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PREVIEW: Acting Can Take You Anywhere - With ‘Downton Abbey’ Actor Robert James-Collier!

 

Known most famously for playing the iconic footman, Thomas Barrow, in Downton Abbey - Rob has come A LONG WAY in the 15 years since I met him at an acting class in Manchester.

I asked Rob to join me at 'On The 7th' in MediaCityUK for a long overdue catch-up and chat about ALL THINGS acting!

During our chat, Rob and I discussed:

  • Rob's experiences filming 6 seasons of 'Downton Abbey'.
  • What it's like when a dream job like Downton comes to an end.
  • Knowing when it's time to find a new agent - and...
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PREVIEW: Getting Ahead By Getting Started - With Award-Winning Filmmaker Chris Stone!

 

I sit down for an in-depth chat with award-winning filmmaker Chris Stone.

Chris is one of the most talented filmmakers I have ever had the pleasure of working with, and in this interview he opens up about the world of independent film and the amazing opportunities it is currently offering actors of all levels.

During our chat, Chris and I discuss:

  • The plethora of acting opportunities in independent film right now.
  • Chris' background and how he got started in filmmaking.
  • Chris' latest...
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PREVIEW: Acting On Your Own Terms - With ‘The A Word’ Actor George Bukhari!

 

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:

  • The decision behind George's life-changing...
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PREVIEW: Living Beyond Your Circumstances - With ‘Leading Actress’ BAFTA Nominee Ruth Madeley!

 

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...

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PREVIEW: Your Audition Is Our Audition - With Michael Jackson From Beverley Keogh Casting!

 

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...

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PREVIEW: How To Be Truly Fearless - With BAFTA-Winning Director Jordan Hogg!

 

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...

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PREVIEW: Good Actors Earn Opportunity - With Head Of BBC Drama North Tom Sherry!

 

*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...

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