Kerry Jo HodgkinPro

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Actor, Musician, Dancer

I am a strong combination of bubbly and outgoing, whilst being intense and very passionate about life and the things I love. I am a singer, song writer, band leader, actress and vocal coach - all tied up in one handy package. I come from a very musical family, with singing as the closest thing we have to a 'family business'. However, I rebelled against my 'classical' music upbringing at a fairly early age and jazz, blues and soul are my absolute passion. On the whole I have very eclectic musical and theatrical tastes and actively seek new challenges. I have a Masters Degree in Literature with a particular interest in Shakespeare, the Restoration and 18th century literature. I trained at the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama, specialising in Musical Theatre during my final year and am a member of both Equity and the Musicians' Union. I am also a 33 Jazz Records recording artiste with my most recent album release in 2009.

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165 cm / 5ft 5in
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6.0 UK / 7.5 US / 39.5 Euro
White / Caucasian
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  • Anne-Marie Speed & Associates : Level 3 Advanced in the Estill Method (Anne-Marie Speed & Paul Farrington), London, UK
  • Anne-Marie Speed & Associates : Level 1 & 2 in the Estill Model (Anne-Marie Speed & Paul Farrington & Kiereen Lock), London, UK
  • Private Coaching : Singing & The Estill Method (Anne-Marie Speed), London, UK
  • Private Coaching : Singing & The Estill Method (Anne-Marie Speed), London, UK
  • Anne-Marie Speed & Associates : Level 1 & 2 in the Estill Model (Anne-Marie Speed & Paul Farrington & Kiereen Lock), London, UK
  • Anne-Marie Speed & Associates : Estill Method (Anne-Marie Speed & Paul Farrington), London, UK
  • Experience Dance & Fitness : Tap / Street / Ballet / Contemporary, Bedford, UK
  • Open University : Masters Degree in Literature, Milton Keynes, UK
  • Experience Dance & Fitness : Tap / Ballet / Jazz / Modern, Bedford, UK
  • Experience Dance & Fitness : Tap / Modern / Jazz / Ballet (Frankie Wales), Bedford, UK
  • Open University : BA (Hons) Degree - First Class, Milton Keynes, UK
  • Private Coaching : Singing (Robyna Holdsworth), London, UK
  • Birmingham School of Speech & Drama : 3 Year Acting Diploma, Birmingham, UK
  • Birmingham School of Speech & Drama : Singing (Paul Farrington), Birmingham, UK
  • Birmingham School of Speech & Drama : 3 Year Acting Diploma, Birmingham, UK
  • Birmingham School of Speech & Drama : Society of British Fight Directors Basic Certificate (John Greenwood), Birmingham, UK
  • LAMDA : Liscenciate Acting Diploma, London, UK
  • LAMDA : Liscenciate Teachers' Diploma, London, UK

Acting experience:
  Previous paid speaking roles
Languages spoken
  • English
  • French
Accents spoken
  • Australian
  • Irish
  • South African
  • UK Cockney
  • UK English
  • UK Posh
  • UK Scottish
  • UK Welsh
  • USA California
  • USA New York
  • USA Southern
  • French
  • German
Union memberships
  • Equity
  • Musicians Union
Professional actress, with extensive experience and skills in both drama and comedy. Accents and dialects are a particular strength (dialects inc: RP, native South Yorkshire, Birmingham, Liverpool, London suburbs, Scottish, N/S Ireland, S Wales, N Nottinghamshire, West Country - accents inc: New York, LA, Southern & Mid USA, Australian, French, Danish, Russian).

Recent Film Work:
Annie in 'More Sex, Lies & Depravity' an independent feature sequel - wr. Wade Radford, dir. Jason Impey - 2013
Annie (Social Worker) in 'Sex, Lies & Depravity' an independent feature film - wr. Wade Radford dir. Jason Impey - 2012

Kiss of the Red Menace: a Tribute to Kander & Ebb (Melody La Rouge) - one-woman musical theatre review (writer/director/producer/performer) - 2010-2014

Other work includes: Marry Warren in The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Raymonde Chandebise in A Flea in Her Ear by Georges Feydeau & Abbess of Argenteuil/Belle Alys in Abelard and Heloise by Ronald Millar all for the Apex Theatre Co. - Queen in Cymbeline, Titania in A Midsummer Nights Dream & Lady Bountiful in The Beaux Strategem by George Farquhar all for the Studio Theatre Co. - Miss Krumholtz in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying for Redditch Palace Theatre - Police Woman in a Training Video for Birmingham Police - various roles in Training Videos for Nottingham Police - Rachel in “They Go in Twos”, a Drama for Birmingham Polytechnic Media Department.

