Hamilton Hodell

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Our very own talent pool.

Christian Hodell

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Managing Director

Christian wanted to be an emperor when he grew up.

Christian started his career in 1988 in Chicago, which was nothing like the musical, before heading to Tinseltown in 1990 to make his dreams come true. As an alumnus of the Triad Artists mail room, delivering packages in Armani suits he could not afford, he worked with such legends as Hylda Queally and Nicole David. He then met Lorraine Hamilton, widely known as the nicest lady in showbusiness. Disoriented by jetlag, lorazepam and a good Bordeaux, she apparently offered him a job. He joined her in London shortly thereafter in June 1993. He worked his way up from assistant to agent, company director, partner and in 2008 became the managing director. He is extremely proud to carry on Lorraine's tradition.

Louise Donald

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Senior Agent, Commercial & Voice-over

Louise wanted to play piano on a cruise ship when she grew up.

Louise hails from Scotland and can still say "hold ma fur coat and ma chips while I bash him" in a convincing brogue. She has worked in many different professions, which proves anyone can do anything. Her titles include Director of Student Services at London Contemporary Dance School; Post Production Supervisor on a feature film; Manager of avant-garde interiors shop, Mint; ultimately joining Hamilton Hodell in 2003 to run the Commercials and set up the Voice-over Division. Think Joanie from Mad Men - don't know why - just think it. It will cheer you up.

Christopher Farrar

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Agent

Christopher wanted to be a mineralogist or a zoologist when he grew up... any old ologist would have done.

The dapperest of young men about town, before developing his magnificent client list, Christopher worked for a theatre producer. Christopher has been likened to All About Eve (..once or twice...ahem) - so fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night.

Renoo Zaiwalla

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Accountant & Office Manager

Renoo wanted to be a tiger tracker in the Himalayan foothills when she grew up.

She ran a little cake shop for a few years, but then decided to go back to studying.

Renoo has been with us since Jan 2002.  Impeccably polite yet somehow menacing, we all do exactly what she tells us to do. And so should you.

Matt Fishel

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Website Wizard (part-time)

Matt wanted to test rollercoasters when he grew up.

Fresh from the catwalks of Paris and Milan, Matthew “Fierce” Fishel joined HH in 2006. Matt is a musician, songwriter & producer and when he's not in the office you can find him twiddling knobs, tinkling keys & strumming strings. (You can watch Matt's music videos on his YouTube Channel. His debut album Not Thinking Straight was released worldwide on 8th April 2013 and you can get your copy here: CD | iTunes | Amazon). But most impressively, Matt is a retired extra! At time of posting, his IMDB star ranking was 2,010,952.

Madeleine Dewhirst

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Agent

Madeleine wanted to be a witch when she grew up. But not in a cutesy way, in a Neve Campbell "The Craft" sort of way.

When she realised knee high socks were strictly forbidden at school and ‘light as a feather, stiff as a board’ really didn’t work, she thought it best to get some form of fall-back education and started a Drama degree at the University of Kent.

Madeleine charmed her way into Hamilton Hodell in 2007, starting in the commercials division before joining Michael Symons’ team. When Michael retired to look after his daughter​, fake news circulated that she had paid him not to return in exchange for full control of his list. At time of publication, Madeleine was unavailable for comment on this...

Working as a double act, Madeleine and Sian co-Agent their list of clients and as a result have been known to do cringey things like finish each other's sentences or turn up in colour co-ordinated outfits. Madeleine has even cultivated a very passable Australian accent.

India Sinclair

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Associate Agent, Commercial and Voice-over

India wanted to be a dancing silhouette in a James Bond Movie when she grew up.

India wanted to be a dancing silhouette in a James Bond Movie when she grew up. She still does.

India went to National Youth Theatre in the same year as one of her clients. 
While reciting a monologue in front of an ensemble of extraordinarily gifted student actors, she realised she was actually rather terrible, so reluctantly she handed over the baton of fame and glory (otherwise hers!) to the client who -  just to be rude - then won an Olivier award. OK - he would probably have done fine without her baton but she constantly guilt-trips him about it anyway.  
Aside from being generally fantastic at almost everything, India sings as a chorister and loves touring the country for the finest banoffee pie. She also has yellow eyes, so don't look in them, lest you fall under her spell.

Alexander Cooke

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Agent

Alex wanted to be a sniper when he grew up.

Alexander Cooke is a Leeds native who made his mark in showbiz at the tender age of 3, playing a young king at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. He has never lost that regal bearing.  As a teenager, he went on to star in CASUALTY (exhibit A for the prosecution - at 6:00) and many other TV productions. He took early retirement at 16 and now focuses on the other side of the camera.

It is strongly suspected that he actually paid someone to interrupt his job interview to tell us how wonderful he is.

Sian Smyth

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Agent

Sian wanted to be a teacher when she grew up and so tortured her sister with constant homework assignments, just so she would have something to mark.

The office boomerang, Sian hails from Australia and has bounced in and out of the HH family since 2008, providing cover and confusing everyone over the pronunciation of her name (it's See-Anne). A previously dedicated commitment-phobe, she worked through jobs in casting, TV production and even the heady heights of advertising until the Friday drinks trolley became a thing of the past. Although a love of travel persists, like any good boomerang she always returns to her two first loves - talent management and London. At HH she is thrilled to have found a merger of the two.

Working as a double act, Maddie and Sian co-Agent their list of clients and as a result have been known to do cringey things like finish each other's sentences or turn up in colour co-ordinated outfits. Maddie has even cultivated a very passable Australian accent.

Joshua Woodford

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Associate Agent

Joshua wanted to be a wrestler when he grew up.

Three broken sofas later and procrastination over his theme tune meant he decided to pursue the much tougher, yet more exciting profession of talent management!

Josh found his way to HH after studying law at Nottingham Law School but decided to swap legal practice for legal dramas and has never looked back.

 

Hannah O'Sullivan

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Associate Agent

Hannah wanted to be a policewoman when she grew up...

...until she realised there was no way her mane of hair was ever going to fit under a helmet every day.

Instead, she decided to hop on a plane and travel the world, where she proceeded to be robbed in almost every country she visited. Fourteen phones later and having cycled the length of Cuba, become paralysingly ill in India and having jumped off anything going in New Zealand, she glided into HH where she has been ever since.

She can now be found firmly in her beloved London, loudly declaring her love for puns and her hatred for pastry.

Elizabeth Fergusson

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Associate Agent

Lizzy dreamed of being a supermarket check-out assistant. She couldn’t get enough of the ‘beep’ of that till.

However, after the heartbreaking realisation that this probably wasn’t for her, she left the tartan backdrop of Edinburgh for the bright lights of New York City to study and further hone her love for the business they call Show. Missing her home comforts she hopped on a plane to London where she spends her time eating spaghetti bolognese and straightening her hair.

Saffron Beaton

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Assistant to Alexander Cooke

Saffron wanted to be a dancer with moves like Shakira when she was younger...

...but it turns out those hips did lie and Saffron realised belly dancing probably wasn't for her.

After studying Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds, Saffron shimmied home to London to do a stint in theatre administration before setting her sights on HH.

Having been taken under the wing of Alexander Cooke, Saffron hung up her dancing shoes and has never looked back. Swanning the office, you'll probably find her mimicking Cookie's northern accent or having a good old natter with Jules at the front desk.

Juliet Kirby

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Assistant to Louise Donald & India Sinclair

Jules wanted​ to own a pet shop which exclusively sold Fancy Rats when she grew up.

Swapping​ the rat shop for the rat race she went to Leeds University to study Theatre & Performance. Jules spent most of ​her time at uni doing rehabilitative work in prisons to bring theatre to those with no access to the Arts. After spending far too much time behind bars (in every sense of the word) she moved back to London.

Following a short excursion into the world of production Jules joined HH as an intern before finding her niche in the enigmatic world of commercials & voiceover. 

Lola Boothby

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Assistant to all Agents

She was a showgirl. Until people realised her real name was Dolores, that is. She wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.

Born and bread in West London, Lola cast her web further afield and studied Psychology at the University of Manchester before travelling around South America to “find herself".

Having found nothing short of a hangover she returned to London and truly found her home at HH. At first the General Assistant, she was then welcomed into the dream team that is Maddie Dewhirst and Sian Smyth. Lola now helps assist all agents.

Alexandra Knapp

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Assistant to Christopher Farrar

Alex wanted to be a ballerina when she grew up...

After training at the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School as a child, she soon realised that not being able to touch her toes might be a slight issue, and decided to go behind the scenes into the world of Talent management!

You can mostly find her humming show tunes and stealing Chris' chewing gum on a daily basis and never replacing it!

Carlotta Cutrupi

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General Assistant

Lotti wanted to be an opera singer when she grew up…

then a pop singer, a dancer, an actor, a baker, and probably at some point a candlestick maker.

Following school, she spent a year at RADA where she released her inner meerkat (and hummingbird) during Animal Studies. These skills were put to use in her first professional audition as ‘Killer Spider Monkey', however failing to clinch that Oscar winning role, she then went on to study English Literature & Drama at Goldsmith’s University where she later applied for an internship with HH.

She can currently be found either on the front desk or excitably setting up the secret, but not-so-secret, office tea parties!