Actor and voice artist -
Equity and Spotlight Member
Classically trained actress (3 years at Mountview), with a flair for comedy. Enjoys the challenge of good, new writing. Has a degree in French literature (special subject: Proust), a City business background in financial publishing and regularly works in medical Role play.
|YEAR||ROLE||TYPE||PRODUCTION||COMPANY | VENUE||DIRECTOR|
|2016||Amanda (lead)||Short||Broken Dreams||Dewdrop media (LTd)||Baji Behera|
|2015||Virette||Voice Over||Eternity Rises||DrWho online adventues/BBC children in Need||Brendan Sheppard|
|2015||Secretary (Featured)||Commercial||HSBC "The Lift"||The Glue Factory||Gary Freedman|
|2015||Jean (leading role)||Theatre||Funny Money||G&G Productions||Gail Ashwell|
|2011||Mouth||Theatre||Not I||Richard Ryan Productions (No 1 Irish Tour)||Godot Company|
Virginia Byron adds some desperately needed spark.
Splendidly played by Virginia Byron cracking the one liners like Naseem Hamed cracked heads.
Virginia Byron is excellent as the family matriarch switching from high drama to high comedy in seconds.QX Magazine - Alexis Gregory
“stole the show”
Proud: VB who stole the show, delivering an incredible number of witty lines that she was able to deliver with impeccable timing”SOsoGAY.co.uk - Gerard Butler
Landscape: Beth’s (an excellent VB) tales are tender and full of longing. A beautiful piece of theatre, acted with supreme integrity.Ealing & Acton Gazette - Alistair Taylor
La Musica: Sexy! Sophisticated! Intimate! It’s intense. VB is a sophisticated Parisienne with a trace of world weary affectation. I loved it and I’m going to tell all my friends about it.Extra! Extra! - David Osborn
Suddenly at Home: VB is fascinating as the dressy actress Sheila.The Stage - Barbara Champion
"...carried off excellently"
Suddenly at Home: VB was the highly strung junkie actress Sheila. She carried off the shock finale excellently.Croydon Advertiser - Diana Ecclestone
Love me, Love my Dog: an impressive VB.The Stage - Derek Smith
“I have a passion for theatre and film, especially Samuel Beckett, Shakespeare and Comedy”
After studying for a French degree at Royal Holloway, I worked in financial publishing. My job involved a lot of international travel and client presentation, sometimes in French.
In 1996, I left the City to train for three years at Mountview and since graduating, I’ve been fortunate enough to work regularly and with gifted directors and fellow performers.
In 2002 I joined John Calder’s Godot Company where I played most of Samuel Beckett’s female roles. Highlights include Mouth in "Not I" which I performed in 10 1/2 minutes for a N01 Irish Tour for Richard Ryan Productions. I also played Woman 2 in "Play" and the Assistant Director in "Catastrophe" both at the Traverse, Edinburgh. In addition, Miss Fitt in “All That Fall” with the great Tony Rohr, May in "Footfalls", "Rockaby" and "Hey Joe". I have performed an extract of Winnie in O Les Beaux Jours (Happy Days) in French with David de Keyser and wrote and performed in "Beckett and the French".
I love clever Comedy particularly Noel Coward. I recently played Liz Essendine in Present Laughter for G& G productions and was asked back to play Jean in Funny Money by Ray Cooney, my first farce. I was fortunate enough to work in weekly Rep playing four leads in six weeks including Ruth in "Blithe Spirit" and Fiona in Alan Ayckbourn’s "How the Other Half Loves".
Another career highlight was working on the fantastic writer John Stanley’s play "Proud" at LOST Theatre with a dream team cast and wonderful director, Oliver Jack with Patrick Wilde as dramaturg. I played Rachel McCain, a mother to be reckoned with.
I recently enjoyed reprising the role of Virette in another feature length Dr Who radio drama, "Eternity Rises" for BBC Children in Need 2015. 2014’s episode "Dark Times" raised over £120,000 both directed by the great Brendan Sheppard. He also directed a talking book I recorded for his Word of Mouth company, "Guy Fawkes, a Desperate Remedy".
Recent film work includes "I’ll Walk with God" for Encore Films for which I was honoured by a Best Actress award at the CFF, Virginia, USA and "Broken Dreams" for Dewdrop Media Ltd.
Details | Skills | Work
Although a native Northerner, I spent several childhood years in France and have a base in the Alps where I love to ski. I enjoy target shooting with 2:2 rifles, ride and have a full, clean, driving licence.
- GENDER: Female
- SKIN COLOUR: White
- EYE COLOUR: Green
- HAIR COLOUR: Blonde
- HAIR LENGTH: Shoulder
- HEIGHT: 5'3" (160cms)
- BUILD: Slim
- NATIONALITY: British
- PLAYING AGE: 30s, 40s
- LOCATION: London, Hertfordshire
- EQUITY MEMBER: Yes
- SPOTLIGHT MEMBER: Yes
- ACCENTS (UK): Cockney, English, standard, Lancashire, Liverpool, London, Northern England, Northern Working Class, RP, Scottish, Standard, Yorkshire
- ACCENTS (NORTH AMERICAN): General American, New York City, Southern American, Texas
- ACCENTS (INTERNATIONAL): Dublin, French, Irish, Polish, Russian, Yiddish
- LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English, French, German
- VOCAL RANGE: Mezzo-Soprano
- DANCE SKILLS: Ballroom, Contemporary, Tango
PHYSICAL SKILLS: Ski-ing, Shooting, Horse Riding, Stage Combat, Standard Driving Licence
Comedy, Commercials, Corporate, Film (Professional), Film (Student), Presenting, Radio, Rehearsed Readings, Roleplay, Theatre (Fringe), Theatre (Professional), Theatre (Touring), TIE/TYA, TV, Voice Over
Comedy, Commercials, Corporate, Film (Professional), Film (Student), Improvisation, Music Videos, Online, Panto, Presenting, Radio, Rehearsed Readings, Roleplay, Theatre (Fringe), Theatre (Professional), Theatre (Touring), TIE/TYA, TV, Voice Over
- NO NUDITY
I thoroughly enjoy roleplay work, engaging with medical and corporate professionals on a one-to-one basis, either in an examination situation or by teaching effective communication skills. I have worked in OSCES intensive training, OSCE examinations and forum theatre. It is stimulating work and I‘m always interested in more bookings. I have been working in London, Cambridge and Reading but will travel.
- The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists-Fellowship OSCES
- The Royal College of Pharmacists
- GP Selection-FY2s
- The British Doula Association
- NHS East of England
- Whipp’s Cross Hospital-Maternity unit
- Ernst and Young
Click on the sound clips below to hear examples of voice work.
Get In Touch
If you have a project to discuss - use the form to send your enquiry.
I’m always interested in new collaborative projects. If the writing is good and the character has something important to relate, I’m always interested. Don’t be shy. Contact me and let's talk.
Spotlight view pin: 1179-1204-9085
Equity No: M00147459