Freddie Bolt - Founder & Head of Acting.
Freddie started on the exact same path as our students, as he enrolled at stage school from being 8 years of age. He soon caught the bug for performing and it all spiralled from there!
Freddie’s career kick started from the off as he appeared on television programmes such as Bernard’s Watch, My Parents are Aliens, The Royal, My Spy Family, Wuthering Heights (Film), The Quest, Steel River Blues and Waterloo Road. This gave him an invaluable wealth of experience within the industry and he continued to learn his craft as an Actor.
Freddie went on to achieved a Triple Distinction at Leeds City College and then a 1st Class (Hons) Degree in Acting at UCLan. Since graduating Freddie has been playing the role of Reece Murgatroyd in all three series of Channel 4’s drama series ‘Ackley Bridge’. He has also recently featured in the music video of One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson.
A word from Freddie…
“With my experience and passion combined, I feel like I am in a brilliant position to be able to work with young aspiring performers to provide them with all the guidance and support they need to navigate their way into this fiercely competitive industry. I now work professionally both as an Actor and a Casting Agent which enables me the best possible platform to see the industry from both sides.
As well as giving me the opportunity to start carving out a career in the industry I love, attending stage school has also helped me develop life skills. These skills enabled me to build my confidence, self belief and has also enabled me to make life long friends. Which was also one of the main factors behind wanting to set up Bolt Academy, to allow out students to develop themselves and build friendships that will last a lifetime”.
Richard Anthony Lloyd - Acting.
Richard Anthony Lloyd trained at Guildford School of Acting gaining a BA(hons) - Theatre(Acting) 1st Class and the school's acting prize for his year. Richard has appeared in many TV and theatre productions including: (TV) Band of Gold, Emmerdale, A Touch of Frost, A Wing and a Prayer (Film) The Railway Children and Cold Enough for Snow (Theatre) Bouncers, Godfrey's Last Summer, Spamalot, Sweeney Todd, A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum, Mother Goose, Peter Pan, I love you Mum... I promise I won't die! and Bat Boy the Musical. Richard has just finished playing Belle's father in Beauty and the Beast for Imagine Theatre in Halifax. The 18 months prior to this were taken up touring the UK in the original cast of Calendar Girls the Musical. Richard is also a a trained acting coach and drama teacher and has worked in schools and colleges throughout Yorkshire delivering workshops and heading up drama provision in secondary schools. He is also a director of renown and has directed well over 100 plays and musicals including: DNA, The Memory of Water, The Wind in the Willows, 13 the Musical, We Will Rock You, Little Me, The love of the Nightingale, Bouncers and Four nights in Knaresborough.
Richard loves to be in the classroom working with young students and helping them to understand and develop their craft. He is particularly interested in Acting through song, Audition technique and character development. He loves coming across from the right side of the Pennines to work the brilliant students at Bolt Academy.
Richard almost went down the career path of being a professional rugby player! However, unfortunately injury put an end to that but he still enjoys playing Rugby on a Saturday when he can.
Either touring with Calendar Girls the UK Tour or working with Jack Rosenthal and Maureen Lipman on the film 'Cold Enough for Snow’.
Alice Goddard - Performing Arts.
Alice began dancing at the age of three and always knew she loved to perform and entertain. She went on to complete three years intensive training in musical theatre and professional dance at Renaissance Arts in Leeds. Since graduating, Alice has sailed the seven seas, dancing with Costa Cruise Lines and also danced for television period dramas Victoria, and Agatha Christie’s ABC Murders.
Alice loves to teach and share her passion, knowledge and experience of the performing arts, dance and musical theatre industry with the performers of tomorrow.
‘I’ve worked as a magicians assistant'
Meeting new people from different countries when working on cruise ships, and getting to share the stage with such talented people from all round the world.
Lesley Fahy - Front of House.
Hi I’m Lesley, I work front of house for BOLT Academy in Keighley. I love seeing the excitment on the students faces when they all turn up ready for their classes. I am also a care manager at a special school where I have worked for 20 years. Starting off as a lunch time supervisor when my children Nicholas and Freddie went to school. Over the years I progressed to be the full time care manager. In my spare time I enjoy walking & also some running! I walked the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge on my 50th birthday! And Freddie got me one of the most unusual mothers day gifts in signing me up without me knowing to run the Keighley 10k!
A secret santa present led to me impersonating X Factor contestant 'Honey G’ in a performance at a hotel during our New Years family celebrations!
Progressing to Care Manager at work and having my two children.
Laura McGee - Singing.
Laura originally started her love for performing at the same stage school as our founder, Freddie. Singing from a very young age eventually led her to achieve a Triple Distinction* in Musical Theatre at Leeds City College. Following that Laura graduated with a First Class Honours Degree as a Bachelor of the Arts in Music Theatre in 2016.
Since then she has been working professionally in the industry where her career has taken her overseas performing in choirs, show teams and solo in locations such as; Mallorca, France, Greece, the Canary Islands and the Caribbean. Laura has performed across the UK as the principle role in touring pantomime, Sleeping Beauty and regularly performs as a solo artist at many venues and events across the North West.
In addition to performing and her experience teaching at several theatre schools, Laura has the great opportunity of working in the Television Industry in production for channels such as; ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and most recently the BBC.
Performing (and travelling) as Band Singer onboard Windstar Luxury Cruises.
Her first job was a karaoke host!
Georgina Butterfield - Front of House.
Hi, I’m Georgina from BOLT Academy in Keighley. I am a Reception Primary school teacher and I enjoy singing and dancing in my spare time.
My favourite thing about BOLT Academy is seeing all of the children’s smiling faces coming into the Academy and hearing the wonderful singing & dancing they all do!