An Excellent start to your day...
Friday April 13 2018: Excellent's very sunny Laura Tobin is back on our screens, and boy are we happy about it!
Since welcoming her gorgeous baby daughter Charlotte last year, Laura Tobin has been away from the soon-to-be refurbished GMB set. But she has returned to our screens, and will hopefully bring the good weather with her!
Laura’s welcome return has coincided with the end of an era for GMB. The beloved morning show, along with other ITV shows, will be temporarily moving to White City while their Southbank studios are redone.
Addressing this, Laura admitted "I really wanted to come back to this studio because my last day here wasn't meant to be my last day here thanks to Charlotte's early arrival, so I just wanted to say goodbye to the building and hello to everyone."
Speaking on her adorable baby girl, Laura gushed “She's so good, she's put on so much weight, she's so big and fat now.” How cute!
Make sure to catch Laura on Good Morning Britain every weekday morning at 6:30am on ITV.
Take a look at her page and check out her showreel here:
A real triple threat.
Tuesday April 3 2018: As a VO, a singer, and an activist, Excellent's latest American addition, Sirena Riley, knows all about using your voice for good...
Sirena moved over from her native Washington D.C to the UK, having graduated with a degree in Women’s Studies, which provided her with a career as a full-time activist. As a singer-songwriter, her voice has always been important to her and it was eventually through radio that she got started on her VO work, once settled in London.
The most exciting thing about the VO world for Sirena is the opportunity it gives her to shed light on some of the issues that have always concerned her. She recently recorded the amazing autobiography of Assata Shakur (a prolific activist) with Audible, and thoroughly enjoyed, and was moved by, the whole experience!
As well as narration and audio book work, Sirena is often hired for e-Learning courses, and is doing more and more work with networks such as Al Jazeera and National Geographic. A very versatile voice!
Give Sirena’s reels a listen here, and prepare to be impressed: http://www.excellenttalent.com/voiceover/sirena-riley/
Monday March 26 2018: Meet one of Excellent's newest members, the tango-tastically talented Federico Louhau!
Born in Argentina, Federico has been involved in the voice-over world from a very young age, and even went on to study VO and Dubbing with some of the most respected dubbing directors and actors in Buenos Aires!
He is currently finishing his Musical Theatre diploma from Associated Studios in London, where he has lived since 2009. Character voices and singing are well within his area of VO expertise! You can even hear his voice spouting all kinds of commands from the Hasbro's Spider Man Homecoming and the Star Wars Stormtrooper action figures, sold in Mexico and the US!
Federico is currently the official voice for 20th Century Fox Latino movie trailers, and is an expert at promos as well!
Since 2012, he has been the official voice of the GPS navigation software, Waze, for all their instructional videos and ads, and is also one of the available voices on their app- so you can drive around with his help!
If you have been impressed so far by all these accolades (and how could you not have been?!), you'll absolutely want to check Federico out for yourself here:
A soft spot for a soft top.
Friday March 2 2018: Our very own weather expert Carol Kirkwood is also a bit of a car expert too...
If she’s not busy reporting the weather to us on the BBC, she’s busy being interviewed about cars in The Sunday Times.
In a rather amusing article featured in The Sunday Times, Carol reveals her obsession with cars, and how it started from a very young age! “I used to sit in Mum’s Austin Maxi on Sunday afternoons, pretending I was driving as I listened to the Top 40” she recalls. Cute!
Her life as a licensed driver began with not the flashiest of Ford Fiestas… but now she rather proudly enjoys her convertible Mercedes SLK. Having gone through Met Office training, Carol is an expert at spotting rain clouds, “So, if there’s anything dodgy, the roof is up immediately.” Lucky for some!
Read the full article here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/48dd7656-10ef-11e8-84d1-462768cd1752
Check Carol's page out here: http://www.excellenttalent.com/presenter/carol-kirkwood/
This is not to be whispered about!
Thursday February 22 2018: Our legendary Bob Harris is back with his equally legendary 'Old Grey Whistle Test' for one night only...
The time has come! BBC Music and BBC Four have announced a line-up of programmes for the upcoming months, and we are most excited about their decision to include among these a celebration of the ‘Old Grey Whistle Test’.
Old Grey Whistle Test Live: For One Night Only will be hosted by our very own Bob Harris and is a live three-hour show with music and special guests. It marks 30 years since the renowned series was last broadcast, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it!
The original series aired from 1971 to 1988, and acted as an introduction for many famous performers such as Bob Marley and David Bowie into the UK music scene. Bob presented the series from 1972-1978 and admits he “can’t wait to get back in the studio and relive those wonderful memories”.
Bob will be interviewing guests such as Dave Stewart, Ian Anderson, singer Mollie Marriott, Pink Floyd animator Ian Emes and Mike Appleton, producer of the original series. Musical guests include Peter Frampton, Richard Thompson, and Albert Lee.
Click here to hear Bob whisperin’: http://www.excellenttalent.com/voiceover/bob-harris/
The sunniest of reunions!
Wednesday February 21 2018: Excellent's fabulous Laura Tobin is back on our screens, bringing with her the cutest of company...
Our very own Laura Tobin introduced her baby daughter Charlotte on Good Morning Britain, as she rejoined the crew this week for the first time since giving birth.
The ever-glamorous new mum announced the arrival of baby Charlotte in September last year, and brought the newborn onto the GMB set to meet the hosts and crew. They discussed how Charlotte’s arrival was rather unexpected, as she was born three months premature.
In the interview, Laura details how she actually went into labour while in the studio and was informed by the on-set doctor, Dr Hillary, that “the baby wants to come today”. Laura admits “It was a huge shock, we had nothing ready!”.
After discussing the beautiful story behind the naming of her baby, which centres around her husband proposing to her in the German town of Charlottenburg, Laura revealed that she is going to be back on our screens permanently in a couple of months’ time! We can’t wait!
Watch the heart-warming interview here:
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: http://www.excellenttalent.com/voiceover/liam-fox/
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.
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!
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!