CELIA BANNERMAN
ACTING & DIALOGUE COACH
FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN

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Celia worked as CHILDREN’S ACTING COACH on JIM BUTTON (2018) directed by DENIS GANSEL, on OUR KIND OF TRAITOR (2016) novel by JOHN LE CARRÉ, directed by SUSANNAH WHITE, on NANNY MCPHEE AND THE BIG BANG, also directed by SUSANNA WHITE, and on J.A. BAYONA’S film THE IMPOSSIBLE.

She worked as the CHILDREN’S ACTING COACH during the casting and filming of THE BOY IN STRIPED PYJAMAS, on LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD for the BBC and on pre-production of ANGUS THONGS AND THE PERFECT SNOGGING. She was in South Africa working with children on THE THREE INVESTIGATORS and also during that year with children on the casting and pre-production for the films HOLIDAY and WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE.

In 2005 she was DIALECT and ACTING COACH on the film THE VIRGIN TERRITORY in Italy, directed and adapted by DAVID LELAND and produced by DINO DE LAURENTIIS. Celia worked with HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN, RUPERT FRIEND, MISCHA BARTON AND KATE GROOMBRIDGE.

In 2004 Celia worked on the casting and filming of NANNY McPHEE. The film was written by and stars EMMA THOMPSON , with COLIN FIRTH, ANGELA LANSBURY and SEVEN CHILDREN , most of whom had not acted professionally before. Nanny McPhee was directed by KIRK JONES and produced by ERIC FELLNER and LINDSAY DORAN for WORKING TITLE and UNIVERSAL PICTURES .

During 2003 Celia worked as Dialogue Coach for five months in Cambodia, Thailand and France on the film TWO BROTHERS for PATHE FILMS directed by JEAN - JACQUES ANNAUD , produced by JAKE EBERTS and starring GUY PEARCE , PHILIPPINE LEROY-BEAULIEU, JEAN-CLAUDE DREYFUS, FREDDIE HIGHMORE and 28 TIGERS .

She worked with JEAN-JACQUES ANNAUD for five months in Argentina on SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET as the Acting Coach. Her main job was to "pre-cook" for Jean-Jacques the young boy JAMYANG , who played the DALAI LAMA and had not acted before. It was a huge role - his co-star was BRAD PITT . Celia also worked with the Tibetan cast, none of whom had acted before or indeed spoke English. RICHARD GOODWIN produced the film and got her on board in the first place. In no way did she direct the cast. She made sure that they knew their lines, helped them with any research, and practiced the scenes so that when they got on set they could take direction, be confident and not freeze. They were able to take off in any way that Jean-Jacques fancied. Celia helped director CHRISTINE EDZARD cast and set up her first big feature film LITTLE DORRIT and worked with the children who played Little Dorrit at different ages. The film was nominated for Oscars and won the L.A. Critics Award for Best Film. Little Dorrit was produced by LORD BRAYBOURNE and RICHARD GOODWIN.  

She was employed by WARNER BROS as an Acting Coach on the casting of HARRY POTTER, and on the DISNEY film of THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, which was directed by ANDREW ADAMSON of SHREK fame. She has taught and directed at DRAMA SCHOOLS including RADA, THE DRAMA CENTRE, MOUNTVIEW, ALRA, GUILFORD , more recently teaching ACTING FOR CAMERA. As an actress she has starred in the WEST END of London , The ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY , the television series UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS and PRIDE and PREJUDICE . Her films include THE TAMARIND SEED , BIDDY (The Moscow Film Festival Award for Acting), LITTLE DORRIT, AS YOU LIKE IT and THE LAND GIRLS. As a director she was Associate Director at the BRISTOL OLD VIC and STRATFORD EAST and Staff Director at The ROYAL NATIONAL THEATRE and was the first woman to direct a play there. She was Staff Director on the TV alternative soap BROOKSIDE .

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