Behind the Scenes


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Ashley Pharoah

Screenwriter and TV Producer

“All my characters are a mixture of me, the people around me, my friends and family”

Ashley Pharoah is one of the rare screenwriters who write genuinely great as well as he exemplifies something I’ve seen again and again: a career is shaped by talent, luck and very hard work. Ashley has a fantastic track record in UK TV drama. He co-created and wrote the hit BBC sci-fi series “Life On Mars”, which was remade for ABC, starring Harvey Keitel, and “Ashes To Ashes”, as well as family drama “Wild At Heart”. He has won two International Emmys for “Life on Mars” in recognition of his excellent work.
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Photographer

“I really love my photography it’s a passion which I hope come across in my photographs.”

Ronan McLaughlin is synonym of artistic talent. His photographic work causes immediate fascination and drives you straight to another Universe, a beautiful and unlimited dimension where landscape, flora, fauna and Irish starry nights are the protagonist. His photographs have been featured in Birdwatch, Wings and Birding World magazines, Dutch Birding to name few.
Carme Ruscalleda

International Chef

“Nature is the main source of my inspiration”

Passionate about her profession and her family, entrepreneurial, creative, self-taught, tenacious, optimistic and positive.  This is how one of the most innovative chefs in the world and the first Catalan chef with seven Michelin stars describes herself. Her passion for the flavors and recipes of Catalonia have placed her among the best haute cuisine chefs, a space hitherto strictly reserved for men only.  She is straightforward and humble, and she lives and breathes her profession with the same enthusiasm and excitement she had on day one. 
Matthew Raymond -Photo by Ruth Crafer - © Ruth Crafer_PAN

“Keep the balance between life and chasing your dreams”

Matthew Raymond has appeared in numerous stage productions, including performances at Shakespeare’s Globe which were filmed for nation wide cinema release and aired on Sky Arts. Most recently Matthew appeared in the BBC’s War & Peace directed by Tom Harper. He also produced and played a title role in the short film Stu (Stuart) & Ollie, which has recently received a nomination for Best Comedy at the London Short Film Festival 2016. Matthew lives with intensity on and off the stage, and he appreciates the grandeur of the smallest things.
Ian Wylie

Journalist and TV Specialist

“I try to treat an interview as a conversation with another human being”

Ian Wylie is a journalist with a long and excellent career in the world of communication. He has written about television for the past 30 years and experienced many historic events. As a member of the Parliamentary Press Lobby for 25 years, Ian covered several general elections and helped lead MEN Media coverage at Westminster of the MPs’ expenses scandal.  He also covered the 7 July 2005 terrorist attacks in London, hundreds of Old Bailey and High Court cases, attended the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana and the funerals of both Diana and the Queen Mother.  Ian Wylie was also one of just 28 journalists chosen from around the world to attend the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Until 2009 Ian Wylie was the London Editor & TV Editor of the Manchester Evening News / MEN Media. Currently, he works as a freelance journalist and TV specialist for a range of UK national newspapers and works with ITV on the interviews for many of their drama press packs / production notes.
Montse Gili

Theatre Director, Actress & Teacher

Theatre forces you to reinvent yourself and your work every day, to try new things

Director, producer, actress, teacher. Montserrat Gili  has developed all this facets throughout her fascinating professional steps in the theatrical world. Montse moved to London to study at the Physical Theatre School Phillippe Gaulier, where she was trained with members of Complicite Theatre and other professionals such John Wright, recognized awarded director and theatre professor.
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Actress, Teacher, Producer
and President of Foundation  First Team.

I don’t understand this profession without the daily challenge

Actress in 20 countries, 103 movies, 38 series, 20 international awards. She has worked with directors including  Almodóvar, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Carlos Saura, Bigas Luna and Pedro Masó. Her undeniable acting talent has led her to participate in more than 20 European productions sharing the cast with actors of the calibre of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Antonio Banderas, Max Von Sydow, Ray Winstone, Mickey Rourke and Giuliano Gemma, among others. Her performances have been hailed in popular British TV series such as “Sharpe”  and “Henry VIII” for the BBC. 
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