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Anna Cannings
– fully blind actor,
London, UK

 

“There’s no need for me to fake it, or even ham it up a bit.  I’m totally blind and that will be instantly recognizable and believable for audiences.  But I’m also a very experienced actor, with twelve years in the business, so there are no risks for production companies either – it’s a win win.”

 

Anna Cannings, December 2015

 

• Lead actor (travel agent) in the COI TV Infomercial High Life.

• Guest lead (Jill Barlow) in the ITV comedy drama William and Mary.

• Guest featured actor (Tessa Richards) in the BBC medical drama Bodies.

• Featured actor (Mrs. Court) in the BBC’s 2015 New Years’ day drama, Esio Trot.

• Contributor (self) on the YouTube hit ad “Feel Every Smile”, from Listerine and JWT, London.

• Dance theatre performer for Two Lives, performed at Siobhan Davies Dance studios, London.

• Works regularly for the corporate sector, using her skills to help create performances for live events, role play scenarios and training DVDs.

 

Anna is a member of both Equity and Spotlight.

Spotlight view PIN: 1419-8974-9432.

 

Click here to view Anna’s Spotlight profile.

 

This includes detailed information on Anna’s acting and voice credits, as well as photos, voice clips and a showreel.

 

Anna has been working professionally as an actor since 2003. It has been – and continues to be – a surreal and exciting career journey; working alongside, and learning a great deal from, some of the best in the business … both actors and directors … whilst creating moving and thought-provoking drama along the way.

 

"It doesn’t matter if my blindness is critical to a storyline, or merely incidental”, says Anna, “it just adds an interesting twist to every performance I give.  Of course, my disability can be used to inform and educate, to create added drama and suspense, or to generate humorous content.  But it doesn’t have to be; it can simply just be there, as part of whatever character I am playing, just like it is, most of the time in fact, in everyday life."

 

Although not a formally trained actor, Anna's media experience began at the young age of nine, with the making of the RNIB video, Anna’s Story. Filmed by The Moving Picture Company, this fourteen-minute documentary told a “day in the life of” story of her experience of mainstream education and day-to-day life as a young blind person.

 

Anna’s input into media projects continued regularly throughout her school years, with numerous filming days for TV news programmes and documentaries, as well as magazine interviews and photo shoots.

 

After leaving school, she initially began working as a voice artist, later embarking on modelling and acting – her career is always evolving and expanding.

 

Anna has undertaken a wide range of training at the Actors Centre London and has also received one-to-one tuition in singing and contemporary dance.

 

She is keen to be considered for all acting roles, irrespective of whether or not her disability is part of the casting brief.

 

Anna says: “I’m pleased to be able to say that things are finally beginning to change, but the progress and shift in attitudes is very, very slow. It’s often still the case that casting directors will only invite me in to meet them if they are specifically looking for a performer who is blind. I welcome these opportunities, because I think it’s vitally important that blindness is portrayed authentically in the media and, as a fully blind actor, with twelve years’ experience in the business, I’m in a great position to do just that.  However, my disability does not always have to be central to a role – it can be far more incidental than that – so I’m keen to encourage casting directors to consider me for all roles and not just those where it says “blind” at the top of the casting brief.”

 

If you are interested in meeting with Anna for a casting, or would like to ask her any questions about her work as an actor, please visit the link below to find out how to Contact Anna.

Photograph of Anna Cannings with a black top