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BTA

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.

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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 completing his Master’s in Law – and he aced his Contract Law exam with a Distinction.

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 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./E.U. 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 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 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 1750 Shakespearean sonnets.
 
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

Ryan is also a long-time practitioner of the Buddhist arts of Mindfulness Meditation and Wing Chun Kung-Fu. Smith is also currently studying for his Master’s in Law.

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

Among others, we represent…

ACTORS

WRITERS

SINGERS

DIRECTORS

DANCERS

PRODUCTION HOUSES

MUSICIANS

PRODUCERS

MODELS

COMEDIANS

PROFILE TALENT & RISING STARS

Meet just a few members of our wonderful tribe

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.

ISABELLE GEORGES

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.

SAMUEL ROSS

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! 🙂

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.

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.

DAVY EDWARD KING

If you’re from the Netherlands, Davy needs no introduction. As the face of Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn’s ‘Belly Butt’ campaign, Davy is known to millions of adoring fans. Yes, he’s kind of a big deal. Thankfully, we can report that he’s as humble and generous as he is famous – qualities we value highly here at BTA® 🙂

Transferring from a career in sports, Davy’s screen credits include: Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden (Good Times Bad Times), Zwaar Verliefd (Heavily in Love), Komt een Man bij de Dokter (a Man goes to the Doctor), and the lead in the soap opera De Spa (The Spa). In 2018, he made his professional theater debut and toured the country with the comedy, Judeska in de TBS-Kliniek (Judeska in Rehab).

DAVID SCHAEFER

David first found fame with the pop band, Culture Box who were signed with DISNEY/SONY BMG. Since then he moved into modelling appearing in campaigns for Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Vogue, GQ – and appearing on the front cover of Men’s Health. More recently David moved into acting as well as producing his own music. 

We couldn’t resist – here’s a blast from the Culture Box past… 🙂

MICHAEL PAUL

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).

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®.

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. 

JULIA THURSTON

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

DOUG HALEY

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.

CAROL ANNE WATTS

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.

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.

NICHOLA FYNN

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.

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.

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.

MELANIE JOHNSON

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!” – naturally, we concur! 🙂

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Pro bono publico

As we did throughout 2019, BTA® will continue to support the national charity, Crisis, throughout 2020. 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.

BTA® APPLICANTS

What we look for in potential clients

Every artist in this industry has talent - we look for a whole lot more

Team Players 🤜🤛

Recognising that their agent is far better placed than they are to understand the inner workings of the industry, our clients look to us for guidance. Our clients also recognise that this industry runs on clear and efficient communication - that's why our clients keep themselves available and reachable, and respond quickly to confirm availability, castings, recalls and bookings.

Our clients also strive to continually update their online profiles, showreels and headshots so it's clear to casting why they are appropriate for all the jobs we are trying so hard to get for them. It's about working with each other, not against each other.

A Business Mindset  🏦 💵

It's called 'show business'. Yes, you're an artist, but the sooner you realise you're actually a small business owner with yourself as the product, the sooner you will help us to help you by adopting a business mindset.

Our Founder and Senior Agent also has the benefit of law school training, which means we can advise our clients in a way very few other agencies can in regards the inception, execution and discharge of any potential employment contract they are offered. And this business can be tough. Not a day goes by when we don't have to use our legal savoir faire on behalf of our clients - you'll appreciate that fully when it's on your behalf.

Balanced Ambition 📚✅

Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither is a career in the entertainment industry. Balancing your ambition with reasonable expectations is the key to both longevity in this business and a happy relationship with your agent. Our clients, therefore, do everything they can to further themselves in all of their talents, while at the same time respecting the odds they are up against.
 
For our part, we do everything we can reasonably do in guiding our clients on how to improve their chances with casting, as well as doing our due diligence in putting our clients forward for appropriate and plentiful submissions. And, yes, we do that rare agent thing and submit our clients 'across the board' - we love nothing more than triple, even 'quadruple-threats’ - recognising that each of your talents is probably equally as important to you as the others.

Long-Term Loyalty ☔️☀️

The first year or two will determine if you ‘get it'. The unpredictability of this industry can be tough for artists to accept, but right from day one at BTA® we are there to guide and encourage. In return we expect our artists to work with us as loyal and reliable teammates as we continually evaluate your progress.
 
Deeper into our agency relationship we offer some of our clients other forms of representation, including international management. And some of our actors also develop into fine writers, ripe for our growing literary department.
 
But let's cross those bridges if and when we come to them - see if you can get (and stay) on our books first 😉

and the final essential element

 

More Cowbell! 🔔😂

In other words, don't take yourself too seriously - and never ever lose your sense of humour!

many are called - few are chosen

 

We generally prefer to consider new applicants via existing client referrals

However, this should not deter other exceptional talents from applying

Always add links to your spotlight/IMDb with a cover letter

N.B. We are receiving a high volume of submissions at present - please be patient in awaiting our reply

THE ART & SCIENCE OF SUBMISSIONS

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®

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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®

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. 🙂

“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®

“Oh wow 🙂 Yes to you! Such perfect timing too – I REALLY APPRECIATE IT!

Clare Juliette

Actress, BTA®

The BTA® Tribe

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®

“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®

“…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 so much for a super fun couple of months with some amazing opportunities. So looking forward to continue working with you in 2020.”

Heather Ewart

Actress, BTA®

“Thank you so much for everything this year. I feel really grateful for having you on my team. :)”

Melanie Johnson

Actress, BTA®

“Thank you so much for all the hard work you always put in and for a great year – this summer on tour was such a highlight of my whole year!”

Alice Jauncey

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®

“Hi Ryan,

Just wanted to say a big ‘Thank You’ for all your hard work and tirelessness. You are an amazing agent and I am glad I have found you. Please enjoy your well-deserved time off.

I hope you will have a fantastic Christmas and an even better New Year! I am very excited about 2020 and positive it will bring a lot of amazing opportunities for us both!

God bless,
Anna”

Anna Lavrenteva

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!
 
Best, 
Franziska”
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.”

ANNE STONE

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.”

GABI BLOOR

Producer, Rapport Group

“Great – you are the only agent who invoiced correctly”

ILISA RICHTER

Casting Director, Ilisa Richter Casting

Getting in the Room

 Film, TV, Theatre, Musical Theatre, VO, Video Games, Commercials…you name it…

BTA® clients get life-changing opportunities

BTA® CASTING

Our casting deptment specialises in casting and production services for features, shorts and theatre

 

Films we cast have received numerous festival accolades including

We welcome enquiries from industry professionals wishing to cast their projects

 

We do not accept unsolicited casting submissions from actors

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