The Two Who Stole the Moon
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Marc Pickering was born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire. He was first attracted to acting aged eight when he saw an audition sign for The Sound of Music and said to his father "I wouldn't mind doing that..."
"We went in and that morning just happened to be open auditions and I got through to the recall. Everyone who got through to the recall had to have something to sing. I didn't have sheet music for the pianist... I just went on a whim! So my dad and I sat in a restaurant and said "What are we going to do?!" Dad suggested I do some improvisation and talk about my favorite football team... so I got up there and told them about my favorite team and used characters from different plays in there too. I didn't get the part."
Although he did not get the part, he was keen to get involved and joined the local theater group appearing in Oliver Twist as the Artful Dodger in a community playhouse in Garforth, Leeds, He also appeared in numerous productions with this amateur company, St Marys Youth Theatre in shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar & West Side Story.
As well as the amateur company in Leeds, Marc was also a member of the Northern Theatre Company in Hull. This is where he trained in Jazz and Tap. He continued to take part in stage shows such as Chicago, Rocky Horror Show, The King and I, Little Shop of Horrors, Oklahoma and many more.
During his time at Northern theatre, he left for drama school and was accepted into the National Youth Music Theatre. At the age of ten, he traveled upcountry every year for 4 years performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The shows with NYMT included Tin Pan Ali, The Ragged Child, Wizard of OZ and Bugsy Malone which ended up getting a transfer to the Queens Theatre in London, making it Marc's West End Debut.
It was at this time that he was offered the part of Young Masbath in Sleepy Hollow (1999), his film debut, with Johnny Depp and Tim Burton. The producers of the film got in touch with ICM who have been his agent now for 8 years. Marc then went back to school to do his GCSEs and continued to perform for the Northern Theatre company. He then went to College and did his A levels exams.
During College, he filmed Calendar Girls and the Queen of Shebas Pearls, then went to the Guildford School of Acting and Graduated in July 2006. Since then he continues to perform in Television, Film, and Stage.
Since college other film role include Les MisÚrables (2012), HBO's Boardwalk Empire (2014) and a re-occuring role in The Krays (2018 and soon to be released 2023)
"I love the National Theatre. That's where it's at, isn't it? I'd love to do something new... I've always loved musicals as well though. I did that in college to start with (at Guilford) but then I thought 'I've got two years of my course left... I'd better try something new and deeper. I did Bugsy Malone at the Queen's Theatre - that was gorgeous. I tapped from when I was ten really... from that first audition I just wanted to do everything."