Originally from Merseyside, Lily trained at Drama Centre London where she dabbled in writing and producing alongside her actor training. As well as her acting projects, Lily is a keen fitness fanatic and trainee kickboxer.
Essex girl Beth recently trained at Drama St Mary's and as well as acting has a passion for writing and directing. Her first play 'The Drunk Project' played at The Stockwell Playhouse One Act Festival in May 2017. She is keen to train as a photographer as well. New to the industry, Beth is excited to start work in the world of theatre, film and TV and hopes one day she will set foot on Albert Square as an Eastender!
A born and bred West Country lad, Jack grew up in Dorset before going onto study at Drama St Mary's between 2014-2017. Alongside his passion for acting Jack is a bit of a tech geek with a background in photography and editing both photography and videography. He regularly enjoys going back to the beaches of Dorset to surf along the coast. Being new to the industry, Jack is ready to throw himself into the world of theatre, film, television and voice over.
Originally from the Netherlands, Judith came to London to train at LAMDA. She and some friends then founded The Nursery, a company that specialises in improv theatre and offers workshops & rehearsal space. They recently opened a theatre in Broadgate Circle near Liverpool Street. Alongside acting Judith translates, records audiobooks, and teaches PhD students to present research better using acting techniques. She's a sucker for cheese (and wine), kitchen dancing & serendipitous encounters.
Ajjaz is a born and bred brixton actor, with mixed British and Sudanese heritage. She has always been a part of a big family (1 of 8 siblings and 1 of 43 first cousins!) so it's no surprise that she settled right into the ANA family in 2014. She trained at The Brit School, RADA and ALRA (during which she received the Laurence Olivier Award) and has since been working extensively in the industry. As well performing she has been working as a director and a writer, with credits from: The Young Vic, Tiata Fahodzi, The Feminist Library and is the 2017 Regional Theatre Young Directors' Scheme Award winner. She is also an avid mover and exhibitionist; teaching salsa, flamenco, puppetry and life modelling in art schools across London
Peter grew up in Canada. He returned to the UK in 1967 and soon became a professional actor. His interests include natural history, art, music and archaeology and he considered being a herpetologist. From 1972-74, he trained at RADA. One acting highlight was the original London production of Brian Friel's acclaimed Translations. He is an Honorary Life Member of Equity.
Cristina was born on the island of Madeira but moved to England at the age of two and was brought up in London. She lives in the North East but still has a base in London. She speaks Portuguese and a little Spanish. She's always pursued acting, at school when she devised and directed her own productions; as an adult at evening classes and then at drama school. She has an MA in Actor Training and coaching and teaches acting/analysis at degree and vocational level. She is a mother and a good listener.
Diarmuid lives in a suitcase between Galway on the West coast of Ireland, London and everywhere else inbetween. He is bilingual, left handed and works to this rule: ‘if it is not performance or drama related I don’t work at it.’ This has limited him to being an actor, writer, director, producer, puppeteer, dramatherapist, performance consultant, dialogue coach and lecturer in drama. Variety is the spice of his life. Diarmuid doesn’t like standing still for too long so if you don’t land him a role he just writes one for himself.
Jonny grew up in Birkenhead. He served in the Army and after trying one or two other things discovered his love of acting and trained at the Academy Drama School. He has five children (all grown up) and a big (and I mean big) passion for motorcycles. He still plays a bit of rugby and is also a professional stand-up, mostly doing his thing as a compére/MC. He also runs and promotes Criminal Intent Comedy.
West London born and bred (although the surname's German in case you're wondering) Clare studied at the University of Bristol before training at Drama Studio London. She's worked extensively in theatre and has toured to almost every corner of the UK. London theatre highlights include runs at the Soho and Arcola Theatres, and performing in multiple shows at Polka Theatre for children. Other highs have been a sell-out show at Edinburgh Festival for The Wrong Crowd, and munching mince pies whilst touring village halls for Forest Forge and the Nuffield Southampton.
Steffanie has lived all over the US, but is proud to be from Denver, Colorado. She moved to London in 2014 to train in East 15’s MA Acting programme, and has quickly become a Brit at heart! You’ll often find her sipping tea whilst reading the Outlander series, hula hooping, writing poems, hustling hands of Gin Rummy, or watching rugby.
