Our actors

The old fashioned method of using colleagues for role-play in a training situation can make the whole thing feel artificial and can therefore be very counter-productive. Our actors are specially selected to bring realism to your training. We want your training delegates to feel as though they are as close as they can possibly be to the real work environment. This means working with you to make sure that, through the use of our characters, we are precisely reflecting your workplace and the situations your delegates may come across.

It also means employing actors who are committed to researching each individual role and combining this research with your scenarios to make characters absolutely authentic. When a character is completely believable, participants are encouraged to react in an authentic way and observers input significantly. And as all of our actors are skilled improvisers they are prepared to react to any question or scenario your participants may throw at them.

Nancy Monaghan

Nancy first found her love for drama in Paris, where she spent two years working for Disneyland as various characters such as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. She has since gone on to study at the Laine Johnson School of Theatre, Film and Television and has a First Class Honours degree in Performance from Huddersfield University. Since leaving University, Nancy went on to create 'Dirty Laundry' - a theatre company focused on the use of everyday peoples' words to create unique stories and characters. As well as being Artistic Director of Dirty Laundry, Nancy is founder and Director of Wild Things Drama - a drama school committed to individuality and integration. Nancy first started working as a Corporate Role Play actor about 15 years ago and formed Acting UP in order to create a pool of the some of best quality professional actors - all committed to bring a realistic experience to the training room.
Click to view my Spotlight CV

Sue Devaney

Sue Devaney is a well known television and theatre actress. She has worked in the business for over 30 years performing in various shows and dramas across Britain. Her love of character development knows no bounds. She is highly skilled, committed and enthusiastic. She also enjoys working in all kinds of theatrical and role play scenarios. She’s just finished working in Scotland for 4 months playing a speech therapist in a BBC series called “Rivercity.” She has many credits to her name and also writes, makes people laugh in her comedy stand-up act and does many radio plays and voiceover work.

Sam Al-Hamdani

Sam is a trained improviser and actor, teaching and performing improvisation with ComedySportz in Manchester and the Renegade Saints in Geneva. He has extensive experience in corporate roleplay, including Manchester Metropolitan University, The Global Fund, Merck Pharmaceuticals and Pirelli Tyres and corporate workshops for improvisation troupe ComedySportz. He has performed improv across the UK, Europe and the United States.

Carly Tarett

Carly trained at the Oxford School of Drama and is an actor and writer who has recently returned from a tour of the Canadian theatre festivals with her one woman piece “Lady Dee”. Carly has extensive experience of business theatre and corporate roleplay, including medical roleplay for Manchester and London hospitals and the Employment Service; financial and management roleplay for the Insolvency Service; child protection roleplay for social services and the police, and public relations roleplay for the Department of Housing. Carly is a creative learning skills presenter to groups of Year 9 pupils, and a facilitator at child protection training workshops.

Liz Beech

Liz has had a lifelong passion for drama. She took early retirement from her job as a Primary school teacher where she directed many school musical productions. She has taken leading roles as a member of several local theatres and gained a gold medal for acting from LAMDA. Professionally Liz has had over ten years experience of doing role play for training purposes with organisations such as Jobcentre Plus, RNID, Manchester and Leeds Metropolitan Universities. She is also a voice over artist.

Martin Harris

Following his keen interest in acting at school Martin studied for 3 years at Birmingham School of Speech and Drama and left college to go straight into his first professional acting role, playing Podgy Pig in a national tour of Rupert and the Green Dragon. Since then other plays have included Dracula: The Blood Count, The Three Musketeers and The Real Inspector Hound. Martin has also been the artistic director of Rocket Theatre since 1995 and has directed most of their productions to date. Their latest production, Oscar Wilde's 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime' has clocked up around 100 performances to date and continues to tour the UK (with Martin also playing the title role having adapted Oscar Wilde's short story into a 2 man play himself). Martin also teaches acting in regular group classses for adults and privately on a one-to-one basis. In terms of roleplay, Martin has worked for companies such as British Telecom, Currys, Iceland, Sodexho UK and HM Prisons.

Nathan Morris

Nathan trained at the Birmingham School of Acting where he also honed his directing and teaching skills working as a director and tutor on the part-time and summer courses. He continues to teach L.A.M.D.A acting examinations in various drama schools. His roleplay experience includes working on a myriad of different projects with companies such as Greater Manchester Police, Manchester Metropolitan University and Warrington Council. He has vast experience in devised, improvised, interactive and site specific theatre. A few highlights of his acting career include main and supporting roles with BBC, ITV, Talkback Thames, BBC Radio, The Lowry, Bolton Octagon, Library Theatre Company and Cornerhouse.

