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The National Theatre hired Jay Brooks to shoot these powerful black and white portraits of the key cast members of The Red Barn, the new play by David Hare.  Based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon, the play is a tense psychological thriller set in a farmhouse in a frozen New England and the cast features Mark Strong (A View from the Bridge) and Hope Davis (God of Carnage) and Elizabeth Debicki who starred with Tom Hiddleston in ‘The Night Manager’.





The National Theatre hired Jay Brooks to shoot these powerful black and white portraits of the key cast members of The Red Barn, the new play by David Hare.  Based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon, the play is a tense psychological thriller set in a farmhouse in a frozen New England and the cast features Mark Strong (A View from the Bridge) and Hope Davis (God of Carnage) and Elizabeth Debicki who starred with Tom Hiddleston in ‘The Night Manager’.





Pip photographed actor and fashion designer Sadie Frost for the Lynn Barber interview in The Sunday Times Magazine.

Sadie Frost

The shoot took place at Wilton’s Music Hall in the east end of London where Sadie is rehearsing for a new play, Britten in Brooklyn, which opens at the end of August.

Here’s some of the feature by Lynn Barber. “The play actually sounds very interesting. It’s about a period from 1940 to 1941 when Benjamin Britten, WH Auden and Carson McCullers (author of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter) were all sharing a house in Brooklyn, along with the stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. Sadie, of course, plays Gypsy. “She’s a great character and has a very sparky wit. She’s known as a showgirl, but there’s this other side to her — she wrote a wonderful memoir and also wrote a bestselling novel during this time called The G-String Murders. But she probably felt a bit in Carson McCullers’s shadow, so there’s this very intense relationship between the two of them. Obviously, I’ve got to work on the accent.””

Read the full article here.

Hair by Shivaughn Murphy

Make up by Sara Menitra

Threepenny Opera

Jay Brooks contributed the portrait of Rory Kinnear that forms the base of the ‘very Wiemar’ poster for the National Theatre’s new production of The Threepenny Opera.

The show’s website promises that it contains immoral behaviour and filthy language.  It follows the adventures of the evil MacHeath, Mack the Knife, played by Rory Kinnear, through the low life of 18th Century London.  Originally based on John Gay’s The Beggars Opera it was translated into German by Elizabeth Hauptmann, adapted for the German stage by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill and now has been newly translated into English again by Simon Stephens for the NT.

The poster echos the photomontages created in the 1930s by the German dadaist and anti-Nazi campaigner John Heartfield.



With the new series of Peaky Blinders about to launch, Ray Burmiston was commissioned to shoot Helen McCrory, one of its stars.

Peaky Blinders, for anyone who doesn’t know ( there may be some ), is an epic gangster drama set in 1920s Birmingham and Ms McCrory plays the part of Polly Grey, ‘Aunt Polly’, the second in command and eminence gris of the notorious crime family led by Tom Shelby (Cillian Murphy).  Her character is tough, ruthless and very sexy and has played a big part in the show’s huge success – this is series three – rooted in its combination of sex (again), violence, brilliantly atmospheric and smokey sets and ferocious hair cuts.  The show’s title refers to the practice amongst the Birmingham mobsters of the day of hiding razors in the peaks of their caps which they then used as weapons.

Helen McCrory’s other credits are legion with a vast amount of work in film, on TV and on the stage.  She has won several shelves full of awards and has appeared as Medea at the National, in Sam Mendes’ productions of ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘Uncle Vanya’, as Cherie Blair, and as Malfoy’s mum in ‘Harry Potter’.  She had never appeared in the circus however before this photoshoot.



Jay Brooks has photographed Javone Prince for The Suicide, the new production at the National Theatre.

Here’s how the NT describes the show.

The Suicide

Things are getting tough for Sam. No job, benefits stopped and stuck in a tiny flat with his girlfriend Maya and her mum. The pressure is building. It feels like there might be only one way out.

But every ending is a beginning and there are plenty of people keen to capitalise on Sam’s momentous decision. From corrupt local politicians to kids trying to raise the number of views of their online videos, everyone wants a piece of Sam’s demise. It scarcely matters what Sam actually wants. Faced with the promise of immortality, what’s his life worth?

