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About us

Nirjay Mahindru

Chief Executive

Katie McKenna


Julien Ball


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Catherine Taylor



Our Actors

Our team of 160 professional actors represent the heartbeat of InterAct's 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. 

InterAct Staff

Stroke Clubs Co-ordinator: 

Esme Bayley 

Development Co-ordinator: 

Catherine Taylor

Training Co-ordinator: 

Emma D'Inverno

Trainers: Avita Jay, Juliet Prew




Sir Alan Ayckbourn


Alan Bleasdale


Helena Bonham Carter


Rt Hon Vince Cable


Professor Anthony Rudd


Max Stafford-Clark


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


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

Prof Marion Walker
Ian Talbot OBE (Chairman)

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


Trafford General 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.  

List of Hospitals
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