PRESS COVERAGE 2010 - 2021

Press coverage from 2000 - 2009 is available here

Press coverage from 1991-1999 is available on request

March - October 2021: Entertainment Industry Abuse

#MeToo was really just words here in the UK and nothing of much note changed. Women (mostly) were/are still being abused, bullied and sexually harassed and assaulted at work and the fear of losing their job still prevents them from reporting to the production companies and/or upper management. On many productions, there is no upper management or person to take overall accountability. We NEED an independent regulatory body.

 

On 13th March 2021, I put out a (since updated) tweet in desperation at the levels of abuse I knew about in the entertainment industry and wanted to do something. Anything. I needed to gather information to highlight how endemic the problem really is in the UK and get it highlighted to try and make some systemic changes.

 

I didn't expect the sheer volume of emails and private messages that have been (and continue to be) sent to me.

 

It is now October 2021 and I still have over 190 emails to process, record and respond to. I am in contact with 17 investigative journalists and am linking up and connecting with other brilliant people who also want to make huge changes. I had to take time out from dealing with the emails to set myself up with some therapy due to the sheer volume of sexual abuse and rape I now know about and can't do anything about in the immediate term. Some of the things I'm reading are utterly appalling.

Some press coverage is noted below.

 

Since June 2021 I have been attending meetings at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Roundtable to help inform a plan of action and independent body going forward for the industry. 

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Link to PDF is here

Link to QC statement / report is here

October 22nd 2021

Stage piece by Matt Hemley. Link is here.

September 2nd 2021

BBC piece by Chi Chi Izundu. Link is here.

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July 26th 2021

BBC piece by Chi Chi Izundu. Link is here.

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July 6th 2021

BBC piece by Helen Clifton and Livvy Haydock. Link is here.

Link to radio programme, featuring yours truly, is here.

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June 9th 2021

The Stage piece by Georgia Snow. Link is here. PDF is here.

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June 30th 2021

Broadcast piece by Max Goldbart. Link is here.

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June 7th 2021

The Telegraph piece by Katherine Rushton and Claire Newell. Link is here. PDF is here.

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June 7th 2021

Deadline piece by Tom Grater. Link is here.

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June 7th 2021

The Stage piece by Georgia Snow. Link is here. PDF is here.

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June 4th 2021

The Stage piece by Matthew Hemley. Link is here. PDF is here.

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June 5th 2021

The Telegraph piece by Sophie Barnes. Link is here. PDF is here.

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June 1st 2021

The Stage piece by Georgia Snow. Link is here. PDF is here.

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May 31st 2021

The Telegraph piece by their Investigations Team. Link is here. PDF is here.

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May 31st 2021

The New York Post covered this. They quoted me as having talked to The Sun - I didn't, I spoke to the Telegraph! Link is here.

May 29th 2021

The Times piece by Sophie Wilkinson & Lucy Bannerman. Link is here. PDF is here.

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May 29th 2021

Deadline piece by Jake Kanter. Link is here.

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May 29th 2021

Variety piece by Manori Ravindran. Link is here.

May 29th 2021

BBC coverage. Link is here

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May 28th 2021

Hollywood Report piece by Trilby Beresford. Link is here.

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May 28th 2021

Channel 4 News. Link is here.

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May 28th 2021

Broadcast piece by Alex Farber. Link is here. PDF is here.

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May 21st 2021

Broadcast piece by Alex Farber. Link is here.

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May 19th 2021

Excellent piece from Halina Watts & NIck Sommerlad at the Daily Mirror. Link is here.

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April 30th 2021

Hollywood Reporter piece by Etan Vlessing & Alex Ritman. Link is here.

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April 29th 2021

Sirin Kale and Lucy Osborne wrote an exceptionally detailed and well-researched piece in the Guardian about Noel Clarke and the accusations against him. This piece, I believe has led to more people coming forward with their stories. The link is here.

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April 2020:

I was interviewed by Matt at The Stage regarding an agent who posted a fake paid casting as an April Fool for her clients during the COVID-19 Lockdown.

