Head Tutor: Manchester
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!
Tutor: Manchester & Liverpool
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.
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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.
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.
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 this summer, her first book, ‘Rosemary and The Witches of Pendle Hill’ will be published.
Tutor: Leeds (Kids)
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 !
Tutor: Manchester (Kids)
Since then her previous television experience include 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.
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!