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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Actress wins part in British movie alongside Pulp Fiction star

A woman has landed a role in a major film starring Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs actor Tim Roth.

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Jenny Pike with Tim Roth

Jenny Pike, who lives near Canonbie, stars in the black comedy The Liability, which was filmed in Newcastle last year.

Jenny plays the part of Mrs Hippy whose camper van is hijacked at gun point by Roy, played by Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs star Tim Roth and Adam (Jack O’Connell, from Skins), leaving her stranded.

Jenny, 62, said being on set was “an amazing experience”.

“Casting agent Phil McKay came to see me in a show in Carlisle and said I should be doing this on a professional basis,” she said.

“He invited me to his office and gave me a script to read. I joined Carlisle-based Lakeside Castings four years ago and have had several roles in short films.

“Phil put me up for the audition in Newcastle. I had to read a part of the script and do a bit of performing and then a week later Phil got the call from London to say they would like to offer me the part of Mrs Hippy.

“I’ve been involved in amateur drama for more than 40 years but I became semi-professional about 10 years ago, starting with several walk-on roles in feature films and adverts then moving on to speaking roles in short films and training films. This was my first speaking role.

“It is a hard business to be in and a lot of people are really struggling for work. I was gobsmacked that I got the part but everyone was really nice and Tim Roth was in one of my scenes. He was really friendly and it was very, very cold on set.”

The film also stars Skins’ Jack O’Connell and Peter Mullan. Jack, who plays the part of Adam, agrees to do a day’s driving for his mum’s gangster boyfriend (Mullan). It takes him into a world of murder, sex trafficking and revenge in the company of Roy (Roth), a hit man nearing retirement.

Jenny said: “Having a script and a few lines in a major move is what actors dream about. My agent Phil made this happen for me.

“There was a preview of the film in Derby and Newcastle but I was unable to attend because I was performing on those nights.”

Anyone who thinks they have what it takes to be an actor can contact Phil on 01228 401093 or 07850 597689.

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