Teenager to knock ‘em dead in zombie show
Bermudian Kaiias-Gianni D’Marco Clarke is making his way as an actor in London.
The teenager will play a zombie in Case Files, a science fiction miniseries scheduled for UK television.
Breaking into the acting world is something he has been working towards since he moved to England with his mother Cha’Von Clarke-Joell three years ago.
He has already appeared in two documentaries, and started a two-year performing arts programme at Richmond Upon Thames College this week.
“I will be one of the zombie crowd in the show,” the 16-year-old said.
“It’s going to take lots of body paint, ripped jeans and face make-up. I can’t wait.
“I love horror films. I don’t know yet if I have any lines. I’ll find out at the end of October when we start filming.”
He had to submit samples of his acting and provide a monologue and photos to be considered for the role.
“When I got the call, to be honest I wasn’t sure,” Ms Clarke-Joell said. “It was going to involve a four-hour drive from London to Nottingham. But then I thought, it will be worth it.
“By taking part in it, Kaiias will get footage for his showreel and he will be featured in bonus footage.
“He will be interviewed by cinematographers and a photographer will take headshots, landscapes and portraits for his portfolio.
“He will be credited on websites such as IMDb Pro, Casting Call Pro and Spotlight — top-name talent sites — with the likes of Denzel Washington, Halle Berry and other amazing actors.”
His first day in his new school was “great”, Kaiias said. “Everyone there was enthusiastic about drama. It was great to be with others my own age who have similar interests.”
The family moved to London so Ms Clarke-Joell could obtain a master’s degree in playwriting at Kingston University. She finished it last year.
“She has been very supportive, but she hasn’t pushed me into this,” Kaiias said.
“When I was little she used to take me along to different theatre and dance performances. I used to complain about going.”
He was “discovered” at West End Primary School.
“I always loved to dance,” he said. “I was on the playground teaching some of my friends some moves.
“A teacher saw me, and she put us on stage. I can’t really remember it very well, but I know everyone clapped.
“I think that’s what did it for me.”
Kaiias struggled to fit into the Bermuda school system.
Since living in London, he has written a play about bullying. “The move for me to England was easy,” he said.
“I just said, ‘this is another chapter in my life’.
“I am going to take this on board and get as much done as possible.”
He interned during the summer with Channel 82 and the Bermuda Broadcasting Company to learn about television production and editing.
His dream is to host his own talk show.
“I would like to host a cool, relaxed talk show about topics and opinions,” he said.
“I want to entertain people and give people positivity every single day.
“That is my main goal.”
This winter he has a radio internship lined up at BBC Radio 4 Extra.
Next year he will do a television internship with the BBC.
It has not yet been determined when Case Files will air, or on what channel.
• You can watch Kaiias at www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmfm5e24bVc