Who is Jeff Watkins?
My name is Jeff Watkins and I have been actively involved with theatre, film, TV and radio since the early 1990s. In addition to acting, I also direct theatrical productions, and have designed and choreographed fight sequences for stage. With extensive experience, I am confident in my skills in various forms of performance including Shakespearean, Pantomime, Screen, Commedia Dell'arte, Comedy and Drama. I am able to speak in a variety of different accents and character voices, and can impersonate many notable personalities.
I grew up listening to radio plays like The Goon Show, I'll Read that Again and Doctor Who radio dramas, along with classic TV shows like Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, Star Trek, McGyver, Blakes Seven and, of course, Doctor Who. These shows gave me my inspiration to dream of fantastic places and completely embody the characters i imagined myself to be. A passion that carried through to my Primary School years where I became involved in the musical Oliver! My experience was not altogether happy and I lost my desire for acting for some years after.
Then in the late 1980s, I discovered Theater Sports, or rather it discovered me. From there I became involved in a theatrical group where I learned basic acting, improvisation and got to experience my first taste of directing. After some time of building up my confidence, I then tackled larger productions and found myself on a path that would take me on some wild rides. By 2013, I had appeared, directed or participated in some form in over 50 productions ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan Musicals to Shakespearean comedies.
During this time, I also appeared in several commercials and training videos, along with acting in Police and Corporate Training services. In more recent years, my journey in to film and television has continued to grow with extra appearances in several films, a lead role in a short film Manu Marmont, and a key principle role in a feature film The Silent City.
He is currently on the books of Actors Management International, Australia.