David Leon was born in 1980 in Newcastle upon Tyne. A decade ago he made his film debut in Oliver Stone's Alexander, and went on to feature in hit BBC drama Cutting It, and Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla. I spoke to the actor, producer and director about playing DS Joe Ashworth in hit ITV drama Vera; working with national treasure Brenda Blethyn, and his thoughts on being a pin-up.
For those of you who've been paying attention (there will be a short quiz at the end of this blog), you will know the importance the lovely Miss Yau places on a good name for a fitness class. And in this, amongst many other things - that woman is an oyster of wisdom, I tell you - she is absolutely right.
Now, aside the brief period I went vegetarian when I was 8 years old for 6 months because my neighbour ripped a butterfly in half, I've always been a fan of meat (insert innuendo), and mostly importantly, steak.
As one of the oldest arts, opera has an air of magic but gravity too. But that doesn't mean it is for a stuffy, serious audience. Far from it and Phyllida Lloyd's production of La Bohème for Opera North is, if anything, wonderfully contemporary, punchy and oozing with youthful optimism, tragedy and of course, romance.
'A Touch of Sin' links together four overlapping stories based on recent reports in the Chinese media.
For a 20 week limited run, The Pajama Game moves into London's West End, and boy is it a welcome visitor. With theatreland have a tricky time, and new shows not fairing so well, it's time to send in a classic to reignite what the West End is all about.
Microcosm is primarily focused on our anti-hero Alex, whose steady capitulation is not dissimilar to a modern day Othello. And indeed the Policeman, played by Christopher Brandon, serves as a kind of unknowing, kind hearted, Iago whose lack of constructive advice only serves to fan the flames of Alex's mania.
The internet is awash with products and services which promise to revolutionise the way charities work, collect donations, and manage information and the like. As someone who has worked in and volunteered in the charitable sector for over 11 years, I have listed a number of the best 'free to charity' offerings...
Jon (Domhall Gleeson) dreams of Dylan-like lyrics as he strolls along suburban streets but this young wannabe musician's inspiration stops well before the end of the first line - he just doesn't have it.
Every single element of this opera has been played to perfection and with exquisite sensitivity. It has become an instant classic.
The first act tonight was Patsy May, a glamourous puppet who was born (made) in England, but now lives in New York. This is what this show is all about. A fun, lighthearted and throughly entertaining five minutes. Patsy I'm a fan, a huge fan.
Secret Cinema has become a "must-attend" event in every Londoner's diary. The 21st edition of the immersive theatre/cinema experience continues it's successful formula of taking over an abandoned building, and filling it with actors.
The Sundance Festival returned to the O2 this past weekend for the third edition of their London offshoot, bringing with them a selection of narrative and documentary features that were successful at their Park City, Utah home in January.
Shout to the heavens and celebrate, it's part and parcel of the sporting life but when it's a world record defeat American Samoa 0 - Australia 31 and you're officially the worst football team in the world without one competitive win !! Do you laugh or cry? Can't be true. But it is.
For those of you who have not seen True Detectives, the series starts in 1995 in Louisiana at a time when only 2% of police officers in the whole of the US were women. Indeed as befits the time much of the writing focuses on life through the eyes of the two lead male detectives so in fact I don't think it is surprising there is not a lot of focus on strong female role models.
It would be a mistake to assume that Lost for Words is simply a novel about book prizes. It's a novel about literature: about how we appraise it, what we value in it and who we choose to guide us in what we read.