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BTA

British Talent Agency®

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BTA® is a leading international talent agency based in London (and coming soon to Leeds)

As well as serving the UK, our clients also benefit from our close relationships with studios, agents and casting directors in Los Angeles and New York

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THE BTA® DIFFERENCE

Artists First

An agency that artists can genuinely talk to and have a closer relationship with. At BTA®, we understand and empathise with the artists’ precarious journey. We therefore place the artist first and foremost in our thoughts – from appropriate and plentiful submissions, to forthright negotiation on their behalf over castings, contracts and renewals.

We combine our artistic empathy and experience with business/legal savvy and expertise, to represent our clients with care, understanding and balance.

Law School

When you consider that the primary job of an agent is to review, negotiate and sometimes sign contracts on a client’s behalf, actually studying Law – and especially Contract Law – could be seen as an obvious and essential prerequisite to becoming an agent. Yet, oddly, most agents and managers in the entertainment industry have had no legal training whatsoever.

BTA’s Founder and Senior Agent is currently studying for his Master’s in Law.

Global Partners

Unlike some London agencies who fear losing their clients to America and American agents, we actively encourage our local talent to think internationally from day one. We are proud to share clients with some of the biggest U.S. agencies, such as Abrams Artists Agency in New York and Greene & Associates in Los Angeles.

Global Clients

We are also signing more and more American and international actors as they realise the importance of having a strong U.K. rep to cover the increasing number of U.S. productions (and others) choosing to shoot in the U.K. under PACT/Equity, rather than in the U.S. under SAG-AFTRA.

Our Award-Winning Founder

BTA’s Founder and Senior Agent, Ryan J-W Smith, is also a festival-winning filmmaker and multi award-winning playwright/director, with years of professional experience working in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles.
 
Smith’s films have been shown, selected for, nominated or won their categories at over 25 international film festivals, including Cannes. He has conducted over 60 documentary interviews with leading international figures including Noam Chomsky, Ed Asner (winner of 7 Primetime Emmys and 5 Golden Globes) and the last known unreleased interviews with both Gore Vidal and Tony Benn.
 
Smith is also Artistic Director of his internationally acclaimed theatre company, Rogue Shakespeare®, and is a multi award-winning verse playwright and world-record holding poet, having written 7 verse plays, 1 verse screenplay, and over 1700 Shakespearean sonnets.
 
Excluding film festivals, Smith’s industry accolades include: two-time Hollywood Fringe International Award Winner; two-time Encore Producers’ Award Winner; Hollywood Fringe Comedy Award Nomination; Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award Nomination; Gandhi Foundation Award Recipient; three-time Arts Council England Award Recipient, two-time ‘Pick of the Fringe’ (Edinburgh), The Observer (Newspaper) Fringe Promoter of the Year, and countless professional 4 and 5-star reviews.
 
Smith is also the recording artist, IMBIBE. His first two solo albums were originally released with Universal Music.

Smith won the Hollywood Fringe International Award two years running in 2015 & 2016

Casting & Production

Smith, is furthermore, the founder of our sister company, The Talent Scout – a London-based casting and film production company. 

PROFILE TALENT & RISING STARS

Meet just a few of our Clients

NICHOLLE TOM

Nicholle Tom has been a profile name in Hollywood for the last 26 years, beginning when she was propelled to fame with her role as Ryce Newton in Beethoven (1992, Universal Pictures) and Beethoven’s 2nd (1993, Universal Pictures). Nicholle then became known for her role as Maggie Sheffield on the hit CBS TV series, The Nanny (1993-1999), for which she was nominated for 5 acting awards.

Further credits include notable roles in  feature films such as Panic (2000, Artisan Entertainment) starring William H. Macy and Donald Sutherland, The Princess Diaries (2001, Walt Disney Pictures), starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews, along with numerous roles in high profile TV shows such as Masters of Sex, About A Boy, Gotham, Survivor’s Remorse and Hollywood Darlings. Nicholle is also known for voicing Supergirl in the DC Animated Universe.

A seasoned expert in both comedy and drama, Nicholle is revered for her gritty realism and selfless commitment to her roles.

AIDEN TURNER

Emmy-nominated British TV, Soap and Film star, Aiden Turner, is currently starring as ‘Brad’, a series regular lead in Tyler Perry’s If Loving You is Wrong, broadcast on OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network) in the U.S.

Among his numerous other stand-out credits, Aiden starred in 502 episodes of the hit ABC TV series All My Children and has appeared in many other notable U.S. television shows and films including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., NCIS: Los Angeles, and America’s Dancing with the Stars. Aiden recently completed filming season 5 of If Loving You is Wrong. 

BEN MELLISH

British actor, Ben Mellish, plays the real-life killer, Charles Manson, in the controversial new Hilary Duff movie, The Haunting of Sharon Tate, due for release this April.

MEGAN COOPER

Megan joined BTA® in 2018 and has always been very popular with casting. She recently shot two commercials for leading brands and is tipped to play the lead in a new award-nominated verse comedy with Rogue Shakespeare® – who only cast from within BTA®.

JESSICA HOLE

Jessica graduated from East 15 in 2018 and thereupon joined the BTA® family. From May 2019, onward, Jessica will be joining the cast of Agatha Christie’s Oliver Awards Nominated Witness for the Prosecution.

