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Stars Shine At BritWeek 10th Anniversary LA Gala!

Posted on May 5th, 2016 at 8:10 am by    

We Brits certainly know how to throw a party!

On Sunday evening the Fairmont Miramar Hotel played host to the 10th Anniversary of BritWeek LA with a star line-up of British celebrity.

Inside the no-expense spared bash the stage was draped with a British flag as the backdrop that featured some all-star performances from Alexander Jean comprised of Dancing with the Stars’ Mark Ballas and his fiancé BC jean, season 7 contestant of American Idol Carly Smithson, and So You Think You Can Dance winner Fik-Shun introduced by Nigel Lythgoe.

Pop up lounges in the hotel courtyard featured furniture sporting the British flag motif. A VIP reception and gala featured scotch tasting and specialty cocktails made with British products. Food included those staples of British cuisine – fish and chips, bangers, and shepards pie with meat and vegetables provided by FIG Restaurant.

Guests at the event were treated to some of the most beloved sweets and treats from the UK, and were able to sample former Royal Chef Darren McGrady’s confections including his famous Butter Toffee Bread Pudding, a favorite of Princess Diana. Simply yummy!

McGrady’s other treats served included his Chocolate Biscuit Cake which he has prepared for Princes Harry and William and chocolate birthday cake prepared for Queen Elizabeth.

Jane Owen, Henny Letailleur, Sean Borg and Caroline FeradayDJ Manny Patel and Actress and British institution Celia Imrie posed together on the red carpet before they enjoyed the celebration.

Later, Celia, and I had a good ol’ catch up, hugging me as she told me she was thrilled to be appearing in the upcoming Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie… my reply was, “Aren’t we all darling!” Celia is one of my favorites actresses, I loved her playing Claudia Bing in Ab-Fab!

Early nineties nostalgia came when singer Chesney Hawkes took to the stage to perform for the crowd which also included actress Maria Elena Infantino. Of course I couldn’t resist bopping away to one of Chesney’s biggest hits ‘The One and Only’ with TV host Caroline Feraday and top stylist Henny Letailleur. So much fun with the girls!

“BritWeek’s Tenth Anniversary was our best celebration to date, highlighting the great creative love affair between L.A. and the U.K.”, said BritWeek Chairman Bob Peirce prior to the event taking place. “We are grateful for all of the celebrities, partners, media and guests that came out to celebrate with us at the Fairmont.”

The event was proudly sponsored by Fairmont Miramar Hotel & BungalowsBBC Worldwide Productions, Marks & Spencer, and BLUE FISH among other generous sponsors.

Sean BorgAppearances at the Gala included: British Fashion designer Julia Clancey, Lady Victoria Hervey, PR supremo Jane Owen, Former Miss Universe Great Britain – Amy Willerton, Craig Robert Young, Film producer Julia Verdin, BritWeek co-founders Bob Peirce and Sharon Harroun Peirce, Huw Collins (Pretty Little Liars), Darren McGrady (former Royal Chef to Princess Diana), Harry Hamlin, British music industry legend Peter Asher, Karina Smirnoff, Lotte Verbeek (Agent Carter, Outlander, The Last Witch Hunter), and many more.

BritWeek is a non–profit organization, started in Los Angeles in 2007 by Nigel Lythgoe and the then Consul General Bob Peirce, to highlight the creative relationship between the United Kingdom and California.

BritWeek’s mission is to create greater awareness of the many ways in which Britain and the US work closely together, and further build this relationship to advance business, the arts, and philanthropy in both of these thriving regions of the world.

The organization continues to be a landmark event bringing together the best entertainers of the UK and the US, while supporting noble causes. BritWeek in LA will conclude on May 8.

For more information on BritWeek and upcoming events, visit

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The Vortex is Back By Popular Demand!

Posted on November 13th, 2014 at 7:36 am by    

I’m looking forward to seeing The Vortex again… The Noel Coward play is back by popular demand this week opening at the Matrix Theatre on Melrose.

Gene Franklin Smith is back in the directors chair and produced by artist and Genlux Magazine fashion editor Amanda Eliasch along with other original cast members from the popular Playhouse production.