Colin Meredith

Colin was born in Rochdale where he still lives. He trained as an actor/teacher at Rose Bruford College in London graduating in 1976. During his career he has worked extensively in Theatre, Radio, television and film. Over the years he has played five characters in Coronation Street, four in Emmerdale and four in Brookside. He ran his own production company for 18 years producing professional pantomimes at The Gracie fields in Rochdale. He also runs a theatre school and agency Starstrucktalent representing child actors. He has over 15 years experience in corporate role play having worked for a variety of clients including Astra Zeneca, Lloyds TSB, Balfour Beatty, TATA, Kelloggs, JCB, Vodaphone, USDAW and the NHS. Click to view my Spotlight CV

Michelle Archer

Michelle’s first acting job was doubling as Pox the pig goblin in the Ridley Scott film Legend. She then spent many years playing lead roles in repertory theatres all over the country – including Maisie in ‘The Boyfriend’ at Southwold Theatre, Annie in ‘Chicago’ at the Liverpool Playhouse, Trixie Martin in ‘Daisy Pulls it Off’ at Theatr Clwyd and Veruca Salt in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. A series of unexpected events then led to her acquiring a degree in Divinity and training and working first as a teacher and then as a TV scriptwriter, editor and vision mixer – before returning to acting some five years ago. Since then she has done a plethora of films, commercials, infomercials, and corporate videos….as well as lots of voice over and role play work (the latter for organisations such as Job Centre Plus, Imperial College, and the Office of Fair Trading).

Gary Hanks

Gary was born in Bolton, Lancashire, his training includes the University of Central Lancashire, where he gained a BA (Hons) degree in Acting, and also at the prestigious David Johnson Drama School in Manchester.

Following training Gary quickly began to work professionally and has had great success working in television and theatre.

His television credits include: Coronation Street (ITV); Cucumber (Channel 4); Monroe (ITV); Emmerdale (Yorkshire TV); Doctors (BBC); The Street II (BBC) and Shameless (Company Pictures).

Theatre credits include: Victoria Woods’ Dinnerladies-Second Helpings (Number One UK Tour); Twelve Miles From Nowhere (UK Tour); Tull Touring (Octagon Theatre, Bolton); Mine’s a Pint (Octagon Theatre, Bolton).

Commercials and corporate video credits include, Pot Noodle GTI, Microsoft, Jaguar, Land Rover, Belling Range Cookers, Manchester Metropolitan, NHS and ASDA.

Hannah Ellis Ryan

Hannah Ellis Ryan is a Manchester-based actress originally from Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Theatre Arts: Acting degree from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia and since graduating in 2011 has performed consistently in both Australia and the UK. Some credits include "Puck" in "A Midsummer Nights Dream" (2012), "Mrs Danziger" in the MTA winning play "The Best" (2013), Linda Lovelace in Vertigo Theatre's "Porno Chic" (2012), Lottie in My Beating Hearts: "Troll: Keyboard Warrior" and was luckily enough to star in three out of four productions in 1956 Theatres Manchester Repertory Season in 2014. Hannah is represented by The Actors Group and her next role will be playing Joan in Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago".

Jenny Owen

Jenny graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2012 with a First Class Drama degree, and has been striving to make good use of it since! Acting with a range of Northern theatre companies and societies, Jenny has enjoyed playing a variety of roles on stage, including Nora in 'A Doll's House', Stella in 'A Streetcar Named Desire', and even Hamlet in CattyWhamPuss Theatre's non-traditionally cast production. Besides the classics, Jenny is also excited by new writing, and toured with Postcard Theatre in the premiere production of 'Border Line' in April 2015. Jenny most recently appeared as 'Sandra' in Bravo Theatre's production of 'Curtain Up on Murder'.

Daniel Bradford

Daniel Bradford is a natural born Canadian but has pursued his acting career both locally and internationally. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. His most recent credits include starring as Phillip in ‘Orphans’ (Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester), ‘Sexual Perversity in Chicago’ (Salford Arts Theatre, Manchester), ‘Made of Stone’ (Studio 16, Vancouver), ‘The Pillowman' (Dorothy Somerset Studio, Vancouver), ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’ (Starlight Theatre, Australia), ‘The Tempest’ (Shakespeare in the Park, Australia Tour) and ‘The Threepenny Opera’ (USQ Artsworx, Australia).

