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. ‘Heretiks’, chosen as part of the official selection of “Frightfest 2018” and will have its world premiere in the famous Leicester Square in London in August, 2018. Having kick-assed her way through British hit Zombie filled comedy ‘Ibiza Undead’ which had its theatrical release across the USA with the title ‘Zombie Spring Breakers’, Marcia also stars in the upcoming feature film ‘Quail Hollow’, now in post-production and directed by Spain’s 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 British action hero Craig Fairbrass and Victoria Broom.
This was the beginning of a fruitful partnership with Templeheart Films and after moving to London in 2013 she brought them a script called ‘The Sisterhood’ which would eventually become ‘Heretiks’, starring Michael Ironside, Clare Higgins, Rosie Day & Hannah Arterton. Before beginning shooting ‘Quail Hollow’ in New Orleans (produced by Templeheart Films), she featured in Dan Brownlie’s London-based horror thriller ‘The Tombs’. As well she can soon be seen featured in a new TV series titled ‘Loft Studio Miami’. She is also currently hard at work in preparation to produce ‘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. Additionally, she enjoys long-distance cycling which she incorporates to raise money for some of her favorite charities, frequently participating in cycling events to raise money for important causes such as the British Heart Foundation.