TWO BA Acting Graduates cast in Netflix Series ‘The Letter for the King’


Brand new coming-of-age Netflix drama series, The Letter for the King has just announced their casting, with two ArtsEd BA Acting graduates playing Novices in the plot.

 Based on Tonke Dragt’s bestselling medieval adventure novel, this story follows fifteen year old squire, Tiuri (Amir Wilson), who is tasked with delivering a top-secret letter to the King; the contents of which the whole future of the kingdom depends on. Wilson is joined by stars, Ruby Serkis and Mary Poppins Returns actor, Nathanael Saleh.

On this deadly mission, Tiuri is joined by a group of Novices, including our very own 2018 BA Acting graduates, Thaddea Graham as Iona and Islam Bouakkaz as Arman.

Thrilled with his role in this exciting new drama, Islam shares with us:

“This is a very exciting project and an incredible story. We have been filming in the most stunning locations with a very talented cast and crew. From fight training to learning to ride a horse, everyone has been working hard to make this the best that it can be and to be a part of it is truly an honour.  I can’t wait for everyone to see this epic tale come to life.

The camera used to scare me. ArtsEd gave me patience and honesty in my training so I could push to the best of my ability. I really started to feel myself grow as an actor and every lesson would unlock more potential. The camera is now my friend.”

Equally excited about this new series, Thaddea tells us:

“It’s an honour and absolute pleasure to work on such a collaborative project with really talented, hardworking, hilarious people. Shooting can be long and very exhausting, it take a lot of mental energy and focus, but being on horseback with a sword and dagger in your belt, in the middle of a beautiful location in New Zealand isn’t a bad way to pass the time between takes at all!

I felt very equipped going into the shoot because of the screen lessons we had at ArtsEd. I found myself implementing the training automatically, from how I break down my script, to how I prepare myself and stay focused between takes. As part of the course, we would also crew for each other when filming, which meant I already understood the terminology and language used on a professional set. It made it feel a lot less daunting and foreign to step into.”

Shooting has just wrapped up in New Zealand, and they will continue to film in Prague in early 2019 – Netflix will release globally in 2019.


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