Guest Tutors

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Guest Tutors

In addition to our expert tutors, every few weeks classes are led by visiting guests and industry professionals. These include specialists in various fields as well as Casting Directors, Producers, Directors, and Agents.

The past few weeks has seen us work with TV Directors from programmes such as ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Emmerdale’, ‘Eastenders’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Doctors’, ‘Waterloo Road’ and ‘Hollyoaks’.

We’ve previously welcomed Casting Directors that have cast programmes covering ITV, BBC, CBBC, Channel 4, Netflix, Apple TV, Amazon and Hulu with credits such as ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Emmerdale’, ‘Eastenders’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Silent Witness’, ‘Sherlock’, ‘DCI Banks’, ‘The Crown’, ‘Brassic’, ‘Industry’, ‘I May Destroy You’, ‘Peaky Blinders’ and ‘Games of Thrones’. Films including ‘Human Traffic’, ‘Nil By Mouth’, ‘The Good Shepherd’ and ‘The Imitation Game’ to name but a few.

With more guest tutors lined up for 2022, it looks like an exciting few months for all our students!

Recent Guest Tutors

Suranne Jones – Award-Winning Actress – ‘Gentlemen Jack’, ‘Vigil’, ‘Doctor Foster’, ‘Scott & Bailey’.

Olissa Rogers Casting Associate at Fiona Weir Casting – ‘Brassic’, ‘Ted Lasso’, ‘We are who we are’ and ‘Criminal’.

Jane Anderson CDG – Casting Director – ‘DCI Banks’, ‘Sherlock’, ‘All at Sea’, ‘Law & Order UK’.

Nina Gold Casting – Casting directors from Nina Gold – ‘The Crown’, ‘Chernobyl’ ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Star Wars’, ‘The Fall’.

Rae Hendrie – Casting Associate at Julie Harkin Casting – ‘Dublin Murders’, ‘Lucky Man’, ‘The Salisbury Poisonings’, ‘A Discovery of Witches’. 

Seth Mason – Casting Associate for Andy Brierley and Victor Jenkins – ‘Sherwood’, ‘Silent Witness’, ‘Unforgotten’, ‘The Spanish Princess’, ‘World on Fire’, ‘Humans’.

Ezra-Tren Humpries – Assistant Casting Director ‘Emmerdale’.  

Sonia Allam CDG – Casting Director – ‘Locked Up Abroad’, ‘Detectorists’, ‘Two Doors Down’, ‘Evermoor’.

Sue Jones CDG – Casting Director – ‘Nil by Mouth’ and ‘Human Traffic’. Sue has worked with a number of top directors including Shane Meadows and Robert De Niro. 

Rick Laxton – Casting Director – ‘Hollyoaks’, ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Car Share’, ‘Scarborough’.

Gemma Handcock & Sam Stevenson CDG – Casting Directors – ‘Father Brown’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Silent Witness’, ‘Inspector Lynley’, ‘Holby City’ and ‘Eastenders’. 

June West CDG – Casting Director – ‘The Royle Family’, ‘Cold Feet’, ‘Cold Blood’, ‘Blue Murder’, ‘Coronation Street’.

Sue Jackson CDG – Casting Director – ‘Emmerdale’, ‘The Royal’, ‘See No Evil’, ‘Heartbeat’. 

Suzy Catliff CDG – Casting Director – UK casting ‘The Inspector Murdoch Mysteries’, series 1 to 6; ‘A Bunch of Amateurs’ (feature), ‘Lifeline’ and ‘Empathy’, 2 series of ‘Silent Witness’ and 3 series of ‘Casualty’.

Sarah Hughes CDG– Casting Director – ‘JONATHAN CREEK’, ‘GRASS’, ‘LOVE SOUP’, ‘PARENTS OF THE BAND’, ‘2 PINTS OF LAGER’, ‘PULLING’, John Sullivan’s ‘ROCK & CHIPS’, and in 2010 the second series of ‘THE OLD GUYS’ for BBC1, FREEDOM for BBC Scotland and ‘THE GREAT OUTDOORS’ for BBC4.

Love Casting – Casting Director Chris Maloney – TVC’s for ‘John Lewis’, ‘Thinkbox’, ‘Mr Kiplings’, ‘Aldi’, ‘McCains’, ‘KFC’, ‘Yorkshire Tea’, ‘ESPN’, ‘Channel 4’, ‘Betfair’, ‘Bensons Beds’, ‘Albelli’, ‘YouView’, ‘McDonalds’, and ‘Sainsburys’ to name but a few. 

Manuel Puro – Casting Director – ‘Skeletons’ (Jason Isaacs and Paprika Steen), ‘Moon’ (Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey), ‘Dead Man Running’ (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Brenda Blethyn and Danny Dyer), ‘The Code’ (Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas and Radha Mitchell) and ‘Scorpion King 2’ (Michael Copon and Karen David). 

Michelle Holmes – Actress – ‘Rita Sue & Bob Too’, ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Emmerdale’, ‘The Chase’.

Ade Bean – TV Director – ‘Eastenders’, ‘Hollyoaks’, ‘River City’.

Mel Churcher – Acting Coach – Mel has worked as an on set acting coach for many years with the likes of Daniel Craig, Angelina Jolie and Henry Cavill. 

Janet Hampson – Casting Director – ‘Coronation Street’, ‘The Gemma Factor’, ‘Hebburn’ and ‘Citizen Khan’. Janet has recently launched her own actor’s agency JHPM.  

Una Evans O’Connell – Agent and MD of ‘EOC Actors Management’ London/Manchester.

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