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Wellies off, microphone on...

Wellies off, microphone on...

Thursday February 8 2018: Our very own and very experienced Emmerdale star, Liam Fox, has no issues adjusting to the booth.

Following Emmerdale’s big win at the 2018 National Television Awards, it is the perfect time to introduce one of Excellent’s latest additions, soap star/voice over extraordinaire Liam Fox!

Liam has enjoyed entertaining people with his various (very accurate!) impersonations, from a very early age. It even stopped him from being bullied at school, as he remarks “I was the fat kid at school that did impressions. It was brilliant!”.

This seemingly innate talent gave him the perfect starting point to go into both acting and voice acting. His Northern accent has helped land him very exciting roles in the past, and continues to do so! Although he is best known for his role in Emmerdale, a role for which he received an NTA nomination in 2013, Liam has also starred in Coronation Street and Dinner Ladies.

His voice acting career kicked off in 2005 and has been going strong ever since! A definite highlight for Liam was just after Christmas this year when he voiced three different aliens in a Doctor Who special. The dalek-table (sorry!) cast included Tom Baker himself! Liam has tried his hand at many areas of the VO world, but admits that animation and character voice acting are the areas that he is most passionate about- though that’s not to say he isn’t amazing at drama and narration VOs too! A man of many talents!

Don’t believe us? Check out his range of showreels here:

THUNDERBIRDS AREn't GOing anywhere!

THUNDERBIRDS AREn't GOing anywhere!

Monday November 13 2017: Excellent's very own Andres Williams stars in the latest adaptation of the legendary series.

Since the legendary inhabitants of Tracy Island stole our attention for the first time all those years ago, it has been difficult to get away from the Thunderbirds crew! Many versions of this adventure-filled narrative have graced our screens since its original airing in the 1960s, and ITV’s latest adaptation Thunderbirds Are Go is certainly not to be missed!

In 2013, this “revamp of an old classic” was announced in the form of a collaboration between ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures- a historic revelation for ITV, who were the first network to run the original Thunderbirds series in 1965. Two feature films and half a century later, this ever-popular remake has taken the world by storm! And its star-studded cast are partly to blame!

Excellent’s very own and very talented Andres Williams joined the elite cast of Thunderbirds Are Go in 2013, after an initial read-through at the ITV headquarters with the likes of Oscar-nominee, Rosamund Pike, and Thunderbirds’ legend, David Graham. Andres was cast as Tracy Island’s infamous villain, “The Hood”, and has enjoyed 2 series worth of villainy, admitting “It is really rather fun playing a baddy!”

Working alongside Kayvan Novak, star of hit-films Phonejacker and Facejacker, and general voice-acting gem, has been a real stand-out experience for Andres. Not to mention some of the recording sessions he has attended for “The Hood”. He tells one surreal but hilarious anecdote of one time when he was called in for a session with the producers wherein he was simply asked to scream “AAAAAAAAHHHH”, and then contentedly dismissed! Oh, to play a villain!

Watch new Season 2 episodes of Thunderbirds Are Go, currently premiering every weekend on ITV, to follow The Hood’s evil and persisting disruptions on Tracy Island! Don’t miss them! For more information, visit @thunderbirdshq on Twitter.

A Spotlight On Voice Acting.

A Spotlight On Voice Acting.

Thursday October 26 2017: Exciting new collaboration brings acting credits to voiceover artists.

Excellent Talent’s very own Rachael Naylor has always been one to think big. Since establishing The VoiceOver Network in 2013, she has aimed to bring voice actors together, and speak up for them in the wider industry. Through workshops, networking events and webinars, the Voiceover Network has connected many Voice Over artists with the best casting directors, agents and producers in the business! 

Now, Rachael is please to announce an exciting partnership with Spotlight, the most extensive and best known casting directory in use today. This groundbreaking collaboration means that voice actors will receive the recognition they deserve. Moreover, many of the areas within the voice acting world, which were not recognised within the system before, such as video games and animations, will be awarded acting credits; a development facilitated by a change in the directory's application process.

As a partnership, Spotlight and The VoiceOver Network aim to focus on maximising the exposure of Voice Over artists and, elevating their profile. Both organisations are aware of the rise in audio-visual media online, and The VoiceOver Network have thus called for more backing from the industry, recognising the work of a Voice Over artist as an often "isolated existence".

Excellent's very own Rachael Naylor, who founded The VoiceOver Network nearly half a decade ago, is justifiably of this pioneering collaboration. “We share Spotlight’s vision of promoting the industry’s best, and promoting professionalism in a fast-moving sector of the entertainment world. Working together with Spotlight we can help and support more professional voice actors as well as raising standards within the wider voice-over industry.”

Suffice it to say, exciting times for the voice acting world lie ahead...

No Slow News Days With Simon McCoy!

No Slow News Days With Simon McCoy!

Monday October 16 2017: All you need to know on politics, entertainment, weather, business and sport - join Simon McCoy daily for Afternoon Live!

An old hand at the BBC, Simon McCoy is no stranger to delivering top stories and breaking news - making the conception of his new show Afternoon Live on the BBC News Channel perfect sense! Now you can join him every afternoon, where he will have free reign to deliver hot topics of the day across politics, entertainment, weather, business and sport!

Whether it's dissecting racial inequality with MP David Lammy or sitting down with actor Andy Garcia to discuss the horror film 'Exorcist's' journey to the stage, the segments are as investigative as they are versatile. Alongside this, are finger-on-the-pulse updates such as the reopening of the Tate St. Ives and the recent unveiling of Tracey Emin's signature 'Unmade Bed' at the Turner Contemporary in Margate.

Simon's career has spanned decades and continents. Working as a Royal correspondent through most of the 90’s, in 2003 he co-anchored Sky's coverage of the Iraq war on location in Kuwait and Basra. Simon is now a permanent and much-loved fixture on the BBC. Hand him a slow news day and he'll offer up broadcasting gold! A case in point was his hilariously lackluster reporting of the World dog surfing championships, naturally going viral. It's this dry wit coupled with hard-hitting reporting which makes our Simon McCoy one to watch!

King of Comedy takes on The Windsors series 2!

King of Comedy takes on The Windsors series 2!

Tuesday July 25 2017: Harry Enfield's right royal impression.

The ‘best thing on the telly’, says The Independent, and if the first glimpses are anything to go by, the new series is set to live up to the hype!

Our comedy legend Harry Enfield is back with an uncanny impersonation of Prince Charles in this amusingly farfetched look through the royal keyhole. Harry will have you in stitches, with stiff upper lip caricature a-plenty! Highlights include Harry’s incarnation as Prince Charles’s empath twin brother back for unfinished business after being mysteriously locked in the attic for 69 years! And look out for him apologising to dead heads as he cuts them off his roses in a perfect display of British politeness gone mad.

The key Windsors from series one are all back, alongside some topical additions such as Kathryn Drysdale as Harry’s new girlfriend Megan Markel and Gillian Bevan’s eerily convincing Theresa May. Bursting with even more satire than before, Camilla and Theresa May’s epic Brexit clash, which comes to blows at a Royal event is already being tipped as the TV moment of 2017!

Fresh from voicing the highly-acclaimed "Asterix: Mansion of the Gods”, and a successful stint of "Once in a Lifetime" at the Young Vic, Harry is back on our screens doing what he does best. Once again, charming the nation with his unparalleled comic timing and grasp of character, it’s fair to say he is stealing the show in this deliciously close-to-the-bone new series!

Big Brother's Voice of Reason

Big Brother's Voice of Reason

Friday June 30 2017: Our Big Brother legend is back on our screens for the 18th series!

Our Big Brother legend is guiding us through what seems to be one of the most explosive series yet! Gracing millions of homes across the country over these past decades, he has gripped the nation as the heartbeat to one of the best loved and longest running reality shows!

With its inception on Channel 4 way back in 2000 to its new home on Channel 5, Marcus’s iconic narration has had a strong grip on the public consciousness. Marcus says ‘I'm immensely proud that I've become ingrained into British culture in such a unique way. Because of my association with Big Brother, everywhere I go I just open my mouth and people recognise my voice. I was once in a queue for a ride at Sea-world in Florida and my voice got recognised by some American BB fans!’

The voice has unwittingly taken on a life of his own in countless parodies and impersonations alike. Appearing on comedies with Ricky Gervais, being the subject of Rory Bremner impressions, a sketch with Jack Whitehouse for Comic Relief and his own game show Dirty Money on Sky One, it seems everyone wants a piece of one of the nation’s most recognisable voices. ‘Big Brother has also helped push my voice into realms that I'd never even thought of - I've opened Garden Fetes and Xmas shows, Hospital Radio Stations and even drew the half time raffle at a Premiere League Ground. I've advertised Cheese live at Asda in Dunstable and produced major campaigns for the NHS about Stopping Smoking and Diabetes Awareness’ That’s just the tip of the iceberg!

When he’s not making sense of the BB house pandemonium, he’s proved his versatility lending his tones to campaigns for British Airways, British Telecom and Birdseye, countless promos for Have I Got News for You and a modern day rerun of the Children's favourite, Bill and Ben! You can now catch Marcus navigating the nonstop drama of the Big Brother house in the 18th series! After all this time, the housemate’s antics still never fail to shock, so we thank god for Marcus – Big Brother’s ever trusty voice of reason!

Check out Marcus's reels here!

Rio Attoh-Wood has Voiceovers all

Rio Attoh-Wood has Voiceovers all "rapped" up

Wednesday June 7 2017: Rapper and Voiceover is a born performer

In this episode of the Excellent Talent Voiceover Podcast, hip hop artist, rapper, producer and voice-over Rio Attoh-Wood tells us how being a musician has tuned his ear to voice-overs, and how he can't quite seem to get over the acting bug.

Breathing new life into the Jungle!

Breathing new life into the Jungle!

Thursday April 6 2017: Carol Bolt takes the lead in kids' game.

Welcome to Tigeropolis! An interactive jungle adventure now launched on the App store!

Join our highly accomplished Carol Bolt and School of Little Voice’s Alfie as they guide you on Bittu the Tiger’s quest to save the forest from bulldozers!

Carol says “It’s great to work on TIGEROPOLIS which has really endearing characters! The game endorses a great cause!”

Carol Bolt’s warm yet excitable voice breathes new life into the acclaimed series turned interactive puzzle game. Not surprising as Carol is an certainly an old hand when it comes to kid’s voices, lending her tones to the likes of The Disney Channel, Fox Kids, and Tomy Toys to name a few!

Since the launch of Tigeropolis, Carol says "I am now impressing children of all ages in the family! Not something that happens every day!”

A performance that gets under your skin...

A performance that gets under your skin...

Monday March 27 2017: Sian Polhill Thomas joins all-star cast in National Theatre's Ugly Lies the Bone!

Our Sian Polhill Thomas is turning heads in Ugly Lies the Bone, the National Theatre's new play that's won the hearts of critics since it opened!

The UK debut from American playwright Lindsey Ferrentino takes you on an immersive journey charting the homecoming of war in a production Sian says, "is an experience I will grow from and one I will treasure." The play follows war veteran Jess's return home to Florida in a bid to heal the mental and physical traumas of war in Afganistan. As she embarks on her 'virtual reality therapy', the audience is led into an astonishing new world where anything seems possible.

Sian says, "working on Ugly Lies the Bone has given me a unique chance to work on many different aspects of theatre from new wriitng to physical exploration, the wonders of virtual reality in theatre and the experience of facial distortion."

Sian's acting career in Theatre and TV has gone from strength to strength and it's no suprise to see her hold her own in all-star cast. She joins the likes of Ralph Little and Kate Fleetwood to deliver a note perfect performance. 

This unique story is not one to be missed, get your tickets here if you haven't already!

Listen to Sian's reels here!

The Nation's Favourite Weather Presenter Comes Out Shining Again...

The Nation's Favourite Weather Presenter Comes Out Shining Again...

Tuesday March 14 2017: Celebrating the best in the world of radio and television, the TRIC awards are back!

Celebrating the best in the world of radio and television, the TRIC awards are back! Winning her 9th (yes her 9th!) best weather presenter award, it's fair to say the TRIC awards love Carol as much as the nation does! The feeling is certainly mutual, Carol says "I LOVE the TRIC awards. They are in fact the only Awards that recognise weather presenters!"

Along with bagging the much deserved best weather presenter award and with the BBC Breakfast in the running for best daytime show, it was an exciting Awards for Excellent's  Early Bird.

We're not suprised our Carol has come out shining again, Go Carol!!