Guest Tutors

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Guest Tutors

In addition to our usual tutors, every few weeks classes are taught 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 Directors from programmes such as ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Emmerdale’, ‘Eastenders’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Holby City’, ‘Doctors’, ‘Moving On’ and ‘Hollyoaks’.

In previous classes we have worked with Casting Directors that have cast programmes covering ITV, BBC, CBBC, Channel 4, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu with credits such as ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Emmerdale’, ‘Eastenders’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Silent Witness’, ‘Sherlock’ ‘DCI Banks’ 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 2020, it looks like an exciting few months for our students!

Recent Guest Tutors

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

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

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

Rae Hendrie – Casting Associate at Julie Harkin Casting – ‘Dublin Murders’, ‘Lucky Man’, ‘Prime Suspect 1973’.

Seth Mason – Casting Associate for Andy Brierley and Victor Jenkins – ‘The Spanish Princess’, ‘World on Fire’, ‘Humans’, ‘Mr Selfridge’. 

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 – ‘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.

Nicci Topping CDA – Casting Director – Nicci has just completed casting on a number of feature films including ‘Northern Soul’. 2020 sees Nicci working on a number of new features!

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.

Judy Holt – Actress – TV includes, ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Emmerdale’, ‘New Street Law’, ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Hollyoaks’, ‘Fat Friends’, ‘The Bill’, ‘A & E’, ‘At Home with the Braithwaites’, ‘Emmerdale’ and ‘Children ‘s Ward’.

David Crellin  – Actor – credits include ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Emmerdale’, ‘Accused’, ‘Doctors’, ‘Shameless’, ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Waterloo Road’, ‘The Bill’, ‘Holby City’ and ‘Cops’.

Mark Heller  – Film Director – ‘The Passage’, ‘Star Crossed’, ‘The Mulberry Tree’

Liz Stevenson  – Theatre Director &Artistic Director of The Theatre by the Lake – ‘The Country’, ‘The Dumb Waiter’, ‘Beef’, ‘Road’, ‘Orphans’, ‘Rope’.

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