Ascension Movie - Cast

 

Joe Derek Melling

Annie Jacky Fellows

Tom Laurence Saunders

Alex Debbie Nicholls

Eddie Mark Rathbone

Carl Samuel Knight

Penny Susan Hawkins

Sally Laura Childs

   

About the actors;

 Derek Melling

 Derek Melling

Derek began acting from an early age in youth theatre. Whilst there he harboured the ambition of becoming a professional actor. Leaving school as soon as he was legally able, flying high, full of ambition, but with no qualifications, he succeeded in gaining his first role in professional theatre… as an Assistant Stage Manager... This did however allow him to play various small acting roles which (along with sweeping up and making tea) enabled him to hone his craft, whilst learning virtually every other aspect of the theatre business, which came in handy during lean times as an actor. Over the years and between acting jobs he worked as a Stage Manager, Set Designer and Scenic Artist, Stage Carpenter, Lighting Designer, Prop maker, Fly man, and Fight Arranger, and even Director…

As an actor Derek has appeared in many theatre productions, from Shakespeare to Pantomime. These have included roles in HENRY IV, A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, and HAMLET. He worked for many years with Award winning Northern based Certain Curtain Theatre Company, during which time he played Jim Taylor in the acclaimed football musical LEGEND The Tom Finney Story (Charter Theatre). Drew in RADIO ROMANCE (National Tour) Kruger in CHILDREN OF THE WOLF (North West Tour) Map in THE BRICK BALLET (The Dukes) and Gang leader Paul Meadow in violent and controversial UNDERWORLD on both stage (Zion Arts) and screen…. Other theatre credits include, ABIGAIL`S PARTY, THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND, BEDROOM FARCE, THE ELEPHANT MAN, JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, MACBETH, DRY ROT, LOOT, GOTCHA and ROAD. Along with various Pantomime tours including CINDERELLA, MOTHER GOOSE and JACK AND THE BEANSTALK. Derek has numerous Film & T.V. credits, and has featured in no less than ten music videos, for bands which include, YOUNG GUNS, DRUMSOUND AND BASSLINE SMITH, OF MICE AND MEN, and THE KING BLUES. He played the lead role of Marvin in the multi award winning short film THE ELECTRICIAN (TTVO/TV1 Finland) His other credits include THE GINGERBREAD MEN, (The Socialeyez Collective) FINAL JUSTICE (Stock Movies) REVELATIONS (Madcutta Films) SILLY GAMES (Hoodlum Media) GARDENERS (T.V. Pilot/Media city U.K.) LOCAL CHAMP (DeadBod Films) THE MANY DEATHS OF ANNIE MOORE (Media City UK/Filmonik) He was most recently seen as Greg in Alex Chandon`s British Horror Film INBRED (Split Second/New Flesh films) He can be seen next in ATTENTION (Milltown Pictures) and OFFICE ASSASSIN (Sumners Productions)

Derek is pleased to be joining the cast of ASCENSION

 

 

 Jacky Fellows

 Jacky Fellows

 

 

 

 

 Laurence Saunders

 Laurence Saunders

Laurence is an experienced actor and all round nice bloke. He used to think being called a nice bloke was rather a backhanded compliment - damned with faint praise at best. Then he realised that the alternative was probably road rage or a small town pint and a fight mentality, swearing at the kids, invading other countries under false pretences, strapping homemade bombs to yourself and climbing aboard crowded buses, stabbing a teenager because of a cockeyed notion of r-e-s-p-e-c-t, robbing old folk for a fix, fiddling interest rates, mis-selling mortgages, running not robbing banks, raiding the pension funds of a nation, saying we're all in it together apart from the poor, avoiding the question... and so he thought being a nice bloke wasn't such a bad thing after all. And it's only an opinion.

He's been on television numerous times (nominated for Villain of the Year at the British Soap Awards 2012), in some films (many of which have won awards), on the radio, and trod the boards in critically acclaimed plays (some of which have won awards too). He's in a band. Narodni Trida. Kind of post rock instrumentals that have appeared on film soundtracks, book launches and arty happenings in Britain and NYC. Yeah, that's quite cool, isn't it? He's in another band with a rather filmic name, Boomshadow. He also does stand up comedy: "delighted the audience... his cock-eyed world view... was intelligent whilst ridiculous... very funny."

Laurence takes on the role of Tom in Ascension

More information about Laurence can be found on his website: http://www.laurencesaunders.co.uk/

 

 

 Debbie Nicholls

 Debbie Nicholls

 

 

 

 

 Mark Rathbone

 Mark Rathbone

Father of seven, professional actor, professional ferret wrangler screenwriter and so much more. Born in the badlands of Middlesbrough so very long ago struck out for London to go to college where I was told the streets were paved with meat pies. Didn't find any pies but fell instantly in love with my wife before I even knew her name. Thirty years and seven kids later, it transpires I made a good call. Doing a day job and sublimating my thespian urges (they can't touch you for it) I started acting seriously round about the millennium when I attended the London Centre for Theatre Studies and haven't looked back ! Haven't made any money yet but this is a marathon not a sprint.

In the few years I have been acting I have managed a number of shorts - mostly horrors and three features (two of which were Horrors ! - mmm seems to be a theme developing there) Just finished filming Alex Chandon's latest epic gore fest in which I have a major role and my ferret Turkish has star billing. As well as the acting I found I have a passion for screenwriting, whether that will turn out to be a talent for screenwriting I don't yet know but I'll keep on keepin on as the song says. Currently I have three completed and heavily revised screenplays and three in development so if there's anyone out there in script development land who wants to collaborate, please let me know.

Mark recently appeared in British Horror Movie INBRED and now takes on the role of Eddie in Ascension

 

 

 Samuel Knight

 Samuel Knight

 

 

 

 

 Susan Hawkins

 Susan Hawkins

 

 

 

 

 Laura Childs

 Laura Childs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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