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Noomi Rapace and Director Vicky Jewson Team Up for Female Bodyguard Flick

Noomi Rapace in “What Happened to Monday”

BAFTA-nominated actress Noomi Rapace is no stranger to fast-paced thrillers. The star has appeared in everything from “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” franchise to “Prometheus” to “Rupture.” Next, Rapace is set to star in a female-helmed action flick: Vicky Jewson’s “Close.” Deadline confirms that principle photography kicked off earlier this week.

Jewson’s film, according to its official synopsis, follows a battlefield-experienced bodyguard named Sam who has “fought her way to the top in a man’s world.” Her current client, Zoe — an heiress to a billion dollar company (Sophie Nélisse, “The Book Thief”) — isn’t exactly the career payoff she had in mind. But when the two are forced on the run after a kidnapping attack, Sam must work together with both Zoe and her ex-partner (Eoin Macken, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter”) to clear her name and take down the true criminals.

Close,” which was sold at the Cannes market in May, is loosely based on the career of one of the world’s leading female bodyguards, Jacqui Davis. Her past clients have included J.K. Rowling and Liza Minnelli.

Co-writer and director Jenson told Variety she is “driven by telling the stories of strong, real female protagonists, and [someone like Davis] has had a fascinating career in a male-dominated profession.” Davis herself will serve as a consultant for the film so that “the action will be as realistic as possible.”

Close” is backed by WestEnd Film’s new female-focused brand. WeLove, which launched last summer aims to develop and produce female-driven content and talent. WeLove’s other projects include Agnieszka Holland’s “Sylvia” and actress Alexis Zegerman’s directorial debut “All Inclusive.”

Jewson previously helmed “Lady Godiva,” a romantic comedy starring Phoebe Thomas and Matthew Chambers, and “Born of War,” an action drama led by Sofia Black-d’Elia. Her latest television series, “Crumbs,” is in post-production.

You can catch Rapace playing seven identical sisters in the Netflix film “What Happened to Monday,” which is streaming now. She also stars as a disgraced CIA analyst trying to stop a biological war in “Unlocked,” in theaters September 1.

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'Doctors': Zara Carmichael return details revealed

'Doctors': Zara Carmichael return details revealed
Doctors favourite Zara Carmichael will return to screens towards the end of the year, Digital Spy can confirm. Elisabeth Dermot Walsh has already filmed the upcoming scenes, which see Zara back on the BBC One soap just before Christmas. For now, it's just a visit from Zara and she won't be back for good just yet. Her permanent return as a regular character comes at a later date, but details of this have yet to be confirmed. Matthew Chambers, (more)
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British Soap Awards 2012 Winners – Eastenders & Corrie Take 7 Wins

The winners of this years British Soap Awards 2012 have been announced. The ceremony held on Saturday night (28th April) was hosted by Phillip Schofield and the usual war between Eastenders and Coronation Street ended in a tie this year with both soaps taking home seven awards.

However, Eastenders got the biggest gong as it was named Best Soap again. Pam St Clement (Pat) was given the Lifetime Achievement Award and Eastenders writer Simon Ashdown got the Special Achievement Award.

The full list can be found below, the winners are highlighted red. The ceremony can be seen in full on ITV1 on Wednesday 2nd May.

Sexiest Female (Last year’s winner was Michelle Keegan, Coronation Street)

Coronation Street: Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre)

EastEnders: Jacqueline Jossa (Lauren Branning)

EastEnders: Preeya Kalidas (Amira Masood)

Hollyoaks: Jorgie Porter (Theresa McQueen)

Sexiest Male (Last year’s winner was Scott Maslen, EastEnders
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'Doctors': Kevin bombshell, Zara and Daniel latest - Spoiler Pictures

'Doctors': Kevin bombshell, Zara and Daniel latest - Spoiler Pictures
Doctors' Kevin Tyler announces some big news next week as he tells Julia that he wants to leave The Mill. Kevin (Simon Rivers) is still struggling following a turbulent few weeks and feels that none of his colleagues want him around anymore. Julia (Diane Keen) tries to convince Kevin that he's wanted, but it proves to be a tricky task. When Julia orders Jimmi (Adrian Lewis Morgan) to spend some quality time with Kevin, the two men end up going on a paintballing day with Daniel (Matthew Chambers) in tow. Will it be enough to change Kevin's mind? Meanwhile, as Karen (Jan Pearson) tries to get Zara (Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh) (more)
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'Home and Away', 'Neighbours' awards success thrills Channel 5

