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British actress Emma Laird, who just booked a starring role opposite Jeremy Renner in Mayor of Kingstown, has signed with APA for representation in all areas.
The signing is major one for Laird, who has no feature or series experience, and for the agency, which beat out four other agencies for the opportunity to sign the actress.
Laird had appeared in a couple of shorts when earlier this year she lit up the town’s buzz meter by fielding simultaneous offers for Amazon’s The Boys and The Peripheral, Netflix’s The School for Good and Evil, and Kingstown, which hails from Paramount+ and showrunner Taylor Sheridan, the creator of TV’s Yellowstone and writer of the Sicario movies.
Kingstown tells of a family that runs the big and seedy business of incarceration, with Renner playing the town’s mayor and Dianne Wiest, the family’s matriarch who teaches in the prison.
Laird will play a dancer and prostitute who may or may not have power over some of the town’s power brokers.
The actress met with majors such as CAA and WME before signing with APA. The move is a coup since in the competitive world of screen talent, the company doesn’t always net someone as in demand and on the ascent as Laird. And it shows how the agency is trying to transform itself since Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Companies made a sizable investment in the agency last year.
The actress is additionally repped in the U.K. by United Agents and managed by Luber Roklin Entertainment.
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