Sir Norman Wisdom

'Expresso' marks Sir Norman's 60th anniversary since his first television appearance in 1947.

"A True Legend"

Sir Norman Wisdom has become the Great British clown very much in the mould of Charlie Chaplin with his "little man" in the ill fitting suit and cloth cap.

Norman's early years were hard. His mother left home and his father disowned him when he was 10. He went to foster homes and also had to live a Dickens life style on the streets of London.

He joined the army where he discovered that his performing ability was appreciated. After leaving the army Norman worked hard to make it into show business and now his films have become British classics.

His theme song has become "Don't laugh at me" from the film 'Trouble in Store' in which Norman won the BAFTA award for best newcomer in 1953.

His autobiography 'My Turn' was published in 1993. Norman now lives in the Isle of Man, and at 92 he still enjoys the odd round of golf and relaxing on cruise ships

Richard Ng Yiu-han

is a veteran of over 70 films and became one of Hong Kong's most popular comedy stars both on television and on the big screen.

In the west Richard is best known for his role as an ex-con in he "Lucky Stars" series of films alongside Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung.

Richard is an expert at visual comedy, and throughout his career in Hong Kong he specialised in character acting, and was best known for his Clouseau-esque bumbling detectives in films such as Jackie Chans "Miracles".

His on screen skills have twice earned him nominations for Best Actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

Now living in England with his British born wife Richard has taken on more serious acting roles making appearances in "The Bill", as well as being a regular character in the Scottish soap opera "River City".

Although now semi-retired from filmmaking Richard still flies back to Hong Kong to appear in selected films and to support his son Carl who has followed in his footsteps as an actor.


Don was first known for playing Philip Smith in Rising Damp, alongside Leonard Rossiter and Richard Beckinsale. He has appeared in many television programmes over the past 30 years including crime drama C.A.T.S. Eyes, Red Dwarf, Manchild, New Street Law and portrayed Rassilon in several Doctor Who audio plays. Don appeared as "The President (of Great Britain)" in the Doctor Who (2006) episode Rise of the Cybermen.

Soon after, he recorded an abridged audio book of the Doctor Who novel The Art of Destruction by Stephen Cole. He is also one of the interviewees on the BBC 2 series Grumpy Old Men. He has also appeared in a series of Kenco coffee advertisements in which he plays a coffee plantation owner. Well known for his suave, cultured voice, Don has also performed with the National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Bristol Old Vic and regularly provides voice-overs for both BBC TV and radio.


Although appearing in many television plays and series, Geoffrey is probably best known for portraying ‘Onslow’ – the less than salubrious brother-in-law of Hyacinth Bucket – in Keeping Up Appearances, the loveable rogue ‘Scripps’ in Heartbeat and Hilda Ogden’s scallywag lodger ‘Eddie Yates’ in Coronation Street. He played ‘Trinculo’ in the BBC’s filmed version of The Tempest, ‘Squire Clodpol’ in Good Friday 1663 (a Ch4 avant-garde opera) and ‘Twiggy’ in The Royal Family.

Geoffrey's film credits include The Bofors Gun, Virgin Soldiers, Adolf Hitler My Part in his Downfall, Carry on at Your Convenience and television films Needle and The Man from the Pru. He was also the voice of ‘Paul McCartney’ in the Beatle’s cartoon film Yellow Submarine.


Finty Williams

Finty trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

She has starred in a number of British films including Mrs Brown and Gosford Park.

She had a recurring role in the TV series Born and Bred, also a voice over artist Finty plays the title character in the animated children's series Angelina Ballerina and has appeared in many BBC radio plays.

She has also worked in the theatre touring in plays such as Party Piece, Bedroom Farce and One for the Pot.

Finty is the daughter of actors Dame Judi Dench and Michael Williams.



After leaving RADA in 1982 Guy Henry went straight into a the TV series Young Sherlock playing the lead, since then he has been in a regular member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre - recent stage work includes 'Mary Stuart' 'King John' 'Alls well that ends well' in the 'Alchemist' Guy was nominated for a Oliver award.

His Television work over the last few years include - Thomas Beckett, The Chase, Colditz, 'Hotel Babylon' 'Rome' and 'John Adams' (HBO) and of course playing the BBC boss in 'Extras' His many films include V for Vendetta, Bright Young Things, Emma, The Chronicles of Riddick. Guy is also the voice on many Radio plays and he can also be heard each morning on Sarah Kennedy's Radio Two show.


Vincent has appeared on stage in a number of theatre plays and his TV and film roles have been varied.

In the past he’s featured in Hustle, Casualty, The Bourne Identity and Vera Drake to name but a few on-screen productions.

One of his latest roles was as a wedding organiser in the acclaimed feature film "Confetti".

He also featured in what is probably accepted as one of the best episodes of the mega successful TV series "The Office" – Training Day.

