Stephen Ventura

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From Manchester with Spanish/Catalan heritage, Steve's TV comedy and drama ranges from fighting in the trenches with Dan Stevens in 'Downton Abbey' and numerous BBC medical dramas to purveying fish in 'Doc Martin'. Trained at Guildhall, early work was in physical theatre with David Glass, Mike Alfreds and Frantic Assembly. His range of clowns and despots includes Launcelot Gobbo in 'The Merchant of Venice' (Chichester), ‘The 39 Steps’ (West End), Lucky in 'Waiting for Godot' (Contact) and Arturo Ui (Glasgow Citizens). He was directed by Sir Greg Doran at the RSC, Rufus Norris at the RNT, Tim Sheader, Phillip Breen, David Farr, Erica Whyman, and the late Sir Michael Boyd, Stephen Pimlott and Sir Jonathan Miller. International directors include Yukio Ninagawa, Stephane Braunschweig and Silviu Purcarete among others. Recent vivid performances were Nigel Slater's Dad in 'Toast' (Thick Skin) Will Self's 'Great Apes' and Von Mayenburg’s 'The Dog The Night and The Knife'(Arcola), Feydeau’s farce 'The One That Got Away' (Bath) and Hemingway’s 'The Fifth Column' (Southwark). Having collaborated with many writers and independent companies, Steve directs at drama schools and improvises with Hoopla and The Maydays.

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