One of the UK’s brightest horror genre imports, Brazilian-born Marcia Do Vales is not only carving a name for herself as a film actress, but gaining a reputation as a gifted producer, with Paul Hyett’s supernatural thriller Heretiks her latest credit. Having kick-assed her way through Brit zombcom Ibiza Undead, Marcia is set to star in Quail Hollow (working title), directed by Javier De Prado, where she plays identical twins with some pretty dark powers. Her fascination for the horror genre developed when she was twelve years old, with films like Child’s Play, Pet Cemetery and The Evil Dead being particularly influential. She recalls: “The windows in my bedroom had a kind of mirroring effect and I would spend many hours in front of the distorted glass, creating and recreating scary characters and film scenes”. Putting her acting instinct on hold, largely to appease her family, she studied Law, but eventually left her home country in 2002 to pursue a film career in Spain, accepting a place at the prestigious ‘Instituto Del Cine Madrid’. In 2010 she developed and wrote, with Oscar Carrion, the Anglo-Spanish horror film, Deranged, which UK production company Templeheart Films went on to produce, in partnership with Marcia’s own company EnMar Productions. Shot in Madrid and released in 2012, worldwide, Marcia starred alongside Craig Fairbrass and Victoria Broom. This was the beginning of a fruitful partnership with Templeheart and after moving to London in 2013 she brought them a script called The Sisterhood which would eventually become Heritiks, starring Michael Ironside, Clare Higgins & Hannah Arterton. Before Marcia begins shooting Quail Hollow in New Orleans (produced by Templeheart), she will feature in Dan Brownlie’s London-based horror thriller The Tombs. She is also currently producing The Foreseen, a supernatural chiller to be directed by Anthony Melton and Ben Franklin. Away from the camera Marcia has studied the Keysi Fighting Method with founder Justo Dieguez and developed an appetite for vigorous Crossfit training which she continues daily.