Department research project produces actors’ archive

Researchers in the Department Film, Theatre and Television have produced an online archive of actor interviews – including Simon Callow, Hugh Bonneville and Harriet Walters – shedding light on the creative process involved in portraying real people. Conducted for the AHRC-funded research project ‘Acting with Facts: Performing the Real on Stage and Screen, 1990-2010’, these 23 interviews showcase actors discussing their experience of and views about performing in TV and theatre dramas based on real events, and portraying real people.

Available for download as pdfs, these interviews were conducted primarily between 2007 and 2009 and provide a useful resource for performers and researchers alike. An accompanying ‘About the Interviews’ document explains the role of the interviews within the Acting With Facts project, gives an overview of the research results obtained from the interviews, and reflects on the methodology of interviewing for research.

The actors interviewed were: Anne Reid, Alecky Blythe, Beattie Edney, Bella Merlin, Bill Hoyland, Caroline Blakiston, Chipo Chung, Chris Ettridge, David Annen, Esther Coles, Harriet Walter, Hugh Bonneville, Ian McNeice, Jan Ravens, Lloyd Hutchinson, Maxine Peake, Michael Maynard, Phil Davis, Robin Soans, Roger Allam, Simon Callow, Thomas Wheatley and Timothy West.

The research team was led by Dr Derek Paget, working with Prof. Jonathan Bignell, Prof. Lib Taylor and Postdoctoral Researcher Dr Heather Sutherland.  The link to access the interviews is:

A brief description of the ‘Acting with Facts’ research project can be found at: