Actors Reading List

An Actor’s Life For Me?

Author: Zoe Cunningham

Why read: Zoe Cunningham uses her first-hand experience to deliver a ‘how to’ guide on starting an acting career…without breaking the bank or giving up your livelihood.



Author: Michael Shurtleff

Why read: “Michael Shurtleff has been casting director for Broadway shows like Chicago and Becket and for films like The Graduate and Jesus Christ Superstar. His legendary course on auditioning has launched hundreds of successful careers. Now in this book he tells the all-important HOW for all aspiring actors, from the beginning student of acting to the proven talent trying out for that chance-in-a-million role!”


Blowing the Bloody Doors Off

Author: Michael Caine

Why read: “The veteran actor gives tips on acting, filmmaking and life in general in his follow up to the more autobiographical ‘The Elephant To Hollywood’. With anecdotes, stories, humour and Caine’s trademark charisma this is an entertaining and informative read.”


Lucky Man / Always Looking Up

Author: Michael J. Fox

Why read: “The remarkable Michael J. Fox tells his life story in two equally heartbreaking and uplifting memoirs, detailing his personal journey with Parkinson’s disease alongside his career in Hollywood.”


Sanford Meisner on Acting

Author: Sanford Meisner on Acting

Why read: “Sanford Meisner was one of the best known and beloved teachers of acting in the country. This book follows one of his acting classes for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays.”


Size Matters Not

Author: Warwick Davis

Why read: “From ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Harry Potter’, Warwick Davis has had an extraordinary career and he tells his own tale in this autobiography, mixing anecdotes with humour and a moving, occasionally heartbreaking, personal life.”


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