British Talent Agency®

Big Agency Clout, Boutique Agency Care™

one of London’s leading talent agencies” – Broadway World

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.

Talent seeking representation


We secure work for our clients in a wide range of mediums: film, TV, theatre, commercials, etc.

Here is just a tiny sample of recent bookings...

We recently signed American actor, Aaron Stielstra - thanks to us he's now currently filming on the new DC movie ‘BATGIRL’, starring Leslie Grace, Brendan Fraser and oscar winner J.K. Simmons.

BTA's Harry Oliver recently made a small fortune working on Mike Myer's new Netflix series, The Pentaverate. Don't spend it all at once, Harry! 😉

BTA's Raquel Cipriano recently completed filming on season 2 of Amazon's The Wheel of Time, starring Rosamund Pike.

BTA® has more clients than any other agency currently working on the Netflix Money Heist Experience in London. Congrats to Juliana Barros, Bruno Matay, Sarah Collins, Jennifer Lockwood and Amelia Landon!

We recently signed Nathan Chatelier and soon after booked him on Sky's forthcoming show, Funny Girl, starring Gemma Arterton.

BTA's Niall Murphy recently completed filming on the independent feature film Burial, starring Harriet Walter and Tom Felton.

BTA's Matthew Koon has secured a lot of work since we signed him, including lucrative commercials for Adobe, Castrol, and Facebook - as well as his TV acting debut in the BBC's forthcoming drama, Everything I Know About Love, starring Emma Appleton.

BTA's Alecs Simone (based in Italy) recently booked a very lucrative commercial for Samsung

BTA's Rahul Sidhu recently booked a lucrative commercial for McDelivery, and also completed filming on a new Channel 4 series, How to be a Person.


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 / Senior Agent has a master’s degree in Law (awarded with distinction). During the course of his master’s, Smith received many distinctions in examinations. Most notably, in respect of negotiating your future employment contracts, he received distinctions in Contract Law; Equity & Trust Law, and EU 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 and most respected U.S. agencies, such as Abrams Artists Agency, Innovative Artists, Momentum, TalentWorks, and NTA, to name just a few.

Global Clients

We represent a growing body of established American, European and international actors who recognise 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./E.U. under PACT/Equity, rather than in the U.S. under SAG-AFTRA.

Our Award-Winning Founder

Ryan J-W Smith, MA Law (Dist)
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 Men’s Number 1 in straight sets at 14. Wimbledon was in his sights… Injury at 16 may have subsequently set him on a different path, but he never lost the champion’s mindset: one of vision, dedication, positivity, iron-clad resilience and, above all else, an extraordinary work ethic.
Smith became a festival-winning filmmaker and multi award-winning playwright/director/producer, with years of professional experience living & 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.
Excluding film festivals, Smith’s industry accolades include: two-time Hollywood Fringe International Award Winner (and four-time nominee); 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 graduated from law school with a master’s degree in Law – awarded with distinction.
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 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 2,000 Shakespearean sonnets.
Ryan is also a long-time practitioner of the Buddhist arts of Mindfulness Meditation and Wing Chun Kung-Fu.

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

Among others, we represent…












Meet just a few members of our wonderful tribe


Nicholle Tom has been a profile name in Hollywood since the 90’s 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.


We recently signed Aaron and have just got him booked in a nice part in a forthcoming DC movie. A very good start! 🙂

A TV a film veteran, previous credits include: Saturday Night Live; Jerry Maguire with Tom Cruise; The Mona Lisa Myth narrated by Morgan Freeman; Catch-22 starring George Clooney, Kyle Chandler and Hugh Laurie; and American Night with John Rhys Meyers and Emile Hirsch. Along with They Talk with Rocio Morales, and 3 seasons of the Disney TV show Penny on MARS.


Davy transferred from a career in sports and we now help him work as an actor and model. We recently booked Davy as the 4th lead in the new Hallmark movie, To Catch A Spy, also starring Nathalie Kelley, Colin Donell and Patti Murin.

Commercial and modelling credits include BMW and Philips. And if you’re from the Netherlands, of course, then Davy needs no introduction. As the face of Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn’s ‘Belly Butt’ campaign, Davy is known to the entire country.

