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NSPCC & Stars Parenting Support

We’re the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. We help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, protect those at risk, and find the best ways of preventing abuse from ever happening.

Our work in the fight for childhood.

When a child needs a helping hand, we’ll be there. When parents are finding it tough, we’ll help. When laws need to change, or governments need to do more, we won’t give up until things improve. Find out about our organisation, from our history to our structure, plus how we spend the money that you donate.

http://www.swindondrugandalcoholservices.org.uk/about-us/our-services/nspcc-and-stars-parenting-support/

Gerry´s £750k SSC Aero Super Car on set

aero-supercar-3Gerry´s £750k SSC Aero Super Car on set,

For 2 years the world´s fastest production car.

Many thanks to the London Motor Museum and owner  Elo.

http://www.londonmotormuseum.co.uk/

Jon-Paul Gates cast as Frank, adult actor friend of Gerry, in Party Pieces

jon-paul-gatesJon-Paul Gates is an actor who has starred in 45 feature films, predominantly playing the anatagonist. Was born in Greenford, Middlesex. He spent most of his childhood in a village near Doncaster, South Yorkshire and aspired to becoming a professional footballer before his career was cut short through injury and so decided on a career ‘treading the boards’ instead.

He got his first break starring as Allan Hindle in the BBC’s soap, “Eldorado”. Due the show’s unpopularity, he changed his professional name to Jon-Paul Gates in 1994. After various short films and a Channel 4 TV series, “Focus North”, he starred in his first feature film “Coldfish” in 1999, playing the lead role of Alex. In 2001, he secured lead roles in Palm Tree’s “The Hawk & the Dove” and played the anatagonist ‘Ida’ in “Winter Warrior”; which entered the top 10 DVD films in Russia in 2004. From 2002 to 2006 he accumulated more films in Europe; “The Prodigal”, “Red Rose”, “Axeraiders” before trying his luck in the USA. After getting his big break in vampre flick Revamped”, he starred in The Asylum’s Dragon, with Gary Busey in “Beyond the Ring” and Danny Trejo in “Dark Games”. Travelling back and forth, he played the evil priest opposite Jeff Fahey and Martin Kove in “Messages”, Peter in “Carmen’s Kiss” with Hugo Speer and Bruce Payne. Gates has also worked with Bruce Payne on “Tales of the Supernatural”.

Jon-Paul Gates continues to work internationally. After voicing the ‘robotic uvers’ in “Dark Side of Heaven”; an alcoholic in “Blood Forest”; he starred opposite Brian Cox in “Believe” about the 1958 Munich Air Disaster; then the medium in “Haunted” and a photographer high on cocaine in the USA smash hit “Casting Couch”. Recently, he played the lawyer to the new breed of gangsters in “Essex Boys:retribution” selling 67,000 Uk dvds and counting and plays Judge Brack in the hugely anticipated “Hedda Gabler”.

Jonathan Cake takes time out from Desperate Housewives to play role of successful lawyer Richard in Party Pieces

Jonathan Cake takes time out from Desperate HousewivesAn English actor who has worked on various TV programmes and series. His notable screen roles include Jack Favell in Rebecca (1997), Oswald Mosley in Mosley (1997), Japheth in the NBC television film Noah’s Ark (1999), Tyrannus in the ABC miniseries Empire ( 2005), Cole Barker in the NBC TV show Chuck and Det. Chuck Vance on the ABC hit drama-series Desperate Housewives (2011–2012).

He has also appeared in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The Jump, The American Embassy, Six Degrees, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order, among other TV programmes. His film credits include First Knight (1994), True Blue (1996), The One and Only (2002), Brideshead Revisited (2008) and Krews (2010). Cake has also performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and made his Broadway debut in Medea (2002). Other stage productions he has appeared in include The Mill on the Floss, Tennessee WilliamsBaby Doll, Doubt, Coriolanus and Cymbeline.

Shaun Parkes of The Mummy Returns replaces John Hannah as David

Shaun Parkes of The Mummy Returns  replaces John Hannah as DavidHaving acted in both theatre and television support roles, Parkes made his breakthrough in the film Human Traffic.

His work since then includes films such as Clubbed, The Mummy Returns, Things to Do Before You’re 30 and the acclaimed Notes on a Scandal. Television work includes Lock, Stock…, Servants and Russell T. DaviesCasanova and Doctor Who.

Parkes has also continued to forge a career as a theatre actor. He has starred alongside David Threlfall and Neil Stuke in Joe Penhall’s award-winning play, Blue/Orange, in the West End and in Kwame Kwei-Armah’s Elmina’s Kitchen and at Shakespeare’s Globe as Aaron in Titus Andronicus.

Parkes also starred as the lead in BBC Two’s detective series Moses Jones, with a support cast that included Matt Smith

Elizabeth Berrington joins Party Pieces cast as Claire

Elizabeth Berrington joins Party Pieces cast as ClaireAn English actress, who has featured in British television series such as Waterloo Road, The Bill, The Office,[1] Casualty, The Lakes and Rose and Maloney.

In 1999, she played Marie-Antoinette in Let Them Eat Cake, starring Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. In cinema, Berrington has featured in many popular films such as The Little Vampire and, more recently, Nanny McPhee with Emma Thompson, and In Bruges alongside Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes. In 2008 and 2009, a she played Mel in Moving Wallpaper. Berrington also featured in the 1993 Mike Leigh film Naked. She also had a role in Leigh’s 1996 drama film Secrets & Lies, starring Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Timothy Spall.

In 2009, Berrington and actress Shirley Henderson were the stars of the popular ITV drama May Contain Nuts she played Ffion, a snobbish suburban mother. Berrington also played Nicola, a nurse in the BBC Two comedy, Psychoville. She also appeared as Food Technology teacher Ruby Fry in the BBC TV series Waterloo Road from 2009 to 2011, departing after two series on the show. She played “Auntie” in “The Doctor’s Wife“, an episode in series 6 of Doctor Who. In 1997, she appeared in a TV Licence advert. In January 2012 she appeared as Paula Kosh in the Sky comedy series Stella for the series. In 2012 she was in an episode of New Tricks, playing a murderer called Grace.

In 2011, Berrington starred in the BBC Christmas show, Lapland as Paula, a role which she reprises in the six part spin-off series Being Eileen, airing from February 2013.

Victor McGuire lands role as gruff Yorkshire Biker Big Mike

Victor McGuire lands role as gruff Yorkshire Biker Big MikeVictor McGuire (born 17 March 1964) is an English actor currently playing the Valco security guard in Trollied but is perhaps best known for playing Jack in series 1–3,5-7 of Carla Lane’s Bread, Ron Wheatcroft in Goodnight Sweetheart, and Sean Hughes’ neighbour Tony in Sean’s Show (“the kind of guy you can ask to build you a shed”).

McGuire appeared as Gary, of the pair of “scouser thieves”, in Guy Ritchie‘s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

He has also appeared in many TV programmes, including Dalziel and Pascoe, Casualty, and 2point4 children. He played the character of Amos Hart in the West End musical Chicago and was Lazar Wolf in the West End production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Savoy Theatre. He has currently reprised the role of Amos Hart in the theatrical production of Chicago, in the Cambridge Theatre, London.

In 2012 he appeared as security guard Ian in the Sky1 sitcom Trollied

Ken Collard is sharp and witty Little Mike in Party Pieces

Ken Collard is sharp  and witty Little MikeKen was born in Germany and has dual citizenship with the UK.

Most recently seen starring in BBC 3 comedy CUCKOO alongside Greg Davies, Andy Samberg and Helen Baxendale. The show had the highest ever launch figures for the channel and was a hit with the critics. Next up was DOORS OPEN opposite Stephen Fry & Dougie Henshall, (another star of Party Pieces) based on the novel by Ian Rankin.

Ken’s previous TV credits include EPISODES for BBC/SHOWTIME, CARDINAL BURNS for E4, HOUSE OF ROOMS for Channel 4, SKINS for E4, DIRK GENTLY for BBC, and FRESHMEAT for C4.

Film credits include THE MUPPETS 2, ANNA KARENINA, ALBERT NOBBS, FOSTER, CREEPING ZERO, IRONCLAD, ALBATROSS, SWINGING WITH THE FINKELS and HIPPIE HIPPIE SHAKE for Working Title.

Orlando Seale takes the role of Simon, the host and aspiring actor, in Party Pieces.

Orlando Seale takes the role of SimonOrlando’s first foray into feature films came when Kenneth Branagh handpicked Orlando to serve as his acting understudy in the critically acclaimed and academy award nominated film adaption of Hamlet. Roles in Sleepy Hollow, Pride & Prejudice and Hysteria quickly followed, with Orlando winning high praise from critics and fans alike for his portrayal of Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott. He was also a series regular on Britons top rated television series. Orlando regularly travels back and forth between Los Angeles and London; He also speaks fluent French and has mastered a wide variety of dialects including a perfect American accent. Orlando also gives back to the artistic community by teaching youth acting classes and is working on recording his 2nd album with his band, following the critical success of their 1st album, with music reminiscent of The Talking heads and Bowie and a mesmerizing and original sound that takes one on an intimate and epic journey that is at once both melancholic and euphoric.

Kate Ashfield joins amazing ensemble cast of Party Pieces as unlucky in love Samantha

Kate Ashfield joins amazing ensemble cast of Party PiecesKate Ashfield (born 28 May 1972) is a British actress, best known for her award-winning roles as Jody in the Anglo-German film Late Night Shopping, as Sadie MacGregor in the British film This Little Life and as Liz in the 2004 film Shaun of the Dead.

She has since appeared in many films, television and theatre productions. Her first film role came in 1994 as Ella in John Wells’ film Princess Caraboo.