Celia Bannerman has extensive experience coaching both adults and children for all aspects of camera work.

In recent years Celia Bannerman has worked as Children’s Acting Coach on; Barnado’s Believe in Me (2019) directed by Sam Brown, Jim Button (2018) directed by Dennis Gansel and Our Kind of Traitor (2016), novel by John le Carré directed by Susannah White. As well as on J. A. Bayona’s film The Impossible (2010) and Nanny Mcphee Returns (2010) also directed by Susannah White.

She worked as the Children’s Acting Coach during the casting and filming of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), on Lark Rise to Candleford (2008) for the BBC as well as on the pre-production of Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008). She was in South Africa working with children on The Three Investigators (2007) whilst also helping the casting and preproduction with children for the films The Holiday (2006) and Where the Wild Things Are (2009).

Celia was employed by Warner Bros as an Acting Coach on the casting of Harry Potter, and on the Disney film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005), which was directed by Andrew Adamson of Shrek fame. In the same year 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 Laurentis. Celia worked with Hayden Christensen, Mathew Rees, Mischa Barton and Kate Groombridge during filming.

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 Felner and Lindsay Doran for Working Title and Universal Pictures.

During 2003, Bannerman worked as Dialogue Coach for five months in Cambodia, Thailand, and France on the film Two Brothers (2004). The Pathe Film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and produced by Jake Eberts starred 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 (1997) as the Acting Coach. Her main job was to “pre-cook” for Jean-Jacques the young boy Jamyang, who played the Dalai Lama and who had not acted before. This was a big debut role for Jamyang as his co-star was Brad Pitt. Celia also worked with the Tibetan cast, again, none of whom who 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 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. Because of the coaching from Bannerman the actors were able to take off in any way Jean-Jacques fancied.

Celia assisted director Christine Edzard cast and set up her first big feature film Little Dorrit (1987) working 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.

Acting

As an actress, Celia has starred in the West End of London and The Royal Shakespeare Company as well as in the television series Upstairs Downstairs (1973) and Pride and Prejudice (1967).

Her films include The Tamarind Seed (1974), Biddy (1983) for which she received The Moscow Film Festival Award for Acting, Little Dorrit (1987), As You Like It (1992), and The Land Girls (1998).

Directing

Celia has directed as Associate Director at the Bristol Old Vic and Stratford East and as Staff Director at the Royal National Theatre, becoming the first woman to direct a play there.  She was also Staff Director on the TV alternative soap Brookside (1982).

Teaching

Celia has taught and directed at Drama Schools including RADA, The Drama Centre, Mountview, ALRA, Guildford and more recently teaching Acting for Camera.

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