Meet the team!
Hear about some of our team in their own words! If you would like the full and complete cast list, then do check out our IMDb page
Mordred complete credits on IMDb
Mordred complete credits on IMDb
Mordred - Rich Sandford
I did GCSE Drama at Secondary School, which is where my passion for performance started. I tried to get onto a Drama course at College but was refused. I then went on to the world of professional wrestling, starting out in the backyards before getting professional training. I then became a model, and one day I answered a casting call from Laura Jay for an extra in their stage version of Les Miserables. Since then I have accumulated about 3 years of stage experience, been in a few independent films, and been part of a Musketeers showteam. When I heard of Mordred, I jumped at the chance to be part of it and was very honoured to be cast in the lead role.
I get asked a lot "Who is Mordred?". I am Mordred, son of King Arthur and his late wife Anna, kidnapped and adopted by his sister Morgan Le Fey. Many people think I am evil, but there's two sides to every tale. This is MY story.
King Arthur - Guillaume Rivaud
I started my acting career in April 2015 in order to follow my dream, utilize my talents and challenge myself like never before . Over the past few months I have worked on various productions such as Last Weekend horror feature film , Poldark TV series S2 , Forbidden History TV series S3 ( King Arthur ) , The Highway Man short drama film , Final Fantasy Seek Revenge short fantasy film, Viking Legacy feature film , Sapiens short drama film ,Les Miserables Web Series , Somewhere Place short drama film , Case Files horror series and A Pimp in the System short drama film .Having been involved with Laura and the SDP team for a year now , I now feel honoured and privileged to be working with them on the Mordred feature film as King Arthur . 2 - The most commonly question I get from people is : '' Do you feel the pressure as a Frenchman to be playing King Arthur '' ? or '' How can a Frenchman play King Arthur ? '' Well , of course I feel the immense pressure to play this iconic character . This is the most challenging and demanding role I ever had to do and this has been playing on my mind for the past few weeks but if Kevin Costner can play Robin Hood or Colin Farrell can play Alexander The Great then I feel I can play King Arthur . Also , if we research deeper the stories surrounding King Arthur , he actually spent a lot of his time in Brittany .
Drest (Bandit leader) - Mike Mitchell
Mike Mitchell, an international actor who has appeared in such iconic films as Skyfall, Braveheart, Gladiator, and who becan his acting career, from his previous fame in bodybuilding, having held no less than 5 x Masters Mr World titles and 2 x Mr Universe titles with the World Fitness Federation. Mike now lives in Paignton, and appears as a cameo in the film, as Drest, a bandit who plots against King Arthur, and attempts a daring kidnap.
Gawaine - James Scott
From an early age I have enjoyed playing various roles and characters in theatre. I studied tap dancing at an early age too developing basic dance skills. Gaining various qualifications including GCSE's 0 levels A levels etc, and work in a Psychology Degree with OU, I continued my passion for the arts and awarded with a National Diploma in Performing Arts (technical) with high grades, all the while continuing with acting in both theatre and media productions, gaining useful skills and qualifications working behind the scenes in theatre and film. In the past year I have returned once more with a vengeance to my first love gaining roles in various productions again, most notably M. Thenadier in the upcoming series Les Miserables, The Father in Final Fantasy Seek Revenge, and Sir Gawaine in Mordred, whilst also gaining skills and experience in podcasts, presenting and modelling. This dream i am now committed to making a full time reality and will never stop working hard to achieve this goal, when you want something, fight for it and never ever lose hope.
