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a Scottish-born actress raised in Canada & Scotland, now based in London
Edinburgh. You will find here a complete
Résumé of my
Stage & Screen work along with complete information &
production stills, a Gallery of portrait photos (including a set by New York
fashion photographer Stephen Anderson), full details of my Music and regularly updated News.
Get some background by reading my Biography or read on below for my personal
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Please enjoy your visit.
you will find up to the minute, regularly updated news
I have been
doing, what I am doing, and what I will be doing.
See my Photo Gallery
page for my latest updated headshots.
CLICK HERE for a recording of me
performing (vocals and bass clarinet) as part of the Plural Muses
in a new piece by Domonic De Grande (piano) called 'Oblique' at St
Michael's Church Camden in August 2012.
You will also find an extract of me on Bb clarinet in a piece by Paul
Hepden, 'I'd Rather Walk'. I will add more clips here as time goes by.
CLICK HERE I am singing a beautiful song from
Macedonia, 'Mori Sokol Pie',
at the Union Chapel 17th November 2012 with Gundula Gruen and the gypsy
band Tatcho Drom.
– A Little Orchestra’s Christmas Concert goes with a bang as
usual. I sing Simon Shannon’s beautiful song ‘Sob O Ceu’ and we
play our unique arrangement of ‘Love Song’ by The Damned.
– Composer Dominic de Grande invites me to take part in recording
the soundtrack for a new film by Samuel Fouracre, ‘Health’. I perform
with Gundula Gruen of Tatcho Drom on vocals at the Union
Chapel in Islington at a concert of Balkan music.
– ‘Quintet for Biscuit’ is performed at St Bart’s Church in Smithfields
as part of the ‘SQ+’ series. Working with the Bergersen Quartet I
sing the mezzo voice in Anna Braithwaite’s adventurous new piece
which also calls upon my acting and instrumental skills. I also have an
enjoyable recording session with singer-songwriter Darren Hayman
on his new pieces ‘The Archduke Learns to Ski’ and ‘Seraing Lokamotiv’
in which I play bass/Bb clarinet in ensemble with Alex Billig on bassoon
and Catherine Carr on flute.
– Composer Anna Braithwaite asks me to be the mezzo in her new
piece ‘Quintet for Biscuit’ in October. I play clarinets at the album
launch of Banana and Louie’s new release ‘Alphabet Soup’.
– At the Plural Muses events in August I performed Bb clarinet in a
piece by Paul Hepden, ‘I’d Rather Walk’ and in Tom Kilworth’s
‘Tea Suite’, bass clarinet and vocals with composer Dominic de Grande on
the piano in his extraordinary song ‘Oblique’, as well as singing as
part of an acappella ensemble arrangement of Gemma Storr’s ‘Safe’
and as the mezzo in Anna Braithwaite’s complex piece ‘Super
Obsessive’. I was also delighted to be asked to take a part in a
rehearsed reading of Yasmin Wilde’s wonderful new musical ‘Office
Tramp’ in the role of Miss Randall.
June - More music! I have back been in the studio doing more
recording on Bass Clarinet for Davy Berryman’s Sea Stacks album
and also recording Bb and Bass Clarinet for A Little Orchestra's
debut album. This will feature work by Bobby Barry, Darren Hayman,
Shirley Lee of Spearmint, Andy of Pocketbooks and Apple Eyes.
I have just been to Sweden where I sang with blues and gospel singer
Sheila Collier at a sell-out gig at the Charles Dickens in Helsingborg.
- The year begins well with a busy gig at the Buffalo Bar in Islington
with A Little Orchestra. I sing two songs and play bass clarinet in
our own main set and then we accompany various other guest artists
throughout the evening ... I’ve started working at putting together a
jazz/blues set with saxophonist Mark Davison. We are in the process of
deciding on material and recruiting the rest of the band. Watch this
space! ... I play bass clarinet on a video/recording of Davy Berryman’s
beautiful piece ‘Sea Stacks’ – I hope to be able to see an edited version
of the session soon and will add a link here ... Early in January ALO
provided the orchestrations for the new album from ‘A Fine Day for
Sailing’ and we’ve been busy working with them in the studio.
A Little Orchestra’s
Christmas gig in Kilburn. We perform a new piece I wrote for the orchestra
based on a Robert Frost poem. I’ve since found out that I won’t be able to
get copyright to perform it. Don’t tell anyone but I didn’t find this out
until I’d already sung it at three gigs ... My company Xperient
produces a film. Partnering with our colleagues at Walking Forward Media,
we have produced an set of training modules for one of our clients,
featuring actors Peter Winnall and Heather Coombs. Using the skills of our
French and German team, we have also provided subtitles in both those
languages and will soon be adding Dutch and Portuguese.
A Little Orchestra
plays with MJ Hibbett’s
Acoustic Night ... The Stoke Newington Kazoo Orchestra is born.
Hits include ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ with a bass clarinet duet featuring
Chris Harris and ‘Ring of Fire’ featuring Katrina Smith ... My first gig
takes place with the Mind’s Ear Project at City University ... Jack
Klaff invites me to create and perform an interactive installation for
the Intelligence Squared (IQ2) Conference, ‘Home of the Future’ at the
Royal Geographical Society. For various reasons, I have less than 24 hours
notice of this but manage to pull something out of the bag to great
We’ll Take Manhattan: my company
Xperient continues to grow – I’ve now recruited a team of talented
actor/roleplayers in New York. It was an interesting task, holding
interviews/auditions in Manhattan. Getting the shortlist together
involved networking in a totally different context for a change. In the
meantime my business partner Ian has formed a similar team of
multi-lingual actors based in Paris and Germany. We launched the NYC team
this October and have a very happy client and a great bunch of new
associates - and friends - in Manhattan. We incorporated the Paris team
into our schedule at the beginning of the year ... And -
A Little Orchestra
plays in Brighton, this time I appear as
a singer as well as instrumentalist, showcasing my version of ‘Ghosts’,
originally a hit for the group Japan in 1982 ... I am asked to join the
Mind’s Ear Project as vocalist and clarinetist.
A Little Orchestra plays
with Haiku Salut.
sees me singing at Whigham’s Wine
Bar Edinburgh – appearing with my sister Katrina – playing with a
combination of vocals, kazoos and, if you’re really lucky, ukelele and
I play bass clarinet with A
Little Orchestra in the Crypt at Shoreditch in a fund-raising gig for
the Duke of Uke. At the end of July we appear at the Indietracks festival
I have a new showreel! It
has been up-dated with all my more recent film and TV appearances and was
edited by the excellent Brad Shaw of
... and A Little Orchestra plays at the Brixton Jamm with guest
appearance by Shirley Lee of Spearmint.
- 14th May 2011 at
7.15pm: I have been invited to work as
bass clarinettist with members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra as
part of the Peter Eotvos project at the Barbican. Working in a
collaboratively and improvisatory way with composer Duncan Chapman and
nine other musicians, we will devise short duets which will then be
recorded and remixed by a group of music students and also performed live
in the foyers of the Barbican with a live-electronic mix.
Visit the BBC website here
- I have had some new headshots taken
by photographer Cordelia Donohoe. If you’d like to see more of her work,
have a look at
lifelikepictures.co.uk. I’m working on Bass/Bb clarinet duets
with Swedish clarinettist Lars Karlsson for an event in May.
March - A Little Orchestra goes from strength
to strength. We’ve been working with composer Simon Shannon on his
challenging new compositions, one of which, ‘Yiddish Melody’, we’ve just
played at Read and Shout, a library benefit gig in South London. To follow ALO gigs, including our forthcoming appearance at the Edd Billig Memorial,
at Indietracks Festival in Derbyshire in July and at How Does It Feel to
be Loved in June and July, see
alittleorchestra.wordpress.com. You can also watch a recording of our
performance with Darren Hayman on his track ‘Out of my League’. Darren
has since asked us to play with him on his next album.
February - My communication skills
consultancy xperient.co.uk continues to receive nationwide bookings for the
acclaimed ‘Professionalism’ Workshop I designed last year, a full-day
event featuring dramatic and comic scenes and challenging improvisational
games. I perform various roles and act as presenter and facilitator
together with business partner Ian Sanders and multi-talented actor Louise
January - I
performed on bass clarinet and vocals at a gig celebrating the life of my
friend the talented Scottish musician and artist Paul Ballingall
who died too young last year. The event took place in Edinburgh at ‘Out Of
The Blue’ in Leith and featured various musicians who had worked with Paul
over the years, including my sister Katrina Smith with whom he had a duo,
‘Uz Chickens’. As well as being a talented guitarist, singer and arranger
and co-founder of the now legendary Bongo Club, Paul was a prolific
artist. The venue was dressed with a selection of paintings and lino-cut
prints from his home and studio.
A Little Orchestra - performing at the Kilburn Luminaire with The Loves at
their Christmas Party. Christmas songs, plus weird and wonderful
selections from our extraordinary repertoire. I'll be on bass clarinet
and maybe vocals too. Also
performing "In C" by Terry Riley at the George Tavern, Shadwell - I will
be on bass clarinet.
