I specialise in accent and dialect. My long-standing interest in this area comes from my background working in the British film and theatre industries.
I hold a BA in Drama & Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway University of London. This foundation led on to my production work on some of the biggest British films of the noughties, including Bridget Jones’s Diary, Pride & Prejudice, RocknRolla, Atonement, Wimbledon, Blitz and Harry Brown, as well as numerous television programmes, commercials, short films and music projects.
I then trained for an MA in Voice Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama, which I completed in 2006.
Since then, I have taught at numerous UK drama schools, including Central School of Speech and Drama, The Drama Centre, Italia Conti, The London School of Dramatic Art, Bristol Old Vic and the Caravanserai. I have coached accent and dialect for many theatrical productions, including Carrie’s War for the Novel Theatre Company and Kisses On A Postcard by Terence Frisby.
I have also worked as a voice coach for The National Theatre, training other voice coaches in specialist skills for teaching accent and dialect. I regularly lead workshops for The Almeida Theatre’s Young Friends project, St Mary’s University College and The Actors’ Guild of Great Britain.
Throughout this time, I have maintained strong links with the film and television industry. My dialect coaching projects include the feature films Avengers: Age Of Ultron, In Secret, The Fifth Estate, The Imitation Game, The Secret Service, Field of Dreams, Ninja Assassin, Lesbian Vampire Killers and ITV drama Affinity, as well as a variety of short films, ADR and commercial voice coaching.
I also work extensively with business professionals on accent softening and voice and presentation skills.
My corporate voice coaching work has included clients from all business sectors including personal trainers and fitness instructors, barristers, teachers, voice over artists, social workers and TV presenters.
My first book about accent softening, written with fellow accent coach, Helen Ashton, was released by Harper Collins in July 2012.