JAMIE DRAVEN has distinguished himself as a truly gifted young actor. He shifts effortlessly from features to television having appeared in critically acclaimed films like BBC'S FAITH, chronicling the effect of the miner's strike on two families, to his starring role in THE BUTTERFLY COLLECTORS, playing DEX LISTER, a young parks worker raising his younger siblings alone, co-starring PETE POSTLETHWAITE. One of his most popular television roles was that of CPL. JAMIE DOW in ITV'S ULTIMATE FORCE series. He has also successfully tested his comedic talents playing the role of JAMES WEARING in the romantic comedy WATERMELON, costarring with ANNA FRIEL and BRENDA FRICKER. Most recently he has appeared in the TV Mini-Series MOBILE and the feature drama, JETSAM with ALEX REID.
But it was JAMIE DRAVEN'S intense portrayal of a striking miner in STEPHEN DALDRY'S ACADEMY AWARD Nominated film BILLY ELLIOTT that brought international critical acclaim. It is the bittersweet story of a young boy who wants to dance instead of box. The story is played out against the backdrop of the crippling 1984 miner's strike on a Northern England mining town. DRAVEN plays the older brother to JAMIE BELL'S title character. "DRAVEN and LEWIS put gritty realism and passion into their roles of a father and son committed to their community and to the miners' cause. They make us feel their despair as they realize that this cause is lost". The film garnered well deserved praise and awards, including SAG, GOLDEN GLOBE and ACADEMY AWARD nominations as well as several BAFTA nominations and wins. It was DRAVEN'S riveting performance in this movie that caught the attention of writer/director FRANCESCO LUCENTE who cast him as the lead actor in the independent feature film BADLAND.
In his role as CPL JERRY RICE, DRAVEN gives a haunting portrayal of an American soldier who returns from his tour of duty in Iraq, his spirit broken, his mind tormented by things he witnessed in combat that he cannot forget. This will mark DRAVEN'S American feature film debut.
In a relatively short period of time, 10 year old GRACE CAROLINE FULTON has made a career playing powerfully dramatic and sympathetic characters. Bringing an innocence and sincerity to the screen, she has captured the attention of filmmakers and critics alike.
Early on in her career, GRACE was cast to play iconic child star Natalie Wood in THE MYSTERY OF NATALIE WOOD. Portraying her ages 5 to 9, the role showcased GRACE'S dramatic range and lead director Peter Bogdanovich to call her "a natural". The LA TIMES described her performance as "Startling".
Currently, GRACE has a recurring role on CBS's new hit series GHOST WHISPERER playing a younger version of Jennifer Love Hewitt's character. As young Melinda, GRACE has the pleasure of working with Jennifer and the series' creator and director, John Gray.
Making her feature film debut in her most dramatic role to date, Grace stars along side Jamie Draven (BILLY ELLIOT) in the emotionally riveting independent film BADLAND written and directed by FRANCESCO LUCENTE. GRACE plays the daughter of a troubled Iraq War veteran and the only source of hope in his beleaguered life.
Also in 2005, GRACE played Faye Dunaway's daughter and co-starred alongside Blythe Danner in the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, BACK WHEN WE WERE GROWNUPS.
Since 2003 GRACE has lent her singing and voice talents to WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS as young Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Her recordings bring to life the Little Mermaid in computer games, interactive toys and dolls.
When GRACE was only 5 years old she was chosen by Aaron Spelling to star as a series regular playing the precocious daughter of Rob Estes in the WB pilot HOME OF THE BRAVE. Grace continues to make numerous TV appearances including roles on BONES, JAG and THAT'S LIFE.
VINESSA SHAW is an exciting and versatile performer whose talent and tremendous screen presence has earned her the reputation of being one of Hollywood's most compelling young actors. Her blossoming career has already led her to work with some of the most illustrious directors in the business including Steven Soderbergh, Stanley Kubrick and Woody Allen.
In 2005, VINESSA starred in the Showtime independent feature BEREFT, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was an official selection at the AFI Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle Film Festivals. Based on her riveting performance in the film, VINESSA was chosen as a Rising Star at the Hamptons Film Festival. Later that year, in Woody Allen's romantic comedy MELINDA AND MELINDA for Fox Searchlight, VINESSA played an investment banker who loses her sanity while dating Will Ferrell's character.
