, "Abracadabra Alakazam" was released by the renowned publishers, Monad Books. It has been described as a "deliciously decadent two-part caper revolving around an alluring but unpredictable heroine named Glenna Flanning, and two young men who enter her life, twenty-one years apart".

 

 

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