Agravaine - Darius Frost
I studied Drama at GCSE level at school and failed, I never considered a career in Acting for 30+ years, after a difficult and traumatic childhood and adult life, I became very depressed and reclusive, after many years of counseling, one of my counsellors suggested I tried acting and put me in touch with Laura Jay at The South Devon Players Film and Theatre Company and auditioned for the part of Harvey, an American Truck Driver in the play Zorro the Pantomime, and then auditioned for the part of young Jean Valjean in the upcoming 20 hour Web film of Les Miserables, the director telling me I have an "air of an English Johnny Depp about me" which is a statement I will take to my grave with me, I still can't see it, but directors know best, I then did a Hunger Games fan film, cast as The Gamemaker, then went on to play Captain Smith and Harold Wolfstein in the play "Survivors of the Titanic",
Shortly after I was cast as The Sheriff of Nottingham in the Comedy play Robin of Sherwood and now I have recently been cast as Agravaine in the Forthcoming Film/Stage show of Mordred, not bad for year 1 and I am very proud to be affiliated with SDP and for the first time in my life I feel my life finally has direction, and I am so lucky to have found a family within SDP.
Cynric - Chris Barnicoat
Despite taking drama at GCSE level almost 30 years ago I have had no acting experience since then until October of last year when I was recommended for a role in the short film "Trial By Fire" (Directed by Tim Seyfert) where I played the role of an American outlaw biker in a fan film set in the D.C comic book universe, This reawakened a love of acting and since I have appeared in several short Student films, such as "The Cloud Catcher (written and directed By Hannah French) and landed the title role in the short period film "The highwayman" based on the poem by Alfred Noyes (Directed by Ollie Chater) I have a lot of exciting things in the pipeline but I am especially excited about "Mordred" The reason for this initially is my absolute love of history and historical films....I just had to be involved, more recently my reasons for being a part of this have changed and It is primarily because of the incredible hard work that is going on behind the scenes to make this movie the epic it will become, the wonderful script and more importantly the incredible team both behind the scenes and among the cast who I am so very proud to know - we really are one big family who want to share this incredible epic journey with everyone.
THE QUESTION I GET ASKED THE MOST IS: Why cant I be a part of something like this? and my answer is You Can - Mordred has had open auditions for its principle cast that anyone could have auditioned for, we are still holding open invitations for anyone to join the project as extras, either in a combat or non combat role.
Melwyn - Poppy Goodburn.
I have been compelled to study the theatre and its craft since a very young age. Having spent years of practice in youth theatres and drama groups since primary school, my lifelong dream of becoming a professional actress was granted to me at the age of sixteen. I was lucky enough to be selected for representation by a leading London agency after a performance with the Royal and Derngate Youth Theatre. Since then I have performed at the National Theatre (Black Remote, 2007) and gone on to work in television. Some good examples include The Bill (2008), Place Of Execution (2009) and M.I High (2011). I have also been part of national advert campaigns for Sony and B&Q. Through this I was adamant to keep to my studies and gained a CHE in Theatre Practice from Northampton University in 2012. Theatre in the community is my biggest passion and I continued to volunteer and work at my local theatre throughout my teens and twenties. After taking a short career break to have my two wonderful children I am ready to return to the acting world and am truly thrilled and inspired to be working on 'Mordred'. The question I get asked the most is, like many others, 'how can I do that too?'. My answer is always the same. Seek out the opportunities, work hard towards them and never give up. Opportunities are often around, but if you can't find them, make your own! Start your own drama group! Write that play! Invite others in and share! Be kind and humble and grateful and follow your heart. Acting in all its forms is the most inclusive, creative and groundbreaking tool we have as a community to build balanced, healthy individuals. Let's embrace it. And spread it! Go Mordred!
