The young actresses from the UK and New Zealand are heading Stateside, landing roles in their first U.S. pilots on Fox. UK native Florence Pugh has been cast as the female lead opposite Eric McCormack in Fox’s family dramedy pilot Studio City, written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Sanaa Hamri. Inspired by Vernoff’s real-life experience growing up as the daughter of a drug dealer to the stars, Studio City is set in present-day Studio City, CA and tells the story of a young singer’s path to stardom, as she comes of age living with her songwriter father Rob (McCormack) — who turns out to be a drug dealer to the stars.
Pugh will play Cat, a rising singer/songwriter whose life has been a celebration of dysfunction – with her mother an unstable alcoholic and her father (McCormack) a drug-dealing musician. She’s a survivor, though, and somehow has managed to keep her sense of humor, her romanticism and her dreams alive, despite it all.
Kiwi actress Kimberley Crossman has booked a series regular role in Fox’s multi-camera/hybrid pilot Fantasy Life, written by Tim McAuliffe based on the memoir by one of U.S.’ top fantasy experts, ESPN’s Matthew Berry. When a hard-working guy, Mitch (Kevin Connolly) lands his ultimate dream job hosting a fantasy football show, he’s forced to navigate office politics while becoming the star he never thought he could be. Crossman will play Summer Dale, the daughter of the network president, who’s gotten her the job as host of Mitch’s (Connelly) new Fantasy Football league on Fox.
Pugh will next been seen alongside Greta Scacchi and Maisie Williams (Game Of Thrones) in UK feature The Falling. Crossman grew up starring in the New Zealand soap Shortland Street. She is repped by Talent House LA in the U.S., Karen Kay Management in Australia and managed by Schachter/Brown.