ITV's Downton Abbey is perhaps the UK's BIGGEST EVER TV hit - making waves across the globe.
It's one of those shows that any actor on the planet would be happy to take a cameo in.
The show has broken record after record at awards ceremonies, seeing it earn the most nominations of any international television series in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, with twenty-seven in total, after just two seasons!
One of those Emmy nominations went to the show's casting director - the wonderful...
George Bukhari is an incredible actor, and also has an incredible story to tell.
Over the last 5 years, George has gone from a drama school graduate, to starring in the West End, landing TOP TV jobs on BBC One's Happy Valley, Ordinary Lies and The A Word - all whilst losing a whopping 11 STONE in weight!
I asked George to join me at 'On The 7th' in MediaCityUK to tell us all about that journey and MORE!
During our chat, George and I discussed:
I met Ruth Madeley whilst auditioning for Jack Thorne's BAFTA-winning BBC drama Don't Take My Baby back in 2014, and have wanted to get her on Act On This ever since.
Ruth is not only a phenomenal actress, but also a massive inspiration - having continually beaten the odds in both her acting career and in life itself.
Born with spina bifida and a spinal condition known as scoliosis, Ruth grew up thinking that the acting industry wouldn't be open to people like her.
Her journey to BAFTA fame...
It gives me GREAT pleasure to welcome to the site, one of the most POSITIVE casting directors on the planet - the wonderful Nicky Bligh!
Responsible for casting MASSIVE comedy hits, including: Mrs Brown's Boys, Living The Dream, Mount Pleasant, and Ricky Gervais' Extras, Nicky knows what she needs from a comic actor.
I just had to ask her to take part in a 100% LIVE video Q&A!
Watch a PREVIEW of this broadcast above, then grab your PREMIUM membership to unlock the full chat!
Today's interview guest is long time friend of Act On This and TOP UK casting director - Michael Jackson!
Michael and his wife Beverley form the casting powerhouse, that is Beverley Keogh Casting in Manchester.
Responsible for MASSIVE TV dramas, including the BAFTA-winning Happy Valley, Last Tango In Halifax, Scott & Bailey, and ITV's brand new drama Paranoid, it's clear this team knows what it takes to work at the very top of the acting industry.
I asked Michael to join me at 'On The...
It gives me GREAT pleasure to give you guys this brand new 'Coffee Conversation' with Hollyoaks' latest recruit, actor Dan Jillings!
I'd heard numerous TV directors speak highly of Dan's work, but it wasn't until Emmerdale's Danny Miller introduced me to Dan, that I discovered he was also a really TOP bloke!
Dan and Danny run an INCREDIBLE charity together, called Once Upon A Smile, helping children and parents deal with bereavement.
You can learn all about the charity by watching this...
Jordan Hogg is a young, dynamic director, with absolutely NO FEAR - having faced and overcome some huge adversity in his life.
He lives with pretty severe cerebral palsy, but this hasn't stopped him chasing his dreams.
Jordan first honed his skills as a director on series 6 & 7 of the critically acclaimed Shameless for Company Pictures/ Channel 4 and was then selected to be a member of Channel 4’s Shooting Party.
In 2010, Jordan joined Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, where he directed...
In late 2015, Annie Wallace became the UK's FIRST transgender TV actress to be cast in a regular transgender role - playing the head honcho at Hollyoaks High - Mrs Sally St Claire!
Annie's journey to that point is both fascinating and truly inspirational - and if you want to learn how to unlock your true acting potential, by living in your authentic power, you MUST watch this broadcast replay!
It took Annie 50 YEARS to crack the true science behind success, and she's ready to share this...
*Since filming this #ActOnThisTV episode, Tom has moved from Red Production Company, to the BBC - where he is now head of BBC Drama - North.
It's not every day us actors get to speak to the high-powered execs, and Tom Sherry is one of the best in the industry.
Tom has produced MASSIVE TV drama, including ITV's Paranoid, the awesome Scott & Bailey, Ordinary Lies and Prey, to name but a few.
I asked Tom to join me at 'On The 7th' in MediaCityUK to open up the world of high-end producing to...
Lee Boardman has been working as a professional actor for 25 years!
In this time he has starred in some of the biggest films and TV shows out there - both in the UK and in the US.
He recently starred as serial killer Jay Newman in Sky One hit drama series The Five, he played Hane in ITV’s Beowulf, and starred alongside Sean Bean in the US movie, The Young Messiah.
Lee also played series regular DCI George Morris in ITV’s Bancroft - this guy NEVER stops working!