'Home and Away', 'Neighbours' awards success thrills Channel 5
Channel 5 bosses have expressed delight after their Australian soaps Home and Away and Neighbours took home both of the daytime prizes at the Inside Soap Awards 2011 last night. As announced yesterday evening, Home and Away beat off competition from Neighbours and Doctors to be named 'Best Daytime Soap' at the event in Camden, London. Meanwhile, Neighbours favourite Ryan Moloney (Jarrod 'Toadie' Rebecchi) triumphed over castmate Jackie Woodburne, Home and Away actress Esther Anderson and Doctors actor Matthew Chambers in the 'Best Daytime Star' category. Greg Barnett - Channel 5's commissioning editor for entertainment, daytime and soaps - said today: "We're absolutely delighted Home and Away, in its 24th year, has received this accolade from UK viewers. "The series has (more)
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'Doctors' Lauren gets nastier, Elaine affair aftermath - Spoiler Pictures

'Doctors' Lauren gets nastier, Elaine affair aftermath - Spoiler Pictures
Doctors troublemaker Lauren Porter takes centre stage on the BBC medical drama next week as she continues to cause chaos among her colleagues. The week begins with Lauren (Alexis Peterman) continuing her mischievous flirtation with Daniel, forcing him to let her down gently. With her pride hurt, it's not long before Lauren turns her attention to Kevin - sharing two nights of passion with him. However, Lauren hasn't given up on Daniel (Matthew Chambers) just yet and soon makes another attempt to woo him. When Daniel rejects her once again, Lauren turns nasty by threatening to make a false allegation of sexual harassment against him. How will Daniel deal with Lauren's vicious ways? (more)
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Ex-'Oaks star Flood guests in 'Doctors'

Ex-'Oaks star Flood guests in 'Doctors'
Former Hollyoaks star Sonny Flood makes a guest appearance in Doctors next week, appearing as the grandson of an elderly patient. The actor, who played Josh Ashworth on Channel 4's teen soap, takes on the role of suspicious character Jez Field in next Monday's episode of the BBC medical drama. Jez's storyline begins when his grandfather Fred pays a visit to his doctor Daniel Granger (Matthew Chambers) and asks for a repeat prescription of painkillers. Later, Fred makes a return visit and claims to have lost his prescription, meaning that a reluctant Daniel is forced to print out another one. However, events take a twist when a pharmacist calls Daniel to report that two identical prescriptions have been brought in for (more)
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'Doctors' actor praises abduction plot

'Doctors' actor praises abduction plot
Doctors star Matthew Chambers has praised the BBC daytime soap for its handling of a forthcoming child abduction plot. In a five-part special due to air all next week, the actor's character Daniel Granger will be left devastated when his 2-year-old daughter Izzie goes missing during a shopping trip. While Daniel is left with few clues over what has happened to his young child, viewers will discover that she has been taken by a woman named Susan who now hopes to raise her as part of her own family. Speaking to Digital Spy, Chambers commented: "I think that, in terms of the show, it's yet another fantastic storyline. We see Doctors' ability to not shy (more)
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'Doctors' cast reveal 'dramatic' plots

'Doctors' cast reveal 'dramatic' plots
Doctors actress Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh has revealed details of a "dramatic" upcoming storyline. Dermot-Walsh, who plays Doctor Zara Carmichael in the soap, admitted that she is excited by a future plotline between her character and fellow Gp Daniel Granger, played by Matthew Chambers. Speaking at the Inside Soap Awards, she told Digital Spy: "There's a fantastic five-part story coming up in the next few weeks involving my character and Daniel. "I don't want to give everything away, but something terrible happens to Daniel's baby daughter and Zara steps in (more)
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British Soap Awards 2010: The Winners

Digital Spy presents the full winners' list from this year's British Soap Awards. Viewer-Voted Categories: Sexiest Male (Last year's winner was Scott Maslen, EastEnders)

