Sean Connolly :: Actor & Voice Artist

Sean Connolly :: Actor & Voice Artist

Sunday, 23 August 2020

BRAND NEW adaptation of JULES VERNE classic '20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA' is released by AUDIBLE ...


So proud to finally be able to announce my involvement in the tremendously exciting new adapatation of the JULES VERNE classic adventure '20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA' for AUDIBLE ...

I've loved the 1954 Disney film starring JAMES MASON since I was a nipper (not the first time around I hasten to add!!) so it was a great thrill to lend my tonsils for the greatly enjoyable cameo of (MASON) in EPISODE ONE of this EPIC FIVE-PART ADVENTURE. Even more of a thrill is that it became my very first FULL CAST AUDIO DRAMA for AUDIBLE, although I do feature quite alot on other AUDIOS on the platform ...


There's a VERY STARRY CAST (in alphabetical order) ... Gary Andrews, Michael Brandon, Sean Connolly, Barnaby Eaton-Jones, Adrian Lester, Clive Mantle, Carla Mendonca, Terry Molloy, Ben Perkins, Montserrat Roig, Andrew James Spooner. Produced and directed by Barnaby Eaton-Jones. Sound design by Joseph Fox. Original score by Abigail Fox. Adapted by Tony Lee.

It was also such a positive thing to do in the current pandemic, as it also became my second REMOTE RECORDING PROJECT from my HOME STUDIO ... It really was a quite extraordinary thing to do, all of the actors recording remotely from their homes, then piecing it all together in post production. Serious HATS OFF to SOUND DESIGNER JOSEPH FOX in particular and PRODUCER and DIRECTOR BARNABY EATON-JONES ...  

Here's a direct link to AUDIBLE to purchase this amazing example of overcoming adversity ... ENJOY!! https://adbl.co/2EcGpuO 

Acting website at www.seanconnolly.co.uk

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

NEW 'SUMMER' EPISODES of CBEEBIES Animated Series 'JoJo & Gran Gran' from MON 20th JULY ... Welcoming EZRA!!


You might remember back in MARCH 'before' LOCKDOWN this wonderful CBEEBIES SERIES inspired by books written by LAURA HENRY-ALLAIN and created by BBC Childrens premiered on our screens. At the time my character EZRA didn't feature in this first batch of episodes ... I'm more than delighted to say that 'EZRA' makes his first appearance in the series NEXT TUESDAY 21st JULY @5.25pm on CBEEBIES and then after on the BBC iPlayer. The episode is entitled 'It's Time to Find a Dinosaur' and before anyone says it - I am NOT said 'dinosaur'!!! It's a LANDMARK SERIES as it's the first animation on CBEEBIES to focus on a black British family, concentrating on the special bond between children and their grandparents ... If you didn't catch SERIES ONE set in SPRING then it's still available on the iPLAYER - IT'S REALLY BEAUTIFLLY ANIMATEDALL THE VOICE ACTING (Gran Gran is voiced by Cathy Tyson, JoJo by Taiya Samuel; Great Gran Gran by Llewella Gideon; Jared, who works in the local shop, by Ashley Joseph; and Gran Gran’s friendly neighbour Cynthia by Teresa Gallagher) is SECOND TO NONE!! Of course it also features the obligatory CATCHY THEME TUNE!!


Looking forward to later in the year, EZRA appears in a couple more episodes in the AUTUMN BATCH and then the CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, I'll keep everyone updated on those nearer the time. It was great fun recording EZRA for the series, really can't wait to officially join the cast and see his FIRST EPISODE on TUES 20th JULY and of course the rest of the series too!

ENJOY THE SERIES!! 

Acting website at www.seanconnolly.co.uk

Voice website at www.seanconnollyvoices.com

Sunday, 24 May 2020

'Blackstone Fortress' a Warhammer 40,000 AUDIO BOOK by Darius Hinks - Narrated by Sean Connolly is AVAILABLE to PRE-ORDER ...


I can now reveal the project I was working on PRE-LOCKDOWN is now AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER here ... The novel, written by the amazing DARIUS HINKS based on the 'WARHAMMER QUEST: BLACKSTONE FORTRESS' game from GAMES WORKSHOP now has an AUDIO BOOK and I had the great honour to be asked to be it's NARRATOR.


It's a real roller-coaster ride of a story (my first FULL LENGTH AUDIO BOOK for Games Workshop) and I had an absolute blast recording it! ... There was OVER 30 CHARACTERS to voice (PHEW!) so it certainly was a MARATHON but a hugely enjoyable one. Some of the characters I already knew from doing a FULL CAST AUDIO DRAMA called 'THE BEAST INSIDE' (below) last year, also based on the game where I played the lead role of the moustached and monocled Rogue Trader JANUS DRAIK ...


You can DOWNLOAD it via BLACK LIBRARY from MAY 30TH, it will also be available to grab from AUDIBLE, AMAZON KINDLE and APPLE BOOKS ... the RUNNING TIME is FIVE MINUES SHY OF 10 HOURS at 9 HOURS 55 MINUTES ... More news after it's official release ...


Acting website at www.seanconnolly.co.uk

Voice website at www.seanconnollyvoices.com

Thursday, 9 April 2020

The Little English Theatre's 2018 production of John Godber's 'Up N Under' - AVAILABLE FOR ONE WEEK ONLY on VIMEO featuring yours truly!


Up N Under by John Godber. Performed by The Little English Theatre at Redditch Palace Theatre 2018 from Stephan Bessant on Vimeo.

The NATIONAL THEATRE are showing some GREAT STUFF on You Tube at the moment ... but I have some EXCITING NEWS!!! The 2018 production of JOHN GODBER'S classic rugby play 'UP N UNDER' performed by THE LITTLE ENGLISH THEATRE COMPANY at the Palace Theatre Redditch is AVAILABLE on VIMEO for ONE WEEK ONLY as a very special LOCKDOWN SHOWING!! 

MASSIVE THANKS must go to writer JOHN GODBER for giving his permission to show it over the next week ...

I can't quite believe IT'S ALMOST EXACTLY TWO YEARS AGO! I had such a ball (sorry!) acting with my mates on stage - what memories - what a privilege!  

Here's the DIRECT LINK to VIMEO https://vimeo.com/405435368

If you are VERY CLEVER you can DOWNLOAD the VIMEO APP on to your SMART TV if you have one and WATCH IT ON YOUR TELLY!!! 

Remember it's ONLY ON FOR A WEEK STARTING LAST NIGHT 8th APRIL 2020 .... 

PLEASE DO SHARE THIS LINK - IT'S A CRACKING SPORTING UNDERDOG STORY - OH AND IT'S FUNNY!! 

Cast List:

(In order of appearance)

Hazel Scott (Becky Neale)
Arthur Hoyle (Sean Connolly)
Reg Welsh (Paul Lumsden)
Tony Burtoft (Nathan Blyth)
Frank Rowley (Greg Hobbs)
Phil Hopley (Stephan Bessant)
Steve Edwards (Laurence Saunders)
Match Announcer (Paul Lumsden)

Directed & produced (Stephan Bessant)
Directors assistant (Paul Lumsden)
Match choreography (Ben Roddy)

Video recording (Paul Withers)

Rugby match kit designed by Sarah Kitson

ENJOY THE PLAY!! THE INTERVAL IS AT 1HR 3 MINUTES

Acting website at www.seanconnolly.co.uk

Voice website at www.seanconnollyvoices.com

Monday, 16 March 2020

BRAND NEW CBEEBIES Animated Series 'JoJo & Gran Gran' STARTS TODAY!! Hear me in the SUMMER!!

'JoJo & Gran Gran' starts on CBeebies on Monday 16th March 2020 ...
I am over the moon to announce my involvement in the BRAND NEW ANIMATED SERIES from CBEEBIES - 'JOJO & GRAN GRAN' which will starts airing TODAY - MONDAY 16th MARCH at 5.30pm-5.40pm on the CBEEBIES TV CHANNEL and streaming on the BBC iPLAYER ... 

Courtesy of the BBC MEDIA CENTRE; "JoJo & Gran Gran is based on characters created by LAURA HENRY-ALLAIN and the look of the series was defined by award-winning illustrator LEO ESPINOSA. Within each animated episode, there is a live action moment which features children talking about the themes covered." (continued below ...)


Gran Gran is voiced by Cathy Tyson, JoJo by Taiya Samuel; Great Gran Gran by Llewella Gideon; Jared, who works in the local shop, by Ashley Joseph; and Gran Gran’s friendly neighbour Cynthia by Teresa Gallagher oh ... and I play EZRA (a friend of Gran Gran's)! - however I'm afraid you'll have to wait until the SUMMER to hear my dulcet tones!! Watch the series anyway - it's going be REALLY SPECIAL!! 