Martin Nigel Davey.     

Martin says when growing up that his dad an Irish builder - and a bit of a character - would hold all night long parties inviting every troubled soul to the house to cheer them up!! Because of this Martin found human nature fascinating from a young age.

Martin left school and joined a full time youth theatre group touring with plays and shows. He also studied acting for a year at Birmingham School of Speech and Drama.

In his 20s Martin concentrated on his love of sport and went on to represent Great Britain at the Triathlon. In 2000 he returned to the acting world appearing in various stage productions.

He also played Jesus in two different productions which gained praise from the directors and public. In feature films and on television Martin has played many characters - beggars, drunks, even a psychopath, twice, on Crimewatch.

He has appeared in a variety of period dramas - Thomas Beckett, Forsyte Saga, The Virgin Queen, King Arthur, and played Richard III on Channel 4's The Monarchy. Recently Martin had a role along side Reese Witherspoon in 'Penelope' and John Hurt in 'The Oxford Murders'  more info at

Lucy Mans

Lucy attended the Hertfordshire based Jason Theatre School from which Victoria Beckham was also a pupil.

Lucy comes from a showbiz family, Her six aunts were all professional dancers, who were part of the John Tiller Group in their time, dancing as the popular Tiller Girls. Lucy is also a second cousin to legendary film actor Cary Grant!

She has worked as a catwalk model at London Fashion week, and appeared in many photo shoots for magazines and newspapers, plus a major campaign in Madrid.

With stage and television experience behind her, including several West End appearances, work with channel 4, appearances on Coronation Street and Hollyoaks.

Lucy as also worked on the production side of television working on such shows as Big Brother, Saturday Night Project, Gordon Ramsay's "F" Word, Trinnie & Susanna, Brush With Fame, and more recently T4.


Ivania Elena

Ivania was born in Portugal. Even though she trained as a dancer from the age of 4, Ivania was always fascinated by the world of film as her older brother is an up & coming film director.

At the age of 16, after auditioning for her brother (twice!), Ivania earned herself the lead role in his first feature: 'False Keys'. From then on, there was no stopping her!!!! She went on to do small TV roles during her school summer holidays and at the age of 17, Ivania celebrated her stage debut in 'Napoli Milionaria'.

Ivania graduated from 'The Urdang Academy of Performing Arts' (Covent Garden) in 1994 and danced professionally until 1999. After severe injuries, she returned to the acting world and has been working successfully in the UK since. Ivania has worked with film directors from the UK, Portugal, Spain & Japan.

She has had the privilege of playing a variety of parts: a single  mum, a graceful ballet dancer, a rape victim, a kick ass heroine and most recently, one of the lead roles in sci-fi thriller 'Human Residue'. More
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Lewis Harwood graduated with distinction from the Birmingham School of Acting in 2005. Theatre roles include Vindice in Revenger’s Tragedy, Astrov in Uncle Vanya and Geza in The Stonewatcher; where his portrayal of a young autistic man was deemed "superb" (Birmingham Evening Mail). Lewis has also toured nationally with the poetry ensemble piece Being Alive.

Other film and television work includes the lead in the short film Late, The Pact and appearances in two BBC Inside Out programs, one of which was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award



Joanne has trained part time professionally as an actor for the past 10 years having gained a LAMDA qualification at the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama at the age of 14 and having recently trained there, or as it is now known –the Birmingham School of Acting in performance and Effective Communication. Joanne has appeared on many programmes including BBC Doctors and Casualty.



Izzy says has always loved acting but didn't realise how long she'd been doing it until recently, at an old school reunion, a friend commented on how when reading aloud in class she would always read the different characters in different voices ("no wonder the teacher was always asking me to read, must have amused them").

Izzy joined a Saturday morning acting class in Birmingham when she was 13 and has been acting ever since. She's played a variety of roles over the years and has loved most of them. She occasionally does 'extra' work and with a friend runs her own drama company.

They have won quite a few awards for comedy, last year (2006) taking 5 awards from the All England Festival


Adanely was born and grew up in Mexico. Since she was a little girl she was fascinated by music and dancing and later acted in several teenage plays and shows. Adanely graduated from the highly respected CEA (The Centre of Artistic Education) in Television S.A. de C.V in Mexico City, the best academy in Latin America for acting in Theatre, Film and Television.

After leaving the school she worked professionally as a television sports presenter and became the face of many advertisements throughout Argentina, Mexico and Miami - she even represented Mexico in the competition 'Top model in the world' !

But acting was her first love and when she appeared in one episode of the Mexican soap opera "Bajo la misma piel" she was spotted by the television studios and immediately offered a main role in the Colombia TV series "Amor de mis amores".

Adanely now divides her time between Mexico and London where she is studying English.

"Expresso" is Adanely's first UK Film.