I was born in Halifax, in the north of England and one of my earliest memories is sitting in a dark room, watching amazing grainy projections of 8mm films that my Dad made on our cine camera. My sister and I soon got in on the act and I produced and acted in my first short, Horror Girl, at age 8. I played a drunk in that one, early prep for my role quite some years later in Night Music.
My love affair with Los Angeles began on family vacations and I moved here straight after high school to be a rock star. After several years of playing in bands I gave in to the lure of Hollywood and started acting class under two incredible teachers, Laura Gardner and Howard Fine. It was a revelation. No hauling around gear, no loud guitar to hide behind, just me and the audience. It’s terrifying and exhilarating at the same time, you should try it.
I started to audition and got my first break playing Jesus in the remake of the 1979 classic, The Jesus Film. (I got the part because I looked exactly like the guy who played Jesus in the original. That’s showbiz.) That role led me to the lead in the ABC Family movie First Landing, a period film shot in Virginia.
Trying to keep my luck going I started to write and produce short films (most recently Love At First Heist and Perfection), music videos, and appeared in a few commercials. I’ve been fortunate enough to screen at over 30 film festivals including the Sedona, Cleveland, Dances With Films L.A. (2 x winner), Newport Beach, Dragon*Con (winner) and Beverly Hills. Being able to share your work on a big screen in a movie theatre is like doing crack (I’ve heard), you spend your whole life and all your money trying to recapture the high.
In addition to movies, this past summer I completed a 64 show run as the lead in D is for Dog, a highly acclaimed sci-fi theatre production by the Rogue Artist Ensemble. We received an LA Weekly ‘Best Comedy Ensemble’ nomination. I’m currently working with the Grand Guignolers, developing a new play in the style of classic French horror theatre.
Finally, when I’m not staring bleary eyed into a monitor or learning lines, I’m running around LA with my best friends Kiska, an enormous German Shepherd and Grace, his trusty Chihuahua side-kick.