Twins land starring roles in film shot at Beamish

Acting twins Graham and Julie Nicholson of Sunderland, who are starring in a regional film to be filmed at Beamish later this year.
Acting twins Graham and Julie Nicholson of Sunderland, who are starring in a regional film to be filmed at Beamish later this year.
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ACTING twins are doubly pleased after landing roles in the same film.

Graham and Julie Nicholson both developed the acting bug at an early age and will now be appearing alongside each other in the film, An Unfortunate Woman.

The short film, to be shot on location at Consett and Beamish Museum later this year by North-East company, Pimm Production Ltd, follows the true story of the first reported ‘mercy killing’ in Britain.

Kathleen Mumford was jailed for killing her severely disabled son Derek in 1938 after being told by doctors that the five-year-old had to be put in an institution.

Her motivation was to save him from the abuse and mistreatment she had suffered whilst being raised in a Victorian orphanage and although initially sentenced to death, Mrs Mumford was released from prison after a newspaper took up her cause.

Julie and Graham, 40, said they are delighted to be working together and in a film with such a powerful storyline.

Graham, who lives in Ashbrooke and who has returned to acting after many years in the hotel industry in London, will play the role of the doctor who wants to put Derek into an institution.

He said: “I started acting when I was six and, at 17, went to drama school in Liverpool. I went to London and ended up working as a hotel manager.”

Graham decided to come back to the North East to continue his dream of being an actor and has since been in a number of regional films as well as an extra on shows such as George Gently, Vera and Tracey Beaker.

Single mum Julie, who still lives in the twins’ native Seaham, got involved in acting at the age of 10 when she wrote a play and, like her brother, has performed in short films and as an extra.

Julie said: “In An Unfortunate Woman, I have been cast as the sadistic nun who abuses children. It is a very controversial role, but demanding and a great role to play.”

Initially An Unfortunate Woman will be 15 minutes long, but producers hope it will win enough financial backing to be turned into a full-length feature film. Anyone interested in finding out more about the film can visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AnUnfortunateWoman.