JOE NEAL began his professional acting career in repertory theatre before attending the University of Nottingham and training at Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Recent theatre credits in London and Dublin include Richard II, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, Death and the Maiden, The Threepenny Opera, Leonardo's Last Supper, The Double Dealer, Chekhov's Swan Song and The Evils of Tobacco, Endgame, Krapp's Last Tape, Brief Lives, Malvolio's Revenge, Send in the Clown, Old Herbaceous, Just Dylan, Peter Pan, The Lady's Not for Burning, Le Mont Des Trois Lumieres, A Chorus of Disapproval, The Browning Version and A View From The Bridge.

Television credits have included Aristocrats, Peak Practice, Fifty Nine, Mabinogion and Fair City.

Recent films include Timbuktu, October 2nd, Strange Fruit, Plateau and The Great O'Neill.

Radio work includes The Wind in the Willows,  A Child's Christmas in Wales, The Elephant's Child and narration to music in Martinu's Opening the Wells.  

As well as running his own touring theatre company, Joe has  been active in the field of journalism - working in London and abroad for the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, The Times, the Daily Express and the BBC.

He also sat as a magistrate in London's adult and juvenile courts, taught drama, media studies, English and adult literacy.

Believing passionately in equality and fairness, he twice stood for Parliament in Britain and once in Ireland for the EU Parliament.

As well as acting awards, Joe has also received major environmental awards in both Britain and Ireland.  He writes extensively on the countryside and natural history, illustrating his own articles.

He enjoys painting, poetry, jazz trombone, skiing, scuba diving, climbing in his native North Wales, riding and fly fishing.

He is divorced and has one son and lives in Ireland and Britain.

Joe has an excellent range of accents, dialects and character voices and has wide experience of voice-overs and readings.

His normal speaking voice is classical RP with slight Welsh intonation. Joe's singing voice is baritone - with a range from bottom C to A above middle C.

Joe believes that his wide working experiences outside the profession has given him a deeper insight into the roles he plays.

Director Jonathan Miller, with whom he has worked, has described him as "a sparky, idiosyncratic character actor."

DETAILS

Playing stage age: 45-60
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 10 stone 9lbs
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
Eye Colour: Blue
Equity: Irish/British

 

SPECIAL SKILLS  
Accents:
Excellent range including RP, regional Irish, English, Scottish, native  Welsh, American, Spanish, French, German and Russian.
  Full Clean Drivers Licence
Sport:
Horse riding, Shooting, Scuba Diving, Skiing and Rock Climbing
  Highly Skilled Voice-over artist
  Baritone (Bottom C to A above middle C
Training:
Colchester Rep.,University of Nottingham, Guildhall, Mime (Adam Darius)