An outstanding and highly acclaimed professional ballet dancer, Matthew is currently First Soloist with the world famous, Northern Ballet.

Matthew trained at the English National Ballet School. His stage credits include Billy in Billy Elliot Live (West End), and his film credits include all of Northern Ballet’s well documented TV performances, such as Victoria. His awards include: Fonteyn Nureyev Young Dancers Competition (winner); Janet Cram Awards Outstanding Dance Award; Marjorie Davies Tap Awards Senior Class Prize; International Ballet Championship (winner); Dance Master UK (winner); Nominated for ‘Newcomer of the Year’, Tanz Magazine Yearbook 2013.

Despite still being full-time at Northern Ballet, and only joining BTA® very recently in 2021, we’ve worked around his tight rehearsal and performance schedule and already managed to secure Matthew lucrative bookings on commercials for Facebook, Castrol and Adobe. Not to mention securing his TV premiere in Everything I Know About Love.



A TV, Film and theatre veteran of many years. Among other notable credits, we booked Kristian on the new Kingsman prequel, The King’s Man (2021) – starring Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans and Matthew Goode – in which Kristian plays General Ludenforff.


We proudly represent the internationally renown French singing star, Isabelle Georges. Isabelle has released no fewer than 10 albums. She’s performed all over the world including her most recent performance at the famous Theatre des Champs-Elysees in her native Paris.

Spoil yourself – take a listen to the sound of absolute class.


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.


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).


Bouncing between LA and 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.


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. 


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. More recently, in 2021, he completed filming on Burial staring Tom Felton. Everyone at BTA® loves Mr. Murphy.


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®.


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! 🙂


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


Carol Anne 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.


Another fabulous European client, Sam is currently filming the role of Sabatino for the new period drama TV Series Glow & Darkness, starring Jane Seymour.


Another Brit doing well bouncing between London and L.A. – Nichola’s past t.v. credits include guest stars on, America’s Got Talent, Transparent (playing opposite Actresses Gaby Hoffman and Amy Landecker) and Hot in Cleveland (playing opposite Betty White).

In England, Nichola’s credits include the BBC shows The Hour and What Remains as well as a featured role in the Bond film, Skyfall, along with various West End theatre productions. Feature films also include a leading role in Altered Perception. Nichola trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London.


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.



Pro bono publico

As we did throughout 2019 & 2020, BTA® will continue to support the national charity, Crisis, throughout 2021. In this industry, we can all too easily get caught up in ambition and forget just how lucky we are - people living on the streets is completely unacceptable in a society that considers itself civil. Please consider joining us and supporting Crisis.



Success in this industry is weighted by combining a scientific and artistic approach to submissions. Nothing works better than taking and using hard data (the science) and combining that with decades of wisdom and experience (the art) to increase and strategise talent submissions.

Thus, every couple of months we encourage our clients to request their Spotlight submission report from us. The responce is always the same - sheer amazement at the qualitative and quantitative data. You're welcome 😉

"Holy Jesus flipping wow that’s a lot of amazing stuff, thank you so much!! Thanks for sending this over, I really appreciate it!"
Amelia Landon

Actress, BTA®

  • BTA® due diligence 100% 100%


BTA® submission happiness

"Wow... that’s amazing! Thank you ever so much! Thank you so, so much for everything."
Beth Haf Jones

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®


Mr. Parkington is a remarkably talented young actor with credits in wide-ranging mediums: he performed as Tom Holland's Stand-in for Marvel Studio's 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'; and starred in a lucrative Nintendo commercial etc. Further to this Freddy is well-trained in stunts, parkour and mo cap.

Casting loves Freddy! 🙂

"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®

"Oh wow 🙂 Yes to you! Such perfect timing too - I REALLY APPRECIATE IT!"

