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Margie Haber

Pulling no punches, Margie Haber is Hollywood's straightest-talking audition coach. A world renowned acting guru, Margie has spent the past 20 years preparing aspiring actors for a chance at the big time. Hollywood Trials sees the bolshy New Yorker tackle the ten chosen Irish actors in a tailored masterclass over four intensive weeks.

In the 1980s, Margie prepared a young actor for a screen test for 'Thelma & Louise'. That actor was Brad Pitt and it proved to be his breakthrough role. Since then, Margie has been doing the same for many of Hollywood's rising stars and working actors including Vince Vaughn, Halle Berry, Kristin Davis and Heather Locklear.

Margie left her home town of New York for the West Coast in 1970, and embarked on a meaningful acting career in the film capital, which spanned two decades. During those years, Margie guest-starred in films and TV series and was the quintessential mom in countless commercials. In the late 70s and early 80s, Margie combined her acting career with a career in teaching.

Margie teaches actors what she calls 'How to Get the Part without Falling Apart'. In true boot camp style, Margie and her team break each actor down, exposing their inner most insecurities and set about instilling confidence, building them back up again. Working at her studio, Margie coaches both adults and kids, also teaching on-camera techniques and holding seminars throughout the United States and abroad. She recently returned from teaching in Munich and Amsterdam and has been invited to teach next year in Beijing.


Declan Lowney

Take a stint on Craggy Island, some 1980s Europop and a dash of Pavarotti and you get a feel for Declan Lowney's diverse career to date. A film and television director, his work with the famous and infamous over the years has included spells with Van Morrisson, Velvet Underground, Prince, Lou Reed, Jose Carreras, Kiri Te Kenawa, Eddie Izzard, The Spice Girls and U2.

With a plethora of BAFTA and EMMY nominations and wins, Declan's work has scaled the dizzying heights of all-time comedy greats. He directed the seminal 'Father Ted', comedy juggernaut 'Little Britain' and the BBC Two series 'Help' starring Paul Whitehouse. Other directorial credits to his name include the BBC One six part drama 'The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard', ITV's 'Cold Feet', live coverage of Glastonbury every year since 1990, the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest and 'Cruise of the Gods' starring Steve Coogan and David Walliams.

At present he is one of the most sought after high-end commercials director with blue chip clients in Ireland and the UK. Declan directed the recent tongue-in-cheek McDonald's television commercials featuring Johnny Logan brandishing a Eurosaver menu while belting out his Eurovision classic 'Hold Me Now'. Moving forward, Declan will be directing a Woolworths commercials with martial arts superstar Jackie Chan before embarking on forthcoming biographical film about Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards, with Steve Coogan in the title role.


Ros Hubbard

From discovering Jonathan Rhys-Myers in a Cork pool hall to casting Colin Farrell before Spielberg came calling - Casting Director Ros Hubbard is at the top of her game. Ros, who is from Dublin, set up Hubbard Casting with her husband John in 1976 and now works from their HQ in London. Their children, Dan and Amy, have since followed them into the business.

In a career that has spanned over 30 years, the Hubbard outfit's notable discoveries have included Orlando Bloom, whom they cast in the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, and Kate Winslet, who made her feature film debut in an earlier Peter Jackson film, 'Heavenly Creatures'.

In addition to presiding with Alan Parker over the epic Irish casting process for 'The Commitments', the many notable Hubbard Casting credits include 'Evita', 'Angela's Ashes', 'Tomb Raider', 'The Bourne Supremacy', 'United 93' and 'The Da Vinci Code'. In 2006 Ros was feted for her outstanding contribution to the film and TV industries in the annual citations made by Women in Film and TV (WFTV).


Hollywood Trials Selection Panel
Hollywood Trials Selection Panel