Star Of Peter Kosminsky TV Cyber-Thriller ‘The Undeclared War’ Reveals She Sent 1,000 Emails To Agents And Casting Directors That Went Unanswered

Specific, Hannah Khaliq-BrownLead Actor in Director and Writer Peter Kosminsky‘s (Wolf Hall) The much-awaited, six-part, cyber-thriller undeclared war—starts June 30 channel 4 and all 4 in the UK, Peacock in the US on 18 August – revealed that she wrote 1000 emails over a two-year period begging “UK agents and casting directors to perform in fringe plays”, “none of them responded”, He told Deadline.

“However, I sometimes get an automatic answer,” which still doesn’t read, said Khaliq-Brown, who is drawing attention from studios in London and Hollywood.

The 23-year-old said he spent hours studying talent and casting agency websites. “I emailed 180 of them, three times a year, for two years. I won’t even email them. They were all personal emails. I would go over their roster and see who they represent and I would write that, I guess I would really fit in. ,

However, if they already had Asian actors “who looked like me I wouldn’t have emailed them,” she explained.

Their plight highlights the difficulties that actors from different backgrounds face in gaining a foothold in the industry, certainly in the UK.

Now Khaliq-Brown’s excitement about it. “I understand a lot about how the industry works. I can understand why someone didn’t get back to me because they probably didn’t even see it in their in-box. If you don’t have a headshot or showreel attached If so, they have nothing to move forward.”

In addition, she did not attend drama school. Most drama colleges have a tried-and-tested method whereby agents are invited to participate in year-end shows to screen new talent. However, drama school was not an option, for which he opted to study English literature at King’s College in central London.

But, he had back-up plans of his own. In August, 2019, Khaliq-Brown auditioned to perform a monologue at a showcase for BAME (Black Asian Minority Ethnic) actors and won, “that was the acronym used at the time,” she explained. Since then it has fallen out of favor.

The showcase at the Southwark Playhouse Theater in Southwark, South London was run by Suraj Shah and was attended by agents and casting professionals. “That got me three agent offers. I was like: ‘Finally! I’ve been emailing you all for two years.’ All I knew was that once he saw me, this would be his chance.”

Within days, he signed a deal with Fiona KD-Ord of London-based KD Scott Associates.

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“It’s a tough industry for anyone,” said Khaliq-Brown, who noted that neither his parents – his father is a retired NHS surgeon; His mother is a barrister—and neither did she have a connection to the entertainment industry.

“Getting an agent was one of my biggest jobs, the only showcase I got to showcase through this showcase for ethnic artists,” he said. “I stood on his shoulders and he helped me.”

And it was through a self-tape sent by her agent to Andy Brearley and Victor Jenkins of The Casting Office in London that she was seen as a prime candidate to play the lead in The Undeclared War. The part of Sara Parvan, a 21-year-old university-trained genius hacker who internships in the malware section of Top Secret UK The intelligence gathering facility, Government Communications Headquarters, commonly known as GCHQ, will prove to be a game-changer for the young actor who wins the role. The drama is a compelling one with echoes of the 2020 US presidential election, though it is set in London and Home counties. Moscow and Washington appear frequently.

One hundred candidates auditioned for the role, Kosminsky told Deadline. “All at the start of her career—given that Sara is 21 in 2024, when the show is set.

“It’s hard to find someone who is essentially inexperienced who can lead a TV series into a lead role,” though he explained that it’s a dilemma he’s faced with in previous shows; Think Claire Foy who was relatively unknown when the filmmaker cast her in The Promise in 2010.

Two months after sending out his first self-tape, Khaliq-Brown, he was asked to record another. This time she was armed with Kosminsky’s notes, “which was wonderful”, she said.

“They gave me a document with a few pages of background about Sarah; about her childhood, about her character, about her personality – about her wants and her needs. Obviously, this is an actor. For the gold dust and the way I work, building a life different from my own, it made it so satisfying to receive,” Khaliq-Brown Said deadline.

then he was asked to do a A 30-minute Zoom recall that spanned about an hour and a half saw Brierley read the other characters while Kosminsky watched them.

Colin Callender, founder and president of playground entertainmentKosminsky’s frequent collaborators, who partnered with him again—with Channel 4 and Peacock—on the Undeclared War.

The problem was that at this time they had not met him. “It was in the middle of Covid and Peter wanted to hold off until we could meet him in person,” Callender recalled. “It was clear he’s got that star quality

Months passed. Khaliq-Brown played a few episodes of the BBC soap, doctors, Then, about a year after sending in her first audition tapes, she was asked to prepare several scenes for a personal meeting with Kosminsky and the casting directors. I’m cruel enough. Audition I don’t let myself think Anything to do with the result… it’s just about putting in the hard work you’re proud of and sharing it. I call it a workshop. I didn’t tell my parents because they used to get too excited. I was trying to protect my mindset, you have to. It’s a tumultuous industry. It can wreak havoc if you don’t protect yourself.

