I arrived on Teesside Back in 1985 when I joined Middlesbrough Football Club. The Parmo’s, cooling towers, steel and football were prominent. I left a working class background in Glasgow, to join the working class people of Teesside. As an adopted Tees-sider I fell honoured and privileged to be involved in the cast of Steel and Iron.
Looking back at my football career, I achieved everything I set out to. When I arrived on Teesside, I had set targets to become a full time professional, to play in the top division, play at Wembley and gain International recognition. All my dreams were fulfilled, while playing at Middlesbrough Football club between 1984/85-1992, I went onto play 382 games for Middlesbrough, scoring 147 goals. And as it stands today I remain the last player to score 20 league goals for the club. I earned 7 Republic of Ireland caps and was part of the Ireland World Cup squad 1990 in Italy. Only 10 players in Middlesbrough FC history have scored 100 goals or more, guys like Clough, Campsell, Peacock , Mannion and to be part of this elite club makes me proud, honoured and privileged, to be in such illustrious company.
Jacob graduated in 2012 with a degree in drama and script-writing. He’s an award winning actor and producer, now living in the north east.
He’s chuffed to be back with steel and iron and looks forward to seeing you all there.
His television work includes playing ‘Isaac Hedley’ in ITV’s ‘Dark Angel’ alongside ‘Golden Globe’ winning actress Joanne Froggatt. He also had a spell in ‘Coronation Street’. And he played the lead in RTS winning programme ‘A Very Uncommon Christmas.’ In film Jacob starred in ’13 Graves’, available on sky and amazon prime. As well as appearing in Ross Boyask’s feature ‘I am Vengeance: Retaliation’, that reached the top 10 on Netflix in 2020. Last year he appeared in ‘Ripper Untold’ And ‘Lockdown’. Keep eyes peeled for ‘Give Them Wings’, ‘The Pay Day’ and ‘Lore’ all due for release in 2022.
Jacob was also selected as a featured actor in the 2018 ‘Talent Corner’ at the prestigious Cannes film festival.
Lucia was born in Middlesbrough and has always had a passion for performing. She attended local theatre groups, dance, and music classes from a young age.
After graduating from Drama School, QMUC in Edinburgh she moved to London to pursue her acting career.
Her theatre credits include Lifeboat playing Bess Walder (Scottish Tour), Alexandra in The Little Foxes (Perth Repertory Theatre), Genie in Rock n Roll Panto (Theatre Clywd Cymru), Princess in The Christmas Show (Eden Court Theatre).
She landed a dream role playing the lead female, Maria Elena Holly in the long running hit show The Buddy Holly Story. After a UK Tour the show ran for two years at the Duchess Theatre, London. She went on to perform in Accomplice (Menier Chocolate Factory)
Her TV credits include Famalam (BBC) various, TV Commercials and online Channel 4 comedy Sparks Just Eat Those Cheesy Chips and Christmas Can Just Do One.
After moving back to Middlesbrough with her growing family, Lucia’s husband Olympian Chris Tomlinson was actively competing and travelling the world, so Lucia took some time away from the industry to look after their children. During this period, Lucia developed a comedy character who is a singer songwriter called Tiana Leigh, she has a huge online following with over 5 million views on her YouTube channel alone. She has also performed live with the character at the Musical Comedy Awards in London and at various gigs. After Channel 4 commissioned two successful comedy Sparks with Lucia, she hopes to develop and write more comedy for TV as she really enjoys it.
Lucia is so excited to be back on stage. She has the support of her husband and their amazing children Raphael, Enzo and Valentina. She feels very privileged to be part of such a heart-warming show set in her hometown.
Cam from Middlesbrough in the UK has enjoyed theatre from a young age, enjoying the risks that come along with theatre, knowing that anything could go wrong whilst there’s an audience watching. A Graduate of the prestigious East 15 Drama School in Acting and Stage Combat, Cam whilst studying, had the opportunity to explore a range of plays, characters, and themes. During his final year he played Black Dog in (not the Muppets) Treasure Island and the psychopath Roger in Lord of the Flies. When not acting Cam really enjoys playing the guitar, painting, and training in different martial arts like kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jujitsu.
Cam has also recently completed his PGCE in Primary Teaching through the University of York St. John and is excited to teach children how valuable creativity can be both academically and socially. He takes pride in applying his creative skills in the classroom by using drama, music, and art whenever possible. The role of ‘Nathan’ in Steel and Iron is Cam’s professional stage debut.
Dean is a working class actor from Gateshead. After completing his joinery apprenticeship in 2010, he joined Gateshead college performing arts course, swapping tools for monologues.
Upon finding professional representation in 2012, Dean has enjoyed a decade working on stage and TV, picking up a Journal Culture Award in 2017 for Best Newcomer.
His stage credits include, “The Savage”, “Terminal Velocity of Snow Flakes” and “The Red Lion” in which he starred alongside fellow Teesider, Stephen Tompkinson. He landed his first TV role in BBC’s Teen drama, “Wolfblood” and has also starred in “Vera” and “The Dumping Ground”.
Steel and Iron will be his first role in a musical and says he “can’t wait for this exciting challenge”
Kerrianne was born in Teesside UK and has been performing from a young age. She trained at Arts Educational Schools London studying Musical Theatre BA(Hons).
Her theatre credits include: Christmas in New York which was her West End Debut at The Prince Of Wales Theatre, Ensemble: Olivier Awards 2011.
Having won a competition after coming home from stage school with the regions favourite and biggest radio station TFM, Kerrianne performed at the Metro Radio Arena as the champion of their Big Audition. Supporting the likes of Pixie Lott, Example, Little Mix and many more.
Kerrianne and her performing experience took to the X Factor stage in 2014. Wowing not only the crowds but also the judges gave her a much coveted spot at the judges houses in Cheryl’s final 6 girls.
Kerrianne has since settled with family life after having a little boy, Che, being a mother and living back in Teesside and is absolutely thrilled to be back on stage again with the cast and crew of Steel & Iron.
Lucie Walker (she/her) Actor, Singer & Dancer Based in Middlesbrough.
Lucie has trained in Musical Theatre and Acting and is a graduate of The Britschool and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Her recent theatre credits include: ‘Miss Crispy’ Middlesbrough Theatre / ‘Trojan Woman’ Birmingham Crescent Theatre / ‘Picnic’ Birmingham Crescent Theatre / ‘3 Winters’ Birmingham Old Rep Theatre.
Her recent Television credits include: ‘The Milestone’ Short Film/ ‘Boy Meets Girl’ BBC Tiger Aspect Productions/ ‘Shameless’ Company Pictures / ‘DCI Banks Aftermath’ ITV Productions, Left Bank Pictures/ ‘Waterloo Road’ Shed Productions.
Lucy is extremely excited to be returning back to her home town to create a truthful, engaging, passionate journey based on the town she loves and adores!
Hayley Mitchell – 2020 graduate from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is thrilled to be joining the cast of Steel & Iron as Violet.
Recent credits include: The Crooked Spire Musical, Northern Girls, The Fiesta Fawns, Little Women, Henry V.
“To be celebrating my own heritage through what I love is a dream come true. “`Hayley Mitchell