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New cast members have links to Tyneside

November 3, 2013


THE streets of Tyneside could soon get a starring role in TV show Made In Chelsea as three new cast members are revealed to have links to Newcastle. The London-based Bafta awardwinning reality series follows the lives of well-heeled twenty-somethings and has already seen cast members visit Osborne Road in Jesmond this week.

And now there are hopes from excited students and bar managers that film crews could soon follow. For its sixth series the popular Channel 4 program will film current Newcastle University student Belle Hardinge, 20, and ex-graduates Dave 'Miffy' Mifsud and Freddie Hickman, both 22.

Earlier this week long-standing cast members socialite Lucy Watson, 22, and banker Stevie Johnson, 23, were spotted drinking in Osborne's Bar in Jesmond and there are regular visits by main star and heir to the McVitie's fortune Jamie Laing, 25, for nights out.

Jamie Logan, 24, assistant manager of the bar said: "It would be great if the show was filmed up here and we'd welcome the cast and crew if they wanted to do any filming. "Apparently we had two people from the series in the bar this week already and I know it's a really popular show. You do hear people talking about it a lot."

A spokeswoman for Channel 4 said many scenes for the show are still to be filmed with new locations considered by producers on a week by week basis.

During series four, it moved away from its Chelsea location for some episodes with scenes shot in Edinburgh and it is believed filming will start in the North as old and new cast members' long- distance love lives become intertwined. Pretty blonde Belle Hardinge, 20, who is in her third year of a politics degree was introduced during episode one although is yet to have a major story line of her own.

She was brought up in Pimlico, London and went to James Allen's School for Girls in Dulwich. She is an avid Tweeter and snaps pictures of her pet dog and best friends at their shared university house in Jesmond.

The ski-ing fan and regular at Floritas night-spot on Collingwood Street is best friends from her school days with fitness fanatic Freddie who finished graduated in economics from Newcastle last year.

The Swedish blonde, who is the son of a model, now splits his time between London and Malta. He was a regular at Pinetree gym in Jesmond where he could often be seen lifting weights and is also said to be a dab hand on the piano.

He stormed his way into series six by awkwardly asking out feisty Lucy Watson on a date. The business graduate helped organise Newcastle student union nights CCTV and Beatboxing. Artist and T- shirt designer Oliver Proudlock who has also featured throughout the show since it started is a Newcastle fine art graduate and had his degree show on display at the Hatton Gallery. The fourth episode of the current series will be screened on Monday night on E4 at 10pm.

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