“I want to do this forever and I don’t want to be hurt by every rejection, it’s not sustainable,” she argued.

Khaliq-Brown pleased the session with “No Hope”. I was just grateful for the whole experience.

The next day he had a different job – a line from director Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth)) Thin layer What’s Love Got To Do With ItFrom a screenplay by Jemima Khan (American Crime Story). She was readied for another major role in the film, but she didn’t get it.

Casting Director Olivia Grant from Lucy Bevan Casting was impressed by him, so gave him a line in a scene with Lily James (baby Driver).

When she got home that night she FaceTimed her agent, who was in tears.

Kosminsky had given him the share.

This is the part that dominated episode six of undeclared war, For a part like this, Kosminsky told Deadline in response to an email, “Of course you need a great actress, someone who plays effectively in multiple scenes and with a huge number of other actors.” Can you [ Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Alex Jennings ,Adrian Lester, Maisie Richardson -Sellers and Tom McKay, to name a few] like a chain undeclared war,

Hannah Khaliq-Brown: The Undeclared War

He continued, “And for a lead, you’re looking for something else. One way to describe it would be charisma. Sometimes people say that the camera Loves a particular actor. I would say it is undeniable and you cannot teach or learn from it. And yet some very special actors seem to have it. Hannah is one of those actors.

after seeing her for the first time i know i know i know , a play by Flora Wilson Brown that played at the Southwark Playhouse, I go with Kosminsky’s assessment of Khaliq-Brown’s acting. He is a charming young artist. In this 75-minute piece, she played a young woman who was being sexually abused by a famous (fictional) rock star.

We chatted in the bar lobby after the show and I almost did not recognize him. He had the same long dark hair; Same color but she looked totally different. We talked about his family (he has a brother who is a musician), his schooling And those 1,000 emails were sent to agents and casting directors.

We had another lengthy chat on Zoom, where she shared her memories of performing as a kid.

“For as long as I can remember I’ve been an artist of sorts, not in a structured way, but at all times in my life I had this urge to share as well as reflect.”

As previously mentioned, neither parent is an actor, “though both are, in different ways, dramatic people in their character. It’s in our blood,” she felt.

She and her father loved to play during car trips they both traveled with when she was young. “We had, like, a repertoire of different characters that we would play. They would have different names, different voices. You would sit in that seat in that car and you are completely in character and as long as you You won’t get out of character until you get out of the car at the other end.

Her father She often played a five-year-old boy, while one of her favorite parts was that of a 40-year-old woman, and this was when she was five.

She was a Sloane Ranger-type girl “loving to play with a ridiculously posh voice. She was really stuck. My dad is from Dartford, which is in south-east London”, she said.

In another twist she is pretending to be an upper-class twig of a prison, conversing with an older man pretending to be a young boy who speaks in a vernacular English accent.

“They were all invented characters. I think my training was started by my dad in the car. I cherish that,” she said.

One summer, during school break, she went to camp and attended drama classes. He was given the Greek mask of fear and had to make an incarnation of it. She later made a solo performance with Fear Mask. The parents attended the end of the camp show.

Khaliq-Brown learned Years later, Mr. Cleland, an acting teacher at the camp, took his parents aside and told them they “should let him follow it” because “he’s a star.”

Khaliq-Brown said that his parents encouraged his passion to become an actor. “I really believe… if your parents can make you feel like a star, it’s not because you’re just naturally, it’s because they’re telling you that it happens.”

On his thirteenth birthday his mother took him to visit James McAvoy (His Dark Materials) Play Play Macbeth. She remembers loving McAvoy’s visceral performance. they also saw Swan Lake The performance was held at the Royal Albert Hall that day. She took ballet classes “because it was performative.”

While at King’s College she enrolled in the King’s Players troupe and appeared in a performance of playwright Philip Ridley’s 1994 play ghost from a perfect place, “A lot of people said, ‘What are you doing here? Go and be an actor?’ I considered dropping out at Kings and auditioning for drama school,” she said.

Instead, she stayed in college and did fringe theater “on top of crappy pubs” in her spare time.

“It’s absolutely crazy that my first big job was working with these guys; these perfect legends,” she said, citing Rylance, Pegg and Jennings..

Rylance plays a seasoned analyst at GCHQ and he and Sara form an unlikely but beautiful friendship.

“Mark Rylance is an absolute magician. I don’t know what planet he’s from, but he’s from another world, he’s just unbelievable,” she then praised Pegg for her humor and Jennings for her thespian mastery.

It’s a huge role for Hannah Khaliq-Brown in Undeclared War, and she pulls it off. Yes, Sarah is a genius. She can read code very well, but she can’t always read people.

This is a highly demanding role for him; Intense, emotionally demanding work.

As mentioned by Colin Callender, That’s Our Way Undeclared war. “And that’s the real deal.”