Suhayla El-Bushra takes the satiric masterpiece by Nikolai Erdman and smashes it into urban London. It’s provocative and very funny, bringing live music and fast-paced humour to the Lyttelton.

Javone Prince (E4’s PhoneShop, BBC Two’s The Javone Prince Show, Statement of Regret at the NT) plays Sam.





The first episode of Wolfblood Series 4 aired on 8th March and Ray Burmiston was commissioned by the BBC to shoot the cast of the CBBC fantasy drama.

Supernatural post-production by Mikel at the BBC.


Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry

For the second time in two months, Jay Brooks has photographed Matthew Perry.  This time it was for The Times, for its Saturday Magazine accompanying an interview with Matthew timed to coincide with the opening of his play ‘The End of Longing’ in the West End.

Matthew Perry is, of course best known for his role as Chandler Bing in‘Friends’, still the most successful TV sit com of all time with its huge audience figures and apparently eternal repeats.  120 episodes are aired each week in Britain alone.  His current project is more of a personal passion, he both wrote and stars in the play, he seems happy to be on a smaller stage and is philosophical about fame.

“I will never have the success I had when I was on Friends; that will never happen again. TV has changed so much that audiences will never be that big again. The Big Bang Theory is the number one sitcom; it gets half what Friends did.” He loves Alan Partridge, was a great fan of The Office and would “love to do something on British television. I am in a situation where I guess I don’t need to work, but I do need to work. I need to be doing something, but I am not interested in fame any more.”

Stanley Tucci

Jay Brooks photographed actor Stanley Tucci at the British Independent Film Awards as part of a project commissioned by the events organisers.  The image was used in the Evening Standard in connection with another event – The Evening Standard Film Awards – at which Mr Tucci will be presenting the award for the best comedy.

Stanley Tucci is probably best known for his starring role as Caesar Flickerman in the Hunger Games series and currently he can be seen in the conspiracy drama Spotlight.  He writes cookery books too!

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Jay Brooks shot the poster for the Donmar Warehouse production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses featuring its stars Elaine Cassidy, Janet McTeer and Dominic West.  The show opened in mid December but from January 28th it can be seen on the National Theatre’s Live service in a cinema near you.

Directed by Josie Rourke (Coriolanus) it is based on Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France which scandalised the world in 1782. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton’s irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play.  Josie Rourke’s revival now marks the play’s thirty year anniversary.

Billionaire Boy

Ray Burmiston shot the portraits for Billionaire Boy. Catherine Tate and Warwick Davies (above) were part of a stellar cast in this hour-long adaptation of David Walliams’ book shown on BBC One on New Year’s Day.

Billionaire Boy is the story of Len, who makes a billion from inventing a new toilet roll, and his 12 year-old son Joe, who appears to have everything he could want – but what he really needs is a friend.

The cast includes John Thomson (The Fast Show, Cold Feet) as Joe’s dad, Len, who invents a new toilet roll – Bumfresh – making him millions. Catherine Tate (Doctor Who, The Catherine Tate Show) is Sapphire Diamond, a 40-something hand model who still likes to pretend she’s 21 and is dating Len for his money.  Playing Joe’s shy and very nervous head teacher is James Fleet (Vicar Of Dibley, Partners In Crime), while Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It) plays Joe’s firm but fair opera-loving teacher.

Warwick Davis (Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi, Harry Potter, Life’s Too Short) plays himself, in the role of the family’s celebrity butler. Joe is played by Elliot Sprakes in his first major TV role.

David Walliams (Little Britain, Big School, Britain’s Got Talent) plays Mrs Trafe, a dinner lady at Joe’s school who is described as ‘dirty and old’ and ‘dreadful at cooking’.


Matthew Perry, who starred as Chandler Bing in the legendary ‘Friends’, will be treading the boards of the West End in the new year in his self-penned play ‘The End of Longing’.  Jay Brooks, the go-to man to photograph Hollywood illuminati when they hit the London stage, took the picture.

‘The End of Longing’ opens at the The Playhouse Theatre in February 2016.




