Serena, from Nun Monkton, near York, produced the self-funded rom-com about the struggles of a young typographer with a speech impediment. The film started it’s journey at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York. With their help, the film went on to win The Critics Circle Award, and then the Oscars. The 13 minute short was extremely well received by Hollywood, much to Serena’s surprise.

“I can’t believe this little project we were sitting around a dinner table talking about, maybe throwing a few grand into, has gone to Hollywood. It has been an absolutely insane journey.” – Serena Armitage

And actors…

  • Jessica Barden, who played the sassy, Alyssa in End of the F***ing World, also grew up in North Yorkshire. She also appeared in the Lobster (2015), Hanna (2011) and Far from the Madding Crowd (2015). 
  • Jodie Whittaker, is best known for Venus (2006), St Trinian’s (2007), Good (2008), and also starred in the television series Wired (2008), Black Mirror (2011) and Broadchurch (2013-2017).  She also recently landed the sought after role of the Doctor in Doctor Who. Whittaker grew up in Skelmanthorpe, West Yorkshire, England, UK.
  • National Treasure, Judi Dench, was born in York! After studying drama, Dench took on roles with the Royal Shakespear Company and the National Theatre. Since her glittering career on-stage, she has appeared and starred in a number of critically acclaimed films.
  • Patrick Stewart, born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, known for his faithful role in Star Trek. Patrick had a rough start to his film career. He started out as a journalist who was fired for his strong love of theatre before becoming a furniture salesman. Eventually, he made it on stage and then onto our TVs.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to looking at talent from Yorkshire.

We’re coming to Yorkshire to audition YOU!

Are you the next big thing to come out of Yorkshire?

If you have a passion for acting or any aspect of filmmaking then we want to hear from you! We’ll be in auditioning in Sheffield on the 16th June and Leeds on the 17th 2018. Make sure you give us a call and book an audition/interview if you think you’ve got what it takes to become an NYFA member.