Born mid-decade in the southern coastal town of Brighton, in the beautiful English county of Sussex. After turning cartwheels on his kindergarten principal’s carpet she commented that “he’ll go far”. She probably wasn’t thinking of California at the time.
1960’s . . .
From St.Wilfred’s to Brighton College to Varndean Grammar school. Caught the acting bug while attending the Brighton School of Music and Drama on Saturday mornings. Given first reel-to-reel tape recorder. Started recording funny voices and silly noises. Never stopped.
1970’s . . .
Began a broadcasting career at BBC Radio Brighton during the summer break of 1976 while studying at Leeds University (and joining in the fun at ‘Network 4’ – the student TV/Radio society).
1980’s . . .
After graduating took on a full time job at BBC Radio Brighton – moving a couple of years later to London where, for the rest of the decade became a newsreader and presenter for BBC Radio 4 — the BBC’s national speech-based network. Discovered a knack for narrating audiobooks by working for the Talking Book Service of the Royal National Institute for the Blind.
1990’s . . .
This was a decade of many changes; moving to California was only one of them! After the move I began doing audiobooks commercially for the first time as well as devoting a great deal of time to a growing acting career. Some of the changes during these decades were planned, others not and I reached the end of the decade in a state of flux, but then came…
The 21st Century . . .The Aughts . . .
This is the decade when things really took off in the audiobook world – I had Audie nominations in 7 of the ten years (a total of 12) and received 27 Earphone awards. Although I began the aughts spending a lot of time on stage and even doing a few TV episodes and even some extra work (!) by the end I was 100% narrator – and very happy with it!
2010’s . . .
This decade is almost halfway over and I still haven’t updated this… Just goes to show how busy I have been.
Words will be added before too long (no, really, I promise).
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