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Jed's filming job with Spielbergs ; ROLE: ACTOR WORKS WITH STAR'S SISTER

June 17, 2013


An actor and historical re-enactor has been working with a member of a Hollywood movie dynasty for his latest role.

Jed Jaggard, of Melton, has been taking part in a film for American television with Nancy Spielberg.

Brother Steven directed worldwide box office smashes such as Jaws, Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Schindler's List, Nancy is the youngest of Spielberg's three sisters and she is producing a docu-drama called Above and Beyond.

It depicts events following the withdrawal of British troops from Palestine after the Second World War and the ensuing conflict between Israel and a group of neighbouring Arab states over the future sovereignty of the nation.

HISTORICAL He plays the part of an Israeli air force pilot during that country's 1948 war with Palestine. The real-life stories of three Israeli pilots are recounted, including one called Leon, portrayed by Jed.

His story is narrated by the real-life Leon which Jed acts out.

Jed, who runs his own historical re-enactment and education business called Up An' At 'Em, was approached by the British production company working on the project which was looking for historical reenactors. He said: I got the job because of the work I do with re-enactments but I wasn't told a lot about it to start with.

When I heard the Spielberg family was involved I couldn't believe it. Nancy is the producer but Steven owns most of the production company. His niece, Jessie, was also on the set during filming.

It involved four days of filming at RAF Duxford, in Cambridgeshire.

We scrambled aircraft and there was a lot of green screen work where a scene is projected into the background behind you.

We also acted as extras for other scenes and were working until about 2.30am one morning.

I imagine Nancy must get asked about her brother quite a lot, so everyone steered away from asking any questions about him.

She is a lovely lady, very personable.

There were five re-enactors, including Adam Cockerill, who's also from Melton. When we were leaving, she came over and thanked us for what we'd done. She is such a lovely lady and so was her daughter Jessie.

It's 65 years this year since the birth of Israel - something very close to the family's hearts.To be able to work on something like this has to be classed as a great privilege.

Jed added that negotiations were under way with British TV companies interested in screening the programme.

Jed is now busy preparing for the opening of his re-enactment and education centre in Buckminster, in the Vale of Belvoir. He's also playing the part of Private Pike in the Stamford Shakespeare Company's production of Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes, at Tolethorpe Hall.

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