Our Team

Sharon Borthwick

Sharon Borthwick

Founder & Agent

Sharon’s interest in performing arts began at a young age, where she spent her childhood dedicated to hours of dance training and performing. Sharon’s interest for the arts grew into a passion and she went on to study performing arts at college. After successfully completing her training at college, Sharon opened her own dance school and inspired many children to follow their dreams and pursue a career in performing. Sharon stepped away from her dance school so that she could focus on raising her three children, only to find herself some years later managing her Son, Jamie Borthwick otherwise known to many as EastEnders Jay Brown. Sharon managed Jamie for 6 years as his career developed in the show and went from strength to strength. Sharon’s sharp aptitude for business, meticulous attention to detail and orderly and efficient manner saw her oversee Jamie’s work affairs including handling his gruelling schedule and diary as well as dealing with all press and PR events. Later on Sharon began working as a booker for a crowd and background artist agency and it was during that time she reflected and decided that she wanted to help other children fulfil their dreams like she had already helped Jamie to achieve. That is when her academic background in performance and her career as a manager and booker in the acting industry found common ground and Borthwick Casting was born.

Sharon started the agency in 2016 from the back bedroom of her house, within the first 6 months she had grown the agency at such a fast rate that she had to find a permanent home for Borthwick Casting and she moved into the purpose built offices and studios where the agency’s located today. Borthwick Casting has now become one of the leading children’s TV, Film and Theatre agencies and has also built in that time a huge portfolio of supporting artistes. Sharon continues to lead from the front and has a hands-on approach of the day to day running of the agency, where she is in direct contact with Casting Directors, assisting with briefs, directing self-tapes, organising workshops for the agency database, led by industry professionals that she personally invites, overseeing the curriculum programme for Borthwick Performing Arts and generally networking to expand the Borthwick Casting brand.

The opportunity Sharon gave her Son meant investing a lot financially into his training. That was clearly an investment that paid off as Jamie secured his role in EastEnders at just 12 years old, a role that 14 years later he still plays and is a regular cast member. However, Sharon appreciates the cost of professional training isn’t accessible to everyone and that is why she prides Borthwick Casting and Borthwick Performing Arts on the fact that they are inclusive to every child and young adult no matter what their financial, cultural or social background and promotes equality and diversity throughout the Borthwick brand. Sharon has first-hand experience of the child actor industry and is more than qualified to share her knowledge and expertise to help support children and their parents and to mentor them in this crazy business we call show. Sharon can relate that the process of raising a high profile child actor can be daunting to begin with but she knows more than anyone else what it takes to be a successful child actor.

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Lisa Richfield

Lisa Richfield

Office Manager & Agent

Lisa has a well-established background in dance, after committing 17 years to professional dance training and taking dance examinations in modern, tap and ballet under the recognised governing dance bodies ISTD and RAD, she went on to open her very own dance school at just 21 years old. The
school was a huge success with Lisa training hundreds of children over the 25 years that she ran the school, preparing her students for many dance exams, competitions and live performances. As well as passing on her expert skills and knowledge of many wonderful dance disciplines. Lisa particularly enjoyed sharing her passion for commercial dance with her students.

Lisa’s wealth of experience saw her secure the role of exams and administrative manager at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Lisa held the role for 3 years where she played a pivotal role in the administration, management and conducting of examinations and supporting teaching colleagues and students. During her time she oversaw the examination operations in progress,
coordinated activities between candidates and examiners, including the supervision of invigilators.

Lisa joined Borthwick Casting as an agent 3 years ago, she knows only too well what talent looks like after years of training plenty, coupled with her own children being represented by a casting agency when they were younger, where she chaperoned them in many TV and photographic jobs. Lisa now also holds down the role of officer manager and you will often find her at her desk pencilling clients in for jobs as well as putting many clients forward to the daily casting that are always rolling in. Lisa’s
job also includes handling briefs, running communications between casting directors and parents.

Katrina Jacobs

Katrina Jacobs

Performance Consultant & Acting Coach

Katrina is a trained Actor, Singer and Dancer and graduated from the prestigious East 15 Acting School, one of the top leading Drama schools in the UK. Katrina has worked professionally across Theatre and has performed in some of the biggest venues in the West End including Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Her Majesty’s Theatre and the most prestigious of them all where she took to the stage as a leading lady at The London Palladium.

Katrina has two roles within the company, she delivers performance mentoring to clients at Borthwick Casting regarding professional portfolios, performance briefs, self-tapes and 1-2-1 acting career coaching. She also delivers the Borthwick Performing Arts Acting classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Katrina is a registered LAMDA examinations teacher delivering specialist 1-2-1 classes in Speech and Drama including Acting, Devised Drama, Musical Theatre and Public Speaking. Katrina also works as an Acting coach preparing students for professional castings and auditions for places at top Drama Schools for professional acting training. Not only does Katrina work locally within Essex and East London but her recognised reputation for results means that she also teaches online to students based as far out as the Middle East and China!

Katrina is passionate about delivering quality acting classes to her students but she also cares about the educational process involved in delivering such classes. For the past 2 years she has trained over 350 teachers across the UK, Europe, Asia and Africa who have attended her teacher training courses, where her purpose of the course is to ensure that all students from the UK and around the world are

receiving similar Speech and Drama training and that classes are inclusive to everyone. Off the back of the courses Katrina offers a consultancy services to new and seasoned LAMDA teachers, Stage and Theatre school owners where she works closely with them to build and strengthen their businesses by implementing teaching strategies, best practices and up to date performance and communication skills and techniques.

Kerry Hicks

Kerry Hicks

Part Time Admin Manager

Kerry has helped to oversee the clerical work of the agency for the past 2 years, ensuring that the office runs smoothly and efficiently. Kerry has the job of carrying out many administrative tasks within the office, such as answering phones, scheduling appointments, sending emails, and filing important agency documents. Kerry also processes our hundreds of applications we receive from people wishing for their children to join our agency. She also has the task of keeping on track with all of our lovely client’s contract renewals and keeping our client database up-to-date. You will often find Kerry at the front desk of reception greeting our prospective clients with her radiant smile and warm personable manner.