November - London Gypsy Orchestra - Bass clarinet - a full evening gig at
the Tabernacle Notting Hill. The spectacular London Gypsy Orchestra
performs original arrangements of traditional music from the Balkans,
Romania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and beyond. Founded in 2005 by virtuoso
violinist Gundula Gruen, who conducts as well as performs, it is the
biggest ensemble of its kind in Western Europe. At The Tabernacle, Powis
Square, London, W11 2AY.
Va Por Cuba
- Guest artist on vocals - a concert at Bolivar Hall
featuring Classical Music and Poetry from the Americas and Cuba. 'll be singing three modern pieces- an epic song in
Portuguese by Simon Shannon and two classic jazz numbers, one from Brasil
and one from North America.
London Gypsy Orchestra and Tatcho Drom -
in Gunnersbury - Bass clarinet/Bb Clarinet/vocals -
probably being filmed for Serbian TV.
July-August: I am collaborating with old
friend and colleague Jack Klaff on his one-man show for the
Edinburgh Festival, Jack The Knife. (See picture top left)
Working hand-in-hand with Colin Watkeys, we are both trying to keep Jack's
imagination in check as he devises and develops his material for one of
his most challenging performances ever. There will be a further
opportunity to see the show at The Drill Hall in London later in the year
- details to follow.
I’ve joined the London
Gypsy Orchestra on Bass Clarinet. And in April, orchestra leader
Gundula Gruen invited me to play with her five-piece gypsy band
Tatcho Drom on Bb clarinet and vocals. (Click on picture, bottom left) So far gigs have included the
Serbian Embassy, Battersea Square, Ocean in Hackney, Ritzy Cinema Upstairs
in Brixton and Quecumba in Battersea. There are more photos on my
Music page. I’m still playing bass clarinet with Monster
Bobby’s Little Orchestra – we have recently performed at Brixton Jamm
and at a punk wedding, with unique arrangements by Chris Guy of
songs by The Damn’d. There are appearances coming up at The Hangover
Lounge and at the Lexington. As a vocalist and soloist, I have in the
pipeline several musical cabaret projects with Chris Guy, so watch
This year I passed Grade 7 clarinet
exam with merit and furthered my studies in music theory and Bass and Bb
clarinet with Ross Hughes, Theatre MD and musician with The London
I’ve been asked to
narrate a film about the Galapagos Islands, to be shown
at the UNESCO conference. As a result I’ll be travelling to the
Galapagos Islands and Ecuador. Another notable voice-over job for a
charity, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, they want me to be the
voice of two promotional films. Visit
view their film page here
I’m playing in the City Wind Orchestra on Bb clarinet in their Winter Concert, repertoire including Shostakovich and Prokofiev. I’ve also joined Monster Bobby’s Little
Orchestra with my bass clarinet, working on contemporary compositions.
The communication skills
partnership I set up with colleague Ian Sanders in 2007, is going from
strength to strength. We’ve launched our new website with excellent
photographs by Cordelia Donohoe - visit
And I continue as a Chair and Committee member of the
Professional Conduct Committee of the General Dental Council, adjudicating
on cases of alleged misconduct by Dental Professionals.
I have recorded a professionally-produced demo with the help of
writer-director Jonathan Keeble. It includes various radio and TV
commercial voiceovers, nature programme/corporate commentary and a
dramatic extract. In standard and ‘street’ Scots, RP and Irish accents.
Voice123.com to listen.
A short film by Oliver Williams of Attain Media: I play the role of
Senior Intelligence Officer Christine Williams.
After all my
years as an actor-musician, for the past year I have taken up serious
study of the clarinet again with tutor Robbie Martin, undoing years of bad
habits, working my way up through the theory examinations and taking part
in competitions and festivals. I am currently revisiting Grade 6 theory
and have a shiny cup on the mantelpiece from the Hatfield Music Festival
Advanced Adult Class!
General Dental Council
I have been
appointed as a Chair of the General Dental Council’s Fitness to Practice
Panel, of which I have been a Lay Member for five years, representing the
public interest in cases of alleged professional misconduct.
I have set up my
own communication skills consultancy with colleague Ian Sanders. We
already have four clients: two law firms, a major insurance provider and a
public body. Visit
xperient.co.uk for more details.
A Day Within - a film by Letitia and Venetia
The film was made to raise awareness of
Jewish Care, a charity dealing with mental health issues. I play the role
of Louisa, the imaginary muse of one of the residents. A copy of the film
Red Hood – a short film by Navin Dev
Psychological thriller in which I play ‘Red’, Little Red
Riding Hood when she has grown up and had a daughter of her own.
More info here
Magistrate’s Training Video
- So You Need a Warrant?
For Mike Fowler of Axiom Video. I play a Magistrate who is awakened late
at night by a policeman.
Stills Photo Shoot for
photographer Ian Robson
The photos were used extensively on the website
of a healthcare charity. I play the concerned mother of a young woman.
Dr Pam Bradshaw returns to Emmerdale’s local hospital for two more
storylines involving the cast in dramatic house explosions and domestic
accidents. Directed by Haldane Duncan and Duncan Foster.
Radio Café BBC Radio Scotland
I was asked to appear as a guest on the programme to discuss my work as a
voice artist and was then invited to return to discuss the new book ‘The
Human Voice’ with the author, Anne Karpf.
For Cognac I am the presenter of various information videos for their new
website. Despite filming in an unheated garage in Letchworth with snow
dripping down the walls and an off-centre autocue, I manage to look quite
warm and not too squint-eyed.
As an Associate of
Impromptu Interactive Consultancy,
www.impromptu.co.uk, I have been working as a communication skills
consultant, facilitator and role-player in the public and private sector.
Most recently I have been developing scenarios for senior management
coaching skills training at AstraZeneca in Brussels, facilitating at
Barclays Wealth in the City of London, performing at a leadership
conference for Vodafone in Dublin and playing the role of a Chair of a
Strategic Health Authority for the NHS Appointments Commission in Leeds.
Filming 2005: The Best Man - ITV (Touchpaper TV) - Screening on ITV1 March
A two-part thriller written by Russell Lewis, Alex Pillai, with Toby Stephens, Keeley Hawes and Richard
Coyle. I am playing the role of the Manageress of the Honeymoon Hotel
where the three protagonists meet and unravel a mystery from their past.
Filming in May/June on location on the banks of Loch Fyne.
Silent Witness IX - 'The Meaning of Death' - BBC.
Written by Rhidian Brook and directed by Bryn
Higgins. I am playing the role of the Oncologist caring for Tom Wimber.
Filming March 2005 - Transmission date tbc
Quest - the Legend of the Green Knight
in The Big Top on Clapham Common
Written by Carolyn Spedden and directed by
Charlotte Conquest. Apart from playing the roles of Guinevere and Nineve,
I am singing three solo songs written for the show by the songwriter of
the Medieval Babes. Featuring trick horse-riding, jousting, sword fights
and acrobatics, the show is suitable for all ages.
The Vagina Monologues - ‘Because he liked to look at it’
On 6th March, a charity performance for Pucker
Up Productions at the Cottier Theatre in Glasgow as part of International
VDAY ('Till the Violence Stops), in aid of Glasgow North West Women's
Centre. Cast includes Nicola Wheeler & Vari Sylvester
... Nicola Burnett Smith, a Scottish
theatre performer of rare skill who we see shamefully little of in our own
country Steve Cramer in The List
at The Brunton Theatre Musselburgh
Christmas 2003 I
was working in Scotland, appearing as the Fairy
Godmother in Cinderella
at The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh. The show is
written and directed by Stuart Thomas with whom I worked in December of
2002 at the Citizen’s Theatre Glasgow, in his acclaimed new play, Damn’d Jacobite Bitches.
I last appeared at The Brunton in February
2002 as Titania & Hippolyta in
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
for director Mark Thompson.
||Romeo and Juliet at the English Theatre of Vienna
I have just returned from Austria
where I was playing Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet
& October 2003).
Directed by Andrew Hall, the production
anniversary of the theatre, marked by
a special Gala Reception
with the British Ambassador at the British Embassy in Vienna.
||'Colonel' Anne Mackintosh in Damn'd Jacobite BItches at Glasgow Citizen's Theatre
The romantic mythology that surrounds Bonnie Prince
Charlie has concealed the influence of the forgotten Jacobite women
of the Rebellion. This is their story.
Written by Stuart Thomas and directed by Mary McCluskey.
Smith is particularly good as the engagingly rude Ann Mackintosh who spars
Anne Marie Timoney’s Jenny Cameron
Burnett Smith gives a splendid account of the
a fascinating and hugely entertaining show
Morag in Perfect - BBC Television
A short film written by Jonathan
Goodfellow and directed by Anya Camilleri,
with Stephen Moyer as the homicidal
estate agent. Produced by
the Glasgow Comedy Unit - soon showing on BBC TV. The cast
also includes Roy
and Mark Cox. Watch
this space for a transmission date.
Shown at Film Festivals
Who Killed Simone
Granada Television - a
Drama Documentary about a teenager, Simone Valentine,
who is considered to be ‘at risk’,
and her alleged neglect by Manchester Social
Services. I play the school psychologist who assesses Simone. Legal
meant that the transmission of the programme
until finally being broadcast in August 2002.
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