Presenters

Arlington Enterprises
British Blacklist
 
Curtis Brown
Independent Talent Management
 
Insanity
James Grant
KBJ Management
John Noel Management
MC Saatchi Merlin
 
Money Management
Red 24 Management
Riva Media
ROAR Global

Talent 4 Media
ThinkBIGGER!
Wise Buddah
 


Experts

Expert Voices: BAME Talent Database
The BAME Expert Voices talent database is comprised of 105 industry experts specifically from BAME backgrounds, who were professionally media-trained by the BBC Academy in both TV and radio studios in preparation of them making their debut in broadcasting.

BBC Expert Women
The BBC Expert Women events originated as a collaboration between the BBC Academy and Broadcast magazine in response to the magazine’s campaign to highlight and address a proven lack of on-screen female experts. Over the course, the women were professionally media-trained by the BBC Academy in both TV and radio studios in preparation of them making their debut in broadcasting.

The Leonard Cheshire Disability Organisation
The Leonard Cheshire Disability Organisation helps disabled people get a career in mainstream media; to broaden the positive influence that people with a disability have in deciding how their lives and circumstances are portrayed in the media. Leonard Cheshire Disability also has access to a number of spokespeople who can discuss topics including; social care, inaccessible transport, disability discrimination, access to goods and services, access to work, voluntary sector issues, social exclusion and legislation. To discuss potential spokespeople, e-mail: theresa.hart@leonardcheshire.org  or call Theresa directly on 020 3242 0290.


Actors

Abnormally Funny People
Abnormally Funny People is a monthly podcast discussing all things disability with a splash of comedy. Each month they welcome guests from diverse backgrounds who have a connection to disability - they might be in entertainment, journalists, disability advocates, writers and more. They also have regular guests call in, the latest tech and accessibility news, along with news from the USA. If you’re looking for talented actors and comedians, please contact podcast@abnormallyfunnypeople.com to discuss.


DADA Fest
DaDaFest is an innovative disability arts organisation based in Liverpool which is also a cutting edge Disability and Deaf Arts Agency. DaDaFest also delivers an annual International Festival between November and December, and provides opportunities for disabled and d/Deaf people to the arts. If you are looking for actors or would like to speak to DaDafest about an opportunity, e-mailinfo@dadafest.co.uk or call 0151 707 1733.


Disability Arts Online
DAO is a portal into the world of disability arts and a hub that connects people in a vibrant creative community. DAO nurture and showcase talent, provide information and create opportunities for disabled artists through innovative partnerships. This is a comprehensive directory of deaf and disability-related artists who identify with the disability arts community. The portal allows you to contact an individual directly to discuss an opportunity.


Identity School of Acting
The Identity School of Acting (IDSA) was founded in 2003 by Femi Oguns MBE to encourage diversity in theatre and cinema. It is a multicultural and vibrant acting school, which provides ongoing training of the highest quality whilst also preparing actors from all backgrounds for the reality of becoming a working actor. They welcome students of all levels, from beginners to professional actors.


Kingdom Drama School
Kingdom Drama School is a leading part-time drama school established in 2012 by multi award-winning actor, Ashley Walters and award-winning film producer, Najan Ward. The school is home to a diverse student body who represent a variety of different backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures, paving the way for a more dynamic industry.


Monologue Slam/ The Triforce Creative Network
Monologue Slam is an industry talent showcase for actors run by the TriForce Creative Network, which was originally built and grown on a strong ethos of inclusivity not exclusivity, to open the doors to the industry to people from all walks of life, as well as providing a trusted and viable avenue for the industry to discover diverse talent. The actors’ showcases are a brilliant way to access new, diverse talent in person. Alternatively, you can email minnie@thetcn.com to advertise an opportunity with your company.


ProFile
ProFile is a video database of D/deaf and disabled actors for use by casting directors and other professionals across the UK film, theatre and TV industries. It’s a free service (both for actors and industry users) hosted by Spotlight and the National Theatre, designed to champion and showcase D/deaf and disabled talent.



The Talent 1st Organisation
The Talent 1st Organisation is an industry leading organisation committed to improving social mobility within the acting profession. With over 32 years' combined industry experience, their team continue to be at the forefront of unearthing, developing and delivering exceptional young talent from all walks of life.


VisABLE People
VisABLE is an online agency which provides professional on-screen opportunities for actors, presenters and models with disabilities. Contact the agency directly to discuss an opportunity via the bookings number 01386 555 170 or register to advertise a role.


Regional Acting Talent

ActUpNorth (Manchester)
Founded in 2009 by UK Casting Director Peter Hunt, ActUpNorth has grown to be one of the largest and most successful independent training programmes for actors outside of London. ActUpNorth is the leading provider of part-time actor training across the North of England offering adult acting classes in Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester, taught exclusively by professional Drama UK accredited tutors.


Cartwright Drama Studio (Chorley)
The Cartwright Drama Studio was established by multi award winning international playwright, screenwriter and director Jim Cartwright. The idea to set up the Studio came from the many articles and statements released from leading members of the theatrical world concerning the lack of opportunity for many these days to gain entrance to the profession or even training. This is Jim's attempt to give something back from his years of experience by offering quality training to the community in the area in which he lives and beyond.


Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA)
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts opened in 1996 to forge a new approach to performing arts training. It was co-founded by Lead Patron Sir Paul McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty RNOM OBE (LIPA's Principal). They offer a range of programmes, including Foundation Certificate courses and undergraduate courses offering BA (Honours) Degree programmes.


Northern Drama Acting School (Leeds)
Northern Drama Acting School was founded in 2010 by Casting Director Jo Adamson-Parker and aims to provide a practical and progressive training ground for actors in the North introducing students to key industry professionals. They focus predominantly on developing a 'real'/natural style of acting.


Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Formerly known as the Birmingham School of Acting, the school became part of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2017. With roots as a drama school going back to 1936, the school retains the professional outlook and commitment to contemporary training that has seen their drama provision consistently rated amongst the best in the UK (currently ranked as top three in the Guardian League Table 2019).


The Talent 1st Organisation (Nottingham and Salford)
The Talent 1st Organisation is an industry leading organisation committed to improving social mobility within the acting profession. With over 32 years' combined industry experience, their team continue to be at the forefront of unearthing, developing and delivering exceptional young talent from all walks of life.

 

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Hollyoaks has recently been complimented for ‘breaking the limits’ in relation to LGBT, BAME and disability representation by our Twitter viewers"

Peter Hunt - Head of Casting for Lime Pictures UK