Eliasch, an award winner herself and a well-known supporter of the arts, Eliasch told British Weekly: “I saw this production of The Vortex which is now set in the sixties, back in May of this year and fell in love with it immediately. I felt it needed a wider audience, so I reached out to the super-talented director Gene Franklin Smith and proposed that I produce it.”

Of The Vortex, director Gene Franklin Smith says: “Coward never really wrote another play quite like The Vortex again. He created a juicy role for himself, including drug abuse, repressed homosexuality and Oedipal jealousy, knowing full well it would make him a star. The Vortex doesn’t sit on the same high Pantheon as Private Lives or Blithe Spirit, but it is far more contemporary than Coward’s other works, and you would swear it was written today and not 90 years ago.” 

Starring the remarkable talents of Shannon Holt as “Florence” and Craig Robert Young as “Nicky”, The Vortex surprises audiences with its climactic emotional showdown between a mother and son that evokes Hamlet.Shannon Holt with Craig Robert Young

The play’s original run was way back in 1924, in London, and its scandalous subject matter of drug abuse, repressed homosexuality, nymphomania and Oedipal jealousy made Coward an overnight sensation, combining Coward’s trademark wit and trenchant one-liners.

Holt and Young are joined by an impressive cast, which includes Victoria Hoffman as “Helen”, Daniel Jimenez as “Tom”, Skye LaFontaine as “Bunty”, newcomer John Mawson as “David”, and Cameron Mitchell Jr., as Pawnie.

Catch this production if you can… A big two thumbs up!

Who: Written By: Noel Coward, Directed By: Gene Franklin Smith, Produced By: Amanda Eliasch, Starring: Shannon Holt and Craig Robert Young with Victoria Hoffman, Daniel Jimenez, Skye LaFontaine, John Mawson and Cameron Mitchell Jr.

Where: The Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes. Appropriate for ages 13 and up.

When: Opens Thursday, November 13, 2014 and runs through Sunday, December 14, 2014. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Preview performance Wednesday, November 12.

How: Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (323) 960-7735. Single tickets for the preview are $20 and $34 for all regular performances.

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Amanda Eliasch Brings Noel Cowards ‘The Vortex’ to West Hollywood!

Posted on October 9th, 2014 at 9:15 am by    

Following its very successful run at the Malibu Playhouse earlier this year, the award winning production of Noel Coward’s ‘The Vortex‘ directed by Gene Franklin Smith is now headed to West Hollywood, being produced by British film director and writer Amanda Eliasch.

Amanda an award winner herself for her film ‘The Gun the Cake and the Butterfly” which transformed into a play As I Like It’ – played last year in London, followed by a successful run at the Macha Theatre in West Hollywood. Eliasch explains how she, “Fell in love with the play.”

Eliasch, a known supporter of the arts told The British Weekly: “I saw this production, which is now set in the sixties, back in May and fell in love with it immediately. I felt it needed a wider audience, so I reached out to the super-talented director Gene Franklin Smith and propose I produce it.”

Starring the remarkable talents of Shannon Holt as “Florence” and Craig Robert Young as “Nicky”,  ‘The Vortex’ premiered in 1924 in London, and its scandalous subject matter of drug abuse, repressed homosexuality, nymphomania and Oedipal jealousy made Coward an overnight sensation. Combining the playwright’s trademark wit and trenchant one-liners, The Vortex surprises audiences with its climactic emotional showdown between a mother and son that evokes Hamlet.

Holt and Young are joined by an impressive cast which includes Victoria Hoffman as “Helen”, Daniel Jimenez as “Tom”, Skye LaFontaine as “Bunty”, and newcomer John Mawson as “David” and Cameron Mitchell Jr as “Pawnie”.

In this new production, the setting is updated to Mod London of 1965. In The Vortex, Nicky Lancaster brings his elegant fiancée, Bunty, home to introduce her to his famous mother, stage actress Florence Lancaster. Nicky is shocked to discover that Florence has taken a much-younger lover, and when Bunty ditches Nicky to run off with Florence’s boy-toy, both are forced to confront the truth about themselves.

The Vortex will be a guest production of The Matrix Theatre, located at 7657 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068 and opens November 13 and runs to December 14 with performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets are $34 and may be purchased online at or by calling (323) 960-7735.

