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


Dr Romila Bahl

Liz Bestic

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



Nell Dunn
John Fergus FRCS
Edmund Hubbard

Alan McCormick
Prof Chris McEvitt
Eileen Kidd
Christopher Ravenscroft
Leah Sowden FCA, CTA
Caroline Smith
Jeremy Sykes (Vice Chairman)
Ian Talbot OBE (Chairman)

InterAct Office:


Chief Executive: Nirjay Mahindru

Fundraiser: Julien Ball

Administrator:  Laura Yearsley

Stroke Clubs Co-ordinator: Sophie McQuillan

Community Liasion Officer: Fayon Dixon

Training Co-ordinator: Emma D'Inverno,

Trainers: Avita Jay, Juliet Prew

Where we read

Birmingham Moseley Hall Hospital

Brighton Royal Sussex Hospital

Bristol Southmead 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


Pembridge Palliative Care Centre


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.