Agent on the look out for TV extras in Sunderland

Casting Director Carole Machin who is holding a open casting session at the Royalty Theatre, Sunderland, this coming weekend.

Casting Director Carole Machin who is holding a open casting session at the Royalty Theatre, Sunderland, this coming weekend.

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WANTED: Extras to star in top TV show.

 Top casting agency boss Carole Machin is on the lookout for Wearsiders who can blend into the background.

 Her company, CLM Castings, has provided actors and extras for detective series Vera, as well as films starring Stephen Tompkinson, Tim Roth and Luke Goss.

 Now she’s been tasked with finding extras for the forthcoming series of Inspector George Gently, starring Martin Shaw, when it films in the region.

 Carole is hosting an open casting session at The Royalty Theatre off Chester Road tomorrow, from 2pm-5pm, when budding screen extras can go along and see if they have what it takes to work in television.

 Carole said: “It can be a struggle to cast for period dramas because people have modern hair cuts or have fake tans and over-plucked eyebrows which they didn’t really have in the 50s and 60s.”

 As well as casting for period dramas, Carole is looking for general extras to appear in a wide range of programmes and films.

 Speaking about what she is looking for, she said: “Basically, there’s no hard and fast rules but we are looking for people who are dedicated, reliable and interested in doing it.

 “They need to be prepared for all the waiting around that’s involved in shooting for TV and film. They really need to be flexible with their time and to get a kick out of being on a film set.”

 “At the minute we are looking for people with character faces. We have anyone from babies to pensioners on our books. We can struggle to find older people because I don’t think they realise these opportunities exist.”

 Carole says the North East is attracting more and more film crews.

 “There’s some really exiting projects happening in the North East at the minute,” she explained. “Some of them I can’t talk about but others include Wolfblood, a CBBC show.

 “We recently provided extras for a Newcastle Brown Ale advert which has been made for the American market. The industry’s gone from having very little filmed in the North East to a host of things being filmed here.”

 She added: “Seeing extras that you’ve cast on screen is so satisfying, especially when they make the scene they are in.”

l Anyone can come along to the open casting, no experience is required.