UK Actors

Acting After Illness #2 Vulnerability

David King | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
David King

Brown says in order for us to connect we have to allow ourselves to be seen and to feel worthy of connection. Was there something about me, that if other people knew or saw, I wouldn't be worthy of making the connection between actor and audience?

Adding a String to the Bow

Paul Clayton | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

So perhaps a drama school that endeavours to train its students how to be an actor, should enlighten graduates as to just what is possible. Promotional work, corporate work, work that uses the skills they have learnt as actors to engage with the public. Somebody has to wear that Sponge Bob Square pants suit in the shopping mall on a Saturday afternoon. How much better for all concerned if it's somebody who can really make it look fun.

Acting After Illness

David King | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
David King

Acting really had been my way out, my way back from my darkest hour, my getting back on the horse, my resolution of conflict. Being in hospital for a long period of time makes you withdrawn. To work on my performance confidence I took RADA's over 24's Contemporary Scene Study course and progressed to their level 3 Acting course.

Making A Living Out of a Training

Paul Clayton | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

As chairman of the Actors Centre I've had the good fortune this year to engage with a large number of drama graduates. Primarily those leaving training institutions fully determined to be a working actor.

Making the Dream Work

Paul Clayton | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

All training institutions offer a wide range of skills to their students and I firmly believe that we still offer the best actor training in the world here in Britain. Indeed I believe we train the best actors. I don't believe you can be taught how to act, but I think you can be taught how to be an actor.

Idris, Eddie and Lennie - and Other UK Actors Making it Big in Hollywood

Maz Deo | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Maz Deo

It's no secret that here in the UK we have a whole host of talented individuals, from superstar footballers to incredible actors, and more - and more - of them are heading overseas to find more fame in the bright lights of Hollywood and beyond.

Where Are the Working Class Actors?

Felix Denton | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Felix Denton

There is a wealth of British acting talent coming through the ranks on stage and in films. Over the last year people like Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and Rosamund Pike have all gained critical acclaim and A-List status in Hollywood, and they all have one other thing in common which is that they were privately educated.

Things I've Learnt While Being an Audition"er"

Paul Andrew Williams | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Andrew Williams

Guess what, if you get the job, great, super great. You'll get to do something with other like minded folk, you might make a few pennies and get to dress up for a few days. If you don't get it, don't worry. Have some ice cream, find your mates and slag off the director and laugh about it.

Acting May Be Harder Than You Think

Paul Clayton | Posted 01.08.2016 | 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 29.06.2016 | 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 18.05.2016 | 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 14.05.2016 | 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...