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Amy

Registering as an Extra Has Never Been Easier

Posted by Amy on Monday 19th November 2018
Registering as an Extra Has Never Been Easier

Here at Uni-versal Extras, we recently added the functionality to allow extras to pay their listing fee online via our website, 24/7. We also...Read More

Amy

You Can Always Reach Uni-versal Extras

Posted by Amy on Monday 19th November 2018
You Can Always Reach Uni-versal Extras

We are always looking at ways to improve our service for the fantastic extras on our books. If you called our office recently, you will already...Read More

Amy

5 Frightful Films with Fearsome Extras

Posted by Amy on Wednesday 17th October 2018
5 Frightful Films with Fearsome Extras

Something wicked is on its way, yes it’s Halloween! Time to stay up late, lock the doors, hide under your duvet and let scary films chill...Read More

Amy

Film Extras Open Castings in Kingston & Watford

Posted by Amy on Wednesday 3rd October 2018
Film Extras Open Castings in Kingston & Watford

Uni-versalEXTRAS are holding open castings in Kingston and Watford for new members to register as film & TV extras this October. If you...Read More

William

Casting Call: TV Show in North Wales

Posted by William on Wednesday 22nd August 2018
Casting Call: TV Show in North Wales

We are soon casting a TV show in North Wales, specifically Bangor and the surrounding areas. Now is your chance to get involved as a TV extra! TV...Read More

Amy

Filming Issues, Booking Problems & Cancellations

Posted by Amy on Wednesday 15th August 2018
Filming Issues, Booking Problems & Cancellations

As the famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns once said - "the best-laid plans of mice and men often go astray". We understand that no matter...Read More

Amy

Why Apply for a Basic Disclosure Certificate?

Posted by Amy on Wednesday 1st August 2018
Why Apply for a Basic Disclosure Certificate?

They say never to work with children or animals, but where would the fun be in that? Some of the UK's biggest TV production companies require...Read More

William

School's Out for Summer - Student Profile Expiry

Posted by William on Thursday 5th July 2018
School's Out for Summer - Student Profile Expiry

It's that time of year when university term times are coming to an end, which also means that many students will be expiring with Uni-versalEXTRAS....Read More

William

Film Extras Open Castings in Oxford & Birmingham

Posted by William on Friday 1st June 2018
Film Extras Open Castings in Oxford & Birmingham

Uni-versalEXTRAS are holding open castings in Birmingham and Oxford for new members to register as film & TV extras in June. If you want...Read More

Amy

Are You Ready For Activation?

Posted by Amy on Thursday 26th April 2018
Are You Ready For Activation?

When registering as a non-student film and TV extra with Uni-versalEXTRAS, you will need to complete our simple step-by-step application process....Read More

Amy

Extra Work: A Student Perspective

Posted by Amy on Tuesday 24th April 2018
Extra Work: A Student Perspective

Did you know that Uni-versal Extras was started by a student for students? The company was founded to offer students rewarding and well-paid...Read More

William

Explained: What to Wear for Your Main Photos

Posted by William on Wednesday 28th March 2018
Explained: What to Wear for Your Main Photos

As we state in our Welcome Pack, your photos are the single most important factor when it comes to securing work as an extra. This guide provides...Read More

William

Film Open Castings in Scotland

Posted by William on Wednesday 28th March 2018
Film Open Castings in Scotland

Uni-versalEXTRAS are holding open castings in Edinburgh and Glasgow for new members to register as film & TV extras in Scotland.  Open...Read More

William

Film Open Castings in Cardiff & Bristol

Posted by William on Wednesday 7th March 2018
Film Open Castings in Cardiff & Bristol

Uni-versalEXTRAS are holding open castings in Cardiff and Bristol for new members to register as film & TV extras in South Wales and South...Read More

Amy

Explained: Booking Confirmation via Text

Posted by Amy on Wednesday 7th February 2018
Explained: Booking Confirmation via Text

We are making some changes to simplify our booking process for extras and supporting artists. If you have recently been booked, you may have...Read More

William

Hiring Now: Senior Casting Agent

Posted by William on Friday 2nd February 2018
Hiring Now: Senior Casting Agent

Due to extensive growth, Uni-versalEXTRAS are seeking multiple experienced Casting Agents to join our busy team based at Pinewood Film Studios....Read More

William

Film Open Castings in Manchester & Leeds

Posted by William on Wednesday 17th January 2018
Film Open Castings in Manchester & Leeds

Uni-versalEXTRAS are holding open castings in Manchester and Leeds for new members to register as Film & TV Extras in Yorkshire and North...Read More

Amy

5 Festive Films with Fabulous Extras

Posted by Amy on Tuesday 12th December 2017
5 Festive Films with Fabulous Extras

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, it’s time to flick on the fairy lights, curl up on the sofa with a warm blanket and bowl of popcorn...Read More

Catherine Scovell

A Film Extra's Tale of Friendship

Posted by Catherine Scovell on Friday 24th November 2017
A Film Extra's Tale of Friendship

A member of Uni-versalEXTRAS discusses how she and the other supporting artists cast as the Verdi Ladies in Florence Foster Jenkins, became...Read More

William

Help Me! Are You Stuck On Our Website?

Posted by William on Thursday 28th September 2017
Help Me! Are You Stuck On Our Website?

‘Whoops! You may have had some photos removed or rejected’ – does that sound familiar? Or perhaps you are being directed somewhere by...Read More

William

Explained: Applying via the Job Board

Posted by William on Wednesday 30th August 2017
Explained: Applying via the Job Board

Fully activated members of Uni-versalEXTRAS can apply for roles via our Job Board, which is updated daily with fresh opportunities for extras...Read More

William

Help with Body Measurements

Posted by William on Thursday 27th July 2017
Help with Body Measurements

It might sound simple but body measurements are one of the most common things that people get wrong when registering with us for film &...Read More

William

My Weekly Magazine: Interview with a Film Extra

Posted by William on Friday 23rd June 2017
My Weekly Magazine: Interview with a Film Extra

Popular magazine My Weekly interviewed Mangala Harris about what it's like to be a supporting artiste and a member of Uni-versalEXTRAS. We've...Read More

Catherine Taylor

War Machine: An Extra’s Perspective

Posted by Catherine Taylor on Thursday 8th June 2017
War Machine: An Extra’s Perspective

A fascinating firsthand account of working as an extra for Netflix's War Machine feature film starring Brad Pitt and Tilda Swinton. Catherine...Read More

William

Proving Your Right to Work in the UK and/or Ireland

Posted by William on Thursday 11th May 2017
Proving Your Right to Work in the UK and/or Ireland

This article provides lots of useful tips and advice about the documents required to prove your right to work in the UK and/or Ireland for film...Read More

William

Our New Pay Slips Make Everything Clearer

Posted by William on Wednesday 26th April 2017
Our New Pay Slips Make Everything Clearer

Following feedback from members, many of you will have already noticed that over the last few months we successfully trialled and introduced...Read More

William

Feature Film Open Casting in Devon - Film Extras Wanted!

Posted by William on Monday 20th March 2017
Feature Film Open Casting in Devon - Film Extras Wanted!

Film extras wanted across Devon for a major feature film called The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, directed by Mike Newell (Harry...Read More

William

Updates to the FAA Pay Scheme for Film Extras

Posted by William on Monday 27th February 2017
Updates to the FAA Pay Scheme for Film Extras

We’ve got some fantastic news! BECTU have announced new rates for the Film Artistes Association (FAA) union pay scheme. This means that you’ll...Read More

William

Top Tips for Working in the Film & TV Industries

Posted by William on Friday 24th February 2017
Top Tips for Working in the Film & TV Industries

We would like to take a moment to clarify some key rules about working as an extra that could prevent you from facing a range of consequences...Read More

William

Awarded Best UK Film & TV Extras Casting Agency

Posted by William on Friday 13th January 2017
Awarded Best UK Film & TV Extras Casting Agency

TMT News magazine has announced the winners of the 2016 Entertainment Awards. Uni-versalEXTRAS are proud to have been named amongst a select...Read More

William

Photo Types & How We Use Them to Cast You

Posted by William on Monday 28th November 2016
Photo Types & How We Use Them to Cast You

Full members of Uni-versalEXTRAS can not only upload 10 photos to their profile, but also have the option to upload advanced photo types. These...Read More

William

Casting TV Extras in Bristol & Cardiff

Posted by William on Friday 21st October 2016
Casting TV Extras in Bristol & Cardiff

We are currently casting extras, walk-ons and supporting artists in Cardiff, Bristol and the surrounding areas. If you live near Cardiff or...Read More

William

Discount For British Forces Personnel

Posted by William on Wednesday 28th September 2016
Discount For British Forces Personnel

We've just added a discount for our heroes in the British Forces, which means that those who qualify can get even better value when registering...Read More

William

Photo Advice: The Perfect Background

Posted by William on Wednesday 31st August 2016
Photo Advice: The Perfect Background

Having trouble getting your Uni-versalEXTRAS profile photos accepted? This post will talk you through some of the basics and common issues relating...Read More

William

Be a Film Extra in Liverpool - Now Casting!

Posted by William on Monday 27th June 2016
Be a Film Extra in Liverpool - Now Casting!

Want to be a film extra in Liverpool? We are currently casting males and females for a major film, so if you've ever wanted to work in entertainment,...Read More

Lucy Scarfe

My Story: Being a Bond Girl in Monaco

Posted by Lucy Scarfe on Friday 24th June 2016
My Story: Being a Bond Girl in Monaco

It was one of those rare occasions where one moment I was doing a Skype audition from the comfort of my own home and a few days later I was...Read More

William

Important Updates to My Documents

Posted by William on Monday 30th May 2016
Important Updates to My Documents

We have made some essential updates to the My Documents area of your profile to make managing your documents more simple. In this EXTRAS Blog...Read More

William

Blockbuster Film Casting in Edinburgh & Glasgow

Posted by William on Monday 18th April 2016
Blockbuster Film Casting in Edinburgh & Glasgow

We are soon to be casting males and females as extras in Scotland for a major blockbuster film. If you've ever wanted to work in entertainment,...Read More

William

Explained: Extras Casting Process

Posted by William on Friday 1st April 2016
Explained: Extras Casting Process

Confused about how film and TV bookings work? Don't be, we are about to walk you through the standard casting process step-by-step, right up...Read More

William

TV Extras Casting in Manchester

Posted by William on Thursday 24th March 2016
TV Extras Casting in Manchester

We cast extras and walk-on artists across North West England in paid roles for Film & TV. With a BBC TV show soon to begin casting in Manchester,...Read More

William

2016 Oscars Preview: 88th Academy Awards

Posted by William on Monday 22nd February 2016
2016 Oscars Preview: 88th Academy Awards

One of the most hotly anticipated events in the film calendar is almost upon us - bring on the 2016 Oscars! We have had the pleasure of working...Read More

William

Be a TV Extra in Yorkshire

Posted by William on Thursday 28th January 2016
Be a TV Extra in Yorkshire

We supply background extras and walk-ons across Yorkshire in paid roles for Film & TV productions. With several TV shows currently filming...Read More

William

Let's Talk: Casting The Danish Girl

Posted by William on Monday 11th January 2016
Let's Talk: Casting The Danish Girl

When we began casting The Danish Girl, we were privileged to once again be working on a film with one of our favourite Directors and a stellar...Read More

William

New Checks Affecting All Extras & SAs

Posted by William on Monday 7th December 2015
New Checks Affecting All Extras & SAs

From 1st January 2016, any Supporting Artiste supplied to work alongside under 18s on a BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 or Sky production must...Read More

William

New Police Uniform Scheme for Film & TV Extras

Posted by William on Monday 7th December 2015
New Police Uniform Scheme for Film & TV Extras

Introducing the UK Film and TV Registration Scheme, a new system designed to protect people who own and use police uniforms for film and TV...Read More

William

Film & TV Extras Open Castings across the UK

Posted by William on Monday 6th July 2015
Film & TV Extras Open Castings across the UK

Uni-versalEXTRAS are holding Open Castings for people to register as Film & TV Extras in various locations across the UK where productions...Read More

William

Stephen Frears Film about Florence Foster Jenkins

Posted by William on Wednesday 8th April 2015
Stephen Frears Film about Florence Foster Jenkins

Uni-versalEXTRAS is holding an Open Casting in London for the new Stephen Frears feature film about the life of Florence Foster Jenkins. If...Read More

William

Industry Pay Scheme Changes for Film & TV Extras

Posted by William on Thursday 15th January 2015
Industry Pay Scheme Changes for Film & TV Extras

Some of the industry pay schemes and agreements for background artists, walk-ons and extras have been updated on our website. This article explains...Read More

Rebecca Felgate

Acting for Stage & Screen

Posted by Rebecca Felgate on Friday 12th December 2014
Acting for Stage & Screen

"I thought I knew all there was to know about performance, but on accepting a role as an extra in a new film, I quickly realised that I didn't!"...Read More

William

Have Your Say: Your EXTRAS Profile

Posted by William on Tuesday 11th November 2014
Have Your Say: Your EXTRAS Profile

Have you ever wanted to add something to your EXTRAS profile - maybe a skill or wardrobe item you own - but not been able to find the option...Read More

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