Afia is a writer and director in film, television and theatre .
An M.A graduate of The London Film School, Afia has written and directed several short films that have screened at national and international film festivals. Her last film Shadow Man was supported by Film London, nominated for The London Calling Plus award and is currently screening at film festivals around the world. As an Assistant Producer in feature documentaries, Afia worked for various companies including BBC Current Affairs, credits include Child Slavery with Rageh Omaar and Panorama's Chocolate The Bitter Truth. Afia is currently directing BBC continuing drama series Eastenders and has been named as a writer/director to watch on the BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017.
Prior to film school, Afia directed new plays for theatre companies in the UK and abroad including: The Young Vic Theatre, Norwegian National theatre, Nuffield Theatre Southampton and The Royal National Theatre (RNT) as staff director assisting Alan Ayckbourn. Receiving The Jerwood Young Young Director's award for her production of 'Generations Of The Dead' by Michael Henry Brown at The Young Vic, Afia is currently developing feature projects for film and television.
Agent: Afia is represented by Ikenna Obiekwe at Independent Talent
Contact: 40 Whitfield Street, London W1T 2RH 0207 636 6565
Clare trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, leaving in 1985 to work in T.I.E at the Watford Palace Theatre where she gained her equity card (a necessity at the time). In the last twenty-eight years Clare has been in productions at the RNT, The Young Vic and Royal Court Theatres to name a few. Clare is currently at The Almeida Theatre in Little Revolution and opens in October at the Tricycle Theatre in The House That Will Not stand. In 2015 Clare will be touring the UK with the National Theatre in The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.
Clare Played the role of solicitor in the seminal theatre piece Ragamuffin, touring to sold-out theatres nation wide for two years and culminating in a live radio broadcast at the BBC's Regent Street Studio. Clare played the role of Mel in the BBC World Service radio soap opera West Way for seven years. Clare has been in many radio plays the latest being Carnival and Miss You Still on BBC Radio 4.
In her film career Clare has collaborated with Ken Loach, Saul Dibb and Mike Leigh. Clare was part of the award winning cast of Pig Heart Boy, which won the Best Children's drama BAFTA. In television Clare played the role of Denise Boulter in Family Affairs (Channel 5) and the role of Ava Hartman in Eastenders (BBC).
Agent: Stevenson Withers Associates 0207 720 3355
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