Dudley O’Shaughnessy shot to international attention after he starred in Rihanna’s 2011 global smash “We Found Love”. Hailing from East London’s Canning Town, Dudley has been a boxer since he was nine years old. With his father, a pro boxing trainer, taking over the reins when Dudley was eleven, he worked his way up through the ranks. A regular fixture at West Ham’s Amateur Boxing Club in Plaistow, Dudley shared his gym with boxing greats such as Terry Spinks (Gold at the Olympics), Nigel Ben, Kevin Mitchell and Matthew Marsh. At twenty-one, Dudley had many wins under his belt, with the Senior ABA’s being a highlight, ranking him the number one boxer in England in his Welter Weight category. No easy task, especially not for someone who had become increasingly in demand as a high fashion model.
After not being picked for the 2012 Olympic games he stopped boxing and started to focus on his true passion which is acting and continues to pursue that.
Yrsa Daley-Ward is a model, actor and writer of mixed West Indian and West African heritage. Born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father, Yrsa was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in the small town of Chorley in the North of England. Yrsa interweaves experience with each influence to fuse poetry with theatre, music and storytelling. She travels a lot grasping for that illusive thing known as Good Mental Health. Food makes her happy. Very very.
“Everything that happens to you, even if it’s bad, there is something in there,” says Sy Alassane softly. The rising actor from Senegal knows this more than most. He was born in Mauritania but had to flee the country in 1989 during the Mauritania-Senegal Border War.
He began his acting career in France in “The American” and returned to the screen again with Andrew Dosunmu’s “Restless City”. He has had a great creative trajectory over the years, his last project was the Sundance Lab feature where he co-starred in Jonas Accompas’ “Mediterranea” which has been a global sensation.
Alassane is increasingly taking on a producing duties and he’s also turning his hand to directing. He has recently shot his short “Marabout” which he is currently developing into a feature.
Wale Ojo began acting with the first television station in Africa as a child prodigy and star. He turned professional in the United Kingdom at the age of 21. He is the pioneer and founder of the New Nigeria Cinema whose aim is to improve the quality of Nigerian films. To date, he runs a yearly festival titled New Nigeria Cinema Day at the British Film Institute in London. A great lover of Shakespeare, he is at the moment researching an African movie adaptation of one of the Bard’s plays.
Damola is a Nigerian born, British actor who trained at RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art).
He is also a writer, director and producer making his filmmaking debut with 2013’s award winning “Fela/Sidy” (Winner of the Best Short Film category at Milan’s 23rd African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival in 2013).
He is also known for Kevin Allen’s Welsh period fantasy “Y Syrcas” (2013) as well as AdaoraNwandu’s cult indie film “Rag Tag” (2006).
Some of his theatre credits include Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Lynne Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning “Ruined” (Almeida Theatre) and Max Stafford Clark’s directed production of “A Country’s Good” (St James Theatre).
Guetan Calvin Elito was born in 1988 and has always showed interest in acting and singing. At the age of 12, he started performing at talent shows in London gaining a following. He has performed at such venues as Hackney Empire, Chats Palace and Stratford Circus. At 15, he joined an acting school and performed with his theatre group at many youth festivals up and down the UK, and subsequently joined a boy group.
At 20, while on holiday in New York, Guetan impressed and got scouted by model agent George Brown. Upon his return to London, he got picked up by London modelling agency D1 Models. After 4 years of modelling, he got back into acting and music, while still modelling on the side. He joined identity drama group and now attends classes at Actor in Session in Notting hill with actor Christopher Obi Ogugua. In 2011, Guetan started attending classes at the Hoxton Street Academy and in 2012 he landed a short film with Red Bee media called “Summer”, followed by another short in 2013 with director Jeremy Cole for Channel 4.
In 2014, Elito was cast in a British feature film called “A Hundred Streets” where he plays the character called Louis alongside Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton, Franz Drameh and Samantha Barks, just to name a few. The film is directed by Jim O’Hanlon and written by Leon Butler. Since then, Guetan has acted in numerous short films, a few music videos and has been featured modelling in campaigns/magazines. He is also currently working on an acoustic music EP.
Fresh to the scene, Meisner-trained actress Jamey May has played roles in TV and film projects for Lionsgate, the Wachowski brothers, BBC and a number of independent British films; her most challenging directed by Ed Bazalgette, funded by Vodafone. Jamey has been taught by some of London’s leading acting coaches including Dee Cannon, Giles Foreman and Tom Radcliffe, her current Meisner tutor.
Jamey practises Tae-kwando and yoga and has also trained as a dancer and singer. She loves meeting new people, travelling, horse riding, most forms of art, sport and anything fast and adrenaline filled. She looks forward to working on any feature with Bernado Bertolucci or Terrence Malick and in more award winning stylistic/experimental indie films in the future.
Ayvianna began her career by training on the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s Youth Theatre course. Following this, she gained a B.A. (Hons.) Acting from The Arden School of Theatre. She has just finished filming the lead role of Naomi in the feature film “Requiem”, which will be released in 2016, and the supporting role of Charlotte in “White Colour Black”. The film “Exhibition”, in which she played the lead role, has been selected as a finalist in the Shortfilm48 competition, and the short film “True Colours” in which she appeared, was selected for the Nightpiece Film Festival, Edinburgh and the Portobello Film Festival, London.
She has also worked extensively in theatre; in 2012 she completed a nationwide tour of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with The Little English Theatre, in which she played Titania. Her other theatre credits include a role in “Anguish & Enthusiasm” at the Library Theatre Manchester in 2013, and a role in “The Hound of the Baskervilles” at the Brass Works Theatre Bristol.
Tommy Roca was born in Paris. Originally training in hospitality and events management, he was discovered by VIP Models while working in a Parisian bar. Having worked for some years as a model in France, he decided to make the move to Australia, where he successfully ventured into the acting world under the guidance of the agencies Platform and Exquisite. During his time in Australia, he booked roles in the movie “Wolverine” and many TV commercials, as well as studying stage combat and continuing to train as an actor. He then travelled to New Zealand, where he worked on the TV series “Spartacus”.
In 2006, Tommy moved to London and signed with BMA, who continue to represent him exclusively in the UK as both an actor and a model. Tommy has had many successes in the UK, including commercials for Vodafone and Canon, and films such as “Star Wars”, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, “Criminal”, and “Assassin’s Creed”.