Lancelot - Richie Crane
Always having a fondness and love for acting from secondary school and performing in local amature dramtic productions,l decided to do a National Diploma course in Performing Arts at Plymouth college of further education. After completing this I then contiuned to study performing arts at the University of Winchester, specialising in devising and physical theatre. Here I gained a Bachelor of Arts degree and performed my solo performance 'Box-Bound'. On completing University I moved back down to the south west where I sadly got stuck into the daily 9 to 5 grind. After spending a few years doing maintenance work and spending some time with my young son, I have been actively trying to establish myself as a working actor. Completing work on short films, and showcasing a new piece of work, Network Tales, produced alongside Restless Theatre at last years Barnstable fringe festival. I'm truly excited about getting started on 'Mordred'. It's an amazingly ambitious project that will show that there is an amazing pool of talent, hard working and enthusiastic artists within the southwest. The question I've mainly been asked about this project is 'Why are you doing it?' My response is I believe in it! I believe that we as a company have a great deal we can teach each other, and there is a real drive to do the best that we can. Plus it's Arthurian Legend which is just plain awesome and i get to swing a sword (safely of course!!!!!! )
Guienevere- Margaret Somerville
This is my first major role and I'm grateful for the opportunity. I haven't performed since my teen years, when I participated in workshops at the Drum Theatre and TR2 building in Plymouth as well as being a member of The
Heybrook Players, starring as Cheryl in The Cat's away (adult comedy) and The Prince in Cinderella (pantomime) which involved a little singing and dancing. Singing is another love of mine, which I do whenever the situation arises. I'm grateful for Laura for adding me to The South Devon Players group, they're all lovely people and I'm grateful for the opportunities to challenge myself. I'm grateful for any opportunity to star in a project that uses local talent and local scenery.
The time period interests me too and trying to find out concrete information such as was Arthur (meaning Bearman) a nickname for Ambrosius Aurelianus, a British War leader credited with defeating the invading Saxons at Badon Hill.
I'm very interested in History as well as Drama. I also most wanted to play Guinevere. She struck me as a woman who tries her best but ultimately fails but it makes her more human, torn between duty and love. Plus the fact that she's of Roman descent fascinates me as does the fact that this is going to be shown from the Pagan/pre-Christian era.
Merlin - Anthony Webster
I'm a Spotlight-registered actor who takes meticulous care over my craft. As a character actor, I've more than a dozen key roles in feature-length film pieces and an expansive and stylistically varied number of shorts to my name. My theatre parts range through dialogue-heavy Shakespeare, day-long immersive theatre roles as the Mad Hatter and Scrooge, to expressive physical acting roles in world-première opera. Performance venues have been varied: cathedrals, castles, The Rose Playhouse (Bankside), The Charles Dickens Museum, motion-capture rooms, a nuclear bunker... I've sung both as a choir member at the Albert Hall and as a solo tenor on a major British film-set. Shugborough Hall and the National Civil War Centre exhibit, through their A/V displays, historical characters I have played. Collaborating with London College of Fashion, the 'Prospero' filmed costumed performance I undertook was shown at the V&A Museum Shakespeare Festival. In addition to the feature film and theatre roles agreed to for 2016, I will bring to stage a brand-new play of my own. I hold a BA in English Literature and qualifications at masters-level study.
I have yet to find a role in which I can drink tea in performance, and so combine two of my favourite things.
I'm thoroughly looking forward to working alongside fellow passionate creatives on 'Mordred', a piece that promises to be a landmark in Aurthurian storytelling. I live for the telling of story; this production is committed to doing this very well indeed.