Clare Juliette

Actress, BTA®

The BTA® Family

our clients say it best

There's only one BTA®

"Couldn't ask for a better agent. Thanks Ryan 💕"

Megan Cooper

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®

"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®

Since beginning my time with BTA just 6 months ago I have had nothing but a personable, professional, and winning experience from Ryan and his team. It's clear that Ryan loves his job a great deal as he works tirelessly around the clock. I have had a number of agents before BTA and none come close to his level of dedication and passion for the industry.
In a fickle acting world where we all need someone to stand in our corner, Ryan has no issue standing up and ensuring the best for his clients. If you're willing to do what it takes to be the best in this industry then the team at BTA will do what it takes to get you there. During my first year of returning to acting with a previous agent I didn't have one audition for an entire year! Now during my first 6 months with BTA I have had a consistent flow of both self tapes and live auditions and I even landed my first professional TV gig! I am extremely grateful for all the work done at BTA and I'm thrilled to continue to achieve great things in the future together. Thanks so much!
Fergus Foster

Actor, BTA®

Hello Ryan & Team, 

Joining the BTA family has been such a highlight of 2020 and I would like to thank you all for your hard work over the past few months - I’ve never had so many self-tapes in such a short space of time! I really appreciate everything you have done and I very much feel like part of a team! Let’s hope 2021 brings a bit more normality and some wonderful opportunities! 

Stay safe and well, 

Sarah xx

Sarah Collins

Actress, BTA®

"Ryan has been incredibly supportive since day 1. He’s professional, approachable and friendly. Always on call when needed and has provided me constant support, encouragement and guidance.

Very fortunate to have such a kind, hardworking and knowledgeable agent, that I can also have a great laugh with and call my friend.

Thank you for generating such wonderful opportunities for me and your continued support, guidance and friendship."

Alexander King

Actor, BTA®

Hey Ryan,

Just wanted to send a quick email to thank you for everything.... Obviously 2020 has not exactly been what we expected or wanted... I know you've done everything possible in very difficult circumstances and the communication has been greatly appreciated.
Speak to you soon,
Alexander McLintock

Actor, BTA®

Dear Ryan,

It’s been the strangest year for starting a new era with a new agent, however you’ve kept us troops entertained and motivated us throughout the year! I’ve spent the year reflecting and contemplating where I want to be heading in the next few years and I can’t wait to share and discuss my game plans going forward to make 2021 a super successful year! I raise a virtual glass to you and hope you enjoy the festive season!

P.s an Amazon package should have arrived today, as a thank you for the hard work -  enjoy!


Alistair Robertson

Actor, BTA®

"I am very grateful for all these great opportunities so quickly after signing with you! Thanks so much for believing in me and taking me on as part of the BTA team."

Carly Buhler

Actress, BTA®

" 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®

"Dear Ryan, 
Just wanted to say Happy Easter and thanks for the check-in messages on WhatsApp. I am so grateful to have an agent that is so attentive and thoughtful - it's such a blessing in this industry and especially during this time. 
Let me know if there's anything I can be doing during quarantine that would be helpful for putting me forward for more work when this is all over... Hope you're staying healthy, safe, and sane!
Franziska Harms

Actress, BTA®

"Hi Ryan,
just letting you know that I have just sent the casting tapes off to Huawei,

I also just wanted to say a massive thank you for all of your support and effort, during quarantine and continuously!
it is great to know that you believe in me and I am so grateful for your encouragement and advice!

I feel privileged to be a part of BTA!

Thanks Again! 🙂 x"

Georgina Galley

Actress, BTA®

the industry concurs

"You are the best. So hard working."


Casting Director & Producer, Anne Stone Casting

"During the course of booking one of his clients for one of our productions, Ryan gently pointed out that there was a simple, but rather important, error in our contract. Ryan was absolutely right - the error was obvious once you saw it. I'd been using that contract and sending it to countless other agents for about 8 years and not one of them had spotted it! We amended the contract and booked his client. With his evident and almost effortless knowledge of contract law, Ryan's pretty unique in this industry."


Producer, Rapport Group

"Legend! 😊 ...thank you Ryan, you’ve sent in some ace groups ❤ ... thanks so much for these fab tapes so quickly xx...   ...You da best! X"

Bex Reynolds

Casting Associate, ET Casting

"Great - you are the only agent who invoiced correctly"


Casting Director, Ilisa Richter Casting

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