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As well as serving the UK, our clients also benefit from our close relationships with studios, agents and casting directors around the world…

– especially in Los Angeles, New York and across Europe.

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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 represent a growing body of established 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

From the age of five until sixteen, BTA’s Founder and Senior Agent, Ryan J-W Smith, trained to be a professional tennis player – beating Britain’s future Number 1 in straight sets at 14. Injury may have subsequently set him on a different path, but he never lost the champion’s mindset and extraordinary work ethic…
Smith became 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 a composer and recording artist. His first two solo albums were originally released with Universal Music.

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

Smith was nominated for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award in 2008.

Among others, we represent…












Meet just a few of our clients


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.


A genuine triple-threat, Marcos holds an MA from the University of Bristol and has performed in the West End in The Lion King as well as at The Royal Albert Hall, Sadler’s Wells and the English National Theatre. He is, however, probably best know for his role of White Rat, in Game of Thrones. White Rat was introduced in the premiere episode of Season 5, entitled, The Wars To Come, which garnered outstanding reviews from critics and had a significat impact on the GOT global fan-base


Originally from Australia, Bridget graduated with an MA from Mountview in Autumn, 2018 and subsequently joined BTA®. It took her one (1) day with BTA® to book her first professional job – a handsomely paid modelling job. More recently Bridget has been filming as a recurring role on a new forthcoming BBC drama. She also plays a part in a new real-time fiction App, and has just filmed a juicy commercial for Lidl.


Sam graduated from Central in 2016 and after a couple of years with another agency, he came over to BTA® hoping for more auditions. Boy, did he get what he asked for… and Sam delivers… it’s been hard to keep the poor boy out of work! We’ve lost track of all his jobs… some never seem to end… perhaps one of the stand-outs was this promo for the Euro Vision Song Contest that starred Sam. Great work, Sam! 🙂


Actor, Comedian, Puppeteer, Ventriloquist, Director, Writer… Michael has toured with Lewis Black, Joan Rivers, Lisa Lampanelli, Margaret Cho, Jeff Foxworthy, Rita Rudner, Phyllis Diller, Drew Carey, Wynonna Judd, James Brown, The Pointer Sisters, and more. His credits include: The Tonight Show, The Grammy Awards, Sex and the City,  America’s Got Talent, Sesame Street, The Ten co-starring with Paul Rudd & Winona Ryder,  27 Dresses opposite Katherine Heigl and with Kevin Spacey in  The Ventriloquist.   Voicing and puppeteering for Jim Henson Productions, Saturday Night Live, Dick Clark, MTV, Walt Disney Productions, and numerous national commercial campaigns.  

After an audience with Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II he  garnered  Atlantic City Magazine’s “Act of the Year”  and in recent years has written or directed for Robert DeNiro, Sheri Polo, John Travolta, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “The Friar’s Roasts,”  coverage writing for numerous stage and television productions along with editorials for The Huffington Post, USA Today, LaughSpin and his critically acclaimed book, Breaking Out of Show Business (Post Hill Publishing).


David is managed worldwide by BTA®. 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 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. Joshua also recently played Burt Reynolds in an ITV / Reelz USA production, and will soon be filming for season 2 of Lake Erie.


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.


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®.


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. 


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.


Hailing from New York, but trained at LIPA in England, we originally signed Julia to our books as an actress – and a fabulous one she is too.

After seeing a performance of her debut play, the 5-star rated ‘Paved With Gold and Ashes’ we subsequently also signed her to our literary department.

Julia also co-directed the world premiere performance of her play. It is an incredible work that deserves the critical acclaim it received – and more. We hope to help bring that – and her future plays – to a much wider audience.

5-star review of Paved With Gold and Ashes by Broadway Baby


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.


Carol is managed worldwide by BTA®. 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.


Beloved by casting, Niall is a ridiculously talented, yet easy-going fellow. He’s been seen by almost every Amazon prime customer playing the lead in the Irish thriller-comedy feature, Dead Along the Way. And Londoners recently saw him in as the co-lead in The Last Will and Testament of Henry Van Dyke, at the Tabard Theatre.

Niall has also booked a plentiful number of commercials and short films of late – like we said, he’s popular with all. On top of this, he’s literally a one-man band, playing banjo, bodhran, bouzouki, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle, and violin – just not all at the same time. It’s impossible not to love Mr. Murphy.


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.


