actress • writer • voice-over artist

Ayesha
Antoine

Recent work

recent work

acting reel

Watch my extended acting reel! 

It contains clips from:
• This Time (short film) : Dir. Akaash Meeda
• The Long Song (BBC TV) : Dir. Mahalia Belo
• Chewing Gum (C4 TV) : Dir. Michaela Coel
• In the Long Run (SKY TV) : Dir Ian Wendell-Aryeh
• Malory Towers (CBBC) : Dir Rebecca Rycroft
• Doctor Who (BBC) : Dir. Alice Troughton
• Holby City (BBV) : Dir. Various


Edited by Akaash Meeda
Music by Lord Akira.

Or, watch my short 2021 reel, here.

Audio reel

Voice work includes animations,
commercials and audiobooks.

highlights

Great series, films, plays
I worked on with incredible talents.
White Teeth
Kiln Theatre, London 2019

Dir: Indhu Rubasingham

The Long Song
BBC TV/ Heyday Productions 2019

Dir: Mahalia Belo

In The Long Run
Sky TV/ Green Door pictures 2020

Dir: Ian Wendell – Aryeh & Sandy Johnson

Cursed
Netflix 2020

Dir: Jon East

This Time
Short film 2019

Dir: Akaash Meeda

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body of work

BODY OF WORK

Here are some of the beautiful projects I am proud to have worked on over the years.

  • Before 2004
  • 2004 - 2009
  • 2010 - 2014
  • 2015 - 2019
  • 2020 to present
1995-1998
Grange Hill (BBC) – POPPY SILVER

Ayesha’s television acting debut was playing bookish student Poppy Silver on Grange Hill – a children’s drama series portraying life in a London school – one of the longest-running programmes on British television. Poppy Silver was bullied for being studious and enjoying books by Wayne, the school roughneck. Poppy also had a close call with LSD. It’s always the quiet ones!

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2004 - 2009
Holby city (BBC) – RACHEL BAPTISTE

Rachel Baptiste entered the wards of BBC’s medical drama Holby City in 2008. Nervous and keen to impress, the politics of the ward soon overwhelmed the inexperienced nurse. Probably for the best, she was far too interested in Nurse Daisha’s baby…

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2008
Doctor Who (BBC) – DEEDEE BLASCO

In the episode ‘Midnight’ (voted top 10 of all Doctor Who episodes by Digital Spy) Ayesha played DeeDee Blasco and saved the world with her discovery of Lost Moon of Poosh (spoiler alert).

2010
My Wonderful Day (Off-Broadway) – WINNIE BARNSTAIRS

Alan Ayckbourn’s 72nd play gave Ayesha her New York debut playing a 9 year old French speaking introvert. The play and Ayesha were nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Oustanding Play and Outsanding Performance

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2013
Frayed (Short) – FREYA

Ayesha’s screen-writing debut, Frayed, was selected to premier at the 51st New York Film Festival. of storytelling without words and with the terrific and terrifying animation from Alex Mallinson. Directed by Georgia Oakley and produced by Layann Nourouz and Irresistible Productions.

2014
The House Will Not Stand (Kiln Theatre, London) - AGNES

Ayesha’s debut at the theatre formerly known as The Tricycle, was an unforgettable experience. Performing with 6 of the best Black British actresses, directed by Indhu Rubasingham – the only non-white Artistic Director of a London theatre at the time – and written by Marcus Gardley a leading voice in American drama, this was to be the beginning of a beautiful relationship…and the costumes…!!

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2018
The Long Song (BBC) – MOLLY

This adaptation of the award-winning novel by Andrea Levy is set during the final days of slavery in 19th century Jamaica and tells the story of Miss July, a Jamaican woman tied to the future of the sugar plantation on which she was born. Ayesha played watchful nemesis Molly, also tied to the plantation, but with none of the wits and instinct as Miss July. Until she needs it…

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2018
White Teeth (Kiln Theatre, London) – IRIE JONES

Adapted from Zadie Smith’s epic debut novel, Ayesha played the novel’s plucky, big-hearted heroine in this theatrical rollercoaster filled with laughter, music and dance.

2019
This Time (Short) – AYESHA

A story of two childhood friends, Ayesha and Felix who accidentally bump into each other after ten years apart. They spend the afternoon together in London, catching up and avoiding all the big questions. Until they can’t avoid them any longer.

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2017
Dirty Great Love Story Arts Theatre, West End) – KATIE

A rom-com that fused poetry and prose. The popular two-hander told the eventful story of imperfect Katie and her hunt for the perfect imperfect man.

2015
The Ghost Train (Manchester Royal Exchange) – ELSIE WINTHROPE

Directed by Paul Hunter, founder of Told By An Idiot Theatre Company, the scooby-doo-like farcical horror was hilarious and energy-packed. And again….the costumes!!

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2017
Hamlet (RADA, West End) – ROSACRANTZ

Ayesha made her Shakespeare debut in this production directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Tom Hiddleston as the Dutch prince.

2019
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An untraditional play about adults and children impacted by the criminal justice system. [BLANK] dive into what life is like when adults feel absent from it. But it can be about whatever you like – you can choose as many or as few scenes in order to construct your own narratives.

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2020
In The Long Run

Inspired by the childhood memories of Idris Elba, the series is set in 1980’s East London. Valentine, newly arrived from Sierra Leone and looking for love, is Dawn everything he’s been looking for?

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2020
Cursed

Based on the New York Times bestselling book, Cursed is a re-imagination of the Arthurian legend as Nimue. The magic sorceress, who is destined to become the powerful Lady of the Lake, frees the Fey folk and gains the loyalty of Polly the Healer.

2020
Malory Towers

Inspired by Enid Blyton’s book and set in an all-girls’ boarding school in post-World War II Britain. Mrs. Hope arrives with concern for her daughter Sally, only to find her missing. With so much female talent, in front and behind the camera, filming this in Toronto was a real privilege.

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2010 – WINNER

Best Supporting Performance

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2010 – NOMINEE

Outstanding Actress

My Wonderful Day

“Ayesha Antoine, at the centre of things, does some wonderful wordless acting (…)” 

Financial Times

“Ayesha Antoine gave a master class in how an adult actor can portray a child through subtleties of body language, expression and attitude.”

The New York Times

1998

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