Cast highlights for Bend It Like Beckham at the Phoenix Theatre
Natalie Dew’s (Jess) theatre credits include Teh Internet is a Serious Business and Rough Cut for the Royal Court, Olivia in Twelfth Night for Liverpool Everyman Theatre, Fault Lines for Hampstead Theatre, Arab Nights for Soho Theatre, Ophelia in Hamlet for Northern Broadsides, Romeo and Juliet for the National Theatre, As You Like It for the Curve Leicester, Hansel and Gretel at the Barbican and Viola in Twelfth Night for Regents Park Theatre. On television her credits include Lewis, Gavin and Stacey and Monster.
Lauren Samuels (Jules) was a finalist in the BBC’s Over the Rainbow. She made her professional stage debut as Wendy in Peter Pan A Musical! at Leicester Curve, and has subsequently played Sandy in Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre and Scaramouche in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre. Her other theatre credits include Love Story for Bolton Octagon, Water Babies also for Leicester Curve, Travels with My Aunt for Chichester Festival Theatre and she played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz internationally.
Jamie Campbell Bower (Joe) will make his West End stage debut in Bend It Like Beckham. On film his credits include Anthony Hope in Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the young Gellert Grindwald in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I and II, Caius in the film trilogy the Twilight Saga: New Moon and Breaking Dawn- Part I and Part II, the Young Edward de Vere in Anonymous , Jace Wayland in The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones as well as roles in RocknRolla and Winter in War Time. His television credits include The Prisoner and Camelot when he played the central role of King Arthur.
Ronni Ancona (Paula) made her London stage debut in Adam Cooper’s Singin’ In The Rain at Sadler’s Wells Theatre and was most recently seen at the Almeida Theatre in Alecky Blythe’s Little Revolution. She is best known for her extensive television work alongside Alistair McGowan in the BAFTA winning series The Big Impression, for which she won a British Comedy Award and the Variety Club Award and spawned many specials such as Sven and Nancy’s Big Impression and Posh and Becks’ Big Impression. She has worked extensively in drama as well as comedy and her many television credits include: The Trip, Last Tango In Halifax, Gideon’s Daughter, Skins, Hope Springs, Ronni Ancona & Co,. QI, Have I Got News For You, Midsomer Murders, The Key, Rory Bremner – Who Else?, and The Sketch Show which also won her a BAFTA. Her film work includes Penelope, Tristam Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, The Roundabout, Stella Street – The Movie, The Calcium Kid and The Debt Collector.
Jamal Andréas (Tony) has previously been seen on stage in Ragtime and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Open Air Theatre and on tour in Hairspray.
Preeya Kalidas (Pinky) is best known for playing the role of Amira Masood in BBC 1’s Eastenders. Her other television credits include Bollywood Carmen, Casualty, Mistresses, Bodies, Hotel Babylon, Banglatown Banquet and Doctors. Her many film credits include Four Lions, It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, Bend it Like Beckham, Bollywood Queen, East is East, Jump Boy, Sari and Trainers and The Fiancée. Her theatre credits include the role of Priya in Bombay Dreams at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and the narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Adelphi Theatre.
Natasha Jayetileke’s (Mrs Bhamra) theatre credits include Wah! Wah! Girls at the Peacock Theatre, The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, Eurobeat at the Novello and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the New London Theatre. She created the role of Draupadi in Mahabharata at Sadler’s Wells. Her other theatre credits include Take Away for Theatre Royal Stratford East, Britain’s Got Bhangra on tour and The Snow Queen at Nuffield Theatre. On television her credits include Beyond Boundaries, Hollyoaks and Hustle and she was directed by Gurinder Chadha on film in Mistress of Spice.
Tony Jayawardena’s (Mr Bhamra) theatre credits include London Assurance, All’s Well That Ends Well and England People Very Nice all for the National Theatre, The White Devil and Twelfth Night for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Wind in the Willows for West Yorkshire Playhouse, Great Expectations for English Touring Theatre, Wah! Wah! Girls for Sadler’s Wells, Cinderella for the Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe at Northampton. On television his credits include Strikeback, Cuckoo, Pete vs Life, Silent Witness, Moses Jones, Trial and Retribution, Blair, Doctors, Hotel Babylon and Holby City. His film credits include The Cook, Trance, The Wedding Video, The Massive, Huge and Chasing Liberty.