UK Actors

Acting May Be Harder Than You Think

Paul Clayton | Posted 02.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

Poor Sarah Harding, the ex Girls Aloud singer, seems to have a hard time on those famous cobbles, and her Coronation Street contract is not to be extended beyond the four episodes she was booked for.

Giving it Back

Paul Clayton | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

The government are not going to suddenly fund drama training for people on low incomes. Despite the proven value an excellent drama training has in equipping people for so many roles in life, as well as in the arts, it's probably a low priority with graduates from low income families in medicine, law, and so many other areas also fighting for support

Making the Acting Last

Paul Clayton | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

The huge flood of young actors emerging into the profession this summer, I give best wishes. Their future will be determined mainly by luck, but enhanced by sheer hard work and good business sense. For some this may be instinctive, but others will learn it the hard way.

Five Reasons You HAVE to Watch: 'A Royal Night Out'

Samantha Baines | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Samantha Baines

It's the hottest new cinema release and its all about the Royal family! A Royal Night Out hits cinemas on 15 May (with previews from 8 May) and I have managed to see it before the official release. So here are five reasons you have to watch it.

Top Ten Acting Career Survival Tips

Paul Clayton | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

Here are my top 10 survival tips for those first few years in the real world... and for quite a few years afterwards actually.

The Curious Business of Casting

Julia Wagner | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Julia Wagner

I found that one of the most enjoyable and interesting tasks of an agent's assistant is to submit the selections in response to a casting call, mainly because the agent's suggestions often baffled me, but also because I enjoy seeing the very earliest stages of a production.

Don't Lament 'Declining Audience Intelligence' Make Theatre an Essential Part of Everyone's Experience

Paul Clayton | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

We need to make more theatre more accessible to more people so that they can understand the experience more easily. If we are going to do this, then surely the heartland of what is termed commercial theatre is not the place to start?

People Like Us Wouldn't Get a Chance Today

Paul Clayton | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

For many it's been a struggle to get there. Young actors emerge from their training weighed down by debt, and - given that less than 2% of actors earn over £20,000 a year from their acting - many leave the profession in the first 5 to 10 years, to seek financial security, dignity, and some quality of life.

Being a Kid Is For Life (Not Just For Christmas)

KatherinePress | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
KatherinePress

Christmas is a time for kids. Kids in the literal, vertically-challenged sense and kids in the metaphorical, inner child sense - for us Big Kids.

Why Wearing Pyjamas All Day Is Fine...

Samantha Baines | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Samantha Baines

Yes, it is alright for some (without going into the fact that being self-employed is actually quite challenging), it's alright for me Mr. Delivery Man because I proudly wear my pyjamas during the day and here is why: Pyjamas are comfy.

The Good Days and the Bad Days: How Character Can Get Us Through

KatherinePress | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
KatherinePress

I am a self-acknowledged, self-confessed, self-help junkie. And like any self-help junkie worth her salt, I love a good quote. This week I came across one I reckoned you really ought to know about. "Character is the ability to follow through on a commitment after the initial enthusiasm has passed." Nifty, huh?

Hard to Fake? Tears on Stage

Arnie Wilson | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Arnie Wilson

This led me to ask a talented young actor friend, Ben Lambert, who has appeared in various films and stage plays, how actors manage to cry on demand. His reply fascinated me.

Working in Tinseltown

Rachel Shenton | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Shenton

The first thing that hits you when you step off the plane in LA is just how eager people are to help you out here - or at least that's what I've found. I've been perpetually impressed with waitresses, bar tenders, shop workers - pretty much everyone I've come across in the service sector, have all been exceptionally polite and almost too eager to help.

Six Things Every Actress Should Know

Adam Hamdy | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

My daughter wants to be an actress. Words that should strike fear into the heart of any right thinking parent. I've gently tried to discourage her from what I perceive as a harsh life, but she comes alive on stage and has held on to this ambition to the exclusion of other childhood dreams. Luckily my daughter is only seven and there is plenty of time for sense to prevail, but were she to continue on her path, what should she know?

Why Admire an Actor?

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Megan Brownrigg

The BAFTAs have just been dished out, leaving a level playing field ready to be mown up and mole-hilled by the favourites of next year. So what makes a good actor?

MPs Slam 'Out Of Touch' Javid For Ruling Out Ticket Tout Crackdown

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK Politics

Culture secretary Sajid Javid has been accused by MPs of being "out of touch with ordinary fans" for refusing to regulate second-hand ticket sales in ...

Bryan Cranston Helps Student Ask Girl To Prom

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

It's the stuff of dreams, really. Not only does a cute boy ask you to prom, he gets BRYAN CRANSTON to do it. You know, the meth-making teacher from Br...

Actors Lash Out At Javid's 'Simply Wrong' Ticket Tout Support

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics

Culture secretary Sajid Javid is facing a growing backlash among arts groups as actors' trade union Equity criticised him for praising ticket touts as...

The Art of Being Authentic

Adrian Kirk | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Adrian Kirk

When we experience someone being genuine we believe them. Be that a politician, someone asking for help at work, or the member of staff in a store who genuinely seems interested in helping us. We notice when people are being real, when they forget about trying to impress but come from a genuine desire to connect with us in that moment.

Press Night Pressure - Behind the Scenes of 'Bel-Ami' the Musical

Abigail Poulton | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Abigail Poulton

If performing on a West-End stage for the first time wasn't daunting enough, I had to perform to a sold-out auditorium of industry figures, theatre critics and honorary guests...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The War On Migrants, Part 665

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Sunday 12 January 2013... 1) THE WAR ON MIGRANTS, PART 665 For Tory politicians, from George Osborn...

24 Hours in Los Angeles

David J Constable | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David J Constable

Here are my five recommendations of places to eat, drink and stay when in the City of Angels.

You Can't Choose Your Audience

Chris Mayo | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Chris Mayo

There is a common law amongst comedians (and all performers to an extent) that you should never blame your audience, but, there should perhaps also be an additional law for audiences that If you're going to come and watch something, for goodness sake, don't be a c***.

Fiction for Some, Reality for Many, Top Boy Is Back!

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

Channel 4's gritty mini series Top Boy, returns this month with its second series. A mind-blowing ratings success for the broadcaster, its lead characters Dushane and Sully are back with their daily grind, about inner city life in East London.

The Australian Federal Budget Means Nothing to Me

Xavier Toby | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

What does the budget mean to me? Me personally? It means nothing. Absolutely nothing. After looking through every different list in the media of 'wha...