DAVID FOY BAUER

David grew up in Grantham, England, but since making the leap over to Los Angeles he has become a permanent member of LA’s Theatre Unleashed and had several notable TV and Film credits including Feud, starring Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon and Alfred Molina.

JOSHUA FORD

Joshua proves you can be both a leading man in musical theatre and a leading man in straight acting with two of his most recent credits – playing the Beast in a UK regional run of Beauty and the Beast – and playing a leading role in the independent feature, Cosmos

DOUG HALEY

Based in London, Doug is known for his riveting performances in films and TV shows such as Code Black, The Babysitter and The Spectacular Now, among many others.

LORA BURKE

Originally from the North-West of England, Lora is an award-winning film actress and former professional dancer. Lora won “Best Actress in a Leading Role” at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival in 2017 for her portrayal as cold blooded killer, Agnes Poezl, in Poor Agnes and was nominated at multiple festivals for her polar opposite, heartfelt performance of brokenhearted Julia in LifechangerOther credits include Netflix original, The Ponysitters Club, and family features Forest Fairies and It’s a Zoo in Here.

SARAH NAVRATIL

German-born Sarah Navratil has had great success since moving to Los Angeles, and can currently be seen as a series regular on MGM’s new series, Stargate Origins. You can also catch her in Starz new show, Counterpart and CW’s Pretty Little Liars. Sarah has also found success on the silver screen with indie darlings like Cloudy with a Chance of Sunshine, Nothing Like the Sun and Barbie’s Kenny.

Favourite theater credits include the premier of The Death and Life of Mary Jo Kopechne, Frankenstein, Some Girl(s), the West Coast premiere of Key Change and award winning fringe show Disrupted. 

JESSICA MORRIS

Known for her portrayal of series regular Jennifer Rappaport on ABC’s One Life to Live, Jessica has cultivated her career as the leading lady in various television shows and independent films. Also making a memorable appearance in Universal’s theatrical success Role Models.

Jessica has recently been the star of Lifetime TV’s hit movie The Wrong Student and has also had strong guest starring roles on popular primetime shows, including Fox’s Rosewood and TNT’s Perception.

Jessica stands out as an actress who conveys honesty and depth through all of the characters she plays and has also discovered her passion for screenwriting.

CAROL ANNE WATTS

Carol Anne Watts is an award-winning Hollywood-based actress. Her performance in the feature film Redneck Roots won her two international film festival awards for Best Supporting Actress along with a further nomination for Best Actress.

Notable television credits include: A Way Back Home, Killer Women, Red Band Society, and Vice Principals. She has appeared in numerous feature films including Traded and Ant-Man, and plays the leading roles in the forthcoming action features Aim and Final Imprint.

Carol Anne has trained in hand-to-hand combat for over 9 years.

RIB HILLIS

Starting his entertainment career as a model in Europe, Rib worked for designers and publications such as Versace, Armani, Hugo Boss, Ferré, Vogue, GQ, Esquire and Men’s Health, and featured in many national and international commercials and campaigns.

Rib has since found success as an actor in Hollywood with credits including the ABC soap opera, Port Charles and prime-time appearances in dozens of television shows, including, Ugly Betty, Two and a Half Men, CSI, Melissa and Joey, Bull, Eve, Angel and Modern Family.

Rib has also found success on the silver screen, playing roles in films such as, Grooms Cake, Birthday Cake, Taos, Propiedad Ajena, Life’s a Beach, etc. His latest credits in films released on Netflix & Amazon include Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs, Doggone Christmas, Timber The Treasure Dog & Shockwave.

KRISTIAN NEKRASOV

A TV, Film and theatre veteran of many years, Kristian will be playing a named part in the new prequel to a well-known and popular British film franchise, filming in England this spring.

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Getting in the Room

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Pro bono publico

Throughout 2019, BTA® will be supporting the national charity, Crisis

“just wanted to say thank you for such a great first month of representation! I’ve had more auditions from you in one month than the past two agents put together! It feels great and I’m excited for all the opportunities coming my way. Thank you!”

Laura McKee

Actress, BTA®

“Ryan. You are. A f***ing legend sir.

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Josh”
Joshua Ford

Actor, BTA®

Our Clients say it Best

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“Thank you Ryan for all your advice”

Bridget Benstead

Actress, BTA®

Hi Ryan, I just wanted to say thank you for helping me with my contract for today, and the help with the other job! I had such a lovely time on set today and feel really lucky to be a part of BTA®! ☺️”

Ellen Tritton

Actress, BTA®

“Ryan, Honestly having an agent like you has been so lovely, I feel like you’ve been so supportive. Thank you again 

Meg”
Megan Froud

Actress, BTA®

Emma Kniebe

Actress, BTA®

David Burchhardt

Actor, BTA®

“Just wanted to say a big thank you for these first 6 months. Made stepping into the real world a lot easier!”

Will Hodges

Actor, BTA®

“Thank you, and to all at BTA, for representing me last year. I appreciate all that you do, and look forward to what we can achieve together next year. “

Niall Murphy

Actor, BTA®

“Thank you so much for everything this year. I feel really grateful for having you on my team. Looking forward to all that 2019 brings! :)”

Melanie Johnson

Actress, BTA®

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