MEET A MEMBER

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Meet A Member Ken Adam
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Meet A Member Alice Sarfati
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Meet A Member Austin Raishbrook
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Meet A Member James Longman

Meet Archie Galbraith from Lochwinnoch

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Meet David McManley from Cumbria

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Meet Katie Bright from Swindon

Meet Nicola Bailey from Cornwall

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Meet Aletha Shepherd from Surrey

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Meet Oliver Ridge from Hampshire

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Meet Douglas Dewar from England

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Meet Richard Bence from London

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Meet Paul Kowalski from London

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 Meet Matthew John from Cheltenham

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Meet Hayley McLaughlin from Linlithgow, Scotland

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Meet Paul Holowaty from Bolton

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Meet Paul Roffman from London
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Meet Alicia Crockford from Solihull
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Meet Belinda Gosbee from Sydney

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Meet Samantha Fielding from London

Meet Shaun Christie

Meet Christina Withers

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Meet Adele Heather Taylor

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Meet a Member: Johny Pach

Johny Pach from London who moved to LA five weeks ago to pursue a career as a TV host. Johnny was drafted to the Sunshine State by V Channel,  a TV network operating in Arcadia to launch his brand new show “Showbuzz” which gets aired across the SKY 671 V Channel network each week.


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Meet Adam Linzey from Oxford
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Meet Lois Wilkinson from Birmingham 
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Meet Dionne Neish from London
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Meet Louisa Faye from Dartford, Kent
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Meet Nick Kellie from Wigan
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Meet Rob Weston from Fleet
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 Meet Charlotte Rothwell from Southport
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 Meet Jesse Johnson from Windsor
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Meet Lauren Baldwin from Wigan
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Meet Sally Norris from London 
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Meet KT (Katy for long) from Hampstead, London who moved to the USA 9 years ago to pursue a different life but still in a city that begins with L.
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Meet Lara Clear Who is from Highbury, London and moved to LA 5 months ago to pursue acting
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Meet Anna and Adam from  Merseyside and Hampshire who moved to LA to further their acting careers and have an adventure!
Read more about Adam & Anna here
Meet Shay Holland from San Francisco who moved to LA eight years ago to pursue on-camera hosting and acting.
Read more about Shay here


Meet Liz Stirling from Glasgow who moved to LA 9 years ago to pursue the world of TV Producing and Fixing.
Read more about Liz here
Meet Bettina Brighton from London who moved to LA 3 years ago.
Read more from Bettina here

Meet Sandra De Sousa from Islington, North London who moved to LA 4 years ago to pursue acting. 

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Meet Jazz from London who moved to LA, last month to move in with her girlfriend and get cracking with work.

Was there a particular reason you chose LA ? 

I first visited LA in 1992, 17, and I loved it. However, my heart belonged in New York. I would always visit there, and never came back to LA. There was always a Broadway show luring me to spend time in NYC over LA.
Anyway, all that changed when I got into a long distance relationship, and my girlfriend lived here. I visited as often as I could. This past Summer I spent three months here and really fell in love with it. I assimilated ;) 
My girlfriend made me love LA, showing me things from a  non touristy point of view. 
Available at The British Corner Shop!


What one thing do you miss from home?
I tend to get cravings for Ribena in a carton. Go figure. I think that's about the only thing I really miss.  Well, my friends, I miss them, but that's a given. Aside from that, I don't really miss much. Sweets, chocolate? No, because I've always loved the American candy and all those E's they put in their sweets. 

I also miss the West End. As a musical theatre lover, I love all the shows we have, and being able to randomly go to the theatre when you want, and just having the choice of so many great shows. 


What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus  London?
The biggest difference? Public transport. I live in London and we use transport to go everywhere, we also walk around a lot in London. LA lacks a good public transport system. Everyone here uses a car, and no one walks. 
My first weekend here, I walked five miles from West Hollywood to Beverly Hills and it was great, weaving in and out of the streets. 
It's something we take for granted back home.

I also find that the city dies down after dark, restaurants close early, people go to bed early. It's not a late night city...


Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
Food wise - Toi! Nigella Lawson recommended it on Twitter and it's great thai. Rock n Roll style. Also Son Of A Gun - the linguine is to die for!! 

Fryman Canyon. go there. Everyone hikes on Runyon. Fryman is a much nicer hike and less busy. The view from Fryman is also really nice. 

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here ? 
I would say do it. Do your research, it's a great city with lots of wonderful opportunities. Learn to drive ;)
The weather is unbeatable, they consider it cold here when it's 72 degrees. What's not to love? 