Here's an overview of the first 11 EPISODES of 44 set against the background of SPRING ...


As we go through the year, the next 11 episodes will be aired in the SUMMER, followed by the another 11 episodes in the AUTUMN and the final 11 in the WINTER .. you might have guessed one of the themes with the series, yes IT'S THE SEASONS!!  

A little more about the series again from the BBC's MEDIA CENTRE; "They live close by to one another in a bustling London neighbourhood and Gran Gran always has something planned to do when JoJo comes to visit.

Throughout the series, the stories are inspired by the passing of time, covering topics such as life cycles, the passing of the seasons, growth or the sequencing involved in activities like baking a cake or catching a bus.

JoJo adores her grandma and the time they spend together. Gran Gran is very proud of her Saint Lucian heritage and is always happy when she has an opportunity to teach JoJo about the island’s culture."

Here's the trailer ...


ENJOY THE SERIES!!


Acting website at www.seanconnolly.co.uk

Voice website at www.seanconnollyvoices.com

Sunday, 9 February 2020

DOUBLE BBC TELLY TROUBLE for SEAN ...'Doctors' & 'Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators' ...


I've had the great fortune to have appeared in TWO MIDLAND'S MADE BBC telly shows either side of Christmas .. firstly just before Christmas I was delighted to return to 'DOCTORS' and last week I popped up on the hugely popular afternoon crime drama 'SHAKESPEARE & HATHAWAY - PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS' ...


Firstly and rather belatedly my 'DOCTORS' episode 'HE WATCHES' was a pre-Christmas story, tying up a long storyline but also introducing my good self as Villa fan and pub landlord MARK ELWOOD who appears to be at the centre of a on-line conspiracy theory - here's the direct link to the episode on the BBC's iPLAYER https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000c6nl/doctors-series-21-27-he-watches (it's available for a year!) and few stills from the episode, no spoilers from me, have a watch ... director was NIALL FRASER.




Secondly and rather more recently was my dramatic cameo appearance in the second episode 'SEE THYSELF, DEVIL!' of SEASON 3 of 'SHAKESPEARE & HATHAWAY - PRIVATE INVESTGATORS' starring JOY JOYNER and MARK BENTON ... I play EARL ALBANY, ex-lead guitarist turned vicar of legendary heavy rock band 'CALIBAN'S CLAW' ... Back in their heyday the members of the band all signed a 'deal' with the devil in blood for success, as the lead singer (played by DAVID SCHOFIELD) plans a comeback it seems that the devil is back to call in that debt!! 

Here again is the direct link to the episode on the BBC's iPLAYER 
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000f290/shakespeare-hathaway-private-investigators-series-3-2-see-thyself-devil (once again it's available for the whole of this year!) and a few well chosen 'spoiler-free' stills from the episode ... enjoy!! Director for this episode was JOHN GREENING ...

(OH ... IF YOU READ TO THE END OF THIS BLOGPOST, YOU'LL SEE AN EXCLUSIVE BAND PIC!)





It was great fun on the shoot ... you might recognise my church as The Collegiate Church of St Mary in lovely Warwick ... What a privilege it was to work in such beautiful surroundings. It was also lovely to reaquaint  with JO JOYNER after quite a hiatus ... we'd last worked together on the CHANNEL 4 series 'NO ANGELS' back in 2005(ish!) ...

HERE'S THAT PIC!!! 

CALIBAN'S CLAW at the height of their success, Earl is on the left!!!

Acting website at www.seanconnolly.co.uk

Voice website at www.seanconnollyvoices.com

Friday, 27 December 2019

Bringing in 2020 with SHAUN THE SHEEP and friends!!


Yet again both the INTERNATIONAL EMMY AWARD winning 'SHAUN THE SHEEP: THE FARMER'S LLAMAS' AND the OSCAR NOMINATED 'SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE' from AARDMAN ANIMATIONS will be aired this festive season ... This time, rather than a Christmas screening, 'FARMER'S LLAMAS' can be seen on NEW YEARS EVE morning at 10.50AM on BBC 1 and the 'MOVIE' can be seen this year on NEW YEARS DAY at 9.30AM also on BBC 1 ... It's become a Christmas tradition to show both SHAUN's on the telly - long may this tradition continue - LOVELY!!!!


Always so proud to have been a part of both animations - if you haven't seen them before (where have you been?!) then you're in for a real treat!


Acting website at www.seanconnolly.co.uk
Voice website at www.seanconnollyvoices.com


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

HAVE A GREAT 2020!!