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Meet InterAct

Our Actors

Our team of 160 professional actors who represent the heartbeat of our work.

InterAct works with professional actors because they have the dramatic skills to hold the concentration of somebody who is not only unwell but also in the hospital environment, the vocal stamina and technique to sustain long periods of reading and the antennae to respond to unspoken reactions from the patients. 


Sir Alan Ayckbourn


Alan Bleasdale


Helena Bonham Carter


Rt Hon Vince Cable


Professor Anthony Rudd


Max Stafford-Clark


John Fergus FRCS

Alan Finch
Edmund Hubbard

Alan McCormick

Jonathan McDonnell
Eileen Kidd
Christopher Ravenscroft

Prof Tony Rudd CBE
Leah Sowden FCA, CTA
Caroline Smith
Jeremy Sykes (Vice Chairman)

Prof Marion Walker
Ian Talbot OBE (Chairman)



Dr Romila Bahl

Liz Bestic

Joanna Brendon MBE

Lucy Briers

Peter Capaldi

Lolita Chakrabarti

Stephanie Cole

Oliver Ford Davies

Nick Ede

Rupert Graves

Alex Jennings

Sara Kestelman

Liz Lochead

Catherine McCormack

Bill Paterson

Alison Peebles

Michael Simkins

Juliet Stevenson

Owen Teale

June Watson

InterAct Office


Chief Executive: Nirjay Mahindru

Fundraiser: Julien Ball

Administrator:  Katie McKenna

Development Co-ordinator: Catherine Taylor

Stroke Clubs Co-ordinator: Esme Bayley 

Training Co-ordinator: Emma D'Inverno,

Trainers: Avita Jay, Juliet Prew

Where we read

Birmingham Moseley Hall Hospital

Brighton Royal Sussex Hospital

South Bristol Hospital

Cardiff University Hospital of Wales

Charing Cross Hospital, London

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London

Clayponds Hospital, London

Edgware Hospital, London

Glasgow, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital


Haywards Heath, Princess Royal Hospital


Homerton Hospital, London


Kings Hospital, London


Manchester Wythenshawe Hospital


National Hospital, London


Newcastle Hospital


Royal Hospital, London


St Pancras Hospital, London


St Thomas Hospital, London


West Middlesex Hospital, London


We also read in many stroke clubs across England. Please do contact our team if you wish to find out whether we read in a stroke club near you.  

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