Amy Gavin

Amy Gavin is a native Manchester Actor. She has professional credits in TV (Fresh Meat, Doctors), Theatre ('Colour the City', The Roundabout @ The Lowry, 'The Best', Bolton Octagon) and in Commercials. She likes to create her own work and has taken an original devised piece to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has toured a devised piece which was commissioned by Oldham Youth Council.

Chloe Annabel Proctor

Chloe Proctor trained at Alra in Acting and previously trained in Musical theatre, gaining her credits in West Yorkshire Playhouse Fiddler on the Roof, Emmerdale, The Royal (ITV), Sans Merci, Jack and The Beanstalk (Hope Mill) and CBBC So Awkward.

She has worked within Roleplay for the last 2 years doing all aspects, from Medical, University and themed party event work.

Elizabeth Poole

Elizabeth is an actress and drama teacher. She studied for both of these roles at Salford and Huddersfield University gaining a BA in Theatre Studies.

Elizabeth has worked in theatre for many years at the Lowry Theatre, Oldham Colesium and the Kings Arms Salford amongst others and has done rehearsed readings for the Manchester based ADP company. She has also worked in radio and short films.

Elizabeth’s recent credits are ‘Betty Morrisey’ in Thorn and ‘Joan Reade’ in Old Ground at the Kings Arms.

She has worked in previous years in roleplay as a simulator for CragRats at Leeds Hospital and other NHS backgrounds. She has also worked as a roleplayer actor for huge terrorist exercises across the country involving the police, paramedics and doctors.

Alistair Gillies

Alistair Gillies is a Manchester-based actor who trained at The Gateway Theatre at QMUC in Edinburgh, gaining a BA with merit in Acting. Since then, he has performed in independent and professional theatre in both Scotland and the North West of England. He is excited to have recently joined Acting Up as a role play performer. Credits include The Crucible (Royal Exchange), South (The Lowry), Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (tour), Taggart (SMG). Alistair has recently helped to develop a number of scripts as a part of the Manchester ADP group.

Our actors

The old fashioned method of using colleagues for role-play in a training situation can make the whole thing feel artificial and can therefore be very counter-productive. Our actors are specially selected to bring realism to your training. We want your training delegates to feel as though they are as close as they can possibly be to the real work environment. This means working with you to make sure that, through the use of our characters, we are precisely reflecting your workplace and the situations your delegates may come across.

It also means employing actors who are committed to researching each individual role and combining this research with your scenarios to make characters absolutely authentic. When a character is completely believable, participants are encouraged to react in an authentic way and observers input significantly. And as all of our actors are skilled improvisers they are prepared to react to any question or scenario your participants may throw at them.

Nancy Monaghan

Nancy first found her love for drama in Paris, where she spent two years working for Disneyland as various characters such as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. She has since gone on to study at the Laine Johnson School of Theatre, Film and Television and has a First Class Honours degree in Performance from Huddersfield University. Since leaving University, Nancy went on to create 'Dirty Laundry' - a theatre company focused on the use of everyday peoples' words to create unique stories and characters. As well as being Artistic Director of Dirty Laundry, Nancy is founder and Director of Wild Things Drama - a drama school committed to individuality and integration. Nancy first started working as a Corporate Role Play actor about 15 years ago and formed Acting UP in order to create a pool of the some of best quality professional actors - all committed to bring a realistic experience to the training room.
Click to view my Spotlight CV

Sue Devaney

Sue Devaney is a well known television and theatre actress. She has worked in the business for over 30 years performing in various shows and dramas across Britain. Her love of character development knows no bounds. She is highly skilled, committed and enthusiastic. She also enjoys working in all kinds of theatrical and role play scenarios. She’s just finished working in Scotland for 4 months playing a speech therapist in a BBC series called “Rivercity.” She has many credits to her name and also writes, makes people laugh in her comedy stand-up act and does many radio plays and voiceover work.

Sam Al-Hamdani

Sam is a trained improviser and actor, teaching and performing improvisation with ComedySportz in Manchester and the Renegade Saints in Geneva. He has extensive experience in corporate roleplay, including Manchester Metropolitan University, The Global Fund, Merck Pharmaceuticals and Pirelli Tyres and corporate workshops for improvisation troupe ComedySportz. He has performed improv across the UK, Europe and the United States.

