Adrian Lester on how to switch between acting and directing

Adrian Lester with Julia Stiles on the set of Riviera (Credit: Sky)

I’ve always loved acting, I just caught the bug.

It’s become an old saying now, but if you can make a living doing what you love, then you’ll never have to work a day in your life. That has certainly been what it’s felt like for me. The hardest thing to deal with is what happens when you're not able to work, and you either have to take another job or just be frustrated and wait. There’s all sorts of disappointments waiting for you, and I think the measure of professionalism in our career is how you handle disappointments, not how you handle success.

Channel 4 & Triforce Creative Network announce 10 new faces

The actors won regional heats before taking part in competing in a national final in December 2016 where Channel 4 selected their top 10.

Channel 4 have committed to exploring ways to develop the 10 winners’ careers.

The 10 selected actors are Hannah Margaret from Leeds, who was also crowned national champion, Adaya Henry and Joanna Gay winners of the Birmingham heats, Frances Pooley the Leicester winner, Winston Sarpong, winner of the Essex MonologueSlam, and Connor Mills, Maia Watkins, Richard Rowe-McGhie, Debra Baker and Kayla Meikle from London.

Channel 4 gives actors their big break with MonologueSlam UK

The broadcaster is partnering with Triforce Creative Network and MonologueSlam UK to support up and coming actors from all backgrounds across the entire UK.

MonologueSlam UK is a scheme running across the UK which offers professional actors the opportunity to perform a monologue before a judging panel of industry professionals.

Twenty-two actors will compete in the final in London in December in front of key industry decision makers and a Channel 4 drama commissioner, with 10 finalists going on to explore working with Channel 4 Drama.