With over thirty years experience, Christina Shepherd heads a team of 9 committed and very hard working agents and assistants.
Working closely with managers and agents in the US and Europe we try to create opportunities for our clients to work worldwide and make the most of the myriad of opportunities out there on the world stage.
In addition to the actors, Shepherd Management Ltd also represents a handful of Directors, Casting Directors, Designers, Choreographers and Composers and these are areas that we are keen to expand.
This is a very demanding business – to succeed you need extraordinary talent, focus, drive AND the right agent behind you. With all these in place and a little luck, you can look forward to achieving a rich and rewarding career.
Christina started her career 40 years ago working as an assistant to the wonderful Ronnie Waters at ICM (now Independent). She had 5 very happy years helping him with a list that included such luminaries as Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Michael Hordern, Ben Kingsley and Gordon Jackson. Moving on she then worked with Anne Hutton at Hutton Management, a small, high profile, boutique agency where she was able to develop her own list over a period of 8 years and gain a broad understanding of the business both here and in the US. In 1992 she opened her own agency Shepherd Management Ltd with 20 clients and 1 assistant. Over the past 24 years running the agency she has enjoyed building up a great team and working to expand the business to cover most aspects of the media.
Sandra Chalmers has over 25 years experience as a Theatrical Agent with a background in Fine Art (BA Manchester Polytechnic) and the Music Industry (Chrysalis Record Company) . Having begun as an assistant to Eric L’Epine Smith and Terry Carney the natural progression was to form an independent list which she set up at The Narrow Road Company, where she worked for 11 years. In order to broaden the opportunities both in the UK and abroad for her clients Sandra moved to Shepherd Management and has worked here since 2006. Sandra enjoys working closely with her actors in order to establish long term careers and relishes actors who are especially focused on their goals.
Jeanette is originally from Northern Ireland. She graduated from Exeter University with a BA Hons in Drama and German. Jeanette started her career working front of house at the Royal National Theatre before becoming an assistant and subsequently an agent at the Narrow Road Company. Jeanette has 20 years experience in the agenting world joining Shepherd Management in 2006 with just 9 clients. Since then she has rebuilt with a list of leading actors working in all areas of the business.
James started his theatrical journey on the “Year Out Drama” course at Stratford-Upon-Avon before training in Musical Theatre at Redroofs Theatre School. Having worked as an Actor for a number of years James left the boards behind to set up a touring production company and work as a training consultant for large blue chip companies. Bitten by the Agent bug he started his own agency in 2003 and subsequently went on to work at Pinewood Studios before joining Shepherd Management in 2008. James represents actors in TV,Film, Theatre & Musical Theatre as well as a diverse list of creative clients including Composers, Musical Directors, Choreographers & Casting Directors.
Originally from Stockport, Greater Manchester – Karen ventured South in 1989 and began working with Christina as an assistant in 1993 when the agency was still in it’s infancy. Subsequently, over the next few years, she developed the commercials side of the business to such an extent that it was decided to open a new division within the company specialising in all areas of advertising and Christina Shepherd Advertising (C.S.A.) was established.
Clare began working in the acting industry from a young age and has a wealth of professional experience with a focus mainly in Film and Television. Having worked with many incredible actors, Clare found an interest in the careers of others above her own. She decided to make the move to start her own journey as a Talent Agent and has not looked back. She joined Shepherd Management in 2015 working with James Beresford, before beginning to take on clients of her own. Clare works with actors that she feels extremely passionate about and enjoys being a part of their creative development. She represents a diverse range of clients in Film, Television, Theatre & Musical Theatre.