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There are many things that drive us into being actors: love of words, the magic of our first theatre visit, our drama teacher at school, seeing ourselves mirrored on screen, the spell-binding movie star on the first film we slipped into under-age. It’s often, also, a need to be loved; a way of escaping our […]

I’ve just spent 16 weeks of my life coaching on the forthcoming mega TV series Marco Polo. Before anyone from Netflix, Weinstein or the Marco Polo production office reads this – let me assure them, the following holds no spoilers. I quote the blog on Metro: “Filmed in Malaysia, Kazakhstan and Italy with a budget […]

There is no one path to enlightenment or acting. There are no certainties, solutions or single techniques. There is no magic potion. Instead there is a continuation of actors, teachers and practitioners. A deep pool to bathe in, drink and find succour. A million ‘techniques’ All these exercises, tips and tricks drive to the same […]

  ** Oscar nominations update for Brits:) Leading Actress: Felicity Jones, Rosamund Pike Leading Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne Supporting Actress: Keira Knightly Colin Welland won the Oscar for the screenplay of Chariots of Fire in 1981. He was mocked for the line in his acceptance speech: ‘The British are Coming’. I dedicate this post […]

The business of acting doesn’t lend itself comfortably to words or explanations. Acting is doing. I worked with a very famous, very cruel director once when I was an actor. But he did have one saying of great wisdom. ‘Don’t talk about it. Do it,’ he’d  snarl. But of course, us actors love talking – […]