The Harter Allen Agency was founded by former Actor, Producer and Casting Director Simon Allen who felt that there were many talented actors and comics who hadn’t necessarily been through the usual drama school process and were therefore being missed by bigger agents and casting directors. Our performers now come from both established drama schools and other more circuitous routes.
Since the agency’s inception our actors have appeared in Oscar and Bafta award winning films as well as appearing in dramas and comedies from the UK to Hollywood, on The BBC, Ch 4, ITV, Netflix, Amazon prime, Hulu, HBO. Our actors have appeared on stage in The West End, at The National Theatre and for The Royal Shakespeare Company.
Simon was trained as an actor at The Guildhall School of Music and Dramatic Art and then at The Lee Strasber Institute in New York City. He continued his training in New York with David Gideon and Elaine Aiken. Simon also attended New York University, Tisch School of the Arts Film Program as well as the Film Program at Goldsmith’s College in London. Simon has produced feature length dramas and documentaries and short dramas for Ch 4 and the BBC, winning prizes at international film festivals. Simon has worked in almost every position in film and Theatre production. It is this broad experience across the industry that has enabled The Harter Allen Agency to thrive.
The Harter Allen Agency has gained a reputation among casting directors as an agency that understands talent and is able to guide our performers towards making careers in TV, film, stage and commercials.