April Pearson

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April Pearson
April Pearson 2007.jpg
Pearson on the Stage in Skins Party 2007.
Born (1989-01-23) 23 January 1989 (age 26)
Bristol, England
Occupation Actress

April Janet Pearson[1] (born 23 January 1989) is an English actress best known for her role as Michelle Richardson in the E4 teen drama series, Skins.

Career[edit]

Pearson joined a theatre group, located in Bristol, at just three years old. Throughout her youth she starred in various plays with both her drama group and at school.[2]

In 1998 she made her television debut in Casualty, however she made her big break in acting starring as Michelle Richardson in the British drama Skins. She was cast after casting directors held auditions at her school and her drama teacher suggested she go.[2] Pearson appeared in the first two series of the successful E4 show, but like the rest of the "original" cast members, was written out of the following series in order to introduce a new generation of characters to the show. In addition to her appearances on the show's two series, Pearson can also be seen acting as her character in various segments located on the show's official website.

In 2008 Pearson once again appeared in Casualty as a teenager called Karen, followed by her film debut in Tormented (2009) alongside her Skins co-star Larissa Wilson, in which Pearson plays a sadistic schoolgirl. The film went on to receive mostly positive reviews from critics for which Total Film dubbed it as "A slasher for the Skins generation".[3]

Pearson returned to theatre starring in the Bristol Old Vic production "Suspension" in spring of 2009, and in autumn that year as a kidnapped teenager called Callie in New End Theatre's "Negative Space".

She starred in the Christmas Rom Com "Home for Christmas" in which she plays Beth Prince, a young woman in search of her happy ever after.

Most recently, she starred in the music video for The Wombats' single, "Greek Tragedy". The music video was released 15 January 2015. [4][5]

Personal life[edit]

During a Skinscast, Pearson's Skins co-stars Nicholas Hoult, Mitch Hewer, and Joe Dempsie stated that she was a head girl at Colston's Girls' School, which she left in 2007.

Pearson can also be seen in Channel 4's "Lost for Words" campaign, in which she reads aloud from Kasper in the Glitter by Philip Ridley.[6] She currently lives in Brighton.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1998-present Casualty Multiple Characters 5 episodes
2007–2008 Skins Michelle Richardson Series 1-2
2009 Tormented Natasha Cummings (Tasha) Released 22 May 2009
2014 Home for Christmas Beth Prince
2015 Age of Kill Lexi
2015 Greek Tragedy Lucy Music video

References[edit]

  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1984-2004. Gives name at birth as "April Janet Pearson".
  2. ^ a b Goodhart, Benjie (2007-01-14). "The National Student Magazine - TV". Archived from the original on 2007-02-11. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  3. ^ "Tormented review". TotalFilm.com. 2009-04-14. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  4. ^ "The Wombats unleash new video ‘Greek Tragedy’". Nothing But Hope and Passion. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Wombats share murderous 'Greek Tragedy' video – watch". NME. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.channel4.com/culture/microsites/L/lost_for_words/index.html

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