Okay, so firstly I should admit that this is probably the most self-indulgent edit so far. I’ve left in a second-hand story I told about Judi Dench and a question from my mum, but I think both carry their weight in what is also one of my favourite episodes to date…

When I made my ‘Hit List’ for series 2, Amanda was very near the top, but unlike previous interviewees, I had no direct connection. I have worked with over half of those whose interviews I have released so far, and the remainder – with the exception of one – I was able to approach with the benefit of a mutual contact to drop into the text of the email. When I approached Amanda however, through her agent, the only connection I could claim was the fact that she followed @honestactors on Twitter. We share a credit, on a film in which we shared no screen time, and in which I had only one scene (in French) – the kind of thing actors at home call “a cough and a spit” – and consequently which I figured  mentioning might not illicit the desired response. Thankfully though, the eventual reply to my approach was a positive one. And now I’m delighted to be sharing the edited interview with you as episode six of Series 2.

Outside of editing this latest episode, it’s been a busy weekend for me, as on Saturday we filmed the first Emerging Actors Roundtable in association with Spotlight. After a long week of Skype interviews with a shortlist of 23 candidates – from 123 applicants – I met the final seven panellists for the first time a few hours ahead of filming. When we took our seats, the discussion lasted almost an hour and a half and touched on some really interesting topics, from the value of training to the importance of diversity, from current concerns to long-term career expectations. You can look forward to meeting the panel and seeing episode 1 on the Spotlight YouTube channel in the not-too-distant future…

 

For now though, here’s episode 6…

Thanks for listening.

J. x

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Amanda Abbington

Recorded at Equity on 25th August 2016. Running Time – 46:06.

Recordings copyright Jonathan Harden, 2016. Music by Deci Gallen.

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Jonathan Harden

Actor. VO. Director.

Former barman, waiter, cook, labourer, ‘tugger’, security guard, dish washer, removals man, bouncer, office manager, Wendy’s ‘Crew Member’, Costa ‘barista’, snooker table maintenance guy, shop assistant, usher, boom op, golf buggy driver, and one-time pretend bank robber.

Started this thing thinking nobody would listen.