About Me

I am a British actress, writer and voiceover artist. Thanks for dropping by!
Here’s some self trumpety stuff… I also play the accordion pretty badly, but with gusto.

I trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and then did theatre for 12 years in the UK and Europe. I first came to the US with French classic, The Red Balloon at the Mark Taper some years ago. I returned later that year with a solo show, Martha for the Annenberg Centre, toured to the Kennedy centre and the New Victory on Broadway, and the International showcase in Philidelphia where I won the Victor Award.

Before I left the UK, I worked as a series recurring on BBC’s Half Moon Investigates and narrated BBC3’s TV show, My Childhood which won a Scottish BAFTA. My subsequent visit to the US was courtesy of the Smithsonian with Cuhulainn the hound of Ulster, and I was then invited to join the rep company in Honolulu theatre for a year, playing Aerial in The Little Mermaid.

Since then, I live both in LA and in Manchester, UK. I spend my time shooting, writing and voiceovering wherever I am. I do voice matching and voicework full time – current campaigns are for Jet 2, Sunny Finance, some work for NASA and How To Train Your Dragon 2. Check out my mobile game app, Melissa and the Heart of Gold on Itunes – we got over a millions subscribers in the first month of our launch.

I have voiced about 30 audiobooks, including the memoirs which have been sourced as the inspiration behind Downtown Abbey.

‘Josie Marks’ was my guest-starring character in HBO’s 3rd season of The Newsroom, and I play Princess, one of the 6 bitchy leads of Crazy Bitches.  And the Webseries of the same name.

I was Consulting Producer on Documentary short entitled My Dad, Stephanie, and also Story Coach to the director for the entire process of this fabulous Sundance movie, Holy Hell, distributed by CNN and on Itunes and Netflix now. Trailer below..

H O T  O F F  T H E  P R E S S

Recent Awards

USA DEBUT of Heroine at The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. in February 2020

Traverse Theatre, Scotland and Perth Theatre, Scotland – run of Heroine Feb 2020 backed by Creative Scotland

World-wide Release of Heroine the Audiobook December 2020

Winner of Made in Scotland Award for Heroine, 2018

Winner of Scottish Arts Trust Award for Heroine at the Edinburgh Festival 2018

Winner of Olywen Wymark Award, Writer’s Guild of Great Britain, with Nicola McCartney for Heroine 2017

Winner of Audie Award 2019

Nominated for Audie Award 2017

Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2017, 2018, 2019

Winner of the Audience Pick for Audible Swoon for Narration, Audible Booklovers Convention 2016

Nominee for Outstanding Body of Voice Work, SOVAS.ORG, @ Warner Brothers

A One Woman Show

Heroine is a true story of a female soldier in the US army: an outsider who wouldn’t quit.

She loved its challenges; thrived and excelled within that rigorous world.  At the time she enlisted, she was the only woman in her entire company, a lesbian before ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was repealed, and went on to lead a squad into combat. Also a survivor of military sexual trauma, she served on the battlefield alongside her assailants.  Heroine is an incredible human story is about one soldier’s experiences, and what healing and forgiveness really mean.

Speaking out for the first time can feel like the most dangerous way to come home.

Heroine did a week of development with an award from the Creative Scotland Producers Project in 2015 as part of the Lemon Tree’s initiative for Artists and subsequent had two preview shows at Festival Theatres, Edinburgh on March 30th 2017, to rave reviews and standing ovations.  Then won a Made in Scotland Award for one of the 23 best shows nationally, selected to represent Scotland’s best at the Edinburgh Festival.  We did a month’s run at Assembly Festival, Edinburgh in 2018 winning the Flying Artichoke Award Runner Up for “not just excellence but moving the genre forward” from the Scottish Theatre Arts Trust.

See the latest updates here – www.heroinetheplay.com –  it is available to tour to found spaces, theatres, community centres and Army bases.

Holy Hell Trailer

Crazy Bitches Audience Reaction

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