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Extras needed for new Balmoral drama starring Matt Smith

Extras needed for new Balmoral drama starring Matt Smith

A major new drama series is about to start filming at Balmoral and the producers are on the hunt for extras.

They are looking for additional cast members to join Dr Who star Matt Smith when filming starts at the Deeside estate near Ballater later this month.

The ten-part drama, The Crown, is being produced by Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony and will be shown on the global streaming service Netflix.

It has been written by Peter Morgan, who scripted The Queen starring Dame Helen Mirren, and is being directed by Stephen Daldry, whose previous movie successes include Billy Elliot and The Reader.

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Filming begins on the major drama in the second half of July.

Matt Smith, who was lauded for his portrayal the famous doctor, will be joined by a cast of fellow stars including Claire Foy and John Lithgow.

But the series also needs extras and a casting company has issued instructions on how applicants can get involved.

As you might expect in a period drama, tattoos and tans are strictly taboo.

The casting call states female applicants cannot have tans, visible tattoos, piercings or dyed hair.

As for the men, they will need to be flexible with their hair.

The casting company said: "No long hair or shaved heads. Ideally they will have hair that is at least 2-3 inches long on top."

STV spoke to the company on Monday, which confirmed it is still seeking extras in return for "good rates of pay".

Anybody interested will have to be quick though as filming gets under way in less than a fortnight.

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