William Morris vet Kenis bows shingle

Roster includes mostly vets -- O'Toole, Sharif, Bisset

LONDON — Steve Kenis, former managing director of the William Morris Agency’s London office, has launched his new agency, Steve Kenis & Co., with a raft of veteran clients from his WMA days.

His roster of actors includes Peter O’Toole, Richard Harris, Julie Andrews, Omar Sharif, Peter Ustinov, Jacqueline Bisset, Janet Suzman, Geraldine Chaplin, Jeanne Moreau and — the one relative youngster — John Lynch.

He handles a handful of writers and directors, such as Frederic Raphael, David Ambrose, Bruce Beresford, Gary Sinyor and Danny Cannon.

Kenis also reps Rowan Atkinson for his feature film work. The comic actor is currently shooting Paramount’s “Rat Race” in Canada.

O’Toole has signed to star in “Global Heresy,” a comedy from Canada’s Greenlight Films about a rock band that rents an English stately home. Sharif is taking a cameo role in Steve Coogan’s “The Parole Officer” for DNA Films.

Harris, whose career is back on the upswing after “Gladiator,” is in longstanding negotiations to play Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School, in Warner’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” He recently finished shooting “The Count of Monte Cristo,” and is also lined up alongside Lynne Redgrave for “My Kingdom” from Sky Pictures.

Kenis was at WMA for 30 years, and was managing director in London for 16 years until he left at the start of this year, when the Hollywood agency pulled out of the British talent business.

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