The Judges

The Judges

Carol Harrison

Carol Harrison is one of the UK’s best recognized and highly respected actresses. Carol began her professional career in the early 1970’s working at the cutting edge of new writing in theatre, touring Britain and Europe with the radical and inspiring General Will Theatre Company.

Back in her native east end she became a founder member of the renowned Half Moon Theatre. From there she joined the Royal National Theatre Company to work with the legendary Arthur Miller in Michael Rodman’s highly acclaimed production of Death of a Salesman. She went on to star in Ripen Our Darkness at the Royal Court Theatre, London, The Ascent of Wilberforce Three, at the Lyric Hammersmith, Alfie at the Liverpool Playhouse (directed by Alan Parker), Swaggers, which won the best fringe award, and numerous other leading theatres throughout the country.

Snapped up by TV at an early age, Carol appeared in the prestigious Play of the Month production of Arnold Wesker’s The Kitchen / Danton’s Death, and Play for Today, Nipper, by Barrie Keefe. Since then she has played guest lead roles in some if Britain’s finest TV shows, including Kavanagh QC, A touch of Frost, The Bill, Bergerac, Casualty, The Chief, Respect, Daylight Robbery, Broke, Perfect Scoundrels and two series of London’s Burning. Her latest TV movie Martha Jac and Sianco for S4C has been nominated for 8 B.A.F.T.A awards.

Antony Thomas

Born in Calcutta, Thomas was taken to South Africa when he was six years old. He moved to England in 1967, where he has written, directed and produced 40 major documentaries and dramas. He is also author of a highly-acclaimed biography Rhodes, the Race for Africa.

Thomas’s films have taken the top prizes at numerous documentary festivals, including the most prestigious — the US Emmy Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, the British Academy Award and the Grierson Award for best British Documentary. Two of his documentaries, Twins – The Divided Self and Man and Animal won fourteen international awards between them.

Thomas has succeeded in creating programmes with a strong message that are also highly popular. The opening programme of his 1998 series on obesity, Fat, won three awards from the British Medical Association and was also one of the ten most popular programmes of the week in the UK, with an audience of 9.5 million. When his drama Death of a Princess was originally shown in the United States, it earned one of the highest ratings in the history of PBS, while his 2004 programmes on the Ancient Greek Olympics were sold to 83 countries.

In 2007, his documentary,The Tank Man, was invited for special screenings at the US AGM of Amnesty International and the United States Congress. His latest offering, a two-hour documentary on The Qur’an, was first shown on British television (Channel 4) on July 14th 2008 and on American television (National Geographic) on August 5th 2008.

Howard J.Ford

Howard is an award-winning director who began making short films at the age of thirteen. Following a number of awards at film festivals around the world, Howard Directed his debut feature film ‘Mainline Run’, aged just 21. Despite it’s micro-budget, this gritty and hard-hitting film starring Hugo Speer (‘The Full Monty’) was quickly picked up by sales agents and went on to secure international distribution, including the U.S.
Howard then set to work on his next feature film, the stylish, character-driven thriller “Distant Shadow”. With supporting roles by many well-known British TV character actors, the film, which premiered at London’s Leicester Square and subsequently at the Cannes film festival, was then selected for a number of international festivals from Cherbourg to Rio de Janeiro. The film was well received by the international film community and went on to enjoy worldwide distribution.

Since completing these films, Howard has worked consistently both in the UK and abroad, directing commercials for agency’s such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Lowe Lintas, McCann Erickson & MMRS (Ogilvy & Mather affiliated) including several award-winning campaigns. With over 100 commercials to his credit for multi-national clients such as Guinness, Nestle, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Howard now brings his experience and dedication to his next feature film ‘The Dead’. Shot on location in Africa Including the Sahara desert it is currently in post-production and due for release in early 2010.

John Clegg

Clegg is a young, vibrant, yet seasoned entertainer. Comedy, vocals, impressions are all included in a rollercoaster ride of a show!
Jon has been entertaining audiences, young and old for over fourteen years. His experience ranges from cruise to corporate, holiday camps to hotels, musicals to pantomime. He`s covered just about every corner of the world of show business! His work takes him abroad for much of the year, entertaining the holidaymakers all over the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
In addition to performing his cabaret, he is also touring in the award-winning musical Forever in Blue Jeans, as a comedian and vocalist. He has played the comedy lead in Pantomime for 10 years at theatres around the UK, most recently performing at Brighton Theatre Royal for two consecutive years.

Jon is big fan of documentaries/history channel and good stand up comedy like Lee Evans, he likes watching movie thrillers/true stories/comedy but all time fave film is Quadrophenia shoot on location in Brighton.