How Not to Suck at Auditions

Pat Higgins | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

Auditions aren't my favourite part of the film business. There's a built-in imbalance to the process, and it's easy for either side to lose sight of what the experience is like for the other party in the room.

The Oscar Nominees Who Didn't Actually Want To Act...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Getting nominated for an Oscar is a pretty big deal in the acting industry. Some people slave away their whole lives trying to get in to the 'biz, let...

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth

Sadie Brown | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sadie Brown

On my wish lists each year, sometimes every six months depending on how things are going, 'Hollywood teeth' always feature along with the ususal suspects: some rock hard abdominals, a book deal, and a Cartier Love bracelet, one must dream.

WATCH: Kid Nails Jack Nicholson's Speech From 'A Few Good Men'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Comedy

You may know the opening of Jack Nicholson's famous courtroom rant from 'A Few Good Men' - but can you recite the rest of it? Four-year-old Sruli c...

What's Wrong With Hard Work?

Jana Bakunina | Posted 20.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jana Bakunina

It seems to me that the concept of hard work is regarded as a bit of a loser. I'd rather get complimented for being talented than for being hard-working, would not you? Compare: "Jana, you are seriously talented!" to "Jana, you work so hard, it's amazing!" - I know which praise sounds sexier to me.

WATCH: Yet Another Reason To Love Patrick Stewart

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Comedy

Yet more evidence that Patrick Stewart is a total dude comes in the form of this lovely video. For in it, one of our finest Shakespearean actors (a...

Acting Versus Stand Up - "So Which Do You Prefer?"

Matt Green | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Matt Green

I'm a stand up comedian and actor, and people usually ask me which I prefer. I tend to reply with something vague like: "I like them both in different ways", but this year at the Edinburgh Fringe I've had the opportunity to directly compare and contrast them because every day I am doing a solo stand up show and a play.

Teen's Plea To Help Her Pursue Acting Dream

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A teenager who dreams of being an actress is desperately trying to raise money to fund her education after she won a place at a prestigious acting sch...

LOOK: Stars Arrive For Olivier Awards

PA | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Entertainment

Some of the biggest names in stage and screen have gathered at the Olivier Awards to celebrate the best of British theatre. Stars including Daniel ...

WATCH: How Actors Make Themselves Cry

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Comedy

Ever wondered how actors manage to turn on the waterworks for emotional film/TV scenes? Wonder no more! The video above shows the little acting ...

You Can't Have an Orgasm Every Time You Walk on Stage

Frances Ruffelle | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Frances Ruffelle

You can't have an orgasm every time you walk on stage. This line from the script is sitting with me. I think Piaf did give the audience everything every time she walked onto the stage. To play her and to be in the character I must do the same.

Doing the Hollywood Shake

Stephen Hagan | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Stephen Hagan

Now I've been auditioning for various projects in London for over five years now and have had my share of "interesting" auditions. (The most interesting being standing completely naked on a West End stage while four people checked that my anatomy was right for the 'part'. That's for another blog).

Johnny Harris: An Actor With a Rare Depth of Character

Jason Holmes | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

"An actor has to burn inside, with an outer ease," said Russian-American theatre practitioner Michael Chekhov, and this appears to be true of Johnny, whose eyes are lit from within, a gaze seeking answers in the middle distance where hang his memories.

Paul Caister Founder of The Poor School

Gia Marie Barbera | Posted 19.01.2013 | Home
Gia Marie Barbera

It was a grey Monday morning - until I sat down with Paul Caister, founder of The Poor School, in King's Cross. The mischievous, witty, actor/director turned teacher, who wears his glasses on the end of his nose, is a true gentleman.

My Four Day Acting Course

Gia Marie Barbera | Posted 08.01.2013 | Home
Gia Marie Barbera

There is nothing like a good short course in acting to make friends and bond with people.

Teachers Sacked After Students Performed Rape, Incest And Child Abuse Play

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Two drama teachers were sacked for allowing students to act in a play involving incest, rape and child abuse, which left children "vomiting and sobbin...

Is Hollywood Obsessed With Youth?

Gia Marie Barbera | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Gia Marie Barbera

I was recently working in Hollywood, the land of the size zero. I felt like the bright- eyed girl heading off to Hollywood to follow my dreams. I went...

A Chat With Andy Nyman About the Golden Rules Of Acting

Chris Cox | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Entertainment
Chris Cox

For twenty-five years Andy Nyman has worked in theatre, film and television. As an 11-year-old boy, he sat in a Leicester cinema watching Jaws, "There I was, a stocky little curly haired Jew seeing a stocky little curly haired Jew playing the lead in a film, I released this isn't fantasy. I could actually do that."

A Sporting Chance - The Pressure of a Nation's Support

Daniella Gibb | Posted 26.08.2012 | UK Sport
Daniella Gibb

The nation's buttocks have finally unclenched this morning after a tense few moments last night where we all believed that this was the time; England were going to win a penalty shoot out and fly into the next round of Euro 2012. Because we did all believe that for a split second didn't we? The curse would be broken and this would be the year that we lifted the trophy.

I Feel I Have To Somehow Celebrate...

Susanna Cappellaro Cohen | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK Entertainment
Susanna Cappellaro Cohen

There I am, harnessed to a high cliff on the coast of Southern England, wearing a beautiful costume made by Colleen Atwood, three times Oscar winner, listening to directions shouted by Mr Tim Burton (he was all the way down on the shore).

Hollywood During Hiatus is No Joke

John Wight | Posted 29.07.2012 | UK Entertainment
John Wight

Each year, from the middle of May to the middle of August, Hollywood is witness to more empty days, depleted bank accounts, and unpaid bills than it would care to admit.

Where Has Sisterhood Gone?

Catherine Balavage | Posted 22.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Balavage

I was at an audition recently, a dance audition for a part in a major TV show, and it is fair to say there was no love between any of the women in the room. Which leads me into the million dollar question: Where has sisterhood gone? The patriarchal society wins again - but only because we let it.

Casino Royale Director Confesses 'Doubts' Over Craig As Bond

WENN | Posted 20.04.2012 | Home

Director Sam Mendes understood the concerns of 007 fans when Daniel Craig was first announced to play James Bond - he was also convinced the hunk was ...

Patrick Stewart Frightened By 'Crazy' Co-Stars

PA | Posted 09.06.2012 | Home

Star Trek actor Sir Patrick Stewart has revealed that he is frightened of performing fight scenes on stage - because of previous bad experiences with ...

BBC Birdsong With an Open Mouth and the Wrong Bird

Max Atkinson | Posted 24.03.2012 | UK Entertainment
Max Atkinson

Last night, Mary Ann Sieghart (@MASieghart) tweeted 'Does this actor in #Birdsong have any look other than a long meaningful one? I knew exactly what ...