Coronation Street:

Ben Price (Nick Tilsley)

Keith Duffy (Ciaran McCarthy)

Ryan Thomas (Jason Grimshaw) Doctors:

David Sturzaker (Dr Simon Bond)

Matthew Chambers (Dr Daniel Granger)

Nicolas Woodman (Jack Hollins) EastEnders:

John Partridge (Christian Clarke)

Marc Elliott (Syed Masood)

Scott Maslen (Jack Branning) - Winner! Emmerdale:

James Sutton (Ryan Lamb)

James Thornton (John Barton)

Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle) Hollyoaks:

Ashley Taylor Dawson (Darren Osborne)

Kieron Richardson (Ste Hay)

Ricky Whittle (Calvin Valentine) Sexiest Female (Last year's winner was Michelle Keegan, Coronation Street)

Coronation (more)
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Annette Badland to guest in 'Doctors'

Annette Badland to guest in 'Doctors'
Former Doctor Who and Cutting It actress Annette Badland is to make another guest appearance in BBC One's daytime medical drama Doctors. The 59-year-old takes on the role of Angela Lombard, a parish secretary at the centre of a hate campaign against a new female vicar. When Daniel Granger (Matthew Chambers) offers to help, it soon transpires that Angela was in love with the former priest and is furious with his successor. The episode, titled 'Love Thy Neighbour', is due to transmit on Monday, July 5 on BBC One. Badland last (more)
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British Soap Awards 2009: The Winners

Digital Spy presents the full winners' list from this year's British Soap Awards. Viewer-Voted Categories: Sexiest Male (Last year’s winner was Rob James Collier, Coronation Street)

Coronation Street:

Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow)

Gray O'Brien (Tony Gordon)

Ryan Thomas (Jason Grimshaw) Doctors:

Matthew Chambers (Dr Daniel Granger)

Matt Kennard (Archie Hallam)

Adrian Lewis Morgan (Dr Jimmi Clay) EastEnders:

Robert Kazinsky (Sean Slater)

Scott Maslen (Jack Branning) - Winner!

John Partridge (Christian Clarke) Emmerdale:

Kelvin Fletcher (Andy Sugden)

Tom Lister (Carl King)

Matthew Wolfenden (David Metcalfe) Hollyoaks:

Chris Fountain (Justin Burton)

Barry Sloane (Niall Rafferty)

Ricky Whittle (Calvin Valentine) Sexiest Female (Last year’s winner was Roxanne McKee, Hollyoaks)

Coronation (more)
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Emma Davies to guest in 'Doctors'

Former Emmerdale actress Emma Davies will make a guest appearance alongside her real-life father in an episode of Doctors. The 39-year-old - who played Dales vixen Anna de Souza for six months until she bowed out of the serial at the end of last year - is to take on the role of an English lecturer called Lorna Myers. Ironically, her actual father Geoffrey Davies portrays her screen dad Charlie Myers in a storyline which sees the characters' strained relationship put to the test. Covered in blood, Charlie is found wondering the streets by Mill doctor Daniel Granger (Matthew Chambers) and puzzled as to what's happened, Daniel (more)
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The British Soap Awards 2008: The Winners

Digital Spy presents the full winners list from this year's British Soap Awards.

Viewer Voted Categories:

Sexiest Male

Coronation Street:

Rob James-Collier (Liam Connor) - Winner

Ryan Thomas (Jason Grimshaw)

Gray O’Brien (Tony Gordon)

Doctors:

Matthew Chambers (Dr Daniel Granger)

Matt Kennard (Nurse Archie Hallam)

Michael McKell (Dr Nick West)

EastEnders:

Robert Kazinsky (Sean Slater)

Stephen Lord (Jase Dyer)

Scott Maslen (Jack Branning)

Emmerdale:

Tom Lister (Carl King)

Joseph Gilgun (Eli Dingle)

Matthew Wolfenden (David Metcalfe)

Hollyoaks:

Ricky Whittle (Calvin Valentine)

Jamie Lomas (Warren Fox)

James Sutton (John Paul McQueen)

Sexiest Female

Coronation Street:

Samia Smith (Maria Sutherland) . . .
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