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Monday, September 15, 2014

BRITS IN LA MEMBER NEWS: Alexandra Afryea to star as "LADY GANGSTER"

Alexandra Afryea stars as Stephanie St. Clair “Lady Gangster”
Celebrity Crime Files: Lady Gangster narrated by Ice-T
 airs Monday, September 15th at 7:00pm PST/ 10:00pm EST on     TV ONE.
Brits in LA member Alexandra Afryea will be seen on US television on Monday September 15th in CELEBRITY CRIME FILES, narrated by hip-hop icon turned actor, Ice-T (LAW & ORDER:  VICTIMS UNIT, NEW JACK CITY). Alexandra stars as  the real-life gangster Stephanie “Madame” St Clair who defies The Commission (Mafia) to become a prolific figure in post-prohibition New York in the early part of the twentieth century.

Alexandra Afryea, born Claire Spence, is an actress from Nottingham, England. In 2014 Alexandra relocated to Los Angeles to embark upon her international acting career. Alexandra’s desire to be an actress goes back as long as she remembers, being inspired by her favourite film, BACK TO THE FUTURE starring Michael J. Fox. Interestingly, her acting debut came at college playing the male role of Estragon in Samuel Beckett’s, renowned play, WAITING FOR GODOT. She proceeded to Brunel University achieving a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in Theatre, Film and Television.
Alexandra’s television debut came as the lead guest star in BBC One’s award-winning British medical drama, DOCTORS, this was followed by winning the role of Lorraine Wickes, alongside BAFTA-winner Ben Miller, in ITV/BBC America’s sci-fi drama, PRIMEVAL. Alexandra’s talent has crossed from screen to stage starring in numerous productions, notably Jean Genet’s cult classic, THE MAIDS, winning critical acclaim in the role of MADAME made famous by Vivien Merchant in the film of the same name; and MARIA in William Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT opposite Mark Pellegrino (LOST, SUPERNATURAL, THE BIG LEBROWSKI) marking her American classical stage debut.
Most recently Alexandra starred in the ground-breaking pilot, THE METHOD OF LOVE, alongside UK heart-throb Charles Venn (BOURNE ULTIMATUM, THE DARK NIGHT, EASTENDERS). As a model Alexandra’s unique yet universal looks has guaranteed her a long list of high-end commercial campaigns for some of the most exclusive global brands.


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Some of you have been asking lately what to do with family or friends when they come in to town, well…
Flood alert? Not what she expected...
Flood alert? Not what she expected…
My niece, Megan arrived last week, and was picked up by my new fave car service – Regent Limos ( to celebrate her 21st birthday here in RECORD BREAKING TEMPERATURES!
Now it’s been a few years since I’ve hung out with 21 year olds – so I started to rack my brain of things that she might like to do… So here’s a few fun things we got up to that I thought I’d share with you if you have youngsters coming to visit!!!
I happened to guest star on the TV show Hot In Cleveland on Thursday and pre-taped a few bits, but on Friday I took Megan to the live taping of the show. Now I’d never been in a live studio audience taping of a sitcom before and it was so much fun…. if you get a chance do it, take it. The warm up guy was so funny and to see the main actors working out their scenes right in front of you is quite magical. Here you will see even the pros aren’t always perfect with their lines – but it’s funny when they all start cracking up. You can get tickets to shows by visiting ( and they are always free.
For the weekend, I took her to Palm Springs to get even more sun and a bit of shopping (However there were flood warnings all weekend and we finally got some much-needed rain.) So we called in for a bit of shopping at the desert outlets at Cabazon ( where she picked up 4 outfits for $100 (£61).
Back in LA on Monday, where she was able to get back on track with the real California with some sunbathing and reading (yes, she’s one of the few kids I know who still likes to read paperbacks), followed by a great dinner at my favourite restaurant in town, Cecconi’s ( If the beautiful meal and fine wines weren’t enough, we also scored 50% off using our Brits in LA Key-members discount. Do you have yours yet? If not, visit for all the details. We finally ended up in a bar called eleven in West Hollywood for a night called MUSICAL Mondays  – where a lot of ex-Broadway stars get up and belt out showtunes. Very entertaining indeed!
Hangover Tuesdays were catered to very well with hair of the dogs back at Cecconi’s for our weekly Breakfast club where sunglasses weren’t necessarily warranted but definitely needed…. bloodshot is not a great color on me.
Wednesday we headed down to Venice beach to dip our toes in the Pacific followed by a pint or two at Venice Ale house, where we mingled with a cool hipster/skater crowd and were serenaded by a white Buddhist roller-skating guitar player. (Only in LA, right?) Not to mention the overpowering smell of copious amounts of the main product from Doctor Feelgood’s dispensaries.
(Me with the cast of Hot In Cleveland - TVLand)

We ended the trip with a Hollywood hop on/hop off bus tour ( Our tickets coset $35 for the day each. We included a drop-off in Beverly Hills for a little retail therapy and a light lunch at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (famous for appearing in the movie Pretty Woman). All in all quite a fun day…

Megan has now headed back to the airport and I’m getting back into a work mindset…until the next guest arrives, that is…



Meet a Member: Peter Foldy

Meet Peter Foldy from Budapest via Sydney and Toronto, who moved to LA 25 years ago to pursue music and film.

Was there a particular reason you chose LA?
I was signed by RCA Records in Los Angeles as a recording artist and the moment I stepped off the plane, I knew I would end up here.  L.A. was the place that most closely resembled Sydney, which is one of my favorite cities in the world and was a great environment to grow up in.  Beaches, sunshine, really cool people.  Love Oz.
What one thing do you miss from home?
Home has been three other cities so far and each one has something special.  Budapest has an incredible history and culture, with great theater, music and it’s own cafe society.  Friendships are long lasting and meaningful there.  Sydney, as mentioned above has the great beaches and Toronto is where my mother and sister live so I do go back often.  Toronto is also the place that launched my music career, where I was able to record a demo of my music, land a record deal an end up on the top of the Canadian charts – and I do miss that part of my life, when my music career was really taking off.  It was really a once in a lifetime moment.
What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus everywhere else you’ve lived?
For people in the entertainment business, Los Angeles is the city where no one really looks down on you for following your dreams.  No one says: what are you going to do when you grow up? Or don’t you think you should have a back up plan?  If entertainment is the business you want to be in, there is really no other city that is more accepting and supportive.  I’ve gone from being a recording artist to being a film director, working on feature films with top name actors, and now back to music again, having just recorded a new 10 track CD called Nine Lives, which is coming out this month and available on iTunes and Amazon and all the other outlets (sorry for the shameless self-promotion).  No one told me I was crazy to do that, in fact I got nothing but encouragement, and that is one of the reasons I love L.A.
Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
I like a restaurant called Ca Brea, very close to where I live.  Great Italian food, and a cool, intimate bar with a happy hour that goes from 5 – 10 every night.  Friendly bartenders, $5 drinks and appetizers that are delicious.  Great for a conversation.
What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here?
Learn how the business operates.  There is an order here, a method to the way the business is run.  Figure out how to approach people in the industry in the most professional manner.  Cold calling people, or emailing headhsots or script ideas generally doesn’t lead anywhere, in fact many people don’t accept them and it could make you seem like an amateur.  The best thing to do, assuming you really have the talent, is network, find allies and make connections who could then, if they believe in you, introduce you to the people who can help move your career forward.   This is a town where people tend to work with their friends and friends of friends.  Become one of them.  Don’t let the concept of Hollywood overwhelm you.  It’s actually a small town in terms of the industry.  The chances of it happening are generally greater here than anywhere else.  Unless you want a career in the theater, in which case London is the place to be.  Currently, L.A. loves Brits and Aussies.  Work it.
Lastly, how can we find out more about you ? Are you on the Internet?
I do have a newly redesigned  Please say hello.  Always happy to hear from new friends.  I have spent a lot of time in the UK and have a great affinity to Brits.  I think I was one in another life.
And Twitter: @peterfoldy

Monday, September 8, 2014

British Acts Gigging in LA

Las Vegas and San Diego 
4th - 14th Sept - LAS VEGAS
23rd - 28th Sept - San Diego
Tickets here

Rose Bowl
September 12th

Canyon Club, Agoura Hills

September 12th
Tickets here

The Wiltern
September 13th
Tickets Here 

September 16th
Tickets here

Hotel Cafe
September 19th
Tickets SOLD OUT, but limited number still available on the door


Sunset Strip Music Fest
September 21st
Tickets here

Hollywood Palladium
September 22nd
Tickets here

The Wiltern
September 25th
Tickets here

The Wiltern
September 27th
Tickets here

Fonda Theatre
Presale Thursday 12th June 10am
Password: SHELTER
Tickets here

September 29th
Tickets here

The Greek Theatre
September 30th
Tickets here

With Milo Greene
The Wiltern
October 3rd
Tickets here

The Staples Centre
October 4th
Tickets here

The Wiltern
October 8th
Tickets here

San Diego, Balboa Theatre - October 8th
Santa Barbara, Arlington Theatre, October 9th
Tickets on sale June 16th

Hollywood Palladium
October 10th
Tickets here


Saban Theatre

October 12th
Tickets here

The Greek Theatre
October 16th
Tickets here

The Mayan
October 15th
Tickets here

Tickets Here

(music from the films of Tim Burton)
Nokia Theatre, L.A Live
Tickets here

The Greek Theatre - October 20th
The Fox Theatre, Pomona - October 21st
Tickets here

The Forum
October 31st
Tickets here

The Forum

November 6th
Tickets here
(W/ Steel Panther)
Nokia Theatre

Judas Priest
November 10th
Tickets here

Shrine Auditorium

Novemver 19th
Tickets here

THE 1975
The Hollywood Palladium

November 19th
Tickets here
The Glass House, Pomona
Peter Hook and the Light
November 24th
Tickets here

The Forum, Inglewood
November 28/29th
Tickets here
Tickets here
Express seating for AMEX holder 

The Belasco theatre

December 1st
Tickets here

Friday, September 5, 2014

Train for only 4 minutes a day to hit your body goals?

