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Presented by Nick Hern Books

Join award-winning actor Julie Hesmondhalgh – known for her roles in massively popular TV shows such as Broadchurch, Happy Valley and Coronation Street, as well as stage performances at venues including Manchester’s Royal Exchange and the Royal Court Theatre, London – as she discusses her acclaimed career and the realities of life as an actor in today’s industry. 

Hear insights and advice from Julie on a range of topics – such as preparing for roles, managing career ups and downs, and looking after your mental health – drawn from her decades of experience on stage and screen. Plus, there’ll be the opportunity to ask your own questions.  

This Q&A will be followed by a booksigning of Julie’s new book, An Actor’s Alphabet, which will be on sale at the special discounted price of £8 (RRP £9.99). Pre-order your copy at the same time as your ticket, or purchase one on the night. 

Learn more about An Actor’s Alphabet at this link here

‘Endearingly honest, funny and eye-opening. I loved it!’ Francesca Martinez

‘This is the best book on acting and being an actor I’ve read… Julie Hesmondhalgh is the mentor/best friend/guide we all need in these troubled times’ Paul Chahidi

‘A must-read, whether you’ve been on the artist’s journey for years or are just starting out’ Shobna Gulati

‘This book is bold, brash, sincere and angry. It regrets nothing and questions everything… Treasure it like we should treasure Julie’ Jack Thorne

‘A generous gift to actors, full of honesty, hope and wit. There is loads of tangible advice, not just for acting but for life’ Anna Jordan

‘Julie’s book is honest, challenging and helpful. A great read’ Andy Nyman


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Times are hard. They are getting harder. Despite that, we know that art will prevail.

Our lowest concession rate – called The Pinch ticket – is now available for anyone who needs it, with no proof required.

To book your The Pinch ticket, simply proceed to check out at any event of your choice and input the number of tickets required into the ‘The Pinch’ field. For any queries, reach out to our wonderful Box Office team at

  • Price
    £7- Ticket only | £15 - Ticket and book
  • Venue

    Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6JA

  • Ages
  • Running
    1 hour
  • Genre
Date Time & Place
Thursday 17 November 7:00pm
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