Kessie plays the role of Katie in HORIZON.

Kessie Bartlett – Answer our questions!

She began acting as a child and went on to take classes at the ITV TELEVISION WORKSHOP based in Bristol, where she met “Horizon” director Paul Dudbridge. During her time at ITV, she performed in the radio feature “Freshers” broadcast on BBC Radio Bristol, and she filmed a guest role on the Channel 4's BAFTA award winning drama “Skins”. In 2010 she worked on Paul Dudbridge's film “Maria”, in the role of 'Sarah', and the film was an official selection for the Encounters Film Festival in 2011. This role lead to Kessie working on multiple short films and music promos whilst working for her degree in drama and creative writing. Whilst studying Kessie continued performing within university theatre productions and she graduated in the summer of 2014 with a BA HONS.

How did you get the part in the show?
As I had worked with director Paul Dudbridge and writer/actor Simon Pearce before they asked me if I'd like to appear in their show. Taking the role of Katie, the role was an opportunity to play a complex character, and explore the character of a teenager facing the usual teenage angst and frustration, whilst dealing with a possible alien invasion. The combination of drama and humour in the scripts was appealing and offered the chance to again tackle a new genre in the form of Sci-fi. The idea behind the distribution of “Horizon” as a series released on a daily basis, with it's focus on Bristol, also appealed to me. As a native Bristolian the project showcases the creativity, fun and sense of humour within the city, and allows viewers to interact with the production.

What were the highlights from the shooting of the show? Things you haven’t done before etc?
My highlights were working at the top of the car park in episode 3. This doesn't sound very exciting but it had an amazing view of the city at sunrise and again at sunset, even though it was so cold! It was also lovely to work with everyone else, who made me laugh a lot. I also remember having to walk down the aisle of the church (in episode 5) repeatedly as I kept laughing everytime!

What was the hardest part of working on the show? Lots of lines, working with VFX, action stuff? The hardest part of working on the show was that it was so cold!! My hands and feet were numb, so can series 2 be set six months later in the middle of summer, please?

Regarding the craft of acting, what did you learn about or what might you do differently?
I learnt to just go for things 100%, if the director thinks you're over the top he'll tell you to reign it in, and don't be embarrassed, everyone on set knows that you're 'acting', so just go for it and enjoy yourself.

Finally, what would you do if the events of the show really happened?!
If the events actually happened I would be very scared because the idea of aliens terrify me! I think I would try and get to somewhere as safe as possible with as much supplies as possible.

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