People We Love Working With

Arthur Smith 

I spent 13 years working as a radio presenter for the UKRD group (Stray FM, Yorkshire Coast Radio and Minster FM) and Freelance Radio Presenter for KCFM, Lincs FM and Radio Yorkshire. I am currently the Breakfast  presenter on Trax FM based in Doncaster and loving every minute of working with this great company. If you already know me, you will know I am passionate about the industry in which I work. 

My main strength is being able to communicate effectively using various methods to suit the target audience (verbal, in writing, in person and digitally). I set up Cann Communications to be able to expand and develop and to continue to help the community in which I live and work using media, radio and online channels.

 

I'd love to help you with voiceover work, event hosting and DJing. Let's have a cuppa and a chat.


 

Graeme Park 

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A BBC regular, well-known for his appearances on TV’s ‘Grumpy Old Men’, ‘Q.I.’, ‘Have I Got News For You’, ‘The One Show’, Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’, ‘Balham Bash’, and host of Radio 4 Extra’s Comedy Club, and Radio 2’s ‘Smith Lectures’. Arthur is a ‘Spirit of The Fringe’ award-winning Edinburgh Festival stalwart and Olivier nominated playwright for ‘An Evening With Gary Lineker’.

Arthur is simply one of our funniest and most original comic performers and is guaranteed to bring you a night of hilarity, mirth and scandal...with a touch of rudeness thrown in for good measure.

Comedian Arthur Smith is a national treasure! Find him on Twitter @ArfurSmith

TV/Radio agent: Troika 

Stage tour agent: Sofia Cann 

Publicist: Sofia Cann 

www.arthursmith.co.uk


Chris Hawkins

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Chris Hawkins presents the daily Early Breakfast show (5 - 7.30am) on BBC Radio 6 Music (5-7.30am) and has interviewed some of music’s biggest stars, including Calvin Harris; The Killers; Florence Welch; Dave Grohl and Jack White. He is a notable champion of 2019 Brits Critics Choice Winner, Sam Fender.

Chris is also a Radio 4 documentary presenter, most recently presenting an in depth programme investigating the links between contemporary music and politics. He is among a select number of presenters to host the prestigious Radio 4 programme, Pick of the Week. He is also regular voice on BBC Radio 5 live. On screen, Chris appears on BBC Breakfast TV, BBC News and has presented films on BBC Inside Out.

 

He is an experienced festival, awards and conference host as well as a successful voice over artist. He writes blogs for the BBC website and has written for the Huffington Post, Music Week and UK Music.

 

Chris recently appeared on Pointless Celebrities and captained the victorious Nottingham University team on Celebrity University Challenge. He is also a Celebrity Mastermind runner-up...his specialist subject? Coronation Street.

 

In 2018 Chris made cameo appearances in the BBC 1 daytime drama Doctors and played Dylan Thomas at the Dylan Thomas Theatre in Swansea.

 

Chris is proud to chair the Nordoff Robbins Manchester Network and to be an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust.

 

Sunday Times (Gillian Reynolds), “Chris Hawkins, the great of tomorrow”

 

The Telegraph, “A thoughtful, intellectually supple presenter”

 

The Guardian, “lovely music, sense of humour, and warm interaction with listeners.”

 

Matt Haig, “Chris is a master interviewer”

 

Brian Blessed, “An excellent host and interviewer”

If you're looking for the perfect person to host your 'In conversation' and Q&A events, then look no further! For DJ/event hosting opportunities & media interviews, contact Sofia Cann

Listen back to Chris on BBC Radio 5 Live 

Here's another chance to hear Chris chatting to author Matt Haig on

BBC 6 Music

Twitter: @ChrisHawkinsUK

Publicist: Sofia Cann 

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Graeme Park 

Graeme Park is an original Hacienda DJ who sells out at venues across the globe! He's spent 30 years on the decks and 20 years on the radio and is still going strong. Find him on Twitter @graemepark 

The story of DJ Graeme Park really mirrors the story of the evolution of dance music and club culture itself. Graeme found himself working in a Nottingham record shop called Selectadisc in the early 1980s, when the very first house records began to filter through from Chicago, Detroit and New York. When the shop’s owner opened a nightclub, it was only natural he should turn to Graeme to select the discs. Determined to showcase this new style of music, his reputation as a house pioneer soon brought him to the attention of The Haçienda in Manchester, who asked him to cover for Mike Pickering while he went on holiday in 1988. Simply put, there was no-one else in the country who could do the job. The Summer of Love followed and Parky quickly became one of the biggest names on the emerging dance scene. Aside from his nine year residency at The Haç, he was one of the first British DJs to play places like Australia, South America, the USA, Asiaand beyond as well as producing and remixing tracks for the dancefloor, including The Brand New Heavies, Inner City, Eric B & Rakim, New Order, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and others

For a list of where you can see Graeme DJ, visit www.thisisgraemepark.com

Now Taking bookings for 2021 Q&A and DJ gigs for Graeme Park.

For bookings and media interviews, contact Sofia Cann

Reece Dinsdale

Actor and Television Director Reece Dinsdale has performed extensively in theatres across the country including his role as Walter Harrison in This House at The National Theatre, George Jones in The Absence of War for Headlong Theatre Company and the title roles in Richard III and The Master Builder Builder at Leeds Playhouse. He won a Yorkshire Award for his contribution to Arts and Entertainment after playing Alan Bennett in Untold Stories (also Leeds Playhouse).

Dinsdale won the Special Jury Prize at the Geneva Film Festival for his portrayal of John Brandon in the feature film I.D. and played Guildenstern (to Tim Spall’s Rosencrantz) in Kenneth Branagh’s highly acclaimed feature film Hamlet.

As well as his stage and big screen performances, Reece has starred in many high- profile TV dramas ranging from leading roles in the BAFTA award winning Threads and Jim Henson’s Storyteller, through Spooks, Life on Mars, to Joe McIntyre in Coronation Street and the hugely popular comedy series Home to Roost opposite the late John Thaw.

Reece has also directed the Royal Television Society Award-winning drama ‘Eighteen’ in the ‘Moving On’ series for LA Productions and BBC1. 

Reece is Associate Artist of Leeds Playhouse and Patron of Square Chapel Arts Centre,  Harrogate Theatre and The Piece Hall. Follow Reece on Twitter: @reece_dinsdale 

Publicist: Sofia Cann

Photo credit: Ant Robling 

Now Taking bookings for 2021 actor training sessions, Q&A and in conversations, contact Sofia Cann

Ian Puleston-Davies

Ian Puleston-Davies is an actor, writer and voice over artist. A familiar face on stage and screen, you will probably recognise him from Tin Star on Channel 4 and Sky Atlantic, Vera, Coronation Street, Marcella, Being Human and Silent Witness to name a few. 

Ian is an advocate for mental health support and is Patron of OCD UK. Follow Ian on Twitter: @PulestonDavies

Agent: Curtis Brown

Publicist: Sofia Cann 

Photo credit: Neilson Reeves Photography 

Now Taking bookings for 2021 Q&A and in conversation events with Ian Puleston-Davies. 

For bookings and press & media interviews, contact Sofia Cann

Karen Henthorn

Karen Henthorn is an experienced stage and screen actor and voice over artist. She starred in the national staging of War Horse and played the mother in 'Shirley', the last play by Andrea Dunbar.

 

Karen's screen work has included Dark Heart, In The Flesh, Homefront, Coronation Street, Eastenders, Doctors and much more. 

As well as her stage and screen work, Karen also runs acting workshops for all abilities from beginers to professionals. 

Follow the brilliant Karen on Twitter: @Karenhenthorna1

Agent: Revolution Talent

Voice agent: QVoice Limited 

Publicist: Sofia Cann

Photo credit: Neilson Reeves Photography 

For press & media interviews, contact Sofia Cann

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Natalie Gavin 

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Natalie was born in West Yorkshire and studied at Leeds Intake Performing Arts College following a Bachelor of the arts degree in Drama and Theatre studies with an outstanding achievement award at Huddersfield University.

Natalie has worked professionally in the industry for 14+ years with many Television, Film and Theatre credits under her belt.

Natalie’s film career started with Clio Barnard’s first film The Arbor as young Andrea Dunbar; and is in Barnards latest film Ali & Ava. Natalie also starred alongside Peter Mullen in Jake Gavin’s film Hector.

Nat’s television credits include Paul Abbott s critically acclaimed TV series Shameless; Channel 4’s  Ackley Bridge; ITV’s The Syndicate by Kay Mellor; BBC one’s Prisoners wives; Ged Mercurio’s award winning Line of Duty; and Sally Wainwright's Gentleman jack. Natalie also landed the lead role playing Alma Capstick in Jericho.

Natalie Gavin’s theatre credits include Shared Experience Bracken Moor & Mermaid; The Old Vic’s The Crucible playing Mary warren; Andrea Dunbar’s Shirley at Hope Mill and Square Chapel Arts Centre; Headlongs Theatre’s Pygmalion as a northern Eliza Doolittle; and Charley Miles new play There Are No Beginnings at the Leeds Playhouse.

You can find Natalie next in Julian Fellowes up and coming Netflix series The English Games.

Natalie is Square Chapel Art Centre’s youngest patron and is also a patron of Harrogate Theatre.

Showreel: vimeo.com/383810444

Twitter: @NatalieGavin
Talent agent Curtis Brown

Publicist: Sofia Cann 

Darren Jeffries 

Darren is a stage and screen actor who started his career as a child actor on the soap Hollyoaks. Darren also played John in Andrea Dunbar's last play 'Shirley'. 

Darren also runs acting workshops for all anyone wanting to get into the stage and screen acting industry. 

Follow the Darren Jeffries on Twitter: @DarrenJeffries1 

Agent: Nicola Bolton Management 

Publicist: Sofia Cann 

Eva Pope

Eva was born in the countryside near Wigan to her landscape - gardener Father and her Mother, a teacher. She and her four brothers grew up in an ancient farmhouse in the Lancastrian hills. Eva was introduced to acting by her mother, an avid theatre goer who saved up to take Eva to Stratford - On - Avon every couple of years. "Shakespeare has been my Light ever since".

At 19, Eva left her wellies and her erratic school life behind and moved to London to a 3 year classical acting course at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. She was almost expelled after her first term and had to "round off her northern corners".

Triumphantly "rounded off", Eva left Webber Douglas with a top Distinction in the 90's and jumped straight into Theatre, playing a ghost at Dundee Rep,  Adrianna in Comedy of Errors at the New Vic and - her favourite part to date - Jessie in "Bright and Bold Design" by Peter Wheelan, in Theatre in the Round. Whilst playing Jessie, Eva was spotted by Coronation Street bosses and begun a year-long reign as the evil Tanya Pooley - eventually forcing her way out of the Granada doors when a friend suggested that the weight of hate levelled at her across the Nation every evening must be enough to sink Britain.

Since those days Eva has played lead roles in over 70 Television, Film, and Theatre productions, gaining nominations and awards for her performances along the way. Eva also writes and produces award winning work and is actively an all-rounder in her Industry, with her Northern corners included again. She was most recently nominated for Best Supporting Actress at The 2017 California Woman's Film Festival, Hollywood.

Eva is patron of The Old Courts in Wigan. 

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Eva's website

Twitter: @Evapope

Publicist: Sofia Cann 

John McArdle

John’s numerous television credits include playing series regulars in the ITV’s Emmerdale, Channel 4’s Brookside, and BBC’s The Case, Waterloo Road, All the Small Things, and Mersey Beat, for which he won the award for Best Actor in the Regional Television Society Awards 2002. 

His recent stage credits include An Enemy of the People, Things I Know To Be True (Frantic Assembly) and The Red Lion for Rapture Theatre. 

John is also an author as well as actor and director. His debut book 'You Never Said Goodbye' is available to buy via Amazon

Follow John on Twitter: @johnmcardle22

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Ben Pearson

Bradford born; Benjamin Pearson always dreamed of joining the police to help others. He joined West Yorkshire Police, his local force in 2001 aged 25. He began his career out on patrol and as a tutor constable training new officers before joining the special operational and Roads Policing Unit.

 

Pearson, a familiar face on Channel 5’s popular TV series Police Interceptors, dedicated 19 years to serving and protecting the public, his community, before he was forced to give it all up and retire in October 2020 due to ill health and work-related PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

 

Now aged 44, Pearson still has that same dream of helping others, however this chapter involves Ben exchanging his baton for the pen and taking up a new role out of the uniform that was his identity for almost two decades. Ben is now an author, motivational speaker and mental health advocate sharing his life and work experiences – the ups and downs of policing, living with PTSD, and coping with the stigma attached to mental illness.

 

Pearson has been involved in dangerous pursuits, arrested murderers and rapists and high-profile burglars. He’s taken down some of the most violent offenders, bringing them to justice. Unbeknown to Ben, his greatest fight was yet to come. After dealing with a series of heinous, fatal collisions and losing his parents, Ben’s mind became his worst enemy. Handcuffed Emotions – ‘A Police Interceptor’s Drive into Darkness’ tells of his fight, not only for his family, his health, and his sanity, but the fight against the stigma attached to mental health. 

Handcuffed Emotions is out to buy now! You can Tweet Ben @bs_pearson

Ben is available for media interviews and in conversations. 

Harry Tangye

Harry Tangye worked as a Police Officer in Devon and Cornwall Police for 30 years finishing his service in April 2020.  He was a Sergeant specialising in the world of Armed Response, road death investigation and VIP Protection, looking after all the Royals on many occasions and many top politicians over his service.  His day job was working front line on full shifts for his whole career, experiencing the best and worst of humanity.  He realised a number of experiences and anecdotes kept cropping up when chatting with friends and colleagues and he felt it was important to put it on paper.  He stopped counting the number of fatal road traffic collisions he personally attended and the times he reflects on the times he almost pulled the trigger of his gun.  


Touching on where he sees the problems with policing today, he also writes about specific jobs he attended which had a long-lasting effect on him, but he starts the book from the very beginning when he applied to join the police at the aged of 10 and received a reply from a Newquay Inspector which effected the rest of his life.  Brought up on the Cornish cliffs many readers have wondered how he ever made it to the age of twelve, as he used the same cliffs as his playground as a child, mixing explosives to produce pipe bombs and having to cycle to casualty on more than one occasion to get stitched up.

Harry's book 'Firearms and Fatals' - An autobiography of 30 years front line policing exposed - is out now! 

Follow Harry on Twitter @Ex_arv_sgt and subscribe to his YouTube Channel 

and Frontline Chat.

Harry is available for public speaking, conferences, student lectures, book and author events, and media interviews. 

Kris Hitchen 

Kris Hitchen is an actor and voice over artist, his break out performance came playing the lead in Ken loach's "Sorry we missed you". His performance was met with world wide critical acclaim earning him a BIFA nomination for Best Actor and the film a BAFTA nomination for outstanding British film.

Kris is set to be a known face on TV and film with an ever growing number of exciting projects in development.

Talent agent Greg Herst Troika Talent
https://www.troikatalent.com/agent/greg-herst

Photo credit Zurich Film Festival

Harry Tangye

Harry Tangye worked as a Police Officer in Devon and Cornwall Police for 30 years finishing his service in April 2020.  He was a Sergeant specialising in the world of Armed Response, road death investigation and VIP Protection, looking after all the Royals on many occasions and many top politicians over his service.  His day job was working front line on full shifts for his whole career, experiencing the best and worst of humanity.  He realised a number of experiences and anecdotes kept cropping up when chatting with friends and colleagues and he felt it was important to put it on paper.  He stopped counting the number of fatal road traffic collisions he personally attended and the times he reflects on the times he almost pulled the trigger of his gun.  

Touching on where he sees the problems with policing today, he also writes about specific jobs he attended which had a long-lasting effect on him, but he starts the book from the very beginning when he applied to join the police at the aged of 10 and received a reply from a Newquay Inspector which effected the rest of his life.  Brought up on the Cornish cliffs many readers have wondered how he ever made it to the age of twelve, as he used the same cliffs as his playground as a child, mixing explosives to produce pipe bombs and having to cycle to casualty on more than one occasion to get stitched up.

Harry's book 'Firearms and Fatals' - An autobiography of 30 years front line policing exposed - is out now as well as his debut novel based on true crime events The Cornsih Scoop

Follow Harry on Twitter @Ex_arv_sgt and subscribe to his YouTube Channel and Frontline Chat.

Harry is available for public speaking, conferences, student lectures, book and author events, and media interviews.

Ant Robling

Anthony Robling is a photographer specialising in theatre, portraiture and event photography. Working with natural light, on location, and in the studio. He produces images featuring bold colours and crisp black and whites.

 

Theatre photography makes up the vast majority of Ant’s work. To date, he’s worked at, amongst others, York Theatre Royal, Leeds Playhouse, Leeds Grand, Leeds City Varieties, Harrogate Theatre, Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax, Cast in Doncaster, Bradford Alhambra, Epstein Theatre, Liverpool Empire, and the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Court in London.

 

He has also been published widely throughout Yorkshire, and also nationally in The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, The Stage, Morning Star, Vogue and on the BBC, ITV and Sky Arts. His services include coverage of press launches, meet and greets, rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and publicity shoots.

 

His portraiture takes all forms - personal projects, headshots, and commercial photography. Business clients include Jo Loves, Asda, Caddick Construction, Delifresh, National Railway Museum, Balfour Beatty, Jo Malone, Jimmy Choo, Cann Communications, The Diana Award and The Pentelow Practice - Principal Partner Practice of St. James's Place Wealth Management.

 

Ant has covered a wide range of events including Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards, Manchester Theatre Awards, Yorkshire Choice Awards, and Child Friendly Leeds Awards.

We choose Ant Robling when it comes to photography because he's creative, reliable, good at what he does, passionate and professional. 

Follow Ant on Twitter: @RoblingPix

For more info and to book Ant for your events visit - http://roblingphotography.com/