Lastly , how can we find out more about you ? Are you on the Internet ? 
I'm on Twitter @jazzt - social media ninja.  And yes, that is a boob as my profile photo on there, not mine....Meryl Streep's ;)

In my spare time I write all about entertainment for Awards Daily and SoSoGay 






MEMBER 55 - JOANNA RANEE WOOD 

From Oxfordshire, who moved to LA four years ago to pursue acting and Now, she works as… an actress!

                        Photo by: Paul Smith
Was there a particular reason you chose LA?
Work & Weather! It's a fantastic Lifestyle, lots of friendly people and an abundance of cool and beautiful things to see and do!
What one thing do you miss from home?
If I can only say one, My family and if I can say two, Jaffa Cakes!
What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK?
The can do attitude and constant blue skies!
                                             PHOTO BY CRAIG YOUNG
Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
Hollywood Reservoir- perfect for a 5K Run or a leisurely stroll. You get great views and it's so peaceful!
                                           PHOTO BY: CRAIG YOUNG
And Totes Juices, Sherman Oaks. Delicious Juices! All the ingredients are organic and seasonal!
What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here?
Go for it! Do your research and pack the sunscreen!
What are you working on at the moment?
I Just worked on a couple of cool commercials and a feature film. Auditioning and co writing a couple projects too!
Where can people find you on social media?
Twitter
@joranee
54.Meet member Lamorna Watts 
from Bristol, UK who moved to LA 3 years 4 months ago to pursue an acting career
Photo Credit: Lionfly Headshots
Meet Lamorna Watts from Bristol, UK who moved to LA 3 years 4 months ago to pursue an acting career
Was there a particular reason you chose LA ?
It was either Australia or LA and as LA is the epicentre for the 'industry' it was the obvious choice. It's where I need to be!
What one thing do you miss from home?
Oh you know..... the perpetually grey skies, torrential icey rain downpours and bitterly cold winds. Yep I really miss that ;)
What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK?
The weather obviously plays a MAJOR factor! I Love being so near to stunning hikes and the beach however the traffic REALLY is a killer
Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
Rockwell in the heart of Los Feliz is a great place to watch incredibly talented and often undiscovered artists. Another favorite is No Vacancy on Hollywood Blvd - a speak easy that is QUITE the experience
What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here ? 
SAVE MONEY!  Buy a car! stay strong and NEVER GIVE UP THE DREAM!
Lastly , how can we find you on the Internet ? 
Come watch us perform An Evening with Gary Lineker on June 1st and 8th, tickets can be found at http://garylineker.eventbrite.com. You'll be in for a real comedy treat, See you there!
Or check me out at www.lamornawatts.com
53. Meet Claire Farwell

from Devon who moved to LA 10 years ago to be with her fiancé and now works as a fashion designer & Breast cancer advocate.
Was there a particular reason you chose LA ?
I fell in love with a Californian in Barcelona & after a long distance relationship 
for 18 months, while I was in Russia/Nigeria & Bahrain as a reporter for NYT & 
other media, couldn't bear to be without him anymore:) He chose LA, we chose 
each other. 

What one thing do you miss from home?
Nothing. I have memories & visit when I can & all my british food cravings can 
be bought here:)



What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK?
 Glorious sun & easier acceptance of ambition & entrepreneurialism . 
Outdoor sports particularly to do with water & hiking. Creativity & ambition. 
Claire with her handsome and talent husband, Gus 


Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
 The Hungry Cat-Our local restaurant with amazing shrimps & the chips!!!



What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move

here ? 
You only live once so get on with it, what took you so long? Brits in LA is 
here for you with such a supportive & talented lot!
-- Check out Claire's website: www.clairefarwelllondon.com 
52. Meet a Member - Guy Salisbury
Meet Guy Salisbury from Basingstoke (or Amazingstoke as he fondly remembers it), who moved to LA 3 years ago (although was in OC and Laguna Beach for 7 years prior to that), to purse and continue his career in finance.  Guy now works in Real Estate Finance.  If you need a mortgage, be sure to give him a call!
Was there a particular reason you chose LA ? 
'LA is a slow seduction' - Someone I met when I first moved to LA...
To answer your question, I wanted a change from living in OC - I just got out of a long term relationship and all my clients were up here.  I used to commute to see them a few times a week and really didn't think much of LA at first...A lot of traffic, not the best looking city.  BUT THEN, I started finding my way around - Finding out exactly where to go when I wanted to do something fun and amazing.  Beach, hike, restaurant, club, bar, spa, yoga, crystals, art shows, museums, plays, galleries, shopping, the list is endless and all here in my wonderful city that is now very much...HOME.
Photo Credit: Eat Sleep Work
What one thing do you miss from home?
Smell of freshly cut grass in the summer (England's attempt of a summer).  But a reassuring feeling is that anywhere in the world is only one day away so I tend not to miss it and look forward to going back for short visits.
Photo Credit: IO9
What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK?
Gosh...Great Question!  Sky is the limit here - Go after your dreams and don't let anyone stop you.  People here are going for it! This is the land of 'what I can imagine I can create' and I LOVE IT.
Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
A great day out would be to start with a walk on the beach in Malibu, then hike Escondido waterfall in Malibu, quick run through Getty Villa's, lunch at Cafe Habana, Simon Norton Museum is fab and then perhaps dinner at Vinoteque in Hollywood, or Ace Hotel downtown for a few drinks too.  Oooo yes, Hollywood Forever in the summer is really fun also, oh and downtown art walk is great too.
Photo Credit: Getty
What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here? 
Give LA a chance, get out and see as much as you can.  Lots of wonderful art galleries and shows on. Brave the traffic, listen to audio books to calm yourself.  Great hikes! I know, in LA! Yelp is a good guide for everything too.  Brits in LA's Facebook page is a wonderful resource for info too - Eileen and Craig - You are the best!

