First of all, why don't you introduce yourself to those of us who
don't already know you?
I am a Nottingham-based actress who trained at NCN in Notts. I love
theatre, TV and film and have numerous credits including BBC's
WPC56 and Truckers.
What got you into acting in the
first place, and what can you tell us about your training as an actress?
have performed since a very young age, having a strong passion for
musicals. I performed in London at the Royal Albert Hall in Beyond the
Barricade and at a workshop based performance of Les Miserables. I have
worked with many talented filmmakers and directors over the years and my
performing arts degree was completed this year in Nottingham.
you still remember your first time in front of a movie/TV camera, and what
was that experience like?
My first experience in front of a
camera was during my FDA for a media project! I loved it and so much so
it prompted me to pursue more work in front of the camera rather than on
stage. I love the whole process of filmmaking and the team you get to
Besides movies, you've also
done quite a bit of stagework. So what can you tell us about Katie
Richmond-Ward, the stage actress? And how does performing on stage compare
to acting in front of a camera - and which do you prefer, actually?
performance is so different people don't realise. The thrill of live
performance and the momentum of a theatrical piece is very surreal and
once you are on stage you loose yourself for that hour and a half. In film
you immerse yourself in a character but you break that between takes. It
also takes a lot of skill to reduce facial expression from stage level to
camera! It's a skill I'm still working on!
talk about some of your current projects a bit: 2.8 Hours Later -
what can you tell us about that project, the concept behind it, and your
character in it?
I play a vigilante army officer who is
living in an infected and corrupt city. She smuggles people out of the
city and tries to save them from the infected hordes that roam the waste
lands. This is a live action zombie role play game with immensely talented
actors and make up artists, directors and writers. I have performed in
cities all over the uk this year including Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester
and Nottingham! I love zombies!
Your upcoming short The Delivery?
is a dark, intense horror based around the life of Maddy, who after
surviving a car crash is trying to piece her life together. A strange box
is delivered to the house with an ominous threat inside and it seems Maddy
is not out of the dark yet. Co-written with the super talented Lindsay
Foster, we are filming this November and the film will be an
entrant into the Raindance Film Festival and Virgin Media Shorts.
other future projects you'd like to share?
I am auditioning
for a Jane Austen-style theatre production in November which is very
exciting. I really love period dramas and costumed theatre and this will
be a great opportunity to be involved with local writers and directors.
Do talk about
some of your past stage and screen projects for a bit, and how do you feel
you grew as an actress?
I am always looking for ways to
hone my craft and skills as you never reach a point in acting when you
know it all. Every project I choose to audition for is chosen carefully
and I try to develop my professional growth by working in different genres
and styles. Working on unpaid projects is sometimes frowned upon, however I
have made some of the best contacts, colleagues and friends from such
projects. These projects enabled me to learn screen craft and process of
making a film and these are skills that are worth their weight in gold.
How would you describe yourself
as an actress, and what do you usually draw upon to bring your characters
I have had a lot of life experience and I feel
these experiences allow me to being realism and truth to a character. I
draw upon these experiences when working through a character and I would
describe myself as a professional, dedicated and interchangeable actor. I
will always commit everything to a project and seeing myself on screen is
the greatest reward.
Actresses (or indeed actors) who inspire you?
have massive respect and admiration for actors such as Kate Beckinsale,
Christian Bale and the old greats such as Marilyn Monroe and
The old movie industry is a legacy for actors of today and the greats like
Judy Garland are inspirational.
Where to start! I am a massive fan if 80s
films! Back to the Future, Labyrinth, Legend, Breakfast Club to
present day fantasy films The Hunger Games, Mortal Instruments and
Beautiful Creatures. I have too many to mention but my watch-over-and-over
film is Twister!
... and of course, films you really
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The Incredible Hulk, Twilight-films
(love the books).
Your website, Facebook, whatever else?
My website is www.katiewardactor.co.uk
Anything else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
band! I sing in a country and western band called All Down But 9
and we have a song out on iTunes called "Footprints" - check it
for the interview!
Thanks so much for talking to me!