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British Talent Agency®

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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

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

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. 

MARCOS JAMES

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

MELANIE JOHNSON

Melanie is managed worldwide by BTA®. A formidable talent as an actress, writer and comedian – Melanie is also a proud cast member of our very own, Rogue Shakespeare®. Most recently she starred as Nell Gwynne in the world premiere of Ryan J-W Smith’s new 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!”

BRIDGET BENSTEAD

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 and has just booked a part in a new real-time fiction App.

DAVID FOY BAUER

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 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. Joshua is also very popular with commercial casting directors. Along with everybody else, we love Mr. Ford. 🙂

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®.

NIALL MURPHY

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.

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 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.

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 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.

Get in!

Josh”
Joshua Ford

Actor, BTA®

Our Clients say it Best

There's only one BTA®

“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®

“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 PARKINGTON

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

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®

2019 GRADUATES

We are delighted to welcome the following drama school graduates onto our books and into the industry.

MUSICAL THEATRE & ACTING

Alisha Veasey-Watts

Having previously trained in Musical Theatre for 2 years at Birmingham Ormiston Academy, Alisha is about to graduate 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.

Yan Tobi-Amisi

Yan hasn’t even graduated yet, but we’ve already had him filming on-set with Stormzy! He’s also been seen for 2 commercials and several theatre productions… oh, and he’s filming another music video this weekend for Anna of the North… poor guy! His biggest problem right now is sneaking past his tutors at Mountview! 😉

Freya Anderson

Freya is about to complete her honours degree in Musical Theatre at GAMTA. The ink is barely dry on Freya’s contract, but we cannot wait to start submitting her not just for work in musical theatre, but across the board in Film, TV, theatre and commercials – as we do with all our highly prized MT clients.

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, and we cannot wait to help him launch his career once he graduates from LIPA this summer.

Charlotte Crowe

Charlotte is about to graduate from Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts with a degree in Musical Theatre. Another triple threat joins the BTA® ranks – awesome 🙂

Ilse-Lee Van Niekerk

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Ilse-Lee is about to graduate with an MFA in Acting from Guildford School of Acting. As well as acting she has exceptional skills in singing, dance, horse-riding and is fluent in Afrikaans. We’re delighted to welcome her into the BTA® family.

Danielle Glover

Danielle is about to graduate 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. We can’t wait for her to graduate so we can show her off to casting!

Jessica Florence

Jessica is about to graduate from GAMTA with an honours degree in Musical Theatre. Another triple threat with a humble heart – we’re delighted. A huge welcome to Jessica from BTA®.

Chloe Hall

With the voice and face of an angel, Chloe is about to graduate from The Arden School of Theatre with a degree in Musical Theatre. Bring on the summer so we can start to push on her behalf to all our MT casting contacts – as well as all our contacts in Film, TV, theatre, commercials, etc. We love to give all our clients as many employment opportunities as possible.

Amber Simone

Amber is about to graduate 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.

Stacey Stephen

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

Yunusa Secka

Just finishing up uni, Yunusa signed with BTA® on May 1st. In his first few weeks with us we’ve 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. Boom! Welcome to BTA® 😉

Connie Jean Herron

Connie is about to graduate from GAMTA with an honours degree in Musical Theatre. Exceptional triple threat skills come as standard from GAMTA, and Connie is no exception. We’re delighted to have her in the BTA® family.

Sofia Hunter

Sofia recently graduated with an MA in Screen Acting from the Drama Centre. As well as acting she has mad skills in dance, martial arts and speaks Greek, Italian, Spanish. Yes, she’s BTA® qualified – and we’re delighted to have her join our team.

Heather Butt

Heather is about to graduate from Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts with a degree in Musical Theatre – and they don’t come more humble and delightful than Heather – welcome aboard the good ship BTA®

Rory Coppin

Six feet five inches with baby blue eyes – Rory is the definition of a gentle giant. After previously training at the Identity School of Acting, Rory has just gradated with an MA in Screen Acting from the Drama Centre. As well as acting, Rory is also an experience sailor – we’re delighted to welcome him onto the good ship BTA®!

Amy Houston

Yet another wonderful triple-threat gift from Glasgow – Amy is about to graduate with an honours degree in Musical Theatre from MGA Academy of Performing Arts. We’re delighted to welcome Amy onto our books.

Alexander McLintock

The definition of determination, Alexander recently graduated with an MA in Screen Acting from the Drama Centre. As broad-shouldered as he is tall, Alexander is also a keen rugby player and general sportsman. We’re delighted to have him in the BTA® wolf pack!

Gigi Grainger

Gigi is about to graduate from Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts with a degree in Musical Theatre. A wonderful triple threat with excellent guitar skills.

Lisa McCord

Another triple threat! Originally from Northern Ireland, Lisa is about to graduate from St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, with a degree in Drama & Theatre Arts. We’re very excited to bring her into the BTA® family.

Rebecca Jay

Rebecca is about to graduate 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.

Tito Williams

The enigmatic Tito joins us from St. Mary’s where he is about to graduate with a Degree in Drama & Theatre Arts. Beyond acting, Tito is also a keen rapper and hip hop dancer. We’re delighted to bring him into the BTA® fold.

Harriet Carr

Specialising in dance, Harriet is about to graduate 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.

Sergio Nora

Originally from Spain, Sergio is about to graduate from the Performance Preparation Academy with an Honours Degree in Acting for Stage and Screen. Besides acting, Sergio is also an excellent guitarist and fencer. He’s also a qualified scientist. 

Olivia Helden

Olivia previously trained for 2 years at the BRIT School of Technology & Performing Arts. She is now about to graduate 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 is about to graduate 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.

Courtney Lentell

Courtney is about to graduate from Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts with a diploma in Musical Theatre. Another fabulous triple threat joins our ranks!

Angelika Morus

Another incredible young talent, Angelika is about to graduate with an honours degree in Musical Theatre from GAMTA. Beyond acting, singing and dancing, she is also a professional model; a talented acrobat and speaks native Polish.

Oliver Wallace-Greeves

Oliver is about to graduate from St. Mary’s, with a degree in Drama & Theatre Arts. Oliver is also an excellent dancer and singer. We’re naturally delighted he signed with BTA®.

Milly Downing

Milly is about to graduate 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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