This is the first of half a dozen guest posts by members of our cast. We were looking for an actress to play the main character’s mum. It had to be someone who could display the strength required to bring up a child as a lone parent and also the nurturing and affectionate side that reminds us all of our own mum. We found Julia’s showreel on youtube and proceeded to invite her for an audition, the rest, as they say, is history – Zaeem
“I have always enjoyed acting and in my younger days was involved with Desborough Players an amateur dramatics society and was in productions for them.
Later in life when my children were older I again started to do amdram at Farnworth Little Theatre and played Sue in Abigail’s Party , the woman in Elegy for a Lady and Stella in House Guest. At the same time I was doing extras work and an evening course in acting at college. I decided I wanted to make acting my profession and to this end I did a BA (Hons) degree in Performing Arts at the University of Salford gaining a 2:1. Of the 200 students on the Performing arts courses we auditioned and 20 were chosen to perform in the showcase at The Royal Exchange Theatre. I played the role of The Sex Worker from The Vagina monologues and also the mother in a duologue in Looking After Tom.
I finished my degree course in 2009 and have since acted in corporate films, music videos, short independent films and performed in a fringe production of The Importance of Being Earnest playing Miss Prism.
I am very much enjoying filming the pilot for PhatFyterz. I love the idea of exploring the subjects of mental health/parenthood/coming of age in the world we live in today. Mental Health is an area that isn’t often portrayed accurately in the media and I believe Zaeem has an important message to put across. I am proud to be one of the actors involved in this project and hope it does well.”