Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Porsha's Down and Out

The thing about having 'sources' is that you can never name them; for when you do, they stop being 'sources' as such, and suddenly become unemployed. But of course, by never revealing a source's name, it's hard for you to believe what I'm actually saying (cos, for all you know, I'm just making it all up, citing a so-called source to back-up my claims - I've never done that).
What I'm about to reveal comes from a good number of internal sources, none of whom I can name (frankly, they'd kill me) but you'll just have to take my word this once, okay?

Right, now I've said my piece, down to business hey?

Porsha Lawrence-Mavour

Childhood star Porsha Lawrence-Mavour has been relieved from her role as "Kelsey" in the Sarah Jane Adventures - and won't be returning to film the 10 part series proper next month.

A number of sources have told me she could be awkward during filming of "Invasion of the Bane" and dis-respectful to some members of the production team and cast. I'm told that BBC Wales also felt the character (who, unlike Maria and Luke was created solely by Gareth Roberts) didn't quite fit the criteria or direction that they wanted from the forthcoming CBBC series.

Apparently they've have no choice but to relieve her from contract (if a series contract was ever signed). This is normal practice for 'pilot episodes', as the Production Team evaluates what worked within the episode, and what didn't and make amends accordingly. It's not known whether the character will be recast, or replaced entirely. Perhaps the series will focus on just four regulars? Sarah-Jane, Maria, Luke and Maria's dad?

I can't stress enough that no "official" announcement has been made regarding Porsha Lawrence-Mavour's future with the show - but with the series set to begin filming next month expect an announcement to come either way soon. wishes Porsha the best of luck in whatever the future holds for her.

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