I began acting at the age of seven when I played a little princess in the King and I and a young Beatrix Potter, where I got to be on stage with a live rabbit. By the time I was a teenager I was performing regularly in summer Shakespeare, playing Kate in Taming of the Shrew and Rosalind in As You Like it.
At Sheffield University I read English and got my first taste of devising with the company Reflex Theatre (who later changed their name to Point Blank), performing in a small-scale tour of their production Last Orders directed by Elizabeth Tomlin.
Graduating with a first-class degree, I joined the MA in Performance Studies at Central School of Speech and Drama, where I got to work with Primitive Science and take workshops with international artists such as Eugenio Barba, Gardzienice, Pan Theatre, Philip Zarrilli and Vladimir Ananyev.
I then won a dance and drama award to train as an actor at the Oxford School of Drama.
On graduating I continued to work as a collaborator in devised theatre, while also taking on acting roles in film and theatre. I became an associate artist of the devising network the Playground Studio where I worked on the R&D of a number of new projects with artists such as Kamaal Hussain, Sophie Hunter, Andi Osho and Lisa Forrell. I also worked as a deviser and performer with companies such as Demonstrate (Primitive Streak), Little Wonder and Lucia King on Arts-Council-funded projects
I was chosen as one of four British actors to travel to Malawi to devise a show about the crisis in Zimbabwe in a cross-cultural collaboration with performers from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Malawi with the company Nanzikambe. It was there that I met my husband, the disabled dance artist Shyne Phiri.
I am now returning to performing after a pause to make three children.
For my full acting CV check out my profile on Mandy.
Listen here to me playing Queen Elizabeth against Ian Harris’s Richard III
Listen here to a clip from the radio play Safe Haven by Dan Davies