Carly Tarett

Carly trained at the Oxford School of Drama and is an actor and writer who has recently returned from a tour of the Canadian theatre festivals with her one woman piece “Lady Dee”. Carly has extensive experience of business theatre and corporate roleplay, including medical roleplay for Manchester and London hospitals and the Employment Service; financial and management roleplay for the Insolvency Service; child protection roleplay for social services and the police, and public relations roleplay for the Department of Housing. Carly is a creative learning skills presenter to groups of Year 9 pupils, and a facilitator at child protection training workshops.

Liz Beech

Liz has had a lifelong passion for drama. She took early retirement from her job as a Primary school teacher where she directed many school musical productions. She has taken leading roles as a member of several local theatres and gained a gold medal for acting from LAMDA. Professionally Liz has had over ten years experience of doing role play for training purposes with organisations such as Jobcentre Plus, RNID, Manchester and Leeds Metropolitan Universities. She is also a voice over artist.

Martin Harris

Following his keen interest in acting at school Martin studied for 3 years at Birmingham School of Speech and Drama and left college to go straight into his first professional acting role, playing Podgy Pig in a national tour of Rupert and the Green Dragon. Since then other plays have included Dracula: The Blood Count, The Three Musketeers and The Real Inspector Hound. Martin has also been the artistic director of Rocket Theatre since 1995 and has directed most of their productions to date. Their latest production, Oscar Wilde's 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime' has clocked up around 100 performances to date and continues to tour the UK (with Martin also playing the title role having adapted Oscar Wilde's short story into a 2 man play himself). Martin also teaches acting in regular group classses for adults and privately on a one-to-one basis. In terms of roleplay, Martin has worked for companies such as British Telecom, Currys, Iceland, Sodexho UK and HM Prisons.

Nathan Morris

Nathan trained at the Birmingham School of Acting where he also honed his directing and teaching skills working as a director and tutor on the part-time and summer courses. He continues to teach L.A.M.D.A acting examinations in various drama schools. His roleplay experience includes working on a myriad of different projects with companies such as Greater Manchester Police, Manchester Metropolitan University and Warrington Council. He has vast experience in devised, improvised, interactive and site specific theatre. A few highlights of his acting career include main and supporting roles with BBC, ITV, Talkback Thames, BBC Radio, The Lowry, Bolton Octagon, Library Theatre Company and Cornerhouse.

Colin Meredith

Colin was born in Rochdale where he still lives. He trained as an actor/teacher at Rose Bruford College in London graduating in 1976. During his career he has worked extensively in Theatre, Radio, television and film. Over the years he has played five characters in Coronation Street, four in Emmerdale and four in Brookside. He ran his own production company for 18 years producing professional pantomimes at The Gracie fields in Rochdale. He also runs a theatre school and agency Starstrucktalent representing child actors. He has over 15 years experience in corporate role play having worked for a variety of clients including Astra Zeneca, Lloyds TSB, Balfour Beatty, TATA, Kelloggs, JCB, Vodaphone, USDAW and the NHS. Click to view my Spotlight CV

Michelle Archer

Michelle’s first acting job was doubling as Pox the pig goblin in the Ridley Scott film Legend. She then spent many years playing lead roles in repertory theatres all over the country – including Maisie in ‘The Boyfriend’ at Southwold Theatre, Annie in ‘Chicago’ at the Liverpool Playhouse, Trixie Martin in ‘Daisy Pulls it Off’ at Theatr Clwyd and Veruca Salt in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. A series of unexpected events then led to her acquiring a degree in Divinity and training and working first as a teacher and then as a TV scriptwriter, editor and vision mixer – before returning to acting some five years ago. Since then she has done a plethora of films, commercials, infomercials, and corporate videos….as well as lots of voice over and role play work (the latter for organisations such as Job Centre Plus, Imperial College, and the Office of Fair Trading).

Gary Hanks

Gary was born in Bolton, Lancashire, his training includes the University of Central Lancashire, where he gained a BA (Hons) degree in Acting, and also at the prestigious David Johnson Drama School in Manchester.

Following training Gary quickly began to work professionally and has had great success working in television and theatre.

His television credits include: Coronation Street (ITV); Cucumber (Channel 4); Monroe (ITV); Emmerdale (Yorkshire TV); Doctors (BBC); The Street II (BBC) and Shameless (Company Pictures).

