Acting is a strange profession, with many contradictions.
- The job officially requires no qualifications but actors are expected to train to a high level in a wide variety of skills.
- Good actors convince audiences that they are the character (rather than an actor pretending) and yet top actors have loyal fanbases keen to see the specific actor who’s doing the pretending.
- It’s nominally a meritocratic industry but most successful actors are coincidentally thin and attractive with great hair.
As regular readers will know, I have recently built a dataset of all working actors in the UK using data these performers have published about themselves in their professional profiles. Today, I thought it would be interesting to look at how the pool of professional UK actors compares …