Charlotte Price conquering theatre with Macbeth tour

Charlotte Price (born Lindsey Charlotte Price) is a London based actress. She grew up in North West London with her parents and older brother. Charlotte’s professional acting training began in 2012, when she attended an Acting Diploma course at LAMDA. She then auditioned for drama school got a place on the 3 year BA Acting course at Arts Educational Schools London, which she graduated from in September 2016.

Since then Charlotte has worked consistently as an actor across both stage and screen including credits at the Royal National Theatre; Headlong Theatre Company with Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin, HighTide Festival with Artistic Director Steven Atkinson and writer/ director Matthew Dunster, Jermyn Street Theatre in the West End (performing a duo of Strindberg plays), as well as feature film “Acceptable Damage” (due to be released 2018).

Charlotte also played Kate Jenkins in award winning short film “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” (Best Comedy at the Crystal Palace International Film Festival).

Charlotte is an advanced level Actor-Combatant with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat, where she acts as an assistant to several Fight Teachers. She is also experienced in ADR work, after training at Warner Bros Halo Post Studios in London.

Charlotte is currently touring Macbeth around England and Gibraltar and is also playing the lead role for the workshopping of a new play, commissioned by the Canal Theatre in Madrid, which is due to open later this year.

London Prestige Interview with Actress Charlotte Price

London Prestige: Tell us a little about yourself, growing up and your passions.

Charlotte Price: I was born and raised in London and have lived here ever since; I’m a proper city-girl. I’ve literally lived in the same house my whole life which is kinda mental.

I fell in love with acting when I was young but I don’t think I took it seriously until I went to my youth theatre at 16. That’s when I decided I wanted to be an actor, and got the courage to try and make it happen, thanks mainly to Matt Bateman and Adam Goldstein; the legends who ran the group.

I’ve always been really sporty and was definitely more known for that at school and I really like adventure sports like skiing, abseiling and rock climbing. My other main passion is Stage Combat which I fell in love with at drama school. I’m an Advanced Actor Combatant and I assist a few BADC teachers in my spare time. My Dad used to fence so I think that’s where I get my love of it all from… that and well, who doesn’t love a good sword fight?!

London Prestige: What are you currently working on?

Charlotte Price: I’m doing a lot of Theatre at the moment. Earlier this year I finished a National tour of The Three Musketeers and I am now doing a tour of Macbeth in England and Gibraltar. I also shot a feature film called “Acceptable Damage”, yet to be released.

London Prestige: What made you take this job performing Macbeth?

Charlotte Price: Well I’ve been lucky enough to do lots of contemporary screen and stage jobs since graduating drama school but I have always wanted to do a professional Shakespeare production. Macbeth is also one of the best Shakespeare plays in my opinion – there’s so much conflict going on and so many interesting relationships. I play 1st Witch, Malcom and Gentlewoman. Malcom is my favourite character to play because it’s a big challenge; he goes through a lot in the play and I think he’s always a little overlooked, so I’m trying to prove he’s an incredibly interesting character and show a side of him which people often don’t play.

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Photo by Nick Arthur Daniel

London Prestige: Tell us a little bit more about the film “Acceptable Damage”, what is it about, who else are you working with, and who is the director?  

Charlotte Price:  Yeah so the film is a drama about an autistic girl and her mum who are tormented by a gang of troubled teenagers and have their lives turned upside down. I play Emma who’s a member of the gang. She is the youngest and most innocent. She fancies the gang leader which he knows so he manipulates her in a pretty nasty way and although she has good morals she’s led astray by peer pressure. Most of my scenes are opposite Jack Anderson so it was good to learn from someone with a lot of screen experience. The director was Lavinia Simina. She was a pleasure to work with and had a really interesting approach to filming which involved lots of rehearsals before filming began.

London Prestige: What is the most challenging role you have played and why?

Charlotte Price: On screen? It’s probably Alex in a short film I did called Behind Closed Doors. I shot it a few months ago in London and yeah that was pretty tough actually. I played a girl who is prostituting herself for the first time because she needs the money but her Dad turns up and her world is crushed even more. She starts to lose it and take out all her frustrations on her Dad. It was a good challenge to play Alex’s vulnerability which she attempts (and often fails) to cover up… the inner struggle if you like.

London Prestige: And the most fun one?

Charlotte Price: God, that’s a hard one. The jobs I’ve done have been fun for all different reasons, like, sometimes it’s the people I’m working with, sometimes it’s where I’m performing or the character or the whole story that I like. All sorts of reasons. I guess in terms of character alone it would probably be a play I did last year called “Pluto”, with Moonchild Theatre Company. I played Pluto’s Moon Charon… bare with me haha. The story was really about identity; the labels that society, and even the people closest to us, give us. The writer used the story of Pluto having its planet status taken away as a basis for the play. Charon was a seriously fun character to play. She was a crazy comedic character who had a lot of energy and was always the life of the party, but she also had a lot of hidden depths and behind it all was really struggling to find a purpose. I have a lot of good memories from that play. Oh yeah and one character in the play is a Comet who works as a stripper… so I mean, that’s just gold dust.

London Prestige: Describe your biggest accomplishment to date?

Charlotte Price: So this is an easy one actually. I was lucky enough to achieve my dream last year of performing at the National Theatre in London. I was in “Common” at the Olivier Theatre alongside an amazing cast and it was definitely the best few months of my life. That feeling of stepping out onto my favourite stage every night is something I’ll never forget. It’s now my dream to return to the National Theatre again! … that and to play a strong female who kicks ass in an action movie… of course.

London Prestige: What training do you have? How has your training prepared you for you acting career?

Charlotte Price: I did the 3 year BA Acting course at ArtsEd in Chiswick. I graduated in Sept 2016 so I’m still pretty fresh out really. Drama school is intense at times and you’ve gotta be prepared to put the hours in and really work hard. It taught me a lot about what kind of actor I am and which techniques work for me. Everyone’s different and it’s important to work out what makes you you and how you can be the best version of yourself in this industry. At ArtsEd we got to work with lots of industry visitors too like Matthew Dunster, Jessica Swale, Hannah Miller, Tom Attenborough, Johnny Harris, Amy Ball… and loads of others. We also learnt to crew as well whilst being taught acting for screen, so I’m really comfortable on a set and know what the crew are doing around me. So yeah ArtsEd taught me a hell of a lot across all areas of the industry.

London Prestige: Who is your favorite director to work with and why?

Charlotte Price: Wow that is  a hard one. Well, I’ve been really lucky to work with lots of great directors who all taught me so much. So it’s hard to pick just one. If I really have to choose then I think I’ll say Steven Atkinson & Matthew Dunster because I worked with them both together on a play in 2016. The play was called “Those Who Trespass”, which was written by Matthew and directed by Steven. Steven is Artistic Director of HighTide and a really fun director who always let us make our own discoveries and decisions. Matthew is a successful actor/ director and writer and he was with us a lot to workshop the play and help analyse it in rehearsals. So simply because I got to work with two amazingly experienced people at the same time, I would say they were my favourite.

London Prestige: Have you ever considered branching out into directing or writing?

Charlotte Price: Yeah I’d love to do some directing actually. Some of the best directors I know were actors first or have studied it on their way to becoming a director. I think directing for stage and screen is very different so I’m not sure which I’d prefer but it’s definitely something I’m interested in. I’d especially love to specifically be a fight director because I love telling a story and finding the characters journey through a piece of violence, it’s never as simple as it looks. So yeah watch this space…

London Prestige: Tell us more about your theatrical experience? What plays have you performed?

Charlotte Price: I’ve had the pleasure of acting in lots of wonderful plays since graduating drama school and I am so grateful for every opportunity I’ve had. My first job was in “Strindberg’s Women: The Stronger and Storm” at the Jermyn Street Theatre which is a west end studio theatre in London. But since then I’ve been in a tour of a play about sexual consent called “Yes”, “Pluto” by Callum O’Brien which got 2 transfers in London, “Common” by D C Moore at the National Theatre, a National tour of The Three Musketeers (playing Rochefort and acting as fight captain) and the tour of Macbeth I’m currently doing in England and Gibraltar. I’m also doing some R&D for a new play which has been commissioned by the beautiful Canal Theatre in Madrid. So yeah when I list things like that it kind of blows my mind how many lovely people have trusted me to tell these characters stories and be a part of their productions!

London Prestige: If you weren’t acting what would you be doing?

Charlotte Price: Erm… well I’d like to think I’d be a fight teacher/ fight director but if we’re talking something that’s not in this industry… then probably some sort of athlete or sports person. I’ve always loved sport and used to play Netball competitively as well as doing lots of athletics. So yeah maybe if I trained hard enough I could’ve done that!

London Prestige: What have you seen lately that’s inspired you?

Charlotte Price: I saw Network with Bryan Cranston recently at the National Theatre and that was inspiring because it was so different to anything I’d seen before. It combined theatre with film. They shot some scenes live on stage so you could see a different angle and the details of the actors performances. I felt like this could be the future of theatre. And I think everyone can agree that Bryan Cranston is an amazing actor, role model and all round legend.

London Prestige: What television shows or show would you love most to be on?

Charlotte Price: I mean I’d love to be in Game of Thrones but I’m pretty sure everyone would. It’s such a good series and there’s so many interesting characters, and lots of fighting of course… I’m also watching The Walking Dead at the moment which is cool so yeah probably some sort of big ongoing series which has lots of adventure/ action and interesting character dynamics and plot lines to explore.

London Prestige: What’s your goal for this year?

Charlotte Price: I’d like to try and do some more film and TV work I think. I also want to have shot a full fight reel by the end of the year. But generally like most people, to just keep getting consistent work as an actor!

London Prestige: What is your advice for aspiring actors?

Charlotte Price: Take every opportunity as it comes to you no matter how big or small – I was told this at drama school by a visiting professional. I’ve stuck by that since and it’s done me well so far.

And work hard. Seriously hard.

My advice for auditions would be to not anticipate was the panel wants to see, just play the part how you want to play it. They invited you because they want to see YOUR version, not a copy of everybody else that auditions. What’s the point if everyone does it the same? The world is full of interesting and unique people so show what makes you one of those people.

And just remember why you want to be in this industry… because you LOVE what you do right?… so then love it! I think lots of people (myself included sometimes) worry too much, thinking about whether they are good enough, what other people think of their performance, or what they are going to do when their current job finishes. But I say forget that and love the challenge of it all, love working hard for it and learning from your mistakes. And remember to enjoy every moment that you get to perform, which includes auditions. It may be for 5mins or it may be for 45mins but an audition is your chance to do this thing that makes you happy. So yeah, take every opportunity and love it. And if you don’t love it then ask yourself why are you doing it?

London Prestige: Do you have a website, agency that represents, social media, etc?

Charlotte Price: Yes, I’m currently represented by Byron’s Management (office@byronsmanagement.co.uk). You can also find me on Twitter ‘@CharlottePrice_’. Feel free to give me a follow; I think Twitter is great for connecting with industry people.

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