Tutors

Joe Simpson

Head Tutor: Manchester (Adults)

Joe Simpson
Joe was a co-founder of the award winning Real Life Theatre Company before deciding to focus more on Television. Since this shift he has regularly appeared on our screens, clocking up an impressive CV, including amongst others Happy Valley, Prey, Heartbeat, George Gently, Emmerdale, The Second Coming, Doctors, The Accused, The Street and All Creatures Great and Small.

He is still remembered by die-hard Coronation Street fans for his stint in the soap as the evil Alex Swinton, wife beater, child seller and blackmailer extraordinaire. Indeed it was this role in Coronation Street that attracted the attention of the makers of Sky1’s Premier League All-Stars programme, when they asked if he would be one of the ‘ahem’ Celebrity Players – so shortly after his 40th birthday Joe fulfilled his life long ambition and became a professional footballer for his beloved Sunderland – who says dreams can’t come true!

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Emma Bispham

Tutor: Liverpool (Kids), Online (Kids)

Emma Bispham
Emma continues to enjoy a full and varied career and has been lucky enough to work across all of the genres. Below are some of her most treasured credits to date;

Television; Tin Star, Clink, The League of Gentlemen, Paranoid, Prey 2, The Mill, Good Cop, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, The Driver, Shameless, Heartbeat, The Royal, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Strictly Confidential and The Bill.

Film; Kelly & Victor (BAFTA WINNER 2014) DOG RUN

Theatre; Paint Your Wagon, Othello and The Big I Am (Everyman Theatre Repertory Company 2018) Blood Brothers (Phoenix Theatre, West End) Taboo (The Venue, West End & National tour) Spend Spend Spend (The English Theatre, Frankfurt) Bad Girls –The Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouse) 16 Gobs (Kingshead Theatre, London) Notes Across a Small Pond (Bridewell Theatre, London) Closer Than Ever (Everyman Theatre, Liverpool).

Emma feels extremely fortunate to work within the act4tv family group. Once upon a (long) time ago, Emma joined the organisation as act4tv’s first tutor, helping the legendary Michael Jackson set up the classes at his very first school in Manchester at the old BBC studios, over 10 years ago. She is an advocate of self-development/discovery at any age and believes in the transformative power of positivity, deliberate practice and focus.

Get ready for your close up!

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George Bukhari

Tutor: Manchester (Adults)

George Bukhari
George trained at MMU School of Theatre and is a graduate of Act4tv (2010-2013). His TV credits include, Happy Valley, Banana, National Treasure, Black Box and series regulars in My Jihad, Ordinary Lies and The A Word. Most recently George has appeared in Warren (BBC) Russell T Davies: Years and Years for HBO, Flack series 2, Vera.

George’s theatre work includes two lead roles in the London West End: Lord of The Flies (Laurence Olivier Nominee) in the title role of Piggy. He went on to play the youngest Bottom in London theatre history at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other theatre credits include Peter Pan and I Know Where The Dead Are Buried.

Away from acting George has been involved in producing a new play which is due to tour in 2019-2021. In addition George is currently creating and developing a new TV series, which is being produced and directed by BAFTA award winning director John McKay and Executive Producer Chris Eccleston.

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Natalie Gavin

Tutor: Leeds (Adults)

Natalie Gavin
Natalie was born in West Yorkshire and studied at Leeds Intake Performing Arts College following a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and Theatre studies, with an outstanding achievement award at Huddersfield University.

Natalie has worked professionally in the industry for 14 years in Television, Film and Theatre. Natalie is also Square Chapel Theatre’s youngest Patron as well as being a Patron at Harrogate Theatre. Natalie’s film career started with Clio Barnard’s first film The Arbor as “Young Andrea” and is in Barnard’s latest film ‘Ali & Ava’. Natalie also starred alongside Peter Mullen in Jake Gavin’s film Hector.

Television credits include Paul Abbott’s critically acclaimed television series Shameless and Channel 4’s series Ackley Bridge & ITV’s Kay Mellor’s The Syndicate. Natalie also landed the lead role playing Alma Capstick in Jericho, BBC One series Prisoners Wives, Ged Mercurio’s award-winning Line of Duty and Sally Wainwrights Gentleman Jack.

Theatre credits include Shared Experience Bracken Moor & Mermaid, The Old Vic production of The Crucible playing Mary Warren, also Andrea Dunbar’s Shirley at Hope Mill and Square Chapel, Headlong’s theatre production of Pygmalion, as a northern Eliza Doolittle and
Charley Miles new play There Are No Beginnings, at the Leeds Playhouse. Natalie can also be seen in Julian Fellow’s Netflix series, The English Games.

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Samantha Giles

Tutor: Liverpool (Adults)

Samantha Giles
Samantha is probably best known for her portrayal of Bernice Blackstock on Emmerdale, a part which she played for 7 years, before leaving at the end of last year to pursue other projects.

She has also been a regular character in Hollyoaks and Where The Heart Is as well as guested on a variety of shows such as Doctors, Dangerfield and Mad Dogs.

Aside from acting Samantha also writes children’s books and in 2020 her first book, ‘Rosemary and The Witches of Pendle Hill’ was published.

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John Gully

Tutor: Leeds (Adults & Kids), Online (Adults)

John Gully
John has been an actor for 30 years and has an extensive career in TV, Theatre and major advertising campaigns all of which have taken him around the world.

He has been an act4tv Tutor since 2016 and is immensely proud of the successes that have been achieved over the past few years.
Long may it continue !

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Clare Riley

Tutor: Manchester (Kids)

Clare Riley
Clare has been working within Drama and Theatre from a very young age. She did her Training at The Manchester College and Liverpool Hope University where she gained her Degree in Drama, Dance and Theatre Studies graduating in 2010. She has also trained at Act4TV.

Since then her previous television experience includes Hollyoaks, Coronation Street, The Crimes That Shook Britain and various commercials including Nivea.

Clare has gained ample Theatre Experience on the stage as an actor and as a Youth Director. Her last job as a Youth Director was directing ‘Variations’ written by Katie Hims for the National Theatre. This was part of the Connections project which was performed at Home Theatre in Manchester in 2019.

Her last performance as an Actor was in ‘Moms Gift’ Playing the part of ‘Kat’ which was performed at the Lyceum Theatre in Oldham also in 2019.

Stephen Hoyle

Tutor: Leeds (Adults)

Stephen Hoyle
Stephen began his acting career at the tender age of 5 at the Oldham Theatre Workshop. Initially finding his way into a number of TV Commercials before landing a role in the award winning drama GBH, alongside Robert Lindsey, Michael Palin and Julie Walters. He then went on to work with David Jason in The Bullion Boys. Stephen also appeared as series regular Liam Tripp, in Chanel 5’s Family Affairs before moving on to the ITV drama, Monsignor Reynardworking with John Thaw. Throughout his career Stephen has worked on a number of great British dramas such as Fat Friends, The Syndicate, Shameless, Clocking off, Burn It, Reckless and Shockers. These are just a selection of Stephen’s credits from a well decorated CV which also include work in Theatre and Radio.

More recently Stephen played Simon Brown in Kay Mellor’s ITV series Girlfriends and a recurring role as PC Connelly in Coronation Street. Stephen’s enthusiasm has continued to grow and he hopes to bring this excitement and experience into classes. Bring your A game!

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