Theatre credits include: Victoria Woods’ Dinnerladies-Second Helpings (Number One UK Tour); Twelve Miles From Nowhere (UK Tour); Tull Touring (Octagon Theatre, Bolton); Mine’s a Pint (Octagon Theatre, Bolton).

Commercials and corporate video credits include, Pot Noodle GTI, Microsoft, Jaguar, Land Rover, Belling Range Cookers, Manchester Metropolitan, NHS and ASDA.

Hannah Ellis Ryan

Hannah Ellis Ryan is a Manchester-based actress originally from Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Theatre Arts: Acting degree from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia and since graduating in 2011 has performed consistently in both Australia and the UK. Some credits include "Puck" in "A Midsummer Nights Dream" (2012), "Mrs Danziger" in the MTA winning play "The Best" (2013), Linda Lovelace in Vertigo Theatre's "Porno Chic" (2012), Lottie in My Beating Hearts: "Troll: Keyboard Warrior" and was luckily enough to star in three out of four productions in 1956 Theatres Manchester Repertory Season in 2014. Hannah is represented by The Actors Group and her next role will be playing Joan in Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago".

Jenny Owen

Jenny graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2012 with a First Class Drama degree, and has been striving to make good use of it since! Acting with a range of Northern theatre companies and societies, Jenny has enjoyed playing a variety of roles on stage, including Nora in 'A Doll's House', Stella in 'A Streetcar Named Desire', and even Hamlet in CattyWhamPuss Theatre's non-traditionally cast production. Besides the classics, Jenny is also excited by new writing, and toured with Postcard Theatre in the premiere production of 'Border Line' in April 2015. Jenny most recently appeared as 'Sandra' in Bravo Theatre's production of 'Curtain Up on Murder'.

Daniel Bradford

Daniel Bradford is a natural born Canadian but has pursued his acting career both locally and internationally. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. His most recent credits include starring as Phillip in ‘Orphans’ (Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester), ‘Sexual Perversity in Chicago’ (Salford Arts Theatre, Manchester), ‘Made of Stone’ (Studio 16, Vancouver), ‘The Pillowman' (Dorothy Somerset Studio, Vancouver), ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’ (Starlight Theatre, Australia), ‘The Tempest’ (Shakespeare in the Park, Australia Tour) and ‘The Threepenny Opera’ (USQ Artsworx, Australia).

Amy Gavin

Amy Gavin is a native Manchester Actor. She has professional credits in TV (Fresh Meat, Doctors), Theatre ('Colour the City', The Roundabout @ The Lowry, 'The Best', Bolton Octagon) and in Commercials. She likes to create her own work and has taken an original devised piece to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has toured a devised piece which was commissioned by Oldham Youth Council.

Chloe Annabel Proctor

Chloe Proctor trained at Alra in Acting and previously trained in Musical theatre, gaining her credits in West Yorkshire Playhouse Fiddler on the Roof, Emmerdale, The Royal (ITV), Sans Merci, Jack and The Beanstalk (Hope Mill) and CBBC So Awkward.

She has worked within Roleplay for the last 2 years doing all aspects, from Medical, University and themed party event work.

Elizabeth Poole

Elizabeth is an actress and drama teacher. She studied for both of these roles at Salford and Huddersfield University gaining a BA in Theatre Studies.

Elizabeth has worked in theatre for many years at the Lowry Theatre, Oldham Colesium and the Kings Arms Salford amongst others and has done rehearsed readings for the Manchester based ADP company. She has also worked in radio and short films.

Elizabeth’s recent credits are ‘Betty Morrisey’ in Thorn and ‘Joan Reade’ in Old Ground at the Kings Arms.

She has worked in previous years in roleplay as a simulator for CragRats at Leeds Hospital and other NHS backgrounds. She has also worked as a roleplayer actor for huge terrorist exercises across the country involving the police, paramedics and doctors.

Alistair Gillies

Alistair Gillies is a Manchester-based actor who trained at The Gateway Theatre at QMUC in Edinburgh, gaining a BA with merit in Acting. Since then, he has performed in independent and professional theatre in both Scotland and the North West of England. He is excited to have recently joined Acting Up as a role play performer. Credits include The Crucible (Royal Exchange), South (The Lowry), Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (tour), Taggart (SMG). Alistair has recently helped to develop a number of scripts as a part of the Manchester ADP group.