Finding Saint Francis

Paul Alexander writer, director and star of Finding Saint Francis, Paul trained to be an actor at Dartington Hall College of Arts and then The Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. He was a member of the RSC appearing in Peter Hall's production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. He spent his early years in provincial theatres from Perth to Birmingham and Exeter. His principal roles in Shakespeare have been, Hamlet, Malvolio, Bottom, Angelo and The Duke. He has also played Henry Carr in ‘Travesties’ and Lord Fancourt Babberley in ‘Charlies Aunt’. He has appeared in over 60 TV shows from The Rt Honourable Billy Lynton in ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ to George the Third as well as soaps including ‘Eastenders’ & ‘Emmerdale Farm’. He played Dave Hill in the film ‘Warhorse’. He toured Europe and North America for ten years performing one man shows. Paul is a Judo Black Belt and has published two books.  He has directed theatre but 'Finding Saint Francis' is his first venture into directing film.

Peter Stickney trained at the Oxford School of Drama, graduating in 2004 and has worked on a wide variety of projects. His recent theatre credits include ‘Fuente Ovejuna’ for Tangram Theatre Company, ‘Other Desert Cities’ the European Premiere for Vienna’s English Theatre, ‘On Reflection’ at Southbank Centre, ‘Counted?’ for Look Left Look Right and the Roundhouse, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ for The Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Film and TV credits include ‘The Politician’s Husband’ (BBC) and ’Waiting For Dawn’ (Kaos Films).  In 2010 Peter was short-listed for The JMK Award which celebrates outstanding young theatre directors. Peter appeared in ‘The Dragon’ at Southwark Playhouse Christmas 2014.

David Bagott is an allotment holder, horseman/whisperer, cyclist, nature man, Third Order Franciscan, psychiatric nurse and recently discovered actor.

Stephan Chase is an actor, a director and a coach.
He was educated in Ireland and England and won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He spent 20 years as a leading actor starring in West-End theatre, feature films, TV plays and series. He played Hamlet round India, Richard Lionheart on TV and sang in Katie Mulholland. Title roles include ‘The Black Arrow’ for Disney with Oliver Reed, Dr Sutherland in ‘Florence Nightingale’ for NBC, for which he was proposed for nomination for an Emmy Award, Sean in ‘Cry of the Banshee’ with Vincent Price. He has just worked on ‘Maleficent’ starring  Angelina Jolie and played Robert in ‘Trained’, a prize winning “Short”, screened at the 2013 London Raindance Film Festival. Stephan was a one-time member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. In addition he has often narrated and performed at festivals and recitals of words and music. In 1988 he founded Rhubarb, a London Voiceover and Production Agency. Stephan also coaches all comers for public speaking and produces audio. He lives by Richmond Park and is a keen cyclist.

Vanessa Evans attended Bradfield College where she participated in many plays and performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival twice in 'Equus' and 'The Last Days of Judas Iscariot'. Vanessa has been a part of several intensive acting courses, such as Yale Summer School of Drama and Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. She is currently in her third year at the University of Birmingham reading Drama and Theatre Arts. During her time there she has been selected to perform a short collaborative piece of an adaptation of 'Pool No Water' at the Birmingham Rep theatre. She has been accepted to attend Les Cours Florent in Paris after completion of her studies in Birmingham.

Daniel Brooke Eliot is a London based actor. He started working from a young age, doing voice work for TV and radio. Most notably, he voiced the title character for Dorling Kindersley’s children's animation 'Paddington Bear'. Through education, he was involved in various theatre productions including adaptations of the motion picture 'If' and 'Three Men in a Boat'. Since leaving has taken roles in small internet productions and shorts. Daniel has recently returned from New York City where he trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.

Damien Thomas is a British actor noted for his roles in British films and television, such as his role as Richard Mason in the 1983 BBC production of ‘Jane Eyre’. Film credits include: ‘The Message’, ‘Twins of Evil’, ‘Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger’, and ‘Henry VIII and His Six Wives’. TV credits include: ‘Jason King’, ‘Van der Valk’, ‘Special Branch’, ‘Warship’, ‘Wilde Alliance’, ‘The Professionals’, ‘Shōgun’, ‘Noble House’, ‘Blake's 7’, ‘Tenko’, ‘Widows’, ‘Dempsey and Makepeace’, ‘Wish Me Luck’, ‘House of Cards’, ‘Doctors’, ‘The Brittas Empire’, and ‘Sherlock Holmes’ (1984).

Philippa Urquhart's acting career spans Theatre, TV and Film. She has worked with the RSC and the National Theatre, and in London’s West End. She starred as Lillian Cartland in the BBC TV drama ‘Tenko’. Her film debut was in Bombay as an unlikely walk on office girl in a Bollywood film. Subsequently she featured as Philippa in ‘Laughter in the Dark’ with Nicol Williamson, directed by Tony Richardson, and appeared with Michael Caine as Janice, in the film ‘Children Of Men’ directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Her television credits include: ‘Vanity Fair’, ‘A Very Peculiar Practice’, ‘Dempsey and Makepeace’, ‘Wish Me Luck’, ‘The Bill’ and ‘Casualty’. Philippa has appeared in numerous West End productions including ‘The Sea’ (2007), ‘Lady Windermere's Fan’ (2002), ‘Wit’ (2001), and ‘The Forest’ (2000). She has performed her own adaptation of ‘The Turn of the Screw’, Henry James’ famous ghost story, worldwide.