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Peter Hunt Bio

Peter Hunt


Peter trained as an actor at the prestigious London Drama School ‘Arts Ed’, and posses a wealth of experience across Film, TV and Theatre having worked in the industry from an early age.

Peter has an impressive list of TV and Film appearances staring in popular titles such as ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Hollyoaks’, ‘A&E’, ‘Videopolis’, ‘Be Aware’ and most recently played Gary in the BBC 3 sitcom ‘The Gemma Factor’.

Having stared in the UK Premier of Ciaran McConville’s ‘Lay your Sleeping Head’ his experience also spans onto the stage obtaining theatre credits in ‘Eight’, ‘As You Like It’,‘Romeo & Juliet’, ‘A Duty of Care’, ‘Friendly Fire’, ‘Company’ ‘The Play That Killed Me’, ‘God Wept’, ‘The Devil Laughed’ and recently in ‘The Lonely Clouds’ at the Lowry Theatre, Manchester.

Graduating with a degree in Film & TV production, Peter has also worked behind the camera on household titles such as ‘Where the Heart is’ (ITV), ‘Shameless’ (C4) and ‘The Innocence Project’ (BBC). Experiencing both sides of the camera has led him to work in casting, as an agent and further fulfilled the role as the casting assistant for ‘Where The Heart Is’,‘Coronation Street’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Doctors’, ‘Eastenders’, ‘Holby City’, ‘Judge John Deed’ and ‘Walking the Dead’. A highlight for Peter was being selected as an assistant to help cast additional roles in Manchester for the filming of Guy Richie’s Warner Brother’s Movie ‘Sherlock Holmes’.

Peter’s commitment to further his career led him to spend a year working for ITV Drama Manchester in 2006 organising and co-ordinating titles including ‘Mobile’, ‘Cold Blood’ and the popular series ‘Blue Murder’ starring Caroline Quentin.

Devoting his career to working with actors, Peter founded ActUpNorth in 2009 to provide training programmes for actors outside of London. Peter now continues to commit his time to nurture and discover the next generation of actors in his new position as Casting Director of ‘Hollyoaks’.

David Crowley Bio

David Crowley


David achieved a BA (Hons) in Theatre Studies and furthered his actor training by doing an MA in Acting at ‘The Arts Educational Schools, London’.

His TV acting credits include ‘Coronation Street’ (ITV) ‘Emmerdale’ (ITV) ‘Hollyoaks’ (C4) ‘The Syndicate’ (BBC) ‘Moving On’ (ITV) ‘Animal Crackers’. ‘In the Flesh’ (BBC) as well as commercials with a variety of well known brands, including ‘The Coop’, ‘Pomigrate’ and ‘Bensons for Beds’.

David has also worked extensively in theatre with lead roles in The Lowry’s hit trilogy of war plays, ‘The Play That Killed Me’, ‘God Wept and the Devil Laughed’ and ‘The Lonely Clouds of Guernica’. He appeared in the Coronation Street plays as well as the UK premier of ‘The Picketers’ and ‘Making Ugly’. David has worked at theatres such as Margate Theatre Royal, Nottingham Theatre Royal and The Lawrence Batley Theatre.

David has gone on to work extensively in both TV and Theatre, both as an actor and director. He is currently Associate Director on West Yorkshire Playhouse’s hit play ‘Beryl’ which is currently touring throughout the UK to rave reviews. He is an award winning director picking up a Manchester Theatre Award for ‘Thick as Thieves’. His other directing credits include ‘RAW’, Babushka’, Burt n Joyce’ (U.K. Tour), ’Elves and the Shoemaker’ and ‘Little Red’. David has also been recently appointed Associate Director of TroubleHouse Theatre Company.

As well as directing professional public productions, David has been teaching for over five years at various drama schools and universities throughout the UK. He has covered everything from teaching Acting Technique, to directing numerous plays and TV projects.

In 2016 David began working as audition/ onset acting coach at Lime Pictures and also works privately with a number of well known actors, musicians and pop bands.

Corrie Shelley


Corrie has vast experience of working and managing offices having worked with some of the UK’s leading companies.

Corrie has always had a keen interest in the world of acting and the performing arts and was thrust back into this side of the industry after getting much recognition for her work with leading northern agents taking professional actors headshots.

Corrie understands the needs of all of our pupils and tutors and takes it upon herself to ensure the smooth running of the school.

A number of years ago she established her own photography company and continues to run her business alongside her work with ActUpNorth. www.actorsheadshotsmanchester.com

Corrie is also a freelance Casting Assistant and has worked on some major commercial campaigns including, Barclaycard, Sofology, Safestyle.

Lee Toomes Bio

Lee Toomes


Lee trained at the Arden School of Theatre gaining a first class BA Hons in Acting.

TV credits include ‘The Body Farm’ (BBC) ‘Shameless’ (C4), ‘The Syndicate’ (BBC) ‘In the Flesh” (BBC), ‘The Driver’ (BBC), and the sitcom pilot ‘Jobseekers’.

As well as touring the one man WW1 show Before the Leaves fall, Lee has recently completed the national tour of Maxine Peaks play Beryl for the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Other theatre Credits include, The House Behind the Lines for Buglight Theatre, Father Laurence in ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Mr Shu Fu in ‘The Good Person of Szechwan’, Obseno in ‘Illyria’ at the RNCM, Pete in ‘Sleeping Around’ for Bla Bla Drama, Ray Mason in ‘Up and Under 2’ at The Lamp room Theatre, and ‘The Fanny Hill Project’ with Theatre State at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Lyric Hammersmith.

Lee is actively involved in the Union, and currently holds the office of Chairman in the Equity Yorkshire General Ridings branch. He is passionate about making sure actors concerns are heard within the industry, especially here in the north. Away from acting Lee also works as a trainer, coach and facilitator for many large corporations including The FA, National Grid and Jaguar Landcover.

Nat Grady Bio

Natalie Grady


Natalie trained as an actor at Drama Centre London and has gained extensive experience in the business working with acclaimed actors and directors.

Theatre Includes: See How They Run (West End), As You Like It (RSC and Sheffield Crucible), Gallithea (Shakespeare’s Globe),The Wits (Shakespeare’s Globe), Rafta,Rafta (National Theatre),Tiger at the Gates (National Theatre), What the Butler Saw (Salisbury Playhouse), The Importance of Being Earnest (Library Theatre Company),Merlin and the Woods of time(Chester Open air),As You Like It(Chester Open air),The Daughter in Law (Library Theatre Company at the Lowry),Peter Pan (Bolton Octagon), Mother Courage and her Children (Library Theatre and Lowry Theatre), The Illiad -workshop (Royal Exchange Theatre),The Love Inn (Bolton Octagon).

Television Includes: Doctors (BBC), Jam and Jerusalem (BBC), Coronation Street (Granada TV).

Awards: Olivier and What’s On Stage Nomination ‘Best Revival’ for See How They Run 2006. Olivier Award Winner ‘Best Comedy’ for Rafta, Rafta 2007 Manchester Theatre Award Winner ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for The Daughter in Law 2012.

Alongside acting, Natalie works as a freelance voice tutor specializing in phonetics, RP and accents and as well as teaching for ActUpNorth, she teaches and directs at ALRA. She has recently developed and directed, alongside Chris Honer, a professional development scheme for the Library Theatre Company, ‘Playing Up North’, which showcases Manchester actors.

Rachel Toomes


With a degree in Media, Rachel has experience both in front of and behind the camera. She is a trained teacher and has previously taught on the adult acting course at Wakefield College.

Rachel’s TV credits include In the Flesh (BBC3), The Syndicate (BBC), Last Tango in Halifax (BBC), Coronation Street (ITV) Emmerdale (ITV), Happy Valley (BBC) and most recently 4 O’Clock Club (CBBC). Recent commercials include Oak Furniture Land, WeBuyAnyCar and ASDA.

Rachel has also had roles in various corporate videos and short films.

Rachel’s stage credits include A View from the Bridge at Wakefield Theatre Royal, Oliver at Leeds Grand, and many appearances with Jaba Theatre Co at Wakefield Theatre Royal and Leeds City Varieties.