Train for only 4 minutes a day to hit your body goals?
We all live busy lives and there are a lot of people who claim that they simply don’t have time to go to the gym for a long cardio workout or strength training routine. The good news is you don't need to spend hours on the treadmill or elliptical to burn some serious fat. All you need is four minutes. Curious?  The type of training I am referring to is a different form of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) called Tabata. The basis of Tabata Training is four minutes of intense interval training/circuit training. A good example is sprinting for 20 seconds and then walking for 10 seconds - Repeat 7 more times for a total of 8 sets (which equals approximately four minutes).
Tabata Training can be done with a number of different exercises. The idea is to use an exercise that gets the whole body involved, or at least the major muscle groups. Tabata Training can be done with barbells, dumbells, kettlebells or just bodyweight exercises, even aerobic type exercises or a mixture of any. 
A study by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata, who founded Tabata training, found that high intensity training improved VO2 max (or your maximal oxygen consumption)  by about 14%, while anaerobic capacity improved by 28%. These effects will help you shed those extra pounds of fat, while also building lean muscle. 

The Workouts
If you want to add Tabata to your weight workout, simply pick four barbell exercises that you can easily transition between. Perform the first exercise for as many reps as you can in 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds, then perform the second exercise as fast as possible for 20 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds, and repeat this process for the remaining exercises.
Here's a sample of a four-exercise barbell Tabata circuit (with each movement done twice):
Barbell Tabata Workout:
1. Reverse Lunges
2. Shoulder Press
3. Romanian Deadlifts
4. Back Squats
Once you've completed all four exercises you're only half way done, because you'll only be two minutes into the Tabata. Go back to the first exercise and repeat the entire complex again without ever dropping the bar.
Here's a sample of a four-exercise dumbbell Tabata complex:
Dumbbell Tabata Workout:
1. Bicep Curls
2. Incline Flyes
3. Shoulder Press
4. Side Lateral Raise
20 seconds on each exercise with a 10 second rest in between x 2 sets
And for a fast, cardio shred try this workout:

Cardio Tabata Workout:
Sprinting – sprint for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds x 8 times
Jump rope – jump for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds x 8 times 

Bodyweight resistance workout:
1  1.    Press Ups
2  2.    Squats
3  3.    Mountain Climbers
4  4.    Lunges
20 seconds on each exercise with a 10 second rest in between x 2 sets

The most important thing to remember is that the 20 seconds of work must be absolutely flat out to get the desired effect. So are you telling me you don’t have 4 minutes for your body? For more advanced trainers take a one minute breaks and repeat 2,3 or 4, 4 minute blocks. I have had incredible results with many of my clients using Tabata training, for more info or to book a session feel free to call me on Tel 310 279 8117 and check out my website at Body Possible 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Meet A Member : Maria Elena Infantino

Not all Brits in LA members are Brits - Meet Maria Elena who hails from Italy, and moved from Rome 2.5 years ago to pursue acting and singing ( if you haven't seen her sing live we highly recommend her show) !

Photography: Michael Douglass

Was there a particular reason you chose LA ?

Life just brought me here and I followed its advice gladly!

What one thing do you miss from home?

Not much... I really feel like LA is my spot on earth!

photography: Eileen Lee
What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK (or Italy in your case!) ?

The weather of course, and going to the theatre is not the same experience as in London's West End!

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?

I really like going to the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills for brunch on sundays , you can eat as much as you like for $75...not the cheapest option,but really fun!!!

photography: Four Seasons
What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here ? 

If you are committed and believe in what you want, then LA is the place! Everyone is always so helpful and positive!
It is a tough city but you have to live it with philosophy!

Lastly , how can we find you on the Internet ? 

Monday, September 1, 2014


MEET A MEMBER: Jamie Robinson

Meet Jamie Robinson from Edinburgh Scotland who moved to LA 2 years ago to pursue boxing.
BOXING CLEVER: Jamie Robinson
BOXING CLEVER: Jamie Robinson
Was there a particular reason you chose LA?
LA is the home of boxing training, pretty much everyone that is any good trains here so you get crazy good sparring sessions – better than some fights!
What one thing do you miss from home?
Literally nothing! My wife and kid live here in LA and I have everything I need. I will never leave!
What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK? 
The weather and people are much nicer and more positive.
Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
The 35er in Pasadena is my favorite bar to hang out in! It’s a great vibe
What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here? 
Make sure you do your research on visas and work out places to stay while you get on your feet. Also have some extra money to use because you will need it. LA is expensive place! I made the mistake of doing nothing – no visa or money and jumping on a plane… I just got lucky!
Lastly, how can we find you on the Internet?
Facebook. You can keep up with my management groups “CB Boxing Management” and at

Jamie has a fight coming up soon - So come along and support him.