Taliesin - Jon Ian Dredge
My love of acting was always there but I didn't explore it until later on in life. I was very shy in school found it very difficult so I used to lose myself in movies I didn't have many friends and had a difficult time of losing my dad through GCSE years so I didn't get very good marks. So I left school started motor mechanics but it wasn't for me so I started my education again from scratch at Plymouth CFE. Plus gardening training which is where I meet my friend Mike who suggested an acting group at Plymouth Theatre Royal which was just to help with confidence because I thought me acting no way but I did my first show in the Drum Theatre I was hooked. So after I did Hat and the Stand I went on the look for more so I joined Mulitistarz were I did my first Panto as a dame in Snow White then I went back did my second show with Plymouth Theatre Royal called Feast were I grew in confidence did a level one in drama through the TRP. After doing three musical reviews with Mulitistarz another two pantos. I moved onto Kadcat and did a musical Calamity Jane which was amazing fun. I then auditioned for a show I got in but unfortunately I couldn't stay but the director was kind and supportive he worked with Jude Law lots of great actors I hated leaving because he told me I only pick the best. He told me I have something so loved that. I then went back to TRP and made up for it and did a show called The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other. To prove to myself I could do it. I then did a few more reviews and then I auditioned for Plymouth Theatre Company were we performed South Pacific,Encore and A Chorus Line after that I did another show with TRP called The Edge were I played a patient who had lost his mind which I really enjoyed don't ask why lol. I then did a dance video for MTV Top of the Pops singer Rebel Dean who was in BBCs Casualty for many years until turning to singing great guy. I did a few history programs for BBC and channel four through my living history group. I then did time backstage on a TRP panto of Cinderella starring Julian Clary and the late Keith Harries which was out of this world a truly wonderful experience. I took part in the Dirty Dancing master class from the WestEnd. Then a friend told me about extra work which I really wanted to do after I auditioned to be in Hornblower years ago. I still had that drive to get back on tv so I joined Phoniex casting agency which I loved my first job was an SA on Broadchurch were I meet the lovely Charlotte Rampling never forget her advice. After that excitement I did two more shows with TRP called War Torn and Eulogy I did a Christmas show at TRP called the 12 Steps of Christmas. Then I heard about auditions for Les Mis web series where I meet just the kindest company that I loved as soon as I meet you all enjoyed making the trailer. Then Hunger Games the fan film was wonderful. Then I came back to Plymouth were the extra jobs kept me busy I was lucky to do Stella,Trollied, for Sky BBCs the Coroner which was lovely tho I was offered a proper role I was training on the day and lost it but I got to go back twice so I loved it. BBCs Thirteen which you can watch now as its just been released. I spent a wonderful month on UkGolds Red Top which I was lucky to get in nearly every scene. Glad to be joining you all on the journey that is Mordred I'm enjoying every moment and to be working on Legally Blond the Musical back in Plymouth plus playing the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera at TRP. So life has been an exciting journey lets see were it takes us together.
Bevedere - Mark Harris
I have a passion for acting and directing that started in secondary school and was involved in various school productions as well as youth theatre and amateur productions with Masque Theatre in Northampton.
I obtained a BA Hons in Theatre and Drama from Liverpool University and spent the last six months of my degree studying Directing and Mask work at AGRFT (Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television) in Ljubljana.
I've performed in over thirty theatre productions in the last two decades ranging from characters in shakespeare such as Tybalt (Romeo and Julie), Malcolm (Macbeth), Lucentio (Taming of the Shrew) through to more modern theatre such as Les (East), Gus (Anorak of Fire), Lucky Eric (Bouncers) and Noel Biledew (Claw)
The reason I wanted to be involved in Mordred is it gives me the opportunity to take a step in to film work and it gives me the opportunity to hone and develop my skills in front of camera. I am also fascinated by the Arthurian legend and pure scale of the production, I was lucky enough to meet some if the team prior to auditioning and was captivated by their passion for the subject matter and enthusiasm for the film.
The question I've mainly been asked about this project is what's the film about? My response is, its based upon the later days of Camerlot and the Arthurian Legend. The film shows the the less explored downfall of King Arthur and Camerlot through the eyes of the often overlooked Knight Mordred.
Andras - Clare Parker
I danced from the age of 4 and went on to complete professional training at London Contemporary Dance School and California Institute of the Arts. I have been lucky enough to work as a professional contemporary dancer most of my career. My love of movement eventually took me into physical theatre work and movement direction on a wide range of theatrical productions in the UK and overseas. Then came stage combat which is my new found passion and what brought me to Mordred. I have been training with the very fabulous RC Annie and gaining my BADC Stage Combat qualification - ggrrrrrrrr! love it!
Calum - Tor Hudswell
After being in a school production at 10 years old I have always been obsessed with acting and being on stage. Always been in drama clubs in the Devon area I have been involved in productions with Med theatre where I starred in a play set in the napoleonic era at princetown prison called "all that was left behind" and in a short film for mediabox called "banned". After that I got grade 6 LAMDA qualifications for my self devised monologues with "All out theatre group" for which I earned distinctinctions and high merits. After I left my secondary school in 2013 because I was dissatisfied with the drama A level I was studying for, I took a BTEC with Plymouth city college where I earned a 98% distinction *. During this course I played Aslan in "Lion the witch and the Wadrobe" and Master Ford in Shakespeares "the merry wives of windsor". After working abroad in Norway when I finished my course I have returned to England to pursue my acting and maybe try and get into drama school again. At the moment I am writing a script called "these ends" about the lives of young adults in a rural village (based on my own experiences). I have been cast as Callum in "Mordred" and am very excited at my first major film role. I literally jumped at getting involved with this project because of my love of the dark ages and history. I want to prove that the local eccentric living at the top of the village can do what he's set out and make something of my acting.
Young Mordred - Joe Evans
Joe is a 10 year old boy and is a member of the Pauline Quirk Academy and has stared on the big stage with Marty Pellow in Evita and has also been in La Boheme. He loves theatre work and has been in many productions with the South Devon Players including Zorro, Survivors of the Titanic. Joe immerses himself in every role he takes on,a 100%. Joe is thrilled to be playing Gavroche in a forthcoming web production of Les Misérables, and additionally, Joe has recently featured in a short film "Nowhere Place" Directed by Tommy Gillard, to be released in early 2016
"Bandit 2" - John Harding
I love theatre and film since I can remember. Only formal training I've had is at GCSE level. I've been a pro wrestler over 15 years and learnt a lot through that. Ive helped out in a few student films and I've already been working in films like WWZ, Far From the Madding Crowd and Legend of Tarzan.
A few people have asked what role I would play in 'Mordred' and I said I'm open to anything from a dead corpse to Arthur himself. I've seen the cast now it's all together, met the production team, director and after hearing a lot about this film from friends and colleagues; I'm proud to be given part of this production.
We are still crewing for the production, however, we have a great lineup already forming! As with many indie, small-budget films, the crew will be multi-tasking a great deal!
Director/ Producer - Laura Jay
Laura is one of the founders of the South Devon Players, and has expensive experience both as a performer, and as a director/ producer. Holding two degrees in film and TV production, and a Masters degree in teaching theatre, her first love is action-based period drama. No stranger to Arthurian legend, having directed Arthurian dramas previously as short films and stage shows, she is very excited to be spearheading this production, exploring the legends from a completely new angle. A friendly, but workaholic and no-nonsense personality, Laura will be driving this project forward through 2016.
Director of Photography - Simon Knight
Simon, entrepreneur, and head of a successful commercial film production company in Somerset, Media Hound Films, Simon has an impressive showreel of work, and is excited to being involved in this drama production as the Director of Photography. He will be supplying several camera and sound crew for the production in turn.
Composer - Michael Klubertanz
Michael is an experienced film score composer, with an impressive portfolio of previous projects. Michael is dedicated to creating an authentic sound for the film, using heavy influence from period instruments. His previous work can be seen at http://www.mkscoring.de/
Head of Makeup - Ollie Simons
A student at Exeter College, studying the art of creative and special effects make-up, Ollie has been seeking new make-up opportunities, is friendly, lively and very ambitious.
Key Costumer & head of wardrobe- Sophie Tope
From a very young age I have always been interested in arts and crafts especially focusing on sewing. The thought of creating something new from fabrics was exciting for me so along with a strong interest in screen and stage, my ambition is to become a costume assistant/maker. My foundation degree in Costume Construction for Screen & Stage gave me an excellent overview of the skills and techniques needed to realise my ambition in this growing industry. To help me progress my career, over the years, I have completed various costume related work placements ranging from local theatres to placements at the BBC. In my free time, I enjoy making costumes from my favourite TV shows. As well as being introduced to a whole new circle of friends for me I wanted to become involved in this incredibly exciting project because I am looking to progress my costume making career. I also want to experience life on a film set therefore expanding my skills and knowledge. I believe this project could open more opportunities for me in the future, and to be involved in this project is extremely exciting.Key Costumer & head of wardrobe