Lydia West is, in my opinion, one of TV's brightest young stars - recently appearing as Bethany, in Russell T Davies' era-defining drama, Years And Years.
I first met Lydia at the read-through for the show, and didn't know at the time, that I'd go on to play Billy - Bethany's boss.
It was during filming where I discovered Lydia's less than typical entry into the acting industry, and the inspiring story that has brought her to where she is today.
I just had to invite her over to record a...
Super-talented actress, Susannah Fielding, was thrust into the spotlight recently - playing the role of Jennie Gresham, in Steve Coogan's latest BBC One outing, This Time With Alan Partridge.
This certainly wasn't Susannah's first rodeo though, and what many might perceive as overnight success, was actually the culmination of 12 years+ hard work, grit, and determination.
In this exclusive Act On This podcast, I sit down with Susannah to chat about her incredible journey - and get...
Peter Dickson is one of the world's LEADING voiceover artists - with a career spanning more than 40 years, and a CV boasting over 250 of the biggest TV shows to have ever graced out screens.
You'll have heard Peter's voice countless times - he's the instantly recognisable voice of the The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent.
Something you might not know though - is that Peter runs THE LARGEST voiceover training company ON THE PLANET - www.gravyforthebrain.com.
I sat down with Peter to...
Accounts and tax - not the most exciting topic for actors right?
Well actually, you might be wrong there.
If you are running your acting career as you should - i.e. as a business - these 2 things can actually be pretty exciting.
If you get this area of your career right, you can earn way more money, feel far less stressed when each tax return comes around, and ultimately focus more on what you love... acting!
In this exclusive Act On This podcast, I sit down with TOP actors' accountant Glyn...
Emma Stafford is one of the north's most loved casting directors.
Equally at home casting TV drama and commercials, her portfolio is diverse.
Emma has cast a whopping SEVEN series of 4 O'Clock Club for the BBC, she was responsible for Sky One's Stella, starring Ruth Jones, and casts both national and international commercials on a regular basis.
Operating from the perspective that the role always finds the right actor, I had to get Emma on a podcast, to find out more!
With 23 accolades to his name, including multiple 'Best Actor' gongs at The British Soap Awards, Danny Miller is without a doubt, one of the country's biggest TV talents.
He's played Emmerdale's Aaron Dingle for over a decade, has guested in some HUGE TV dramas, and to most actors trying to break into the industry, would appear to have it all.
But has this success come about struggle free? Does a regular job in serial drama really make you happy? And how do you keep on...
In my opinion, director Chris Stone is the UK's premier showreel producer.
I've worked with Chris a lot over the years.
I've shot custom showreel scenes with him, starred in webseries he's created, he's the only guy I'll let edit my reel, and we've teamed up on multiple occasions, to put out content that helps actors understand the very best practices in showreel creation.
One thing we hadn't done... until now... was distill these best practices down, into an easily...
Director, Phil Beastall took over Christmas 2018, with a short film titled, Love Is A Gift - you can watch it below.
I saw it on Facebook, cried, and felt COMPELLED to share it with my friends. 3 weeks later, that video had racked up 8 MILLION views, and Phil was all over morning TV.
Was it luck? Could Phil do it again - had he discovered a formula for viral video? Or... was it hard work, patience, and a twist of fate that created the perfect storm?
I invited Phil to record this...
Alex Priestley is one of the new-breed of acting agents - embracing the technical demands of an ever-evolving industry, and dedicated to nurturing the talent of the 'best of the north'.
Based in Manchester, Alex headed up the actors' division at local agency, PHA, for almost a decade.
She decided to go it alone in 2018, and set up her own agency, Alex Priestley Talent - where she now represents almost 50 super-talented actors, working across top TV drama, comedy and theatre.
Phil Barantini's story is fascinating.
At just 17 years old, he was plucked from obscurity, to star in Sky One's smash hit Dream Team, as Harchester United's striker, Billy O'Neil.
The success of that show led to an audition for Stephen Spielberg's Band Of Brothers - a job that would change Phil's life forever - but in ways you would never expect.
With the world at his feet, Phil got caught up in a cycle of alcohol and substance abuse, that would have disastrous consequences for his...