The acting started at school and later, at Cambridge University, I was lucky enough to mix with some fabulous talent, getting involved in acting and revue work including being a member of C.U.L.E.S (Cambridge University Light Entertainment Society), a very rewarding experience of taking music and drama out into the community, something that continued for a while afterwards in London.
As a musician, I formed my first bands in my teens after which several, both my own and others’, followed, ranging from rock, blues and pop to jazz and jazz-jive. I recorded and toured the UK in a range of diverse venues from gritty pubs and clubs to smart balls and embassies playing the clarinet, sax, keyboards and guitar, later adding the piano accordion, bass guitar and the drums. At this time I also made numerous appearances on TV and radio with my day job, commenting on economic and finance issues.
I trained at Mountview full time to be a professional actor for three years when in my 30’s. Workshops with the likes of Greta Scacchi, TV appearances with Sinead Cusack, and a number of Film, TV, stage and childrens comedy shows followed quickly afterwards. I then had a break from full time acting for a while, due to the pressures of family and mortgages, during which time I was involved in several theatre shows and appeared in a West End showcase, before my availability for work improved. I have been lucky enough to work extensively across a range of genres from theatre and screen to voiceovers, musicals and presentation. I also draw together my theatre and business backgrounds for my work in the corporate and coaching fields; more information on what I do in this area can be found on my coaching website here.
I am represented by the wonderful Amanda and Bronwen at Royce Management Actors’ Agency.