Steven joined a local youth theatre in his teens before doing a Foundation Course in Drama prior to East 15’s first ever degree course. He's performed roles from Polish Thug to Panto Dame. A sport enthusiast, he has a season ticket at West Ham. More importantly, he loves spending time with his son, niece and nephew. In July 2014, Steven was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition, which has caused some central vision loss. He's registered visually impaired and volunteers as a facilitator and workshop leader for the RNIB.
This versitile Kosovan/Swedish actress survived a war, speaks three languages and is also a professional singer and dancer. Her self-written and directed film, 'One Beautiful Day' won the UK part of CMF Int Student Film Festival and she also took over The Arts Theatre (West end) with her one woman show, 'Rudi's Redemption Cabaret'. She is a hopeless idealist and romantic, and thrives in epic roles of big love, loss and drama!
Lorraine was brought up in Canada and came to Scotland as a teenager, where she continued her studies. She moved to England (to live with the Sassenachs, as her mother called them!) in her early twenties and has been ensconced here ever since. Lorraine is a founding member of ANA, and has always believed in actors having as much control over their careers as possible, which made a co-operative seem like the obvious choice. Her first jobs were in community touring and rep seasons (which still existed in those days!) and then she started working in film and TV.
Holli was born and bred in Coventry and now splits her time between London and Brighton. She was adopted at an early age and is currently tracing her DNA; hopefully Dustin Hoffman is her father! Now a granny, Holli has been in many West End productions and looks forward to returning one day to play one too!
Originally from Gloucester, Harriet studied at Bristol University, where she tried her hand at both directing and producing, before training as an actor at East 15 Acting School. She's spent a lot of time touring rural areas in the South of England with horse drawn theatre company Sabotage, which involves a lot of walking, not much showering, and cooking over an open fire. She lives in London with her ever-expanding menagerie of pets, and enjoys dabbling in photography, painting and writing.
Born and bred in South-West London Adam was a keen athlete before he trained as an actor. In fact he became National Triathlon Champion before an injury cut short his career. Adam went on to train at LAMDA where he met his Icelandic wife who he now lives with in London.
Julia is half Maltese and half Italian, so is very much solar-powered, despite having grown up in London! She speaks fluent French and Italian and trained at Jacques Lecoq in Paris and Drama Studio London. Alongside acting she is also artistic director of 'Scene Gym,' a project which brings actors, writers and directors together to workshop new material.
Joe is a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a jumper. A life long citizen of London he is at least 12.5% concrete and 17.5% cynicism. An eternal love of the arts led him to study and then work as an actor. Upon graduating from the Reigate Academy of Dreary Acrobats he has made his way steadily up the short hill to obscurity. Often found running wild with the cats of Camden it seems there is no low to which he will not stoop. His never ending adherence to punctuality means he once turned up for rehearsal a full year before the play had even been written.
Tony has spent 40 years working in theatre, film, television and radio; phew! Far from resting, he would love to start branching out, voicing terrifying characters in computer games and playing baddies on screen and radio! He plays alto saxophone, fishes for trout and salmon with fly rod, watches rugby and cricket test matches. His favourite music genres are West Coast cool jazz, baroque and early instrumental, and any opera. He recently joined the ENO Community choir. As for reading? British crime, all matters rural.
Simon hails from South-West London and started acting when his Mum bullied him onto the stage for a WWII revue (he still knows all the words to ‘Run Rabbit, Run’). He read Drama at University and then, thinking the world of acting had passed him by, ended up with an MA in Social Work. Fate took a hand and he studied acting at The Poor School in his early 40s. Since then, among many roles, he’s been an award-winning drag queen, a Russian football Manager and a Doctor sitting at ‘M’s desk.
Belfast-born Eileen was destined for a career as a translator, having studied languages at university, a notion which fell by the wayside when she came to London and abandoned translation to join the newly established Bush Theatre in 1972. Since then, she has enjoyed working in theatre, on television and film. She still does some translation and writes, mostly short stories and the occasional play.
Despite being born and raised in Finland, the land of ice and snow, Heidi is hot blooded and passionate! She specializes in making funny faces, thanks to her parents, who never told her to stop clowning around. She loves to make people laugh (but tries to take herself seriously as an actor as well). She has performed widely in her homeland and throughout Europe in both physical and more traditional forms of theatre. Most recently she took on all the roles in MacBETTI, her adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth.