Brit Week Gets Smart with Actor Mark Woolley


British actors are known for more high minded art than many of their American screen peers. Perhaps their fancy titles help matters. Take Sir Anthony Hopkins, or Sir Elton John for example. The Rock, or Vanilla Ice can hardly stack up. Yet with one of Britian’s newest rising screen stars, actor Mark Woolley, he backs up the cliché with a punch of real brain power.

British actor and musician, Mark Woolley relocated to California from London after outgrowing the U.K. market, having made a name for himself on stage and screen there. He started in theatre at the age of 14, joined the local Youth Theatre, and appeared in countless shows in London, as well as regional theatres, after breaking out from the Fringe theatre and Street theatre scenes in the UK.

A born intellectual giant, a young Mr. Woolley was invited to join MENSA, the organization for the smartest people in the world, at the mere age of 14. Mr. Woolley later worked in local radio, both as a voice artist and televised presenter. This led to his expansive television and independent film work, including the film "Little Indiscretions" in which he had his first major Hollywood cameo, which led to his move to Los Angeles for the film.

He soon later appeared starring in several theatrical productions in Los Angeles, including Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and "A Midsummer Nights Dream.” He next starred in the film "Poet Heads" which won the Best Mockumentary Feature at last years Harlem International Film Festival.

A professional musician, he co-wrote and recorded the song "Back to You," which appears on the soundtrack of the independent cult film "3 Days Gone.” Mr. Woolley began playing the guitar at the age of 12. The music veteran both writes and composes music, plays guitar, mandola, piano, and stand up bass among more. His music is known for its unique blending of the styles of rock and classical, with occasional electronic overtones.

He has played in numerous bands in the U.K. and has written or co wrote for numerous film soundtracks. Mr. Woolley’s eclectic style unites with a unique talent, as a daring presence on screen and stage, with actable choices and musical movements that will continue to stand the test of time. When he’s not quoting Einstein or reciting the latest news on the most recent political summit, he can be spotted as one of the stars for “Brit Week” which runs April 26th through May 31 in Hollywood that celebrates British culture.

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