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Joel Want

Date of birth (location):

5 July 2002
London, England, UK

Actor - filmography

"My Hero" (2000) TV Series .... Ollie (2005)
Sylvia (2003) .... Baby Nicholas
The Debt (2003) (TV)
Love Again (2003) (TV)
"Manchild" (2002) TV Series

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Mini Biography

Many former child stars preciously claim that they were “acting before they could walk”, but for Joel this is true in a very literal sense. Thrust into the limelight at the age of six months, he starred in the pivotal role of Baby Nicholas in the 2003 bio-pic Sylvia opposite Gwyneth Paltrow.

Even on these first tentative steps to stardom, Joel developed a reputation as an uncompromising perfectionist. During one scene, after Paltrow fluffed a couple of takes, he shot her such a withering look that she immediately burst into tears and fled to the security of her trailer.

Despite a fearsomely quick temper and penchant for foot-stamping, ear-splitting tantrums, Joel’s respect and deference for his fellow thespians have made him extremely popular on set. Often, after filming has finished for the day, his colleagues will throng around him in eager anticipation, waiting for one of his legendary monologues on subjects as diverse as dinosaurs and Thomas the Tank Engine. Indeed, during the wrap party for TV Series Manchild, a late night conversation with co-star Nigel Havers about Winnie the Pooh’s proclivity for honey moved Havers to comment: “Nobody has held me in such humbled awe since I shared a caravan with David Lean and Alec Guinness on A Passage to India.”

After cutting his teeth on the Silver Screen, Joel has more recently looked to deconstruct his considerable acting abilities in the West End. Early rehearsals for a lavish adaptation of Hamlet with Joel in the lead role had stage insiders raving, but he had to pull out at the eleventh hour due to Gymboree commitments

Ben Want

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Date of birth (location):

5 July 2002
London, England, UK

Actor - filmography

"My Hero" (2000) TV Series .... Ollie (2005)
Sylvia (2003) .... Baby Nicholas
The Debt (2003) (TV)
Love Again (2003) (TV)
"Manchild" (2002) TV Series

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Mini Biography

Known as something of a prankster in acting circles, Ben, like his brother Joel, shot to fame on the film Sylvia with Daniel Craig and Gwyneth Paltrow. A self-proclaimed “Cheeky Monkey”, he tends to eschew the more staid, methodical approach to his craft (the sort practised by humourless RADA-trained toddlers) in favour of running around like a loon, babbling incoherently and frequently bursting into fits of uncontrollable laughter.

Despite this laissez-faire attitude, Ben is more than capable of producing the goods as he showed on numerous occasions during the filming of BBC sit-com and difficult-post-Father-Ted Ardal O’Hanlon vehicle “My Hero”. He provided warmth and passion to an otherwise tepid series and formed a close bond with O’Hanlon after it became clear that they had a similar sense of humour and fondness for raisins.

A notorious practical joker, Ben keeps his co-stars in stitches with his constant tomfoolery. Mostly, his victims accept the wind-ups with good grace although Paltrow was reportedly less than impressed with his clingfilm-over-the-toilet-seat trick.

Despite their constant bickering, Ben is very close to his brother and fiercely loyal. Producers know that they have to set aside an hour each day for the boys to indulge in their passion for intense, nappy-off wrestling action. Beholding them grappling is a truly magnificent experience – one reminiscent of Bates and Reed in Women in Love (on a slightly smaller scale, obviously).

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