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You may know Jemima from her roles in 15/love, Maison Close, The Borgias, The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones and recently Indian Summers. You will find here her latest news, 5000+ photos, and much more.. Enjoy your visit !
June 4th, 2015   Leave a comment

INDIAN Summers has been branded as the new Downton Abbey, and rightly so.

The period drama, currently airing on Foxtel’s BBC First channel, centres on the divide between the British elite and lower classes.
It also features lavish costumes and is beautifully filmed, thanks to its setting at the foothills of the Himalayas in 1932 India.
The 10-part series traces the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India through the lives of the residents of Simla, a town where the colonial elite escape the Subcontinent’s oppressive summer heat.

Malaysia’s island state of Penang doubles for India. Filming also took place on a historic steam train in Borneo for the show’s atmospheric opening scenes.

That scene was particularly realistic… the heat was so stiffing there was no need to add anything,” Jemima West tells APN.

We get to film in these very old houses in tropical conditions, and it does make it more believable than filming in a studio in a grey (UK) suburb.

The train delivers West’s character Alice back to her childhood home and into the arms of her brother Ralph, the private secretary to the Viceroy of India.

She has made the decision to go back to India because she was trapped in a life that didn’t suit her,” West says.

Because she grew up in India there’s been this fantasy of what life could have been. She’s going back to India to look for that freedom and that ideal. It’s quite a bold move for her.

But between what we fantasise and what the reality is there’s a huge gap. That’s going to be Alice’s story, really, that she has to deal with the reality of what life in India is.

Despite being separated for much of their lives, the siblings seem to have an unnaturally close bond.

For viewers it’s quite an unsettling relationship because it’s not clear what they are,” she says.

They lost their parents so they only really have each other. They haven’t seen each other for ages… but it’s very difficult to reminisce about the past and be in the present. They are discovering who they really are as adults.

The show’s sprawling narrative follows a variety of other characters, including club manager and social matriarch Cynthia Coffin (Julie Walters) and Aafrin (Nikesh Patel), a young Parsi man working as a clerk in the Indian Civil Service.

The series has already been renewed for a second season, which is currently filming in Malaysia. The show requires key cast to be away from home for six months at a time.

You get homesick at times, but we’re all a big family now,” West says.

It’s a wonderful series for so many reasons and it’s great to see people are enjoying it as much as I personally enjoyed it when I first read it.

Indian Summers airs Saturdays at 8.30pm on BBC First.


April 15th, 2015   Leave a comment

I have added 2 new promotional pictures from Indian Summers

April 15th, 2015   Leave a comment

I have just found 2 photos of Jemima and her co-star Henry Lloyd Hughes out & about in Manchester on February 11, 2015. Check them out in the gallery

April 13th, 2015   Leave a comment

I have added 2 new stills from Indian Summers to the gallery

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Interview by Michael J. Lee, Executive Editor for RadioFree.com
February 19, 2015

Originally airing in 2010 and running through 2013 over the course of two seasons, the French television series Maison Close follows the exploits of a group of women working at le Paradis, an opulent brothel situated amidst the social revolution of 19th century Paris. The critically and commercially successful show stars Jemima West as Rose, a young woman who arrives at the bordello seeking her mother, only to be quickly coerced into a life of prostitution. Assailed by dangers both physical and political, she navigates the brutal realities of her new existence while unlocking hidden secrets from her troubled past.

In this exclusive interview, Jemima West reflects on her experience of working on the series, which recently made its North American debut on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD. She also talks about her comfort level with performing in multiple languages, physical training from past projects like The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and her latest series, Indian Summers.

Maison Close: Season One is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD

RadioFree.com: Looking back on the time you spent working on Maison Close, what were some things that stood out about your character of Rose and made her a memorable experience for you?

JEMIMA: Well, it was one of my first big roles, and my most challenging at the time. And what I loved about the character was that she started as this very young, innocent, naive girl, and throughout the two seasons that we shot, she really became this independent, strong woman. And it was great to evolve at the same time as her over the couple of years that we shot the series. And she goes through so much throughout the first season–she really becomes an adult, when she didn’t expect to become one. It was an amazing experience, and I’m so fond of that character. And if we were to go back to do other seasons, I’d love to. But unfortunately, we finished the series. [laughs]

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Kidnapping Freddy Heineken (2014)
Status: DVD/Bluray/VOD
The inside story of the planning, execution, rousing aftermath and ultimate downfall of the kidnappers of beer tycoon Alfred “Freddy” Heineken, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual.

Indian Summers (TV) (2015/2016)
Status: Season 2 (cancelled)
Set against the sweeping grandeur of the Himalayas and tea plantations of Northern India, the drama tells the rich and explosive story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India, from both sides of the experience. But at the heart of the story lie the implications and ramifications of the tangled web of passions, rivalries and clashes that define the lives of those brought together in this summer which will change everything. It’s the summer of 1932. India dreams of Independence, but the British are clinging to power. In the foothills of the Himalayas stands Simla; a little England where every summer the British power-brokers of this nation are posted to govern during the summer months.

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