ANA is one of London’s most well established and respected cooperative agencies. We represent a diverse roster of actors who work in the film, tv, theatre, commercial and corporate industries in both the UK and internationally. From fringe theatres to Hollywood sets, our clients are working around the world and are versatile, multi-skilled performers. Head over to the Home page to see what they’ve been up to.
We are always interested in hearing from potential new clients and seeing your work, so let us know by email over at the Contact page.
Our way of working is simple. Every member is both a client and an agent. Being an agent involves suggesting clients for projects, negotiating contracts, building and sustaining relationships with casting directors and directors, seeing client shows, interviewing prospective clients, and much more.
What you get in return is a supportive environment in which to flourish, an understanding of how the industry works, and the combined knowledge of the entire agency membership at your disposal. That’s a lot of knowledge.
Members commit to working in the office 3 days a month, as well as attending a monthly meeting, client shows, and of course, the Christmas party. It’s no small commitment, but we believe it’s worth it for the career development, not to mention support, you will get in return.
If you believe ANA might be the right agency for you, visit the Contact page to get in touch.
ANA was founded in 1985 by five core members, fondly known as the famous five, and based on the principles of equality, supportiveness and, unsurprisingly, cooperation. These founding members, including current member Lorraine Hilton, wanted to have more control over their careers, and in order to do so decided the best way would be to learn the ‘business’ by becoming their own agents; working for themselves and for each other. They also had the desire to challenge traditional notions of gender and race within casting, hoping to effect positive change within the industry as a whole.
From there, the agency flourished and quickly became established within the industry as a respected cooperative. In 1987, Sandie Bakker joined ANA as administrative coordinator, and has been keeping the office (and its members!) in check ever since. Sandie has been instrumental in providing the knowledge and consistency that has enabled ANA to become the successful and trusted agency it is today.
From its humble beginnings in Mowll St, Brixton, the agency moved after a few years to its first office in Lambeth Walk. Admittedly semi-derelict but much loved, after some weeks spent renovating, it became our first proper home. In 1997, distressed to learn that the street was going to be demolished and sold to a developer, we joined forces with our small business neighbours and succeeded in obtaining the Freehold from the Council and set up the Old Lambeth Walk Development Trust (OLWDT) to look after the street. Soon after, the whole street was refurbished and earned us the prestigious RIBA architectural award for the development. It’s a reminder that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things.