Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) has teamed up with her mother, Sheila Teague, a jewelry designer, in order to support the Oxfam Mother Appeal breakfast, which took place in Soho, London this week. Bonnie has been an Oxfam ambassador for two years, and the appeal is to raise “money for women around the world.”
The project is described as follows:
“We know that mothers everywhere want the best for their children. But when every day is a struggle to feed their families, it takes almost superhuman strength to succeed. By getting together with friends, family and work colleagues for Oxfam's Mother Appeal, you will help give mothers worldwide the lift they need to change the future.”
The money raised will support three projects in Bangladesh, Tajikistan, and Zambia. The British Government has promised to match all money raised, pound for pound.
The launch breakfast took place at Maison Bertaux in Soho. Bonnie spoke about how close to the appeal she was, having visited Senegal for Oxfam in 2012. She said that,
“It was amazing to meet people with so little who had such generosity of spirit, [...] their hope and optimism was so strong. The women I spoke to said that the most important thing for them was to be able to provide their kids with an education because it's the only way to break out of poverty.”
To get involved and find out more about how to hold your own fundraising event, visit the official Oxfam page here.
We were lately able to show you two clips from Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) and Freddie Stroma's (Cormac McLaggen) new film After the Dark. Now we have an exclusive interview with Wright herself, talking about the film in question.
The film, directed by John Huddles, is set in Jakarta and is about a group of college students who are challenged by their teacher to determine which ten of them would take cover in an underground shelter in the case of a nuclear apocalypse.
During the interview, Wright discusses her character Georgina, describing her as "outspoken" and "fashion-forward in the way that she dresses." When speaking of how Georgina was perceived in the script, she makes it known that she wanted to bring more to the character, especially a more lovable aspect.
She also speaks of how she came by the script, shooting in Indonesia, and driving a Land Rover on Mt. Bromo.
Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) appeared last night (January 13) on the Sport Relief Bake Off, the charity celebrity version of the hit BBC baking show, The Great British Bakeoff. This Sport Relief special is part of a wider campaign to raise money and awareness for Sport Relief.
The other celebrities competing alongside Bonnie were Michael Vaughan (former England cricket captain), Samantha Bond (actress), and Johnny Vaughan (broadcaster).
Bonnie admitted to being a keen baker, having baked as long as she has been acting. Bonnie joked with the host, Sue Perkins, that her Potter role had all been building up to this moment.
Plenty of Harry Potter jokes were made throughout the program – from one of the contestants about using magic to make a cake bake and from Sue, the presenter, asking Bonnie what house she would be sorted into (Sue, Gryffindor, while Mary Berry was Ravenclaw).
The first challenge was to make twelve sandwich biscuits. Bonnie chose to make cardamom shortbread with a yogurt and mango center, which were rated highly by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, the two judges on the show. Next was the blind challenge, where none of the contestants know what they’re going to bake and have never seen the recipe before. Both Mary and Paul praised Bonnie’s tarte tatin and said that it tasted “very good” before the two judges named Bonnie first in the technical challenge.
In the final showstopper challenge, the contestants had to create a 3D cake in the shape of a recognizable sporting landmark. Bonnie chose to make a Cowes Regatta Cake since she said that her family is very nautical. Both Paul and Mary applauded Bonnie on her final creation, admiring both the look and the taste of the cake. Paul said that it was “a good professional looking cake.”
Sue announced that Bonnie was to be crowned Star Baker by saying, “ten points to the house of Gryffindor” and giving Bonnie a special Sport Relief apron and a bouquet of flowers. Bonnie said,
"I'll wear it when I'm baking at home. I don't want to wash off the nice messages from Paul and Mary."
Congratulations, Bonnie – a fantastic win!
For more baking trivia relating to Bonnie, visit the BBC program page. If you’re in the UK, you can catch up with the show on BBC Iplayer. For those of you, not in the UK the show is now available above, in full on YouTube!
Did you manage to see Bonnie baking? What did you think of her baking skills?
We’re starting the new year off small, but we know it’s going to be a great year for new roles in films and television, plus some entertaining appearances and with any luck, more information about that screenplay J.K. Rowling is working on. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how our favorite Harry Potter alumni are kick-starting their 2014!
A trailer for After the Dark, previously known as The Philosphers, starring Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), has been made available in preparation for the theatrical and On Demand release of the film on Febuary 7. You may recall that Bonnie recently released a video for Nowness, starring her friend Sophie Lowe. In the trailer, which you can view above (and you should!!!), both Bonnie and Sophie star in this thriller about a group of students who take part in an experiment meant to simulate an apocalyptic event that yields shocking results. Look closely, and you can also catch sight of another HP actor, Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen), at about one minute in. A movie poster was previously released in mid-December, which you can view here.
As reported last week, two extended clips from Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, starring Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), were released. However, that’s not the only bit of news. In an article released just before the new year, Fiennes revealed that while he is indeed the new M for the next installment of the James Bond series, taking over for Dame Judi Dench, he says he has no idea what the plot will be for the film.
“I know nothing, I’ve not been told anything, I have no information, no dates, no sense of the journey of my character at all! I don’t!”