The link is here

The PDF is here

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Mar 2020:

I was interviewed by Susan Elkin for her blog about all things British Actors Network.​  

 

The link is here

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Feb 2020:

I was interviewed by Amy at The Irrelevant Actor Podcast about all things British Actors Network and standing up to bullies.

The full podcast link is here

Jan 2020:

I was interviewed by BBC Radio 4's Front Row programme as a follow up to The Stage article about Spotlight's discriminatory eligibility criteria.

 

Interview at approx 11:50.

The full programme link is here

Dec 2019 - Jan 2020:

I was interviewed and asked questions by 3 Founding Members of the British Actors Network I'm trying to pull together: britishactorsnetwork.co.uk | @BritishActorNet

Full podcast links: 

Episode 1: 30th Dec 2019 - with Jan van der Black & Helen Raw

Episode 2: 6th Jan 2020 - with Olga Leon & Helen Raw

Episode 3: 13th Jan 2020 - with Catherine Stobbs & Helen Raw

Episode 4: 1st March 2020 - with Simon Jay & Helen Raw

Episode 5: 7th March 2020 - with Sally Hyde-Lomax & Helen Raw

Episode 6: 13th March 2020 - with John Byrne & Helen Raw

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2019:

I was interviewed by The Stage for their article on Spotlight's discriminatory eligibility criteria.

The link is here

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2019:

I was interviewed by The Stage for their article on acting industry scams as I've shut down a few and reported others to the police for inappropriate audition requests.

 

The link is here

The PDF is here

2017:

In January 2017 I was brought in as Festival Producer/Logistics for XpoNorth.

Over 120 speakers, 2,500 attendees, a live training TV station, a short film festival, and new bands playing to industry producers.

 

More info links below:

 

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2016:

As a 4th year BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychobiology student (graduated in July 2016), I was selected to be one of 12 to work as a researcher on an ongoing murder enquiry, Operation Monton, working with Police Scotland and Norfolk Constabulary.

 

You can see all the press coverage on my Forensic Psychobiology site.

2016:

The lovely folks at Northern Star Acting found my acting page screenshot on a Facebook group and wrote a lovely wee blog about actors not being robots :-)

2015:

I was interviewed by the lovely folks at                                 for an internet bullying piece following the airing, on Channel 4, of the excellent and unnerving 'Cyberbully'.

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2014:

I outed a scam agency and was interviewed by The Stage about it - I am the actor/producer mentioned in the article. I chose not be named purely because The Stage couldn't confirm in what context my quotes would be used. Now I've read the article, I'm happy putting my name to it and will continue to try and help stamp out exploitative practices in our industry.

The PDF is here

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2014:
Brilliantly negative* Daily Fail (aka The Daily Mail) article on divorce parties and divorce cakes

 

*Before agreeing to the article, I was told it would be a light hearted take on divorce cakes! Aye right. Should've known better.

2013:

I was interviewed for a Modern Studies Book that has been circulated to all High Schools in Scotland. I was asked about my Trade Union experience as I ran a branch of Equity (performer's union) from 2008 - 2015.

2011:

I was interviewed for the Equity Review of The Year in 2011 for my work in the East of Scotland branch that I founded in 2008 and launched, with a full committee, in 2009. I have been re-elected as Secretary every year since

(update: elected to online branch 2016 - 2021).

2011:

I was interviewed by Frank Huzur for Pak Tea House in India about my various projects. Frank is the author of the Imran Khan biography, as well as other publications and novels.

2011:

I was interviewed by Edinburgh Spotlight about my work with The Raw Talent Company and the currently dormant Actors Centre Scotland project. I also spoke to them about my role as Artistic Director for The New Victoria, a project that aimed to raise £millions to save the Old Odeon in Edinburgh's South Side.

2010 - 2012:

I was interviewed by various publications and news programmes about my role as Artistic Director for The New Victoria, a project that aimed to raise £millions to save the Old Odeon in Edinburgh's South Side. Our bid was rejected by the owners.

2010:

I was interviewed by The Scottish Sun for their divorce parties article. This coverage garnered interest from the National press and I was featured in That's Life and The News of the World.  I have actually received requests to organise divorce parties for others - perhaps a new income stream?

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That's Life, National Magazine

The News of the World (disgraced paper)