Dad’s Army the movie will, as it says on the poster, be ‘reporting for duty’ in February 2016 but the poster images shot by Jay Brooks are out now.

In the roles of Captain Mainwaring and his men it features an extraordinary stellar company of British acting talent including Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson, Tom Courtney as Corporal Jones and Michael ‘Dumbledore’ Gambon as Private Godfrey.  It even has Catherine Zeta-Jones as Private Pike’s mum!

As Jay remembers, the shoot was a big day out in Bridlington. ‘Catherine Zeta-Jones was first, followed by a delivery of guns, replica of course, but eight World War Two rifles with their own munitions expert. Next was Bill Nighy and a box of moustaches followed by Toby Jones, some tin hats, some leather boots, Michael Gambon and the camouflage.

Tom Courtney, Daniel Mays and Blake Harrison quickly joined the party, followed soon after by Bill Paterson and the binoculars.

By noon we had 8 great British actors all under one roof and an armoury big enough to mount an invasion of a small English village.’

Dad’s Army is a Universal Pictures production and opens on February 5th next year






Pip photographed hard working actor Joe Dempsie for GQ in the dramatically ‘Blade Runner’ wind tunnels at Farnborough.

We don’t usually see Joe looking this sharp, here styled by Dan Blake, as his recent roles have included Chris in the very dark Southcliffe and the luckless Gendry in Game of Thrones, and he is about to reappear as Higgy in Shane Meadows This Is England 90.



Jay Brooks and the cast of This Is England 90 suffered an acute attack of action painting for Shortlist magazine.  Thomas Turgoose, Vicky McClure and Joe Gilgun got splattered in a Pollack styled nod to the cover of the first Stone Roses album.  Why?  Because the series is set against the background of ‘Madchester’ and the rave scene so Stone Roses are, unsurprisingly, a big part of the soundtrack.

This is England 90 is the last installment in director Shane Meadows legendary saga of growing up working class in England in the 1980’s which began with the feature film set in 1983.  Although he never planned to make a TV series out of his most successful film, once he’d started doing so, he knew he wanted to get to the 90s. He had a vision of an opening shot of someone putting an ecstasy tablet on to someone else’s tongue.

‘Yeah that does happen.’ he told Miranda Sawyer in The Guardian. ‘There are four episodes in This Is England 90, and the summer episode is when the E thing kicks off. It’s not cool, though. At one point I thought, Yeah, I’ll hire 50,000 extras and get a proper rave going. But then I thought, No. In real life, the first time I went to a rave I got lost and ended up at a Pagan festival by mistake. And This Is England is like an antidote to cool, it’s like, this is what actually happened, and it was a bit wank.’

This Is England 90 airs on Sunday 13th September at 9pm.


Jay Brooks has created the image for the Lyric Theatre‘s new production ‘Tipping The Velvet‘ which brings Sarah Waters’ audacious bestselling novel to the stage in an electrifying new adaptation by playwright Laura Wade (Posh, Royal Court/West End), directed by Lyndsey Turner (Chimerica, Almeida/West End).

What’s it about?  Well, according to the Lyric website ‘It’s 1887 and Nancy Astley sits in the audience at her local music hall: she doesn’t know it yet, but the next act on the bill will change her life. Tonight is the night she’ll fall in love… with the thrill of the stage and with Kitty Butler, a girl who wears trousers.

Giddy with desire and hungry for experience, Nancy follows Kitty to London where unimaginable adventures await.’

Intriguing – and we are also warned that the play contains scenes of a sexual nature.

A Lyric Hammersmith & Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh co-production ‘Tipping The Velvet’ opens on 18th September.

Danny Boyle for DGA

Danny Boyle for DGA

Jay Brooks was commissioned by the Directors Guild of America’s Quarterly magazine to shoot Danny Boyle, the greatest British film maker of our time, for the cover of their Summer issue.

Boyle whose extraordinary list of achievements includes Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and the opening of the 2012 London Olympics gave a typically down to earth but brilliant interview to coincide with the photoshoot, covering the whole of his career from the first film he ever saw to his up-coming bio-pic of the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Read the full interview here.


Pip shot this crisp and classical portrait of Emily Berrington for Grazia.  Emily stars in Channel4‘s cult hit series Humans playing Niska, a ‘synth’ or super realistic robot.  The series takes place in a parallel present and as The Independent put it ‘It’s all a bit dystopian and Black Mirror-esque’ as the lines between Humans and robots blur.





Jay Brooks shot the rich and elegant portraits of the cast for the National Theatre‘s production of Three Days in the Country.  The play, based on Turgenev’s A Month in the Country, stars Mark Gatiss and John Sim and is adapted and directed by Patrick Marber, his first theatrical work for eight years.  It is produced in association with Sonia Friedman Productions.


Jay Brooks' photographs the cast of East is EastEastiseastforblog

Jay Brooks‘ work for the London theatre scene has dominated the walls of the Underground in the recent months, with his portraits of Martin Freeman in Trafalgar Transformed’s Richard III, and Richard Armitage the Old Vic’s The Crucible.

The posters have now been released for the second part of the Trafalgar Transformed season, East is East, starring Jane Horrocks and the play’s author, Ayub Khan Din in ‘a modern classic comedy about growing up in multicultural England.’


We recently posted some great shots from Jay’s shoot with Tamsin Greig, for Playhouse Theatre’s season of Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, and now we can show you the finished product! Keep your eye out for this around.

Jay Brooks for London's Playhouse Theatre



Next up for Jay – Urinetown!



Tamsin Greig for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown by Jay Brooks

Pass round the gazpacho!

We have the first look at Tamsin Greig as Pepa Marcos in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdownopening in January 2015 at the Playhouse in London.

Jay Brooks worked with Tamsin and the play’s creative team to put together a series of fantastic images – more to come later.  Jay’s stunning first image has been featured by the Guardian, Vogue and The Stage.

More footage of the shoot, and Tamsin’s transformation, can be seen here. Tickets for the musical are on sale now, from the Playhouse Theatre’s website.

Ray Burmiston shoots Doctor Who for BBC

Ray Burmiston‘s images of Peter Capaldi in his role as the 12th Doctor Who have travelled to every corner of the globe in the last few weeks.  And now, the day before the New Doctor lands, the excitement is going into overdrive! (Or maybe, underdrive? Check this out.)

These are the images released so far by the BBC, and there will be more to come from Ray’s shoot at the set (which we heard was amazing), with Peter and Jenna Coleman, who reprises her role as the doctors companion, Clara Oswald.

Doctor Who series 8 begins Saturday 23rd, 7.50 pm on BBC One.


Jay Brooks recently shot the cover of the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine, featuring renowned actors Richard Wilson and Simon Callow.

Here are some of the outtakes!

Jay Brooks photographs Space Age stars Richard WIlson and Simon Callow Jay Brooks photographs Space Age stars Richard Wilson and Simon Callow

In their interview Callow and Wilson discuss Space Age, a futuristic story of pensioners sent into space to organise alternative living arrangements for mankind:

‘Set in a distant future in which earth is threatened by over-population, Space Age focuses on a radical solution, the sending of elderly volunteers – men and women who have no wish to live out their last years in nursing homes – to prepare new worlds for human settlement.’

Space Age will air on Sky Arts channel as part of it’s Playhouse Presents season.


Pip photographs Ophelia Lovibond - Mr Sloane

Pip's photographs for Matches Fashion Style Report

Pip recently photographed Mr Sloane star Ophelia Lovibond when she was interviewed for Matches Fashion’s Style Report.

In the story, Lovibond talks writer Ivy Storvik through her style rules and fashion influences, and the pain of not being able to keep her costumes, whilst Pip photographs her in these summery outfits styled by Ursula Lake, exhibiting what she calls a ‘personal style heavily influenced by the 1960’s, but I add modern touches through accessories’.  In April she shared her wardrobe with Vogue UK for the month in their ‘Today I’m Wearing’ photo blog.

Of her current role, the free spirited San Franciscan, Robin, she says; ‘we wanted her to be as colourful as possible, to accentuate that she is the polar opposite from Sloane, who’s always dressed in brown and grey’. Nick Frost stars as the slightly sad Mr Sloane, and BAFTA winner Olivia Colman as his estranged wife.

Mr Sloane airs on Sky Atlanic, Friday 9pm.

Jay Brooks photographs Martin Freeman and Jane Horrocks for Trafalgar Transformed

Double bill: Jay Brooks‘ photographs Martin Freeman and Jane Horrocks for this retro, comic-book style poster for the second season of Jamie Lloyd’s Trafalgar Transformed.

Never heard of it?

Curated by Artistic Director Jamie Lloyd, Trafalgar Transformed is a season of politically-charged, socially conscious theatre located in the iconic Trafalgar Studios on Whitehall. The season aims to thrill audiences while stimulating open debate and dialogue around the issues central to each play. Through pertinent programming and accessible pricing Trafalgar Transformed is also enabling the development of a new, more diverse audience and welcoming one and all to London’s West End.

Keep an eye out for more of Jay’s theatre work coming soon!


Continuing his work with The Old Vic, Jay Brooks shot the theatre’s Artistic Director –  Kevin Spacey as he prepares to take the stage himself in the one-man play Clarence Darrow.

Previews of Clarence Darrow begin on 28 May


In his first feature with Tatler UK, Jay Brooks worked with renowned body painter Emma Cammack for their “Lose Yourself” article in this month’s issue.

The piece focuses on the rising trend of “immersive entertainment” –  interviewing founder of Secret Cinema Fabien Riggall, The Templeton family who started the extraordinary Shuttlecock Inc, and co-directors Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle from Punchdrunk, which has achieved cult status among theatre goers.

– The March Issue is OUT NOW

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Continuing Shoot Production’s work with SKY Atlantic HD, the billboard campaign for the hotly anticipated drama Fleming was shot at the beautiful Addington Palace , with Mamma Mia! star Dominic Cooper as James Bond creator Ian Fleming.  The show explores the author’s real-life exploits and how they became the inspiration for his famous fictional superspy.

An epic production at an epic location.  We commissioned acclaimed advertising photographer Frank Herholdt and the team at Propped Up to create the quintessential 007 casino set, which gave the finished shot that deluxe feel synonymous with the James Bond brand.

– Fleming starts on Wednesday 12 February at 9pm on Sky Atlantic HD

Production: Shoot Production / Photographer: Frank Herholdt / Art Director: Nick Allen  / Hair & Make up: Jackie Tyson @ Alchemy / Wardrobe c / o Fleming production team / Props: Propped Up / Location: Addington Palace


Luke Pasqualino by Pip for MATCHES FASHION

Continuing his work with MatchesFashion.com. Pip recently shot rising star Luke Pasqualino at London’s Somerset House.

In his interview with MatchesFashion.com, the young actor talks about his lead role in the new BBC mini-series The Musketeers and the next step in his career, as he transitions from television to the big screen.

Read the full interview here

The third episode of The Musketeers airs on BBC1 at 9pm on 2nd February.

Luke Pasqualino by Pip for MATCHES FASHION

Maimie McCoy

Transforming into cold, ruthless spy Milady de Winter in her latest role for BBC1’s 10-part drama ‘The Musketeers, Pip shoots raven-haired beauty Maimie McCoy for You Magazine.

BBC1’s new witty adaption of ‘The Three Musketeers’ also featuring Peter Capaldi (The Thick Of It, The Hour), Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Borgias) and Tom Burke (The Hour, Only God Forgives), debuts on our screen’s this Sunday at 9pm.


Pip_JE_066_blog2Pip snaps ‘Warhorse’ heart throb Jeremy Irvine in the run up to the release of his new film ‘The Railway Man’ alongside Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.
Irvine has been making his mark on the British film industry, featuring in ‘Now is Good’, ‘Great Expectations’ and most famously as the lead in ‘Warhorse’ which led him to the demanding role of the young Eric Lomax in ‘The Railway Man’ . A story inspired by the real-life experiences of a prisoner of war of the Japanese in World War II.

Be sure to check out this dreamboat in ‘The Railway Man’, which is released on 10th January – Friday this week!