The end of 2017 has seen pre-production well underway for Branko Tomovic’s The Smell of Petrol. I am incredibly excited to be working with such an amazing cast and crew in 2018 and to help tell a story which gives a voice to those involved in the current human trafficking crisis.
Divinity: Original Sin 2
Another highlight of my year was returning to work on the Divinity Original Sin game franchise for Divinity: Original Sin 2. These games truly are a gift to voice actors. There’s not many jobs where you’re called upon to voice such an incredible array of characters, creatures and the undead!
LSFF Screening of Homeward
I started 2017 working on Jack Blanch’s directorial debut Homeward which explores the life of a homeless teenage girl living in her car. The film is going to be screened at LSFF: New Shorts: Show Me Your Scars on 20th Jan at 3pm at the ICA and will share the bill with other films exploring heartbreak and homelessness, depression and dead-end towns. Perfect viewing for January then! I can’t wait to see the film up on the big screen. Do say hi if you’re going!
Wishing everyone I have worked with an incredible 2018. Especially my agent Michele, scintillating in purple and pictured above. She sure knows how to throw a Christmas Party. 😉
I am thrilled to be working with the incredible Branko Tomovic on his next short, The Smell of Petrol. Branko’s first short Red blew my socks off and its no surprise that its been winning many an accolade on the film festival circuit.
The Smell of Petrol shoots in 2018. In the meantime, check out Branko’s outstanding directing debut, Red below.
After much anticipation (and months of me keeping mum) I can finally reveal that I worked on Divinity: Original Sin 2 this year! The game was officially released last week, but it has already had 500,000 sales for PC.
The game features 1014 unique characters and it was a privilege to voice some of those including 10 year old Han, Charlie the dog, and Little Tiff the chicken.
You can check out the trailer for Divinity: Original Sin 2 below:
In June I worked on a diversity training video for Hackney Council directed by Des Burkinshaw of magnificent! Des is a wonderful director who’s had an amazing career. Suffice to say, he had some incredible stories for us!
Above I’m pictured in a still from the shoot with my scene-partner-in-crime, the lovely Alison Harris.
Tom, Dick and Debbie
This summer, I fulfilled a lifetime ambition of being a kids TV presenter! I worked on a series of videos for Spanish school children learning English as a Foreign Language. Produced by Tom, Dick and Debbie, the videos were commissioned for Macmillan’s High Five! and will be released in 2018.
It’s also been a pleasure to work with Pitstop Productions again recently on a video game. I can’t say which game it is yet, but all will be revealed next year!
Homeward, the short film I shot last March, had its first screening recently at the Odeon Cinema, Birmingham New Street. The film had an amazing response and will now begin its journey on to the festival circuit. There will be a another screening in Gloucester in July. I’ll be updating my showreel with one of the scenes very soon!
Last month also saw me voicing none other than a 63 year old Queen Elizabeth I in Kynren, a spectacular live action show opening in Bishop Auckland this July. Kynren takes audiences on a journey through 2,000 years of British history, myth and legend. I was very lucky to work with Steve Boyd, who has directed some huge events including the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies. You can check out the trailer for Kynren here:
I’m also happy to report that I’m now a member of VO family that is The Voice Over Network. I went along to their incredible ‘Get Your Game on’ Event in April and heard pearls of gaming-acting wisdom from the likes of VO legends Dave Fennoy and Mark Estdale (who booked me for my first game VO job in 2015!) I’m really looking forward to the VOND Summer Party next week, I hope to see some of you there!
I am delighted to have been cast in Homeward, a short film about a homeless teenage girl living in her car. This emotive drama will highlight the issues that young homeless people face in the UK today.
I’ll be be playing a counsellor who does not provide the girl with the help that she needs. The short is being produced by an award-winning team including Jack Blanch (writer and director) and cinematographer Aleah Johnson.
The Homeward team have launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund the production and promotion of the film. Not only will the short be entered into film festivals, but it will also be shown at a number of charity screenings and raise much needed money for a range of homeless charities including the Gloucester City Mission.
You can watch the Indiegogo campaign video below:
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Now I know what you’re thinking. She’s blogged a bit more than this, hasn’t she? Well you’d be right, but unfortunately I had a technical malfunction last week and I realised that I hadn’t backed up my site properly. Well at least I know what my New Year’s resolution will be!
However, without no further ado, here are my 2016 highlights…
The Complete Helen Forrester Memoirs
I was very lucky to narrate Helen Forrester’s epic books set in the Great Depression in Liverpool. Most Scousers know of Helen Forrester, but if you haven’t heard of her before, she wrote four books describing her life after her middle-class father went bankrupt and moved her family to the slums of Liverpool.They are heartbreaking memoirs and I have to admit the first time I read them, I sobbed my heart out.
You can listen to samples of each book here and they are now available to download on Audible.
Actors for Human Rights
Another highlight was working with ice&fire’s Actors for Human Rights who take verbatim asylum seekers’ stories to anyone who wishes to hear them. I’d wanted to get involved in this particular project for years!The stories are incredibly powerful and definitely challenge some of the preconceptions we may have about asylum seekers.
Find out more about being an Actor for Human Rights, or about booking a performance here.
incognito® TV Commercial
I was delighted to voice the incognito® TV Commercial earlier this year.incognito® founder Howard is extremely passionate about his products and it was wonderful to help advertise a product which doesn’t contain methylisothiazolinone or any other nasties.For those of you that don’t know, methylisothiazolinone was allergen of the year in 2013 and unfortunately I joined a growing number of people who developed a sensitivity to it.
You can watch the Incognito TV Commercial below.
I’ve worked with some truly wonderful people this year so here’s wishing them and you a great Christmas and lets see where this crazy journey takes us in 2017.
Last month I recorded my first ever audio plays for Bastei Entertainment and OMUK. I voiced two characters in John Sinclair – Demon Hunter and Sigmund Freud. I was lucky enough to be directed by Douglas Welbat who dubbed the voice of the Cookie Monster in Germany!