Chloé was born and raised in France to a British mother and French father. She attended a local dance school from the ages of 2 to 16, practising ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary. She began acting in plays at university, where she is currently studying Spanish and Italian literature. Mischief Managed is her first film. She has always been a huge fan of the Harry Potter books, and their adaptation to the screen sparked her passion for filmmaking from a young age. She still regularly listens to the Stephen Fry audiobooks, which she used to fall asleep to every night when she was little.
Hamish took up acting when he started university three years ago, appearing in a number of Oxford student productions including Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials and as William Carlisle in Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock. He has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe three times, in Lucy Kirkwood’s NSFW (C Nova, 2014) and an adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (The Space on the Mile, 2015), and recently Philip Pullman's Ruby in the Smoke (Pleasance Theatre, 2016). Mischief Managed is his film debut.
Olly has been acting since the age of thirteen and has been involved in film for over a year. His first production was a lead role in the feature film Saving Turtles (to be released 2017), and since then he has taken supporting roles in The Arbor (2016) and Rhapsody (2016). However, Olly’s background is in theatre and comedy. He has appeared in numerous student productions around Oxford, portraying Lee Scoresby in Pullman’s His Dark Materials, Philip Lombard in Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and Mr Noakes in Arcadia. He is also a member of the sketch group Three Men in a Boot, who have performed sell-out comedy shows in Oxford as well as taking their flagship show A Sketchy History to Oxford, London, Warwick and the Edinburgh Fringe.
Olly is also a writer, of both prose and drama, and has written for BBC Radio 4’s Newsjack. Outside of drama and comedy, Olly is theoretically a student of Classics at the University of Oxford, although his tutors have seen more plays than essays from him. “I adored the Harry Potter books as a child, and still do today. When I had the chance to audition to actually be in that world, I was stupidly excited. I’m sure many members of the cast and crew, not least my make-up team - who had to make me look werewolf-y every morning - can testify to my general giddy fervour and excitement at being on a Potter film set. I think I said ‘This is so cool’ about twice an hour during filming.”
Samuel has been acting as far back as he can remember, mainly in school plays/musicals, cast as Uncle Holly in Father Christmas and Uncle Holly when he was 6. However, it wasn’t until midway through secondary school and college that he realised how much he truly enjoyed it, going on to play Pharaoh in Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, Dandy Dan in Bugsy Malone, a small part in Little Shop of Horrors, culminating in Bill Sykes in Oliver! in his final year. He also joined a youth theatre and managed to get a part in an amateur adult production there, playing Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest. In Oxford he has mainly performed in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, taking part in The Gondoliers and playing Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore.
Mischief Managed is Samuel’s first film production. Sirius Black is one of his favourite characters from the world and being able to play a character from Harry Potter in his first ever film still seems like a crazy dream. Though a source of perhaps a bit of an overdose of puns, he assures that it was purely down to his excitement at being part of a Harry Potter production and swears he was still deadly committed to such a serious role.
James is a recent law graduate from St Hugh’s College, Oxford. He has been acting since age 11, when he played Jim Hawkins in a school production of Treasure Island. Since then, he has taken on numerous theatrical roles, from the Golden Monkey in His Dark Materials (Part 1, November 2014/ Part 2, June 2015) to Rochefort in The Three Musketeers (November 2015). This will be his first on-screen role. James was extremely excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this project and thoroughly enjoyed fleshing out Peter’s character in a time before his devastating betrayal. His favourite Harry Potter book is Goblet of Fire.
Ellie has just graduated from Oxford.
Aidan is just entering his second year at Oxford.
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