Edward Hogg has been steadily building a name as someone to watch. His lead role in Woyzeck on stage at London's Gate Theatre won him an Ian Charleson Award nomination in 2006 but two films due for release next year are likely to propel him into the limelight. First off is White Lightnin' from director Dominic Murphy. Starring alongside Carrie Fisher, Hogg takes on the role of Appalachian dancer and entertainer Jesco White, whose life story includes stays in a mental institution, a bit part in Roseanne and copious drug use. 'He's larger than life in real life,' says Hogg of White, 'but I take it up a notch or two in the film.' No surprise, then, that there was so much buzz over this charismatic actor at Cannes, where Salt was selling the film. Meanwhile, Paul King's comedy Bunny And The Bull for Warp X has just cranked up and gives Hogg the chance to shift gears, playing straight man to his eccentric best friend played by Simon Farnaby.

Contact: Hamilton Hodell, (44) 20 7636 1221