Melanie is managed worldwide by BTA®. A formidable talent as an actress, writer and comedian. Most recently she starred as Nell Gwynne in the world premiere of Ryan J-W Smith’s award-nominated one-woman verse tragicomedy, Pretty, Witty Nell, which took place in Hollywood, CA. Broadway World reviewed the show and referred to her performance as “A Stand-Out Solo Show – Perfect!”


A TV, Film and theatre veteran of many years, Kristian recently completed filming on the forthcoming new Kingsman prequel, The King’s Man (2020) – starring Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans and Matthew Goode – in which Kristian plays General Ludenforff.


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Getting in the Room

 Film, TV, Theatre, Musical Theatre, VO, Video Games, Commericals – BTA® clients get life-changing opportunities

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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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Joshua Ford

Actor, BTA®

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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 

Megan Froud

Actress, BTA®

“Hey Ryan, thanks for sending the submission report over, just been going through this morning and I really appreciate the amount of work you’ve put in for me already! I’ll work to do everything I can to get in the room.”
Freddy Parkington

Actor, BTA®


Freddy is a remarkably talented young actor. He recently performed as Tom Holland’s Stand-in for Marvel Studio’s ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’.

He also recently booked a lucrative Nintendo commercial.

Further to this Freddy is training hard in stunts and mo cap. Everybody loves Freddy. 🙂

“…my O2 commercial has just starting showing on tv!! Saw it for the first time today. Thank you so much, I’m thrilled!”

Marie-Sophie de Felice

Actress, 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®

“Hi Ryan, I just wanted to say again how grateful I am for your guidance. I really appreciate your support. Alice :)”

Alice Ezra

Actress, BTA®


Apparently, some graduates are just impatient to get working almost as soon as they sign with BTA®!

Danielle Glover

Danielle recently graduated from GAMTA with an honours degree in Musical Theatre. As well as being an exceptional vocalist, dancer and actor, she also plays drums, guitar and ukulele. She has just be cast to play the lead in Cinderella at the Cumbernauld Theatre. CONGRATS! 🙂

Jessica Florence

Jessica recently graduated from GAMTA with an honours degree in Musical Theatre. Another triple threat with a humble heart – and her first job with BTA® is playing the lead as Snow White in this year’s ANGUSalive pantomime at the Webster Memorial Theatre.

Nice job, Jessica! 🙂

Rosie Sharp

Rosie has recently graduated from the Italia Conti Academy with a BA Honours in Acting. A few weeks with BTA® and she lands a much-sought after touring contract with the Young Shakespeare Company. She also recently shot her first commercial…

Fabulous start, Rosie! 🙂

Nathan Ricard

Nathan recently graduated from LAMDA and signed with BTA® in August. We got him a plethora of auditions and Nathan kept up his end of the bargain – booking two theatre tours back-to-back – one of which is playing the title role in MacBeth.

A good BTA® start, we’d say… 😉

Angelika Morus & Heather Butt

First BTA® job for both of these girls was just filming for a new US TV series, Hometown Horror, for an Emmy-winning production company. 

Angelika recently graduated with an honours degree in Musical Theatre from GAMTA – she is also a professional model; a talented acrobat and speaks native Polish.

Heather also recently graduated with a degree in Musical Theatre, from Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. 

We’re delighted to have them both aboard and working on the good ship BTA®! 🙂

Kitty Hollingsworth

Recommended to us by her friend, Harriet Carr, Kitty also recently graduated from the London Studio Centre with a degree in Musical Theatre. Her triple threat skills and team-player attitude quickly made her a favourite at BTA® and landed her her first professional job performing this Christmas in Jack and the Beanstalk in the 200 seat, Theatre Peckham. Welcome to BTA® Kitty! 🙂

Harriet Carr

Specialising in dance, Harriet recently graduated from the London Studio Centre with a degree in Musical Theatre. Her dance expertise include ballet, lyrical and modern. Among her other skills, Harriet also sings, plays the clarinet and is an excellent swimmer. She’s put all those skills to use recently to secure her first professional job – joining the team at DisneyLand Paris! 🙂

Yunusa Secka

Yunusa recently graduated from St. Mary’s with a BA Honours in Performing Arts. His first job with BTA® was a music video for The Amazons. We’ve also got him seen for a series regular in a popular UK soap; an audition for one of the leads in a new ten-part Amazon series and an audition for the Young Vic. We’re not sure – is that better than average? 😉

Yan Tobi-Amisi

Yan recently graduated from Mountview with a BA Honours in Acting. Since signing with BTA® he has already filmed two music videos – one for Anna of the North and the other for Stormzy… along with a bunch of other jobs… seriously, we lose track…

Oliver Wallace-Greeves

Oliver recently graduated from St. Mary’s, with a degree in Drama & Theatre Arts. Oliver is also an excellent dancer and singer. In strong demand since signing with BTA® he recently landed his first job – a photographic modelling job for Tommy Hilfiger. Well done, Oliver!