VINESSA shined as the young prostitute 'Domino' who entices Tom Cruise in Stanley Kubrick's EYES WIDE SHUT.
VINESSA co-starred with Sean Penn as a naive 1871 Norwegian immigrant for director Kathryn Bigelow in the Lions Gate's drama THE WEIGHT OF WATER.
VINESSA then turned to comedy in Miramax's 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS, where she played Josh Hartnett's ex-girlfriend who schemes to seduce him into breaking his vow of celibacy.
VINESSA most recently wrapped a lead role opposite Russell Crowe (GLADIATOR) in the western 3:10 TO YUMA, directed by JAMES MANGOLD.
CHANDRA WEST has been keeping herself busy in both feature films and television. She was recently seen in the successful thriller WHITE NOISE opposite Michael Keaton, playing a deceased wife trying to communicate with her husband from the dead. Her next projects are very diverse, she co-stars in Gold Circle Films' THE LONG WEEKEND a comedy about two boys on a road trip and the characters they meet along the way and in the independent film BADLAND a psychological drama written and directed by FRANCESCO LUCENTE.
Prior to the films, CHANDRA starred in the CBS movie of the week CATEGORY 6: DAY OF DESTRUCTION with Brian Dennehy and Dianne Weist, garnering the network its best ratings ever for a made for television film. She continues to be widely recognized as the troubled girlfriend of Mark-Paul Gosselaar on the ABC series NYPD BLUE.
Previously she starred in the short lived but critically acclaimed NBC series MR. STERLING with Josh Brolin, and in the edgy drama WATER'S EDGE with Nathan Fillion and Emmanuelle Vaugier. CHANDRA also starred with Val Kilmer in Castle Rock's characterdriven Thriller THE SALTON SEA which received wide praise from critics.
Other feature film credits include 20th Century Fox's THE FIRST TWENTY MILLION IS ALWAYS THE HARDEST with Adam Garcia and Rosario Dawson, and THE PERFECT SON which was an official selection in the Toronto and New York Film Festivals in 2000.
In television, CHANDRA's credits include such popular and diverse favorites as CBS's CSI, and the television movies THE 70's SHOW produced by Denise Di Novi and REVENGE OF THE LAND directed by John Smith. Originally from Edmonton, Canada, CHANDRA currently resides in Los Angeles.
JOE MORTON is currently starring in the Sci-Fi Channel series EUREKA. He most recently appeared in STEALTH with Jamie Foxx, Jessica Biel and Sam Shepard. Before that he co-starred in PAYCHECK alongside Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman for Director John Woo and before that with Jon Voight in the Showtime movie JASPER, TEXAS, Will Smith in "Ali", Kevin Costner in DRAGONFLY, and BOUNCE with Ben Affleck and Gwenyth Paltrow. Mr. Morton was one of the narrators on the enormously successful Ken Burn's documentary JAZZ and the eight part documentary AFRICA on PBS.
Film fans perhaps best know JOE as THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET or as the ill-fated scientist in TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY. Mr. Morton's other film credits include John Sayles' LONE STAR and CITY OF HOPE, SPEED, EXECUTIVE DECISION, THE ASTRONAUT'S WIFE, BLUES BROTHERS 2000, TAP and Gary Sinese's OF MICE AND MEN in which he portrayed "Crooks".
Morton was a Tony Award Nominee for his portrayal of "Walter Lee Younger" in the musical RASIN. He played "Serge" in ART on Broadway with Judd Hirsch and George Wendt and then in London.
Television audiences have enjoyed Mr. Morton's starring roles in the series EQUAL JUSTICE for ABC, UNDER ON ROOF with James Earl Jones on CBS, and TRIBECA for FOX (for which he also directed an episode), as well as a recurring role on the WB's SMALLVILLE and most recently in multiple episodes of CSI:NY and the pilot E-RING. JOE has turned in noteworthy performances as "MALCOM X" in FOX's ALI: AN AMERICAN HERO, the award winning cable feature MISS EVERS' BOYS and a spectacular star turn in THE X-FILES.