The only information we currently have on his role is that he is playing MI6 chief Gareth Mallory. Will his character be a good guy, or will another Bond baddie be born? Playing Lord Voldemort will have certainly helped if the chief turns out to be evil. We look forward to learning more about his role and promise to keep everyone up to date as the information is released!
Make sure to set your DVRs for BBC’s The Graham Norton Show! Airing Tuesday, January 7, Graham chats with Julie Walters (Molly Weasley) about her role in Harry Hill: The Movie and being mistaken for other famous celebrities. Check your local listings for showtimes, or catch it On Demand.
Warwick Davis is at it again. The actor who played multiple characters in the Harry Potter series has once again earned himself a theatrical role. The play, See How They Run, about a group of vicars and a case of mistaken identity, will open March 3 for a mere six days at the Belgrade Theater during the Spring Season, offering showings nightly, as well as matinees. You can learn more about the play and purchase tickets here.
After watching the trailer for After the Dark, do you think Bonnie’s character will survive the apocalypse, or will she be sacrificed by one of her classmates? Tell us what you think about the trailer, and the rest of the casting news, by commenting below!
Bonnie Wright is set to take part in a Sport Relief special of the UK hit show The Great British Bakeoff. This Sport Relief special will see a set of celebrity bakers compete against each other in a series of bakes. The bakes are judged by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. Here's a little more about the series:
"The series will be stripped across Monday 13th January to Thursday 16th January with four celebrity bakers, of varying baking experience, competing against each other in four mini Bake Offs. All the celebrity bakers will be put through their paces on signature, technical and showstopper bakes. From pesky pies to celebratory cakes and troublesome tarts, the competition is fierce and some of the baking astounding. At the end of each episode the celebrity baker who rises above the rest will be crowned Sport Relief Star Baker.
Sport Relief, part of the bigger Comic Relief, is a UK charity that raises money to
"change lives at home and abroad. In the UK, you help give shelter to young people living on the streets and protection to those living with domestic abuse. Across the world, your money helps children into education and provides communities with fresh water and life-saving vaccines."
To find out more about the work that Sport Relief does alongside Comic Relief visit their website here. This year’s fundraiser runs from March 21 to March 23.
Bonnie has also commented on the food at Hogwarts, saying, "It was always hot at Hogwarts, and the food was fake so [that] it wouldn't be smelly."
Are you looking forward to seeing Bonnie baking? Do you think she will rise to the top and be crowned Sport Relief Bake Off Champion?
Our talented Harry Potter alumni certainly have been busy this past year, and while there are only a few more days left in 2013, the stars are still hard at work. For the last time in 2013, it’s MuggleNet Role Call!
Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) continues to expand upon her filmmaking career as a director, filming a music video for Nowness. The star tweeted her excitement about the video being published on the Nowness website.
The video stars Once Upon a Time in Wonderland actress Sophie Lowe, who both wrote and sings the song for the video, Riding Solo, which you can view here. Bonnie also explains her creative process:
“My film concepts always begin with the particular emotion I am trying to evoke, say the sadness of loss. I then collect references [and] inspiration and write lots of disjointed sentences from light directions and thoughts to actual dialogue. Then the way I work with my crew is very collaborative; I need them to be as emotionally invested as [I].”
Another poster for The Grand Budapest Hotel, starring Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), has been released, featuring photos of the cast in the form of hotel keys. You can view the poster here. In addition, Fiennes can be seen on December 30 when he visits the ladies of The View to talk about his film, The Invisible Woman. Check your local listings for showtimes.
Jamie Campbell Bower (young Gellert Grindelwald) has been named one of the new faces for Burberry’s English Rose collection for the 2014 spring/summer campaign. You can check out some of the spoiler photos for the coming collection here.
Jessie Cave (Lavendar Brown) brings you Christmas greetings! The actress performs a few Christmas carols with some friends in this comedic YouTube video, "Carollers." Enjoy by watching below!
Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) may be waiting to find out if she will win the Golden Globe for her role as Elizabeth Taylor in the mini-series Burton & Taylor, but she's still keeping her eye out for other roles. According to a report from Variety, the star is currently in talks to join the historic drama Sufferagette with actress Carey Mulligan. The film is based on real-life events and follows “soldiers of the early feminist movement: women who were forced underground in a dangerous game of cat and mouse”.
For those MuggleNet fans who have access to ITV and CITV, make sure you check out a special reading of Dustbin Dad, airing on December 26 and December 28. You might recognize the narrator of the story – Warwick Davis (Filius Flitwick/Griphook) who recently participated in MuggleNet’s holiday video and will be joining Bookaboo to read the story by Peter Bently and Russell Ayto. The actor also tells Expose Entertainment that his children give him critical feedback for his roles.
“As an actor I often have scripts at home to rehearse, and yes, I will perform them out loud for the kids and just see what they think. They're my fiercest critics sometimes but then again my biggest supporters as well.”
New images for Gary Oldman’s (Sirius Black) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes have been released only days after the official trailer was made available. The images further highlight the intensity of the trailer, evoking a sense of unease. The three up-close images of the major stars of the film, including Oldman, can be seen here.
Well, that’s it for 2013 casting news. We can’t wait to see what our favorite cast get up to in the new year. Bring on 2014!