Please introduce yourself to the readers:
My name is Kimberley Datnow, I am an award winning actress from London, now residing in Los Angeles.
How and when did you first get into performing?
I started performing as a child, using the spare room as a stage, my mums clothes as costumes, my brother as a presenter and my sister as my partner in crime. We were introduced to the backstage area otherwise known as the wardrobe. It was mainly because my mum wanted her clothes back that she put me into a theatre youth group after school. From this, I went on to start my career while being a part of the National Youth Theatre and ITV youth group. I did all the plays at high school and won the opportunity participate in the Bristol Old Vics 24 hour plays competition.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
My biggest inspirations are my friends because we started off training together and now they are names in the industry. They help me to power through the tough moments and keep my feet on the ground when things go well. I would also say it was very inspiring to work with great actors that I really respect like Mark Rylance and some great teachers and directors.
What kind have training have you done?
I have trained a lot as I believe that you learn different things when you are ready for them in your life. I love the Uta Hargan and also thoughts taught at RADA and Central school of speech and drama and the techniques of the comedy schools like the groundlings and the London comedy school. I think that a lot of my imagination for character creation comes from having gone to boarding school and being surrounded by many interesting personalities.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
I love comedy so it would have too be Syble in Private Lives, by Noel Coward, getting into the clever puns, wordy language and finding the soul of such a well known character. This was an achievement and collaboration that came out of a great director and an amazing cast. It was also one of the last shows that my late father got too see, so I was very pleased about that.
What projects do you have coming up?
I have a few projects in the pipeline, I hope to be reading for itunes and audible.com again as it is great fun doing audio books. I have a feature coming up which is under lock and key and a web series that I am working on as well.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
Jeff Goldblum because he seems so generous in his performance and it is always nice to act with someone that you can really play with.
What are your plans for the future?
To stay where the sun is, stay healthy, stay connected and keep reaching to achieve goals and striving to make great art and contribute to the world. Oh and to get nominated!
What is your advice to other aspiring artists?
None of us are getting out of this alive so we might as well enjoy the moments, be true to yourself and remember 90% perspiration 10% expiration!