A group of talented graduates from Liverpool’s LMA have been awarded
roles as part of the crew on new Netflix series The Irregulars.
The production, for which filming is taking place at locations across
the UK, including Liverpool, is set in Victorian London following a gang of troubled delinquent
teens who are manipulated into solving crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson
and his mysterious business partner.
As the crimes take on a
horrifying supernatural edge and a dark power emerges, it’ll be up to the
Irregulars to come together to save London, each other, and potentially the
And, as part of the project,
Netflix and production company Drama Republic teamed up with media, music and
arts institute LMA and the Liverpool Film Office to create five entrant
opportunities for LMA alumni to work on the series across various departments.
The goal is to offer trainees
from the Liverpool City Region the opportunity to work alongside seasoned
industry professionals on The Irregulars.
Among the LMA graduates working
on the production is trainee assistant director Alex Carr. He joins fellow
former students Natalie Anderson, Reece Burke, James O’Toole and Harvey Shaw.
Alex, 23, who studied Film and TV
Production at LMA, said: “We’ve been on set from the beginning of production so
we’ve been fully integrated into the team. We’ve filmed in locations up and
down the country, but the most poignant for us was St George’s Hall as it’s
where we graduated from LMA so it was a real ‘full circle’ moment for us and
one that was really special.
“It’s been fantastic to be able to put into practice what
we learnt during our degree courses and to see how our skills translate into
the real world – from looking after cast members and making sure they’re in the
right place at the right time to assisting senior members of the crew, we’re
getting to try a bit of everything.
“This opportunity has also helped us to build connections
with key industry contacts and learn from some of the very best in the field,
so we’re excited to see what happens next.”
The pilot scheme is part of the Liverpool Film Office’s five-year plan
to develop an industry-led talent development pipeline. The aim is to deliver
an inclusive, highly-skilled workforce that will help secure Liverpool’s
long-term ambition to be a first-class creative and digital content production
base. The Liverpool Film Office team will work with industry and training
providers, such as LMA.
The Irregulars stars Thaddea Graham (Letter
For The King, Us) as Bea; Darci Shaw (Judy,
The Bay) as Jessie; Jojo Marcari (Sex
Education, Hard Sun) as Billy; McKell David (Snatch, Damilola Our Loved Boy) as Spike and Harrison
Osterfield (Catch 22) as Leopold; Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Killing Eve, The Inbetweeners, Indian Summers) as Sherlock; Royce
Pierreson (Judy, The Witcher, Line of
Duty) as Doctor Watson; Clarke Peters (His
Dark Materials, The Wire, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) as
Written and executive produced
by Tom Bidwell (Watership Down, My Mad
Fat Diary), The Irregulars is
also executive produced by Jude Liknaitzky (My
Mad Fat Diary, Doctor Foster) and Greg Brenman (Peaky Blinders, The Honourable Woman). The series is produced by
Rebecca Hodgson (Good Cop, Deep Water)
and lead director is Johnny Kenton (Endeavour)
with Joss Agnew (The Split, Poldark) and Weronika Tofilska (Last Train) also
directing. The Irregulars’ arrival in
the city follows previous Sherlock Holmes adaptations being filmed there,
including Guy Ritchie’s 2011 starring Robert Downey Jnr and Jude Law.
Richard Wallace, who co-founded
LMA with his brother, Simon, said: “Netflix and Drama Republic have provided
this unique, life-changing opportunity to our graduates to help develop new
talent and create the next generation of industry stars. We are committed to
supporting our students after they leave us, playing a role in their career
development wherever possible, so this initiative forms an important part of
our culture at LMA.”
Head of Liverpool Film Office & LCR Production Fund Manager, Lynn
Saunders, said: “We have spent the last 30 years honing our reputation as
a film-friendly city, and are proud to the most filmed region, outside of
“We never rest on our laurels, and our ambition is to develop and
strengthen a local talent pool which can be used by any production which films
in the city region.
“It’s rewarding to see our ambitions become a reality and we’re
delighted to have brought a global giant such as Netflix, together with
Liverpool’s LMA to enable a number of talented graduates to experience what
working in the industry really means.
“We look forward to developing the programme further and creating more
exciting opportunities for young people in the future.”
For further information about
LMA, visit www.lma.ac.uk