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Source: https://www.mhairicalvey.com/aboutMhairi Isla Calvey was born in Glasgow and spent her childhood on the Isle Of Arran, off the West Coast of Scotland. Related to the actor Wolf Kahler ('Indiana Jones: Raiders Of The Lost Ark'). Acting is in the blood which meant Mhairi was a film buff from an early age. At the age of 5, Mhairi made her movie debut playing the role of 'Young Murron' in Mel Gibson's film 'Braveheart', which went on to win five Oscars and 'the thistle scene' became one of the most popular Hollywood scenes of all time. Shortly after filming Mhairi returned to school and started her career on stage performing in several theatres in the UK. Mhairi spent two years training and performing with The Forthwall Theatre company in York. Then in 2006 Mhairi was reunited with actors James Robinson and Andrew Weir ('Braveheart') and invited to New York to take part in the event 'Dressed to Kilt' alongside Sean Connery and Brian Cox which aired on American TV. Later that year Mhairi was invited to do the same production in L.A where she worked with Linda Hamilton and Ashley Jensen. At age 18, Mhairi was accepted and given a full Scholarship to attend the prestigious Guildford School of Acting. During this time she made an appearance on the BBC's 'Scotland On Screen' with Alan Cumming.Mhairi graduated in late 2010. Four months after graduating drama school Mhairi played the lead role in the independent romance ghost movie 'Any Minute Now' where she played a teenage narcoleptic girl who discovers something sinister in the town she's moved to. After earning good reviews from critics for her performance and gaining recognition from her peers, she was also nominated for best leading actress in an independent movie for her performance along with actors such as Mia Wasikowska. During this time Mhairi also acted in the film 'Five Pillars'.After several notable on screen performances including playing the dangerous seductress in the crime thriller TV Movie 'Gemini' for which she won best actress at L.A film festival. Mhairi also starred as the title role in the action thriller 'Eden Grey', Penny in the series 'Horizon' and in 'Alan' directed by Oscar nominated director Matthias Lebeer. Starring as the lead 'Crystal' in sci-fi thriller 'Abduct' alongside William B Davis, Mark Arnold and Sienna Guillory meant that Mhairi established herself as one of the up and coming actors of British films.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
Now and then you discover an author who totally captures your imagination. Little did I realise that when looking for a new audio book for the car would I find Paul E Cooley and his series The Black. A brilliant trio of books (so far) which stir the imagination and senses, instilling fear and suspense at every turn. In 2015, Paul won the Parsec Award for The Black and its sequel is up for one this year. He has authored many books, but The Black has been a huge success followed by Derelict: Marines and Derelict: Tomb, both available on amazon.com and audible (Tomb will be available in the next couple of weeks). Paul is an experiecned and award winning podcaster too, co-hosting the Dead Robots' Society podcast, a weekly roundtable discussion podcast examining issues related to writing with a speculative fiction focus. Sit back and enjoy
Victoria landed her first role 6 months out of acting school and it happened to be in one of the most popular shows in the UK and as a recurring character with a highly complicated and inspirational story! Since then Victoria has been working away and has become known worldwide for her role as one half of the Frye Twins in Assassins Creed Syndicate - Evie Frye. She is also to be seen soon in the TV series Extinct as Feena. Extinct is set four hundred years after the extinction of the human race, a small group of humans is revived by an alien civilization. Sit back and enjoy Victoria answering your questions and more!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
Kevin is an accomplished actor, who prides himself on never having been unemployed in his long career. He was in the acclaimed British gangster film The Long Good Friday, through to Z Cars, Downton Abbey, and more recently in Designated Survivor as well as being the beloved Mr Gibbs in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Please sit back and enjoy as I ask your questions, and a bit of banter with Kevin McNallySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
For my latest episode and to celebrate my 80th episode, I am proud to bring to you the reknowned and talented actor whois known to millions as Walter Bishop/Walternate, to millions more as Denethor, or Henry in Sleepy Hollow and even Sherlock Holmes' father in Elementary. He is an esteemed stage actor also. None other than John Noble.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
I sit and talk to filmmaker Abraham Adeyemi and Abiola Rufai-Awojide about their new upcoming short film, No More Wings. No More Wings shares the story of two childhood friends who up and grow apart. "No More Wings" is Abe's directorial debut and has been selected for the upcoming Aesthetica Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival and the London Short Film Festival. The film is about Isaac and Jude,  two boys from the same area in south London. They hang out at the same chicken shop everyday and fancy the same girls. But in adulthood their lives take different directions. Adeyemi’s live action short film won at Tribeca in the Best Narrative category, which makes it eligible for the Academy Awards  (Oscars) in 2021. The film has also won The Wrap’s Shortlist Film Festival Audience Award and the Encounters Film Festival Audience Award. No More Wings is a love letter to Adeyemi’s adolescent years growing up in Woolwich, south London. It examines the effects of gentrification on local communities in inner cities and reflects on the consequences of the choices we make.Abraham Adeyemi is an award-winning writer and director from south London. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck University of London in 2015. After graduation Adeyemi accepted a place on the Royal Court Theatre’s writing group, kick-starting his playwriting career. His works for the stage have played at a number of British theatres including the Hammersmith Lyric, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Birmingham Rep. Most recently his debut full-length play semi-autobiographical one-man show ALL THE SHIT I CAN’T SAY TO MY DAD played a sold-out run at the Bunker Theatre in London. Adeyemi also runs a production company, Creative Blue Balls, which platforms the work of up and coming writers in a regular showcase for stage and screen.No More Wings Abiola Rufai-Awojide joined the BFI Network as a Coordinator, where she currently works to find and nurture emerging filmmaking talent. Prior to this, she worked in commissioning as Off-Screen Talent Coordinator for Channel 4 UK. Abiola and Abraham have a long-standing relationship, having produced his play ALL THE SHIT I CAN’T SAY TO MY DAD and all Creative Blue Balls productions and showcases. She also produced short film Closure, written by Abraham directed by Koby Adom. Which screened at Carmarthen Bay Film Festival (a BAFTA Cymru-qualifying festival).In 2019 Adeyemi won Script House, a global screenwriting competition from Soho House. He used the $25,000 prize money, to make No More Wings.Following the success of No More Wings, Adeyemi has been commissioned to write an original drama for ITV studios, and has further projects in development for television and film.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
Jimmy Olsson  is a award winning director writer who began working with film professionally in 2005 after attending a two-year training  course at Kulturama in Stockholm. After several years in the advertising industry as an assistant director, production manager and director, he chose to concentrate on directing in 2011 and released his first professional short film that year after finishing film school. It was called "Repressed" and it toured many festivals. It was also then when Jimmy understood what kind of stories he wanted to tell. He likes to go right into the depths of people, and, with the help of symbolism, he strengthens what the characters feels inside. Jimmy is very inspired by the films of the Dardenne Brothers, Michael Hanekes and Andrei Tarkovsky. Jimmy tends to take events and experiences from his own life and put them in another context and into different characters who in turn can understand them better. His latest movie "2nd Class" has garnered great success at various film festivals around the world. The film was an example of a new way for Jimmy to make movies. It is a film where he was inspired by the Dardenne Brothers but also a film that is clearly original and shows Jimmy's own style. In the future, Jimmy wants to tell stories that you feel in your stomach. He likes it is when it is low-key and when one gets the characters to work with their facial expressions. Jimmy's goal is to continue making art house movies for broader audiences.2nd class has been on tour for two years and have claimed 52 international awards. His other short films have also claimed several awards over the years. His latest film Alive is his best work so far and it has already won numerous awards at big festivals and is now eligible for a Oscar Nomination.He is currently working on several new and longer project. 2 features and 2 tv series are in development Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
OTOJA ABIT, is a film maker and actor, best known for his award-winning debut short, Jitters in which he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in. Otoja expands on the theme of his short Jitters with his first-of-its-kind urban-leaning holiday film A New York Christmas Wedding that touches on some of the themes involving the LGBTQIA community and religion. MarVista Entertainment has entered the film festival circuit with runs at the American Black Film Festival, Urbanworld Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard African among many others.A New York Christmas Story follows the life of Jennifer Ortiz (Nia Fairweather) as her Christmas wedding to handsome, successful fiancé, David (Otoja Abit) approaches. Feeling overwhelmed by a dinner with her soon to be in-laws, Jennifer goes out for a jog to clear her mind. While on her run, she meets an angel Azrael who gives her the chance to experience another version of her life with everything she truly wants. In her alternate life, Jennifer sees the way her life could have been if she had only had the courage to listen to her heart and pursued the feelings for her childhood best friend, Gabrielle Vernaci (Adrina DeMeo). As Jennifer begins to embrace this alternate reality, Azrael reminds her she only has a limited amount of time to decide which life she wants to live. Torn between the safe life she is currently living and the life of her dreams, Jennifer learns to take a risk and follow her heart.Otoja’s past credits include HBO’s The Night of, NBC’s Blackish, Marvel’s Netflix The Defenders, directed by SJ Clarkson, and acting opposite Krysten Ritter; co-creator, producer, and star of the New York Television Festival’s Official Selection, Harlem Knights.(Write up by Coeur Communications)You can follow Otoja on social media below:Twitter:@OhAbitInstagram:@OhAbitFacebook:  @Otoja.AbitSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
“I’m sort of a Julia Roberts type, with the sass of Annie Potts and a drop of Larry David!” is how Tammy describes herself on her website www.tammykaitz.com and I can see why. Tammy is a fantastic actress, with a wealth of experience dating back to when she was 3 years old. Studied in London and experienced her art and passion for acting through the medium of TV, Film and theatre. She even casually talks of working alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Lisa Kudrow on stage before they landed the roles that took them to stardom. Tammy is a delightful lady, with an expert way of telling stories and sharing memories. She can be seen currently on Amazon Prime Video in Man Camp, where she plays a middle aged mother with comedic and dramatic aplomb. Sit back, unwind and enjoy this conversation with Tammy Kaitz.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
Ron Thomas is one of the original cast from The Karate Kid where he played Bobby, the member of Cobra Kai who had a conscience and tried to steer his friend Johnny in the right direction as well as stood up against Kreese. Ron reprised his role as Bobby in the worldwide #1 hit show Cobra Kai where he has gained an entire new fanbase as well as rekindled the nostalgia of those original KK fans. Since Karate Kid, Ron has led a life helping others. Through being a real life world martial arts champion and sensei to his students, through to being a motivational speaker and life coach (voted best in America by Good Morning America),  he has reached and helped many people with his words and excellent philosophy he holds about life, synchronicity and more. I have to say this was one my favourite interviews as I am fascinated by this philosophy and look forward to welcoming Ron back to discuss the book he is currently writing.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
Clive Mantle is a British actor with over 40 years in the industry. He has worked extensively in theatre, tv and film, having appeared in some instant classics such as Robin of Sherwood, Game of Thrones, Alien 3, Casualty and Holby to name but a few. He has worked alongside some of the best comedians the UK has had to offer, such as Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson as well as Dawn French in the Vicar of Dibley. Clive is an extremely eloquent and knowledgable person, who has, in the last couple of years, also started to author his own series of books based on the character Freddie Malone, who finds himself going through time on adventures. His first book "The Treasure at the Top of the World" became an award winner in 2019. His latest, the third in the series, "In the City of Fortune and Flames" is released on October 10th and takes Freddie to the Great Fire of London and the plague etc, which is actually very relevant to the situation today. Sit back and enjoy Clive regaling moments and memories of his career and life.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
Breakout musician, Aneesa Sheikh just released her latest new "New Normal"  on September 18th. The song reflects on Aneesa's very close relationship with her father who suddenly suffered from two strokes in her early teens. The dynamics after the experience changed her life and she found herself adapting to a "new normal" way of living. Being a teen became more of a struggle for Aneesa as the roles shifted and she became the adult and caretaker. The experience brought on an emotional weight as she saw her father in a vulnerable state daily. She reflects on this universal message through her lyrics which empathizes with everyone who is experiencing a "new normal" due to the pandemic which has altered daily routines and has impacted relationships with loved ones similar to her relationship to her ailing father. I had the pleasure of talking to this amazing young lady who is such an inspiration, having set up a foundation to use music as a way of communucation with those in need and over the lockdown had arranged for musicicans to play to hospitals across the US.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
Jon Levine began acting at a very early age, doing commercials before going into various careers in his life, before moving into stand up comedy where he became a success. He decided to go back into acting again and moved to Atlanta, where he currently resides and has had several roles and continues to build his resume and follow his passion. Best know to YouTube and Netflix audiences as being the health and safety inspector in S1EP1 of the worldwide hit show Cobra Kai, sit back and enjoy Jon's tales and conversation.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
Sean Kanan is a US actor known for his role as Mike Barnes in Karate Kid Pt 3 as well as many more credits including long standing role as AJ Quartmaine in General Hospital and also for creating and starring in the multi award winning Studio City which is currently prepping for a second season. He is also currently finishing up another book, which should be out in December. Sit back and enjoy as Sean and I talk about his career, Bruce Lee and hi philosophy, Cobra Kai and more.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
Rick Perez is an American actor who has had a recurring role in The Resident and will soon be seen on Season 3 of the awesome show Cobra Kai, which has just moved to Netflix. Rick grew up in Brooklyn and has worked consistently hard through his life to follow his passion. He landed a recurring role on The Resident, as well as appearances in Ozark, Superfly and more. Rick is an honest guy, full of integrity and motivated, as well as very humble and appreciative of those who support him. He will be making an appearance, (although how much of one we need to wait and see), in Season 3 of Cobra Kai playing the character of Roger. Watch as I chat with Rick and he talks about his experience filming on Cobra Kai for the first time in an interview!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
I chat with Erin Bradley Dangar about her experience in musical theatre and our mutual love of it, as well as her many talents as a bass player, touring with her own band, acting, and her landing her role as Counsellor Blatt on Cobra KaiSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
Rose Bianco is a classically trained actress who started out on the stage. Moving to San Francisco from Chicago, she became involved with Les Nicolettes feminist comedy theatre troupe. It was in San Francisco where she went to the comedy club, and the one and only Robin Williams stopped in and did a one hour set! Rose continued her career on stage before taking a break to raise a family and has returned, appearing in many movies and tv series. She is currently the beloved character of Rosa Diaz, the "yaya" of Miguel Diaz, one of the protagonists of the hit show Cobra Kai on You Tube Premium, and moving in August to Netflix! Sit back and enjoy some great story telling from Rose about her career and her love for being on Cobra KaiSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
I welcome back actor Dustin Lewis to Hellblazerbiz. Dustin is a brilliant actor who also teaches the Meisner acting technique at Drama Inc in Atlanta. Dustin has appeared in many shows including Sleepy Hollow, Ozark, The Resident and more recently Cobra Kai, where he plays Mr Palmer. Dustin and I chat about all things acting, with his love of stage as well as on screen. We chat about the brilliant show Cobra Kai and how it teaches us to not be judgemental and understand that people can be going through things that you would never know about. We also talk about Avenue Q with my bad impressions of Trekkie monster, Kermit, Donald Duck and Goofy. You have been warned! :)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
Matt Lewis is an extremely accomplished actor of both stage and screen as well as teaches the craft. He has appeared in many top shows, such as Dynasty, Ozark and the hit show taking the world by storm - Cobra Kai. In the latter, he plays Ron, the chairman of the All-Valley Karate Championship, made famous in 1984 in Karate Kid, where Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) had his decisive grand final win over Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). Matt's character is a beloved' character who appeared in season 1 of the show and who is hoping to return. Matt is very passionate about the art and craft of acting in this excellent conversation.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
Stephen Manas is a French actor, set to appear in the upcoming Apple+ exclusive show "Ted Lasso" The show stars Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live, The Mandalorian, Angry Birds Movie) and follows US American Football coach Ted Lasso (Sudeikis) heading to the UK to manage a struggling London football (soccer) team in the top-flight of English football. Stephen plays the character of ‘Richard Montlaur’. Stephen is a multi-talented individual, who has had roles in France, India and Japan. An accomplished musician also, he plays drums, piano, guitar, saxophone and clarinet and composes his own film scores!Sit back and enjoy this great conversation with Stephen Manas.You can follow him on Instagram @stephenmanasSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
Actress Susan Gallagher joins me on Hellblazerbiz to talk about her role as "Homeless Lynn" on the hit show Cobra Kai. We talk about her dedicated audition for the role, how it feels to act alongside Ralph and William and being part of the Karate Kid universe and fandom ( so much so, her sassy character Lynn has her own dedicated Facebook page!). We talk about the importance of family and stay to the end to find out what kind of muppet Susan would be!Follow Susan at the following:IMDB https://www.imdb.me/SusanGallagherWeb: http://susangallagher.comFacebook (Homeless Lynn page) https://www.facebook.com/groups/2701589869963294/Instagram: iamsusangallagherTwitter: @susanlgallagherSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
Soundtrack to Sixteen is a new British coming of age film, but rather than your typical Hollywood heir of heiress, it focusses on two main characters growing up in London in the Noughties. However, it could be any era as I watched the film and felt a connection to one of the main characters, in how things were for me at that age, and the experiences I had. It is a sweet and funny film, adding lots of humour and brilliant writing, expertly carried out by the actors.This interview with Anna and Hillary Shakespeare, who co-wrote it, produced and directed as well as Scarlett Marshall who plays Maisy, talks about the film making process, the emotions and feelings of cast and crew throughout and reminiscing on childhood.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
Kenny Johnson is a US actor best known for his roles as Dominique Luca on CBS's hit show S.W.A.T. Kenny has been in many hit films and shows during his career, including many favourites of mine such as The Shield, Bates Motel and Chicago Fire. Listen as Kenny talks about his personal reasons behind the story in SWAT focussing on dyslexia and his passion for making the best product possible and working with excellent people. Listen to Kenny talking of how his daughter was so focussed and ended up with a part she was determined to get, as well as working with her in SWAT. Don't forget to hit like and subscribe!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
Once in a while you talk with someone truly inspirational. Will Chesney is one of those. Will served 13 years in the US Navy, 11 of which as a Navy SEAL. He has seen combat around the globe including 4 tours of Afghanistan. The book No Ordinary Dog tells of Will, but more importantly, of Cairo the SEAL dog. Cairo was much more than a service dog. He was a beloved member of the SEAL teams and Will was his dad. Cairo is most famously known for his heroic role in the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, but he did so much more, including going back on active service after being shot and saving Will's life in retirement, when Will was going through an extremely tough time through injury, both physical and mental. An amazing story of a dog who was, quite simply, No Ordinary Dog.
Once in a while you talk with someone truly inspirational. Will Chesney is one of those. Will served 13 years in the US Navy, 11 of which as a Navy SEAL. He has seen combat around the globe including 4 tours of Afghanistan. The book No Ordinary Dog tells of Will, but more importantly, of Cairo the SEAL dog. Cairo was much more than a service dog. He was a beloved member of the SEAL teams and Will was his dad. Cairo is most famously known for his heroic role in the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, but he did so much more, including going back on active service after being shot and saving Will's life in retirement, when Will was going through an extremely tough time through injury, both physical and mental. An amazing story of a dog who was, quite simply, No Ordinary Dog.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/hellblazerbiz)
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Chris Gordon
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Dec 2nd, 2020
Latest Episode
Dec 2nd, 2020
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