About me

I trained at RADA, gained my Equity Card from the Royal Shakespeare Company and worked in theatre, film, TV and radio.

In 1990, I met a couple of New Yorkers offering improvised Murder Mystery. I’d never heard it but the 20 minute rehearsal (compared to 12 weeks at the RSC) was scary.

It didn’t come off. But it gave me the idea to create my own company. Accidental Productions was born and for two decades, we travelled the UK, and often abroad, with actors, PA, guns and costumes. It took over my life, though it did pay for my house.

We were one of the first to offer film days; shooting, editing and screening films in the course of one day.

Then a friend asked me to do a corporate film for real! For KPMG. I chose to say yes. 

I moved to the other side of the camera and, for the last 15 years, I’ve developed the skills of a lone videographer. Both my sons went to film school and sometimes help me on a shoot.

So now I light, shoot, record audio, animate and edit. Oh, and still act, although I prefer a few days work a TV or Netflix rather than an extensive theatre commitment. 

Most of my recent acting has been for American TV or streaming channels (one never really knows). But here are a few things I’ve done that are accessible. 

If nothing else, it shows I can empathise with those in front of my camera.

I didn't film this (wish I had)...

…but I am in it.

Nobody Speak

If they’d offered 0.1p per view (it has well over 50m), would I have taken it?

In 2016, I auditioned on a Wednesday afternoon and noticed the flight to Kiev was on Saturday. They offered me the job on Friday. I spent a week in Kiev, learning the lines to the song.

We shot it in one day. I was called at 7.00am and did my last shot (standing on the table) at 2.00am the following morning.

But it’s hard for me to watch now. The cast were all from Kiev. Most have probably since became soldiers.

But I did film this...

and I’m in it.

The Lockdown

When the country went into lockdown in 2020, people did strange things.

I figured it a good idea to combine my murder mystery and filmmaking. What else could I do

So I spent five weeks in my studio, dressing up, shooting myself against a green screen and editing what I called The Lockdown Murder Mystery. Then I built a website where people could download the clues and play the game.

Yes, it was barking mad but it was actually quite good fun. I think it sold to about 80 people around the world.

It’s still available to play. But would I do it again…?

The Christmas Murder

Yes, I would.

In time for Christmas 2021, I found a couple of young actors and shot…The Christmas Murder Mystery.

I put the price up this time and almost got half of my money back.

So was it worth it? Well, I’ve got a fair few ideas for more. But will I ever find the time, money or inclination?

I like to think I probably will.