Barry Evans


Barry is an experienced actor, director and workshop facilitator having trained alongside the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough under the tuition of Paul Elsam (author of Acting Characters) and Sir Alan Ayckbourn.

Professionally, Barry has worked in various mediums including theatre, film, radio, commercial and roleplay work with doctors, medical students and CID officers. Barry is also an aspiring director.

Acting Credits : Life On Mars, Hyperdrive, Drop Dead Gorgeous (BBC) Emmerdale (ITV) Smyths Toy Shop (Christmas 2014 campaign) The Lost Generation (Feature Film), The Tempest, Ashgirl, Time Of My Life (Westwood-Theatre-in-The-Round), Pinocchio.co.uk (Stephen Joseph Theatre) Richard III, Five Go Mad In Buxton (Buxton Festival)

Directing Credits : Night on The Field of Waterloo (24:7 Theatre Festival), Time Of My Life (Scarborough, Manchester) Karaoke Cara (JB Shorts 13) Waiting Around, The Royals (Salford University)

Barry is passionate about helping develop an actor’s abilities and enjoys getting the best out of the individual. He is also passionate about the industry itself and is heavily involved in the Union, Equity (currently Northern Area Councillor 2014 – 2016).

Nathan McMullen


Nathan trained at Manchester School of Theatre and began his career working at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in the Worm Collector. He has also worked at The Liverpool Everyman as Witch 3 in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, The Royal Court Liverpool in Alan Bleasdale’s ‘Down The Dock Road’ and later returned to the West Yorkshire Playhouse as the title role in Jack and The Beanstalk.

His first Television appearance would be as Guest Lead role Devlan O’Connor in Casualty. Soon followed by Coronation Street ‘A Knights Tale’ and ‘Kelly + Victor’. All before landing a Leading Role in Channel 4’s Misfits series 4&5 playing the role of Finn. He has since had parts in BBC’s ‘The Driver’ and Dr Who Christmas Special ‘Last Christmas’.

Ben Addis


Ben trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has worked extensively across the mediums of Theatre, Film, TV, Radio and Voice-Over.

He has worked with several prominent screen directors including: Paul Andrew Williams, Saul Metzstein, Dan Zeff and Dusan Lazarevic across a number of high profile productions for the BBC and ITV.  A career highlight was working with Martin Scorsese on his feature film ‘Hugo.’

In addition to his screen work Ben regularly works in radio drama, audio commercials and records audio books.

Over the years he has shared the screen with the likes Ian Mckellen, Romola Garai, Martin Freeman, Jodie Whittaker, Richard E Grant, Brenda Blethyn and Matt Smith…and has tried to steal all their best tricks, many of which he hopes to share with his students at ActUpNorth.

Dean Smith


Dean Smith is an actor, director and writer from Leeds.

As a 15 year old Dean was chosen to attend the BAFTA award winning ITV run ‘Television Workshop’. Whilst still at the workshop Dean made his professional acting debut, playing Philip Ryan in the BBC drama ‘Waterloo Road’.

Other TV credits have included ‘Casualty’, ‘Being Victor’, ‘The Great Train Robbery’, ‘The Village’, ‘Common’, ‘The Last Kingdom’, ‘Snatch’, and William Elliot in BBC1s ‘Last Tango In Halifax’.

Film credits include ‘Awaydays’, ‘Cotton Stones’ and the lead role in Ridley Scott’s 3D movie ‘The Foundling’.

Radio credits include ‘Pulse’, ‘Stone’, ‘Here After’, ‘Brief Lives’ and JB Priestleys ‘Bright Day’ series all on BBC Radio 4.

Theatre credits include the world premier of Richard Cameron’s ‘Schoolboy/Lover’ at The West Yorkshire Playhouse, UK tours of ‘The Holly and the Ivy’, Agatha Christie’s ‘A Murder Is Announced’ and most recently the lead role in the world premier tour of Ruth Rendell thriller ‘Gallowglass’.

Dean was the face of Yorkshire Tea between 2015 and 2017 and admits to being a Leeds fan.

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