51. MEET MEMBER PETER MORTON 

from Buckinghamshire,
 who moved to LA four years ago to pursue 'the lifestyle'

photo credit: Joanna Wood
Was there a particular reason you chose LA ?
My girlfriend chose LA for me. I had never been before but she was adamant that she was moving here and she knew that I would Love it. She was 100% correct.

What one thing do you miss from home?
Lucozade Original, apparently it cannot be acquired out here due to an ingredient 
that is banned in the US*

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK?
The sunshine, which I think puts people in generally better moods.

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
Franklin Park Hiking Trail nice and secluded plus there are Turtles!!

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here? 
Plan carefully, make sure you have enough set up money then buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Lastly , how can we find you on the Internet ? 
My songwriter alter ego is Mortzo if you google that you will find examples of songs I have written. You can also check out a pilot episode for a show called Over the Hill here...

I am also performing in the upcoming American Premiere of An Evening with Gary Lineker alongside fellow Brits Lamorna Watts, Sandro Monetti, Clare Cordingley and the fantastic Ewan Chung

more info can be found here...

*BRITS IN LA managed to find it for you Peter! Visit Lucozade.org for more info


MEMBER 50 - LIZZIE WORSDELL


photo credit: Nic Dawkes

Meet Lizzie Worsdell from Oxfordshire who moved to LA 6 years ago to pursue acting.

Was there a particular reason you chose LA ?
I always wanted to study in America after being obsessed with living here as a kid. Then when I visited LA I fell in love with it and decided to research drama schools here. Auditioned and got in.

What one thing do you miss from home?

Can I have more than 1? Going to Old Trafford! Robinson's squash and a good roast!

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK?
The biggest thing obviously is the weather. You really take for granted the fact that it is sunny and warm here every day. But after that it's the lifestyle, I think LA living is just so much easier than London. The laid back attitude and driving in the sunshine to work rather than sitting under the armpit of an overweight businessman on the tube.

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
There's this amazing little sushi place on Vermont called Starfish and also a great Thai place on Hollywood/La Brea called Pink Pepper.

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here ? 
I think it's very different now from when I first moved over but I think you should definitely make sure you're prepared both financially and emotionally. It truly can be the city of dreams at times but there can also be difficult moments. Make sure you're prepared for the highs and lows. And make sure you get all your visa stuff sorted early because that can be a bit of a nightmare! I personally recommend Next Stop LAX.I am mates with the guys who run it but would recommend them anyway! 

Lastly, how can we find you on the Internet ? 

Twitter: @lizzieworsdell


MEMBER 49 - CLIVE PEARSON

Meet Clive Pearson from Pulloxhill, who moved to LA twenty-three years ago to further career prospects, and to chase tail so he says!  


Was there a particular reason you chose LA ? 
Yes, I was a vapid as everyone else here, so I fitted right in.  Now I'm even more vacuous and colorless, so I'm looking forward to getting plenty of TV acting parts.

Credit: The Walking Recessionista
What one thing do you miss from home?
Huh???


What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK?
The women are prettier here, but you can't have a conversation with them.

Credit: Largest Mixer
Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
Sea Captains get plenty of time to think.

Credit: The Sunday Times
What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here? 
Take Bette Davis' advice and 'Take Fountain'.


Credit: Intimate Excellence




MEMBER 48 -VICTORIA FRATZ

Meet Victoria Fratz from Baltimore who moved to LA two months ago to pursue entrepreneurship.



Was there a particular reason you chose LA ?
Yes, funny story, I came home from Thanksgiving dinner last November to find that my house had been destroyed from a huge fire on our block, I took it as a sign from the universe that it was time to head out west. Ok, so that didn't sound very funny but I swear it was a blessing in disguise!

What one thing do you miss from home?

Baltimore has a lot of things to miss- rooftop decks, