creating screen acting talent of tomorrow, today.
Small Screen Talent was founded in 2016 by British Soap Award winning actor, Ross Adams. Having grown up in a small mining town in the North East, Ross developed a love for drama and acting at a young age but became frustrated by a lack of professional opportunities that could be offered beyond the weekly local drama club he attended. Undeterred, Ross went on to study acting at college and later moved to Salford where he gained a BA Honours in Performing Arts at the University of Salford.
After graduating, as well as appearing in numerous television dramas, comedies and commercials, Ross decided to gain an insight into the making of television and worked for several years behind the camera at ITV, first as the Assistant to the Producer of Coronation Street, and then later as both a Storyliner and Script Editor for Emmerdale. The years behind the camera provided Ross with a first-hand insight into the casting process and what producers and directors look for when finding new talent – as well as opening up a wealth of industry contacts including Gennie Radcliffe and Joanne Moss (Casting, Coronation Street), Faye Styring (Casting, Emmerdale) and Peter Hunt and Gill Charnock (Casting, Hollyoaks).
Alongside this, Ross was Head of Acting at Media City Performance Academy for over 3 years – teaching drama to students from 3 – 17 on Saturday’s. It was there, through his passion for teaching, that Ross initially set up his drama workshop class and realised there was a gap in the market for youth training in television acting. This inspired him to create Small Screen Talent.
In 2015, Ross secured a regular role in the Channel 4 soap opera, Hollyoaks – playing the role of Scott Drinkwell, for which he was nominated for Best Comedy Performance at the British Soap Awards 2016 and for Funniest Male in the Inside Soap Awards 2016. In 2017, Ross won a MIND Media Award for his character’s mental health storyline and in 2018 he received the ‘Best Male Dramatic Performance’ award at the British Soap Awards.
As Founder of Small Screen Talent, and with his expansive knowledge of the television industry, Ross is excited to share his skill set to encourage, inspire and empower the next generation of young talent. Ross still actively teaches at numerous academies and attends annual showcases at every single Small Screen Talent academy to keep up to date with student progress. All our students are taught by working TV actors who are perfectly placed to support our students achieve their goals. Since our launch, Small Screen Talent has launched numerous successful careers for our young talent, with many current and ex-students going on to find professional work in the world of TV, Film and Commercials. As we look to the future, Small Screen Talent is investing heavily in digital technology to ensure our students are able to explore opportunities in this ever growing arena and we look forward to helping your child on the next step of their talent journey.