Philippa’s decision to be an actor was made at 6yrs old after watching the musical ‘Annie’. After relief her wish was not to be an orphan, her parents have always fully supported her, making huge sacrifices so she could attend Arts Ed, Tring Park. Here, she secured the title role in the British tour of ‘Annie’.
After continuing her training at Arts Ed, Chiswick, where she was also a Ballet and Jazz coach for the Junior associates, Philippa mixed performing with her love of travel, working across the globe, dancing and singing. But her greatest passion saw her return to acting training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2008. Winning the Peter Akerman Comedy Award and becoming a finalist in the Carleton Hobbs Radio Bursary.
Since graduating her Theatre credits include Macbeth, Twelfth Night, A Comedy of Errors & Much Ado about Nothing (GB Theatre Co). Citizen George, Mayday (Brass Works), Twelfth Night (Rondo Theatre), Very Hard Times (Publick Transport), Elves & the Shoemakers (Pins & Needles). Colin’s Head (Groundswell Theatre Co.) Screen credits include Eris, Casualty, Wycliffe, Rabbit’s Foot and the prize winning feature ‘Flying Blind’, alongside Helen McCrory and Ken Cranham. In 2011 she was awarded The Actors’ Guild Bursary. She is experienced working in Children’s theatre, Radio, commercials, voiceover, puppetry, workshop facilitator and choreographer.
Philippa has been teaching for the last 9 years in Drama, musical theatre and LAMDA classes as well as a private tutor specializing in preparation for Drama College. She has also been on the audition panel for the Professional Acting courses at BOVTS since 2009. Although she has been directing her students ; her first official foray into directing began for The Rondo Theatre, Bath as assistant director & choreographer for Christmas production ‘The Snow Child’ in 2015. This led to a year long residency at the venue. Assisting on ‘Glitter Knickers’, directing and producing ‘Can you hear me Major Tom?’ a collection of 4 short plays of different genres, inspired by the lyrics of David Bowie, and directing and co-producing David Harrower’s ‘Blackbird’.
Philippa is fiercely ambitious and committed to strengthening her body of work as an actor, director and choreographer. She continues to attend workshops and classes herself in the knowledge that “You never stop learning”.