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Adeel Akhtar

In his early career, Adeel Akhtar performed in a number of projects at Half Moon Theatre before moving onto a successful film and TV career. He is best known for his roles in the films Four LionsPanThe DictatorThe Big Sick and Victoria & Abdul. Adeel’s TV work includes Utopia (playing Wilson Wilson, for which he was nominated for both a BAFTA and Royal Television Society Award), The RiverCapitalTrollied, The Night Manager, Apple Tree Yard and Murdered by My Father, for which he won a Leading Actor BAFTA.

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Michael Irving

After training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in the late 1960s, Michael Irving co-founded the Half Moon Theatre in 1972, where he went on to perform in many productions, including In the Jungle of the Cities (1972), Will Wat, If Not, What Will? (1972), Sawdust Caesar (1972) and Female Transport (1973). Michael went on to have a successful theatre career, including roles in The DuellistsRough Music and Apart From George. Michael’s film work includes Personal Services and the father of Robert Pattinson’s character in How to Be.

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Josie Lawrence

Comedian and actor Josie Lawrence has a significant theatre, musical, radio and TV career. Her first job after leaving drama school was The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist (1983) at the Half Moon Theatre on Mile End Road, where she later played in Moll Flanders (1986) and Poppy (1988). Josie was also the wardrobe assistant in the Half Moon production of Dracula (1984), starring Daniel Day Lewis and Peter Capaldi. Other stage work includes numerous roles at the Royal National Theatre, Mrs Anna in The King and I (London Palladium) and Katharine in The Taming of the Shrew (RSC), for which she received the Dame Peggy Ashcroft award for Best Actress.  Josie’s TV work includes Humans, EastEndersYou Have Been WatchingAt Home With The Kennedy’s, Jonathan Creek and nine series of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Since 1985 Josie has been a member of The Comedy Store Players based at London’s famous Comedy Store. In 2016 Josie created the female improv group The Glenda J Collective.

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Linda Marlowe

Linda Marlowe has a significant film, TV and directing career dating back to the 1960s. Her film work includes Tinker Taylor Solider Spy, Big Zapper, Beckett, The Man Outside, Manifesto, The House of Mirth and Denial. She performed in several productions at the Half Moon Theatre on Alie Street including Grand Larceny (1977); Dick Whittington, or The City of Fear (1977) and Greek (1980), which was one of many Stephen Berkoff plays created for her including, among others Decadence, East, The Trial and Metamorphosis, for which she is internationally best known. Linda has also created and performed in a number of one woman shows including the multi-award winning Berkoff’s Women. Until recently, she was a familiar face on EastEnders, where she played regular character Sylvie Carter in a moving storyline of an older woman with Alzheimer’s. Linda’s TV work includes Jekyll, Foyle’s War, Spooks, The Borgias and Houdini.

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