Sergio Nora

Originally from Spain, Sergio recently graduated from the Performance Preparation Academy with an Honours Degree in Acting for Stage and Screen. Sergio is also an excellent guitarist, fencer, and a qualified scientist. His first jobs with BTA® were playing the lead in two short films – congrats!

Courtney Lentell

Courtney recently graduated from Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts with a diploma in Musical Theatre. Another fabulous triple threat joins our ranks! and she just booked her first professional job in a panto in Essex! Go BTA® Rockstars! 🙂

Alexander McLintock

Alexander recently graduated with an MA in Screen Acting from the Drama Centre. We’re delighted to have him in the BTA® wolf pack… and he’s starting to book – first a music video, and in the same week a nice promo for Save The Children. Nice one, Alex!

Michael Wolf

A professional actor, magician and concert pianist – Mr. Wolf is further endowed with the charm and confidence of someone twice his tender age. It was inevitable that he and BTA® would gravitate towards each other after he graduated from LIPA. Michael has recently been offered his first theatre contract – playing the lead in a Christmas production. We can’t wait to see it! 🙂 Congrats Michael!

Amy Houston

Yet another wonderful triple-threat gift from Glasgow – Amy recently graduated with an honours degree in Musical Theatre from MGA Academy of Performing Arts and recently secured her first professional theatre contract with Disney. Not a bad start, Amy! 😉  …more on Amy soon…


We are delighted to welcome all our drama school graduates onto our books and into the industry this year – here are some of the first through the BTA® gates!


Stacey Stephen

Originally from Aberdeen, Stacey recently graduated with an Honours Degree in Musical Theatre from the London College of Music. Another powerful voice joins BTA® – happy days.

Alisha Veasey-Watts

Having previously trained in Musical Theatre for 2 years at Birmingham Ormiston Academy, Alisha recently graduated from 3 further years of training in MT at London College of Music. To say she has a powerful voice is a ludicrous understatement. We’re delighted to have her on our books.

Chloe Hall

Chloe recently graduated from The Arden School of Theatre with a degree in Musical Theatre. She’s been in the wars of late, but we stand by our clients during their hard times – so we’re looking forward to her being back to full health again so we can get her out to casting. Feel better soon, Chloe! x

Amber Simone

Amber recently graduated from The Arden School of Theatre with a degree in Acting for Live & Recorded Media. Having previously trained for two years in Musical Theatre at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona, Amber poses a serious threat to her competitors in the industry in all areas. We’re delighted to have her onboard.

Rebecca Jay

Rebecca recently graduated from GAMTA with an honours degree in Musical Theatre. Another sparkling personality sporting exceptional triple threat skills. The BTA® family continues to grow and thrive.

Gigi Grainger

Gigi recently graduated from Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts with a degree in Musical Theatre. A wonderful triple threat with excellent guitar skills.

Olivia Helden

Olivia previously trained for 2 years at the BRIT School of Technology & Performing Arts. She recently graduated from 3 further years of training in MT at London College of Music. A powerful and engaging voice with a wide and varied repertoire – naturally we’re delighted to have her join BTA.

Layla Karimi

An exquisitely emotionally-connected actor, Layla recently graduated from St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, with a degree in Drama & Theatre Arts. Layla is also an excellent singer. We’re excited to help her develop her skills as she enters the industry with BTA at her side.

Elsie Bridgwood

Elsie recently graduated from Mountview on the 3 year Actor Musicianship degree course. She previously trained in acting at East 15 and at the Royal Academy of Dance, where she gained her Advanced Foundation in Ballet (Distinction). We’re delighted to have her in the BTA® family.

Milly Downing

Milly recently graduated from the Arden School of Theatre, with an honours degree in Acting for Live & Recorded Media. Milly has countless other skills in music and dance, and is an exceptional skier. We’re delighted to have her join the BTA® family.


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