“…The casting process for the film wasn’t as straight forward as it sounds, given that there is only 10 cast. The only cast member I had in mind before I put pen to paper was Rachel Austin (‘Her’). I flirted with a few ideas for the male lead but once I met Sacha Dhawan to discuss the film/character I immediately felt he was the absolute perfect actor for the role… Now, once I had the two leads in place, I have to go away and build the other cast members around them and their energies they give off as performers. Everyone else has to fit the two leads dynamics to create the right feel for the film. I have two processes whilst casting any project. 1) Recommendation from other actors. 2) Gut feeling during an audition…..I never think about it. With those two applications, I found the perfect actors for every other role within this film and I’m absolutely delighted with what they brought to the story. I bow down to them all...” – Simon Powell

  • Sacha Dhawan – Him

    Sacha Dhawan – Him

    Sacha originated the role of Akthar in the award-winning National Theatre production of The History Boys. He reprised the role for the Broadway production, the world tour and the film adaptation. Recent film work includes After Earth (2013); a new feature film opposite Will Smith and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Other film work includes Forgive, and Splintered.  He won Breakthrough On Screen at the Royal Television Society Awards for his performance in the controversial drama Bradford Riots for Channel 4/ Oxford Films. Sacha featured as a series regular in NBC’s hit comedy series Outsourced. Recent television work includes The Last Tango in Halifax for Red Productions. The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Being Human for the BBC. Other TV work includes: The Deep, Five Days II, Paradox, Wired, Perfectly Frank, Weirdsister College, City Central, The Last Train and Out Of Sight.

    Theatre work includes: England People Very Nice (National Theatre,London), which was nominated for Best New Comedy at the Olivier Awards 2010. The Obama Project (National Theatre, Stockholm), Pornography (Traverse Theatre, Scotland), which was nominated for Best Ensemble at The Stage Awards 2008; Free Outgoing, Monkery, Salaam Mr Bush (Royal Court, London), Pretend You Have Big Buildings (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Borstal Boy (Edinburgh Festival), Skater Boy (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and East Is East (Leicester Haymarket Theatre).

    • Click Here to watch a video interview with Sacha Dhawan about why he wanted to get involved with Girl Shaped Love Drug
    • Click Here to watch a video interview with Sacha Dhawan about why he loves filming in Manchester

  • Rachel Austin – Her

    Rachel Austin – Her

    Rachel graduated from The Arden School of Theatre in 2008 and since has been lucky enough to work in theatre, television, film and radio. Last year Rachel filmed’Sightseers’, (BIG Talk Productions) and executively produced by Edgar Wright. Sightseers is a dark comedy feature directed by Ben Wheatley which opened this Spring at Cannes Film Festival and is due for general release on November 30th 2012.

    Rachel worked with Matthew Dunster on his play ‘I Know Where the Dead are Buried’ which premiered for Manchester’s 24:7 Theatre festival. Rachel works consistently in Radio for both BBC Radio 3 and 4 playing various characters and has just spent five days at Latitude Festival with BBC Radio 4 recording a drama named ‘A Little bit of Latitude’. Rachel will begin to record Series 2 of Craven for RED Productions with Maxine Peake later this month.

    In August Rachel will head to The Edinburgh Festival with Monkeywood Theatre and Northern Stage; she will be performing in ‘Once in a House on Fire’, a play which first premiered at The Lowry and was nominated for ‘Best Production’ and ‘Best Performance’ at The Manchester Theatre awards.

    Rachel will begin to work with Sarah Frankcom at The Royal Exchange on ‘Black Roses:The Killing of Sophie Lancaster’ in September.

    • Click Here to watch a video interview with Rachel Austin on why she wanted to get involved with Girl Shaped Love Drug

  • Dean Andrews – Father

    Dean Andrews – Father

    Deans career started as a singer in the clubs and on cruise ships until he was discovered by Ken Loach and given a lead role in Ken’s film The Navigators.

    He has also appeared in other films, My Summer of Love and Kandahar Break. Dean has also worked on established TV dramas such as Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, The Street, Marchlands and The Case.

    GirlShapedLoveDrug is Dean’s most current film project


  • Sean McKenzie – Deano Small

    Sean McKenzie – Deano Small

    Sean trained at RADA.

    Theatre credits include: Mike in The Village Bike(Sheffield Crucible); Alan Bennett in The Lady in the Van (Hull Truck UK no. 1 tour); Two Weeks With The Queen (dir. Alan Ayckbourn, RNT); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC); The Glee Club, Toad in The Wind in The Willows, The Snow Queen, On The Piste, Abigail’s Party, Ladies Day, Time and the Conways, Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay, The Tempest, Up ‘n’ Under, Time of My Life and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    TV credits include: Birdsong, Trollied, Downton Abbey, Shameless, John Adams, Crime and Punishment, City Central, Mrs Inbetweeny, Sword of Honour, The Peterloo Massacre, Florence Nightingale, City of Vice, Coogan’s Run, A Line in the Sand, Red Cap, Dalziel and Pascoe, The Last Englishman, Heartbeat, Casualty, Eastenders, London’s Burning, Jackanory.

    Film credits include: Girl Shaped Love Drug (which will premiere this autumn at Manchester Film Festival); Poor Wee Me, Still Crazy, 24 Hour Party People, Jude, Go Now.

  • Philip Sanders – Coffee Barista

  • Susan McArdle – Waitress

  • Aidan Cross – Busker

  • Clay Whitter – Chef

  • Youth One – Liam Ainsworth

  • Youth Two – Hannah Cowsill

  • Youth Three – Brittany Norburn