Gerran Howell

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Gerran Howell
Born
Gerran Lyn Howell

(1991-02-25) 25 February 1991 (age 28)
OccupationActor, singer, director, writer and musician
Years active2006–present

Gerran Lyn Howell (born 25 February 1991) is a Welsh actor, director and writer of short films, best known for playing "Vladimir Dracula" in Young Dracula, a CBBC television series that initially aired in 2006.

Early life[edit]

Gerran went to Barry Comprehensive School (an all-boys secondary school with a mixed sixth form).[1] He trained at ATSLI improvisation workshop in Cardiff at a young age, and later went on to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He initially appeared in a short cinema advert warning about the dangers of swimming in Welsh Reservoirs,[2] and also in a short film by Ellis Watts.[3]

Career[edit]

Young Dracula[edit]

The show revolves around 13-year-old Vlad and his family, who happen to be vampires, as they try to live in a small, rural Welsh town after they moved there from Transylvania. The first two series were broadcast in 2006–2008. The third and fourth series were broadcast in 2011–2012 in which Gerran plays a 17-year-old Vlad, four years on, now with full vampire powers which he must learn to control. The fifth and concluding series was shown in early 2014.

Gerran, and co-star from Young Dracula, Letty Butler were a part of the Bake a Difference Appeal[4] on Blue Peter and he filmed some behind the scenes footage of Young Dracula.[5] He also appeared on Inside Out North West during a short behind the scenes at Young Dracula sketch.[6] Gerran was also interviewed by Letty Butler about the show[7] and he also did a short tutorial in character as Vlad on how to spot a vampire.[8]

In January 2012, Gerran's character 'Vlad' in Young Dracula was voted in the SFX vampire poll, ranking at number 17 in the top 50 vampires.

Other work[edit]

Gerran has also appeared in a few short films and television shows, appearing as "Niall Andrews" and "Rory Brothwick" in Casualty (2006 & 2012). As well as Some Girls episode 2 as "Ryan".

In 2011, he appeared as "Ernesto" in an episode of the CBBC drama The Sparticle Mystery and returned in series 2 (which was aired in February 2013). He has also returned for series 3 of The Sparticle Mystery (which aired January 2014). Gerran also guest starred in Casualty in January 2012, as a new character alongside actor Billy Boyd.

He appeared on CBBC's Hacker Time and 12 Again, with Young Dracula co-star Clare Thomas, during 2012.

In addition to his work on-screen, he has also recorded voice-overs for radio adverts.

In 2019, Howell appeared in the miniseries Catch-22 as Kid Sampson.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006–2014 Young Dracula Vladimir Dracula Main role, 5 series
2006 Crusade in Jeans Baudouin 72672 Film
Casualty Niall Andrews Series 20 Episode 32: "Blind Spots"
Mummys Boy Mark Short film
2011–2014 The Sparticle Mystery Ernesto
2012 Casualty Rory Brothwick Series 26 Episode 20: "Hero Syndrome"[10]
Some Girls Ryan Jones Series 1 Episode 2[11]
From Fact To Fiction Bob Duncan (Narrator) Radio play
2017 Emerald City Jack Main role
2018 This Country Jacob Seaton Series 2 Episode 4: "The Vicar's Son"[12]
2019 Catch-22 Kid Sampson

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flynn, Jessica (28 December 2006). "Dracula star drops in to see patients". Wales Online.co.uk. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  2. ^ Warwick Emanuel PR (2011). "Swimming in reservoirs can kill". Retrieved 31 January 2016 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ Watts, Ellis (2013). "Deep End". Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Bake a Difference Appeal". CBBC. Archived from the original on 9 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Behind The Stunts". CBBC. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Behind the Scenes of Young Dracula". CBBC. 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Interview with the Vampire". CBBC. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Vlad's Guide To Spotting A Vampire". CBBC. 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  9. ^ Keene, Allison (21 December 2018). "Catch-22: First Images Reveal George Clooney's Hulu Series". Collider.
  10. ^ "Casualty, Series 26, Hero Syndrome". BBC One. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Some Girls, Series 1, Episode 2". BBC Three. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  12. ^ "The Vicar's Son, Series 2, This Country - BBC Three". BBC. Retrieved 19 March 2018.

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