Noel Coward’s “THE VORTEX” from craig Young on Vimeo.

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Tinseltown’s Brits Take Part in ALS Ice Bucket Craze!

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 at 8:57 am by    

Finally folks, Victoria Beckham has some expression on her face… and it’s all for a good cause!

The former Spice Girl is the latest celebrity to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

Her husband David and three sons poured buckets of cold water over her in aid of the neurodegenerative disease ALS.

Of course Miss B had to nominate members of the A-list…Vic challenged fashion designer Tom Ford, actress Katie Holmes and her son Cruz to do the same.

Other Brits this week who took part were our very own Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley stepped up to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

As she sat perched on a wall Rosie let out an almighty scream as she had the freezing ice water poured over her.

And actor Craig Robert Young was a good sport after accepting his challenge from me on Tuesday; the star of the Jaguar ads begged his friends to pour faster as he was doused with melting ice cubes.

To donate to the ALS click here. Check out the videos, including mine, below.

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Craig Robert Young Named as Jag’s New Villain!

Posted on July 7th, 2014 at 8:36 pm by    

Jaguar’s new campaign “Follow the Villain” has it all — a mysterious British bad boy, an enigmatic leading lady, dramatic car chases and striking backdrops!

After having Brits stars Mark Strong,  Avengers star Tom Hiddleston, Oscar winning actor Ben Kingsley in the US Super bowl “It’s Good to Be Bad” commercial, Jaguar is continuing its five part series of commercials for the F-Type R Coupe.

Starring British actor, Craig Robert Young as the new villain, this time the new Jag is used as an escape car and looks so slick!

A couple of pictures with the British actor from the shooting of the new add were recently released, having Young choosing the F-Type Coupe for what seems to be some type of escape. And what a good choice that is.

We’re looking at a gorgeous white sports car that combines exhilarating performance, instant response and precise. The Jaguar supercharged 5.0 liter V8 550 hp engine delivers powerful and efficient performance, while the center-mounted twin exhaust pipes will just sound super wild every time you push that acceleration pedal.

This baby hits the 60mph mark in just 4.0 seconds making it the perfect choice for any fast getaway. 

The F-type R Coupe is the most powerful series-production Jag model the British manufacturer ever produced.

According to those who drove it, the sports car responds accurately to even the smallest of steering inputs through an exceptionally stiff body.

As to the actor, you probably already know he is the villain type, having played the bad guy character for leading roles that include three of J. J Abraham’s hit productions – “Lost”, “What About Brian” and the cult sci-fi phenomenon “Fringe”.

In fact, Young was named one of TV’s “Top Ten Villains” on… So, I guess Jaguar chose the right dude!

Check out the ad below…

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Welcome to Los Angeles Caroline Feraday!

Posted on October 1st, 2013 at 8:26 am by    

I love it when a new batch of Brits flee to Tinseltown… They often have no idea what’s in store for them!

This week, I have pleasure of welcoming the super-talented entertainment news presenter Caroline Feraday (pictured right) to our sunny shores…

There is no better place for a showbiz host!

Caroline joined our rowdy gang last Saturday night when we all congregated at the Pikey Pub on Sunset Boulevard for the 40th birthday bash of British actor Craig Robert Young (pictured center).

And, what fun it was too!

The last time I saw Caroline was a few years back at some booze fuelled charity ‘do’ in London that left me with one helluva hangover the next day. I still have the pictures to remind me!

Of course, now that we all live in LA-LA land, it is early to bed and up early for the gym… (Smiles)…

Ms. Feraday has interviewed just about every celebrity on the red carpet, not to mention the many hard news reports for Sky and BBC News.

So this lady certainly knows her stuff…

I have a feeling Hollywood is going to very kind to Ms. F… I shall keep y’all updated!

Check Caroline out here!

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Big Names Step Out for Scientology’s 44th Anniversary Gala!

Posted on August 26th, 2013 at 1:01 pm by    

All the Brits together. Leilani, Sean Borg and Dani Behr (Craig Robert Young - inset)

Last weekend I had pleasure of attending the Church of Scientology’s Celebrity Centre 44th Anniversary Gala in Hollywood, along with my friends ex-Miss Great Britain Leilani Dowding and actor Craig Robert Young (inset pic).

The night itself was hopping for some of Tinseltown’s most famous Church members, including John Travolta, his wife Kelly Preston along with fellow Scientologists Jenna Elfman, Erika Christensen, Anne Archer, Chick Corea, Michael Pena, Orange is the New Black‘s stunning actress Laura Prepon and of course Britain’s own Leilani [Dowding]!

The annual celebratory gala spotlights the accomplishments of the Church’s humanitarian programs, including human rights; drug education, prevention and rehabilitation; literacy and learning; disaster relief; and moral values for a modern world. The evening summarizes the unprecedented expansion of Ideal Scientology Organizations (Ideal Orgs) opening in cities world over including in Tel Aviv, Padova, Pretoria and Portland.

Among those, addressing the artists and dignitaries were U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown of Florida and Carson City Councilmember Mike Gipson.

Representative Brown, honored the Church’s history of humanitarian work: “When you’re born you get a birth certificate. And when you die, you get a death certificate and that little dash in between is what you have done to make this a better place…

Brown went on to say: “I really do believe to whom God has given much, much is expected. And you have a great history, Scientology Celebrity Centre—44 years!”

Carson City Councilmember Gipson, spoke of his partnership with the Church using L. Ron Hubbard’s book The Way to Happiness to bring peace: “Together, we are changing the reality of our streets. After we held the Peace Ride in Carson, my city’s crime rate dropped in February. It dropped again in March, April, and then again in May, June and July. That’s not just Carson.

He continued: “Wherever the Peace Rides travel – crime comes down. To those who would say, ‘That’s just the way it is.’ No, my friend, that’s not so. Today there is a new way in South LA. And that is The Way to Happiness.”

In expressing his appreciation for community partnerships, Celebrity Centre Vice President Shane Woodruff said: “Therein is the crux of Scientology. In a word – help. It pervades every aspect of this Church. Moreover, help is the essence of what we celebrate this evening.

“So, in that spirit, I would like to express our deep and abiding gratitude to those we work alongside in the common cause to build a better world.

“Our friends in the community, from law enforcement and government, from nonprofits and other faiths, fellow men and women of goodwill – tonight’s celebration is just as much yours as it is ours.”

In support of the Church and its extraordinary humanitarian efforts the world over, British TV host Dani Behr (pictured), who attended the event with Anne Archer and Terry Jastrow took to her Facebook page on Monday, writing: “Scientology CC gala dinner sat night… Fun night! photo with ol ‘word’ buddy Sean Borg and new friend Leilani, fab dress designer.

The blonde beauty added: “Many of my amazing friends are scientologists and I want all u guys to know the amazing work these guys do every single day- inspirational evening- thanks for including me the incomparable Jastrows!!”

Well, that says it all for me… A night thoroughly enjoyed, indeed… Can’t wait until next year!

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Pepper (the Movie) is Hot!

Posted on April 25th, 2013 at 7:55 am by    

This week saw Pepper, an independent short flick go into production in Los Angeles… So, what’s new about that I hear you say, in Hollywood film’s get the greenlight daily…

But “Pepper” is a little different from the rest in my opinion. I have seen the passion and drive from all involved on this project right from the start. I even had a (very small) hand in helping “Pepper” get off the ground, by raising funds through Kickstarter.

The film stars the super-talented actor Scott Kaske (pictured) as Pepper and Dark Skies star Kadan Rockett as 8 year-old Charlie.

Described by its producer/director team Marc Cleary and Craig Robert Young (main picture), “Pepper” is “a beautiful short film about love, acceptance, when an unlikely friendship develops between an 8 year old boy and a female impersonator.” 

Like my Oscar winning bud, John Battseck, who’s incredible production One Day in September scooped the award for “Best Documentary, Features” back in 2000. I predict similar successes for “Pepper”!

And clearly things went well on set. On his Facebook page earlier this week Craig wrote: “Wrap for day 2- brilliant day on Pepper. Thanks cast and crew. Without you = no Pepper The Movie – Thank you thank you thank you!”

I reckon this is only just the beginning of something quite remarkable… Watch this space for regular updates on “Pepper” and see the magic unfold!

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