I am also a qualified Speech & Drama Teacher and an examiner in AS Level Drama & Theatre Studies for AQA.


Tupelo Honey

Jazz/soul version of this beautiful Van Morrison song from Kerry's latest album Table in the Corner.

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Vocal ability:
  Lead singer
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Singing styles
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Classical
Favourite genres
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Jazz
Influences: Aretha FranklinPeggy LeeEtta JamesClaire MartinLiane CarrollBillie HolidayRuth Brown

Professional singer with extensive live and recording experience.

Trained actress (specialised in Musical Theatre).

Wide vocal range (3.5 to 4 octaves) & very versatile, adapting to various musical styles. Specialist in jazz, blues, latin & soul.

Venues include: Ronnie Scott's (London), The Jazz Bar (Edinburgh), National Theatre (London), Sherraton Park Lane Hotel (London), Pizza Express (various), Proud Cabaret (London), Pizza on the Park (London), Fashion Cafe (London), Colchester Arts Centre and many, many more...

Worked with some of the top jazz/blues musicians in the UK, including: Ian Shaw (v/p), Alan Barnes (sax/cl), Alex Garnet (sax), Andy Panayi (sax/fl), Julien Siegel (sax), Colin Steele (tpt), Andy Davies (tpt), Janette Mason (p), Robin Aspland (p), Gareth Williams (p), James Pearson (p), Barry Green (p), Ted Beament (p), Paddy Milner (p), Simon Thorpe (db), Jeremy Brown (db), Clark Tracey (dr), Mark Fletcher (dr), Frank Tontoh (dr), Marcus Bonfanti (g/voc), Bill McGillivray (g), Carl Orr (g), Nick Page (g), etc.

Lead singer with own blues/soul band, Kerry Jo Hodgkin & The Blue Steelers.

Guest vocalist with: The Ronnie Scott's Blues Experience, Crissy Lee Big Band, Mike Ellis Swing Band, etc.

Leader of own jazz bands:
'Ladyblue' (Duo to Septet)
'The Kerry Hodgkin Quintet', with whom I completed a successfull Jazz Services Tour in 2003, 'Shades of Blue' (vocal/guitar duo).

Vocalist with The Sounds of Swing Orchestra, a 17-piece swing big band.
Lead vocalist of, Soul Possession, a 5-7 piece Motown/Atlantic band.

MC & vocalist at Proud Cabaret, London - burlesque club from 2010.

Solo Cabaret Vocalist since 1997.

Also available for dep work. Working in so many different genres over the years has left me with a vast repertoire, making me ideal for dep work.

Also experienced in musical theatre, pop, rock & folk music + some classical.

Excellent harmony skills, having spent 2.5 years in a 4-part a capella group, The Spirellas, appearing on the James Whale Show & BBC Three Counties Radio.

Work either by ear or reading music.

Good dance skills (jazz/tap/modern/contemporary/salsa/robotics/basic ballet/jive/lindy hop).

Play clarinet & basic guitar/keyboard.

Song writer/arranger.

Professional vocal coach (singing & acting).

Session vocalist (e.g. Denim, Paul B Edwards & Serious Sound Syndicate).

33 Records Recording Artiste:
Debut jazz/blues CD, “…and everything”, released on the 33 Records jazz label in Feb. 2002.

New contemporary jazz album "Table in the Corner" produced by Ian Shaw and released on 33 Records in Nov. 2009.

Also appear as cabaret/burlesque vocalist/compere - diva chanteuse Melody La Rouge - including my one woman show, (available self-contained or with 4-piece band) "Kiss of the Red Menace: a tribute to Kander & Ebb.

KOTRM Fringe Tour 2012 (7 fringe festivals in 4 months) - Award Nomination: Best Solo Vocal Music Show @ Buxton


Dancing ability:
Dance styles
  • Jazz
  • Salsa
  • Swing
  • Tap
Kiss of the Red Menace: a Tribute to Kander & Ebb 2011/-
Singer/compere Proud Cabaret 2010-2011
Featured dancer at Tressines Nightclub, Birmingham 1992.
Singer/Dancer on Stena Parisienne, 1993-4.

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