Star Focus 24th March Specials – Alyson Hannigan

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Age: 41

Number of Roles: 43

Biggest Films: American Pie

Debut Role: Impure Thoughts (1985)logo

Early Career: Alyson got into movies as a child star with early films roles in ‘Impure Thoughts’ and ‘My Stepmother is an Alien’. It wasn’t long till we saw that Alyson had an appeal to the small screen with her first appearance in 1989 ‘Free Spirit’ before a string off appearance through the 90s.

Television Roles:

  • Free Spirit (1989-1990) 14 Episodes
  • Roseanne (1990)
  • Almost Home (1993) 2 Episodes
  • Touched by an Angel (1994)
  • Picket Fences (1996)
  • 100 Deeds of Eddie McDowd (1999-2000_ 2 Episodes
  • The Wild Thornberrys (2000)
  • Rugrats (2002-2003) 3 Episodes
  • Angel (2001-2003) 3 Epsidoes
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) 144 Episodes
  • That 70s Show (2004) 2 Episodes
  • King of the Hill (2004)
  • Veronica Mars (2005) 3 Epsidoes
  • The Goode Family (2009)
  • The Simpsons (2011)
  • Robot Chicken (2011)
  • American Dad (2011-2013) 2 Episodes
  • How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014) 208 Episodes
  • Sofia The First (2014)
  • The McCarthys (2014)

Break Out Role: After a string of television performances Alyson got the supporting role of Willow in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ in 1997 which put her firmly on the map.willow

Career: After the Buffy role got her noticed it was the teen comedy ‘American Pie’ that gave Alyson a way into films with ‘Boys and Girls’ ‘American Pie 2’ and ‘beyond the City Limits’. Sadly this didn’t do enough to really put her on the map because of the success of these film meant she was stuck with the teen comedy roles. It was the awful ‘Date Movie’ in 2006 where she tried again but the film never replicated what the Scary Movie films had done and was slammed. Luckily after Buffy finished it wasn’t long before Alyson found herself in another hugely successful television show ‘How I Met Your Mother’.beoiynd the city lights

2010 Onwards: This decade started with the continuing success of How I Met Your Mother Alyson was able to continue to pick her work to go around her personal life. she did make a return as Michelle in ‘American Reunion’ and a small supporting part in ‘Love, Wedding, Marriage’, where she started alongside her husband Alexis Denisof.

Lilly - How I Met Your Mother

Lilly – How I Met Your Mother

Next Big Role: There isn’t any lined up at the moment.

My Favourite Role: This is a hard pick because she has done three roles I really like, but it would have to be Michelle from American Pie, or Willow from Buffy.

Michelle - American Pie

Michelle – American Pie

My Least Favourite Role: I know I pick Willow as a favourite but I didn’t like the season where she went evil.evil willow

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Star Focus 24th March Birthday Specials – Jessica Chastain

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Trademarks: Red Hair

Age: 38

Number of Roles: 38

Biggest Films: Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar

Awards: Nominated for two Oscars for The Help and Zero Dark Thirty.

Debut Role: ER (2004)

Early Career: Jessica was a late starter in the world of acting with her first role coming in 2004 and what follows is a string of guest appearance in televisions. It wasn’t until 2008 Jessica got her first cinema release with ‘Jolene’ she followed up that with a supporting role in ‘Stolen’jolene

Television Roles:

  • ER (2004)
  • Veronica Mars (2004)
  • Dark Shadows (2005) TV Movie
  • Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005 -2006) 3 Episodes
  • Close to Home (2006)
  • The Evidence (2006)
  • Blackbeard (2006) TV Movie
  • Journeyman (2007)
  • Agatha Christie: Poirot (2010)

Break Out Role: The Help (2011)the help

2010 Onwards: Jessica started this decade with critical acclaimed films ‘The Debt’, ‘Take Shelter; ‘Coriolanus’ and ‘The Tree of Life’. It was in 2011 when Jessica got the role in ‘The help’ which got her an Oscar nomination.

What followed was ‘Texas Killing Fields’ and voice over work in ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’. Jessica continued to appear in films that got higher box office recognition like ‘Lawless’ and ‘Mama’. It was her role in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ that gained her another Oscar nomination.zero dark

Jessica got a chance to work with Al Pacino who directed the Oscar Wilde written story ‘Salome’. Jessica continued looking at unique roles and ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’ in a trilogy titled ‘Him’ ‘Her’ and ‘Them’ which looks at different prospective of the disappearance. In 2014 Jessica has three very different films we had the period drama ‘Miss Julie’ the sci-fi smash ‘Interstellar’ and drama ‘A Most Violent Year’.

Next Big Role: Crimson Peakpeak

My Favourite Role: Murph – Interstellarmurph

My Least Favourite Role: I haven’t seen one I haven’t liked.

Films I Want to See That I Haven’t Seen: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby trilogy

Star Focus 24th March Birthday Specials – Jim Parsons

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Catchphrases: Bazinga!

Age: 42

Number of Roles: 32

Biggest Role: Big Bang Theory

Awards: Jim has won a Golden Globe for his role in Big Bang Theory.

Debut Role: Chet – Ed (2002)chet

Television Roles:

  • Ed (2002)
  • Judging Amy (2004-2005) 7 Episodes
  • Glenn Martin DDS (2010)
  • Sesame Street (2010)
  • The Super Hero Squad Show (2011)
  • iCarly (2011)
  • Pound Puppies (2011) 2 Episodes
  • A Town Called Eureka (2011)
  • The High Fructose Adventure of Annoying Orange (2012)
  • Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil (2012)
  • Family Guy (2009 & 2012)
  • The Big Bang Theory (2006 – 2015) 184 Episodes so far
Garden State

Garden State

Heights

Heights

Career: Jim Parsons only made his Television debut in 2002 with a small part in the show ‘Ed’ his film debut would come as a surprise to many in a French film ‘Happy End’. in 2004 Jim had a small role in Zach Braff’s ‘Garden State’ as Fast Food Knight Tim. In 2005 Jim continued with small roles in films with ‘Heights’. Jim followed this up with a recurring role in Judging Amy. Jim has in 2006 two more small roles in films ‘School of Scoundrels’ and ’10 Items of Less’, this very same year Jim got his most recognisable role as Sheldon Cooper in ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and with this his career is ready to sky rocket.

Break Out Role: Sheldon Cooper – The Big Bang Theory.sheldon

Career: In 2007 Jim tried his luck in film again with more supporting roles in ‘On the Road with Judas’ and ‘Gardener of Eden’ but neither made it big, Jim did continue to conquer the small screen though with Big Bang Theory continuing to grow.

The Muppets

The Muppets

The Big Year

The Big Year

2010 Onwards: In 2011 Jim went back to try film again and this time he was a bigger name, Jim had the only secret cameo in ‘The Muppets’ film in the Man or Muppet song. He also appears in the slammed comedy ‘The Big Year’ along with Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson. Jim did reteam with Zach Braff for ‘Wish I Was Here’ and even has taken steps into horror with ‘Visions’ this year 2015 Jim will lend his voice to animated film ‘Home’ alongside Rhianna which looks like a very odd ball comedy.

Next Big Role: Homehome

My Favourite Role: Sheldon Cooper

My Least Favourite Role: he hasn’t done one I haven’t liked yet.

Films I Want to See That I Haven’t Seen: Visions has to be top of the list really.

Stars They Work With Often: Zach Braff

Star Focus – IronE Singleton

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Number of Roles: 20

Biggest Roles: The Walking Dead

Debut Role: Uncredited role in ‘Fled’ 1996

Television Roles:

  • Somebodies (2008) 3 Episodes
  • One Tree Hill (2009)
  • Detroit 1-8-7 (2010)
  • Single Ladies (2011)
  • The Walking Dead (2010-2012) 20 Episodes
  • Franklin & Bash (2011, 2014) 2 Episodes

Break Out Role: He did gain a cult like following from his spell in The Walking Dead but I do feel he is still waiting to get a full blown breakout role.

2000 – 2009: After his previous uncredited role he started 2000 with another one in ‘Remember the Titans’ 2000. It wasn’t until 2006 where he got his first role in a film with ‘Somebodies’ followed up by his own directed, written and lone starring ‘White Man, Black Man, Jew Man’. He did make his way into television with a couple of shows and in 2009 he got to star in a small role in Oscar winning film ‘The Blind Side’.somebodies

2010 Onwards: In 2010 he got the role of Theodore ‘T-Dog’ Douglas in ‘The Walking Dead’ which he lasted for two complete seasons. He did get to star in a couple of films with ‘Justice’ opposite Nicolas Cage, ‘Between Love and a Hard Place’ and ‘ A Box For Rob’.

Justice

Justice

My Favourite Role: T-Dog – The Walking Dead – While the character seemed to stick around and never really get involved with the major storylines it became like a game wondering how much longer he would make it and when he finally did get killed off it was almost missed because of the other death that shocked the show.tdog

Star Focus – Alanna Masterson

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Age: 26

Number of Roles: 11

Biggest Role: The Walking Dead

Debut Role: Television -Definitely Maybe (2001)

Television Roles:

  • Definitely Maybe (2001)
  • Malcolm in the Middle (2006)
  • Greek (2008)
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2009)
  • Grey’s Anatomy (2009)
  • First Day (2010) 7 Episodes
  • Men at Work (2014)
  • The Walking Dead (2013-2015) 23 Episodes

Breakout Role: I think the breakout role for Alanna has to be ‘The Walking Dead’ where she managed for get herself a supporting role that has lasted a couple of season at the time I am writing this. As we know the show is known for killing characters off when we least expect it, but how long can Tara last especially as it is a character not from the source material?

2001 – 2009: Alanna started off like most of the rest of the Walking Dead cast by appearing in a steady amount of television shows. There are no films in this time but these were the early sets.

2010 Onwards: Alanna got a good start to this decade with a television show ‘First Day’ it might not have been around too long but it opened doors. This opened the door to her only film role ‘Peach Plum Pear’. Come 2013 we got to meet the character Tara who joined up with a defeated Governor unaware of his true nature.peach

My Favourite Role: Tara – The Walking Dead – she is sarcastic member of the survivors who has a bound with Glenn but hasn’t spent enough time with the rest of the characters yet.tara