Aardman's Pirates Sets Sail with All-Star Cast
RUSSELL TOVEY is best known for his work as George the werewolf on the BBC series "Being Human." He also stars on the BBC series "Him and Her," which will soon begin its second season. Tovey first came to international attention in the role of Rudge in the theatrical, radio, and film productions of The History Boys. His many television credits include guest-starring roles on "Gavin & Stacey" and "Doctor Who" as well as roles in "Little Dorrit" and "My Family and Other Animals," among others. His theatrical credits include "A Miracle" at the Royal Court, "The Sea" at the Theatre Royal, "A Respectable Wedding" at the Young Vic, the title role of Tin Tin at the Barbican, and "His Dark Materials" at the National Theatre, among many others.
ASHLEY JENSEN's breakout performance came as the loveable loser Maggie Jacobs on the BBC/HBO series, "Extras," in which she stars opposite Ricky Gervais. For her work in "Extras," she has received two British Comedy Awards (Best Actress, Best Newcomer), the Golden Rose of Montreaux award, Best Actress at the Monte Carlo International Television Festival, Glamour Magazine's Comedy Woman of the Year award and she was nominated for a BAFTA and Emmy award. Other notable television work includes ABC hit drama "Ugly Betty" and the new CBS comedy series, "Accidentally on Purpose."
Jensen's film credits include Topsy Turvy for director Mike Leigh and Tristram Shandy, opposite Steve Coogan, for director Michael Winterbottom. She recently completed production on television drama "The Reckoning" and will next begin production opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal in new feature film Hysteria. Her voice may also be heard in Gnomeo and Juliet and in Aardman Animations'/Sony Pictures Animation's Arthur Christmas.
About Sony Pictures Animation
Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated entertainment for audiences around the world. The studio is following its 2009 worldwide hit, the mouth-watering 3D comedy Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and the 2007 Academy Award®-nominated Surf's Up with a full slate of feature films including the live-action/animation hybrid film The Smurfs (3D) and the family comedy, Hotel Transylvania (3D). The division is also in production with Aardman Animations on two feature films, the CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas (3D) and the stop-frame animated high-seas adventure, The Pirates! Band of Misfits (3D). Open Season 3, the third adventure in Sony Pictures Animation's successful Open Season franchise, was released on DVD and Blu-Ray January 2011. Sony Pictures Animation is an operating unit of Sony Pictures Digital Productions.
Aardman, based in Bristol (UK), co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. It produces feature films, television series and television commercials for both the domestic and international market. The studio has won over 400 international awards including 4 Oscars®.
Aardman's highly creative stop-motion style and creative sensibilities have proven popular with critics and audiences around the world. In 2000, Chicken Run, their debut feature, took in nearly $225 million worldwide; since then, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit grossed nearly $200 million and Flushed Away, their first CG feature, earned $176 million. All three films have achieved enormous critical acclaim, with the three films earning a total of 27 Annie Award nominations (the animation community's highest honor). In addition, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit was honored with the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature. http://www.aardman.com. In addition to The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Aardman is also in production on the CG-animated Arthur Christmas.