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Ralf Little

Bury born
Ralf Little came to the attention of the UK television viewing
public when he starred in the role of Anthony
in “The Royle Family” . He had already had some
success as a child actor, appearing in the Children’s BBC series
“Sloggers” and “Sloggers 2”
as well as in “Children’s Ward” on ITV. He
has in fact begun studying for a medical degree when he was
offered the role of Anthony, at which time he immediately gave
up his studies to pursue a career in acting. Still a relative
newcomer, Ralf has continued in another major hit comedy role,
as Jonny in “Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps” .
He has also worked as a presenter in film and theatre. In the
film “24 Hour Party People” , based on Manchester’s
Hacienda Club, he played New Order bass player, Peter Hook.
Most recently he acted alongside Charles Dale and Neil Morrisey
in the BBC drama, “Paradise Heights” . Little
admits that he would ideally prefer a career as a professional
footballer, and was actually spotted by Hartlepool United, having
already been invited to train with them. He has more recently
been the voice-over in Asda Supermarket TV advertisements and
appeared in an episode of BBC1’s “Death in Paradise”
in 2012.

Will Mellor

Will Mellor


Will Mellor
was born on 3 April 1976 in Stockport, Cheshire, and quickly
established himself as a well know actor in Britain due to his
many roles on TV, of which the soap opera “Hollyoaks” ,
set in Chester, is to date perhaps his best known. He has also
acted in the prime time BBC series “Casualty” as
well as starring roles in many other series. He
also tried his hand at becoming a pop star in 1998, but with
little success he returned to television acting. He has come
to recent public attention through his role in “Two
Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps “, alongside Ralf
Little, (above), and for participating in the Comic relief Fame
Academy series in March 2003, where he had another opportunity
to demonstrate his singing skills for charity. Other
work by Will Mellor has included “Sport Relief”
in 2002, “Is Harry on the Boat?” in 2001,
“Fat Friends” in 2000 and “Night Fever”
in 1997. Will
has gone on to act in many other successful television roles
including in 2011 “White Van Man” in which
he took the starring role. In 2013 he made a cameo appearance
in the BBC1 television drama “Shetland” .


Natalie Casey


Born in Rawtenstall in 1982, Natalie Casey, otherwise known
as ‘chatty Natty’ has already enjoyed a high degree of TV coverage
and exposure. She first became known to a wide UK audience in
the role of the guitar-playing scatterbrain Carol in Channel
4’s soap, “Hollyoaks” . Natalie
had already made a brief, if uneventful, foray into the world
of pop music. As an MTV presenter Natalie was lost for words
as Huey Morgan, front man for the Fun Lovin’ Criminals
band pounced on her unannounced with a long lingering kiss in
the middle of an interview on air. Recently,
she has been enjoying a great deal of attention and celebrity
for her comedic performance in “Two Pints of Lager and
a Packet of Crisps” , which is rapidly attracting a
cult following. Natalie enjoys horse riding,and playing the


Max Beesley


Born Maxton Beesley in Burnage, Manchester in 1971, the son
of jazz singer Chris Marlowe and jazz drummer Maxton Beesley,
his musical background gave him a considerable headstart in
music and as a young boy he won a scholarship to Chetham’s School
of Music in Manchester and later went to the Guildhall School
of Music and Drama in London.
As a teenager he began to perform as a keyboard session musician
and drummer with several later-to-become-famous pop groups like
Take That, George Michael and Jamiroquai, as well as modelling
to earn a living. Eventually, he made the decision to turn his
attentions to acting and he moved to New York to study with
a method acting coach. After much studying and long periods
of unemployment he was successful in securing a starring role
in “The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling” – his performance
found favour with critics and public alike and other television
roles soon followed. These included “The Match”,
“Five Seconds to Spare”, and “Kill Me
Later” . Even
so, musical opportunities presented themselves and in 2001 he
landed a co-starring role with Mariah Carey in the unsuccessful
“Glitter” . Beesley continues to write songs
and has been cast in an American situation comedy. He has also
had an on/off relationship with Mel B of the Spice Girls pop
singing group. Max currently lives in Los Angeles. More
recently, in 2006-2007 he took a leading role in the television
series “Hotel Babylon” and in 2009 in “Survivors” .


Christopher Eccleston

in Eccles on 16th February 1964, Christopher Eccleston studied
at Salford Technical College and the Central School of Speech
& Drama. After graduating 1986, he made his stage debut
at the Old Vic Theatre in Bristol, which was followed by work
at the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre and Bush theatres.
made his film debut in “Let Him Have It” , the
true story of Derek Bentley, a mentally retarded 19-year old
epileptic, who was hanged. He has also played the part of Detective
Chief Inspector Bilborough in the TV series “Cracker”
with Robbie Coltraine, the title role in “Jude”,
and David in “Shallow Grave” .
In 1996 Ecclestone
moved back to live in Eccles. His several film roles have included
“Elizabeth” with Cate Blanchett and a starring
role with Cameron Diaz in “Invisible Circus” as
well with Nicole Kidman in “The Others” . Other
films have included “Gone in 60 Seconds” with
Nicholas Cage. The television drama, “The Second Coming”
saw Eccleston starring as Jesus returning to earth as a
Manchester City supporter who worked in a video shop in Salford
after spending 40 days in the wilderness of the Yorkshire Moors
! He also featured in the long-running TV series “Our
Friends in the North” . In 2005 he was announced that
he had been chosen to play the title role of “Doctor
Who” in the seventh reincarnation of the cult television
series. After being off screen for many years, the series returned
by popular demand, and Eccleston, accompanied by Billie Piper,
launched the first series in March 2005 to an audience at over
10 million viewers, only to announce that he intended to leave
so as not to be typecast in the role. Eccleston’s Dr Who character
was taken over by David Tennant. In 2010 he played a leading
role in the television crime drame ” The Shadow Line”.

Philip Schofield

Philip Schofield


Philip Schofield was born in 1962 in Manchester and at the age
of seventeen he joined the BBC as a children’s presenter. He
also studied at Oxford University. Later he gained further valuable
experience working in New Zealand television. He worked for
a time on BBC Radio presenting a Sunday afternoon music show
and by the late 1980s he had become one of the most familiar
and charismatic faces of Children’s BBC TV, appearing with a
small sock puppet called Gordon the Gopher.
Schofield soon moved on to join Emma Forbes as a co-presenter
of “Going Live”, a Saturday morning Children’s
TV show ran from 1987 to 1992.
He left television for a brief period to take over the lead
role from Jason Donovan in the musical “Joseph and his
Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. He went on to the starring
role in “Doctor Dolittle” .
In recent times he has returned to presenting TV shows such
as “Talking Telephone Numbers” , the National
Lottery Show “Winning Lines” and “Schofield’s
TV Gold” . He also stepped in to replace John Leslie
as co-host in the “This Morning” programme
on ITV with Fern Britton. He has co-hosted the “Test
the Nation” national IQ quiz with Anne Robinson every
year since 2002, and regularly featured on the BBC’s National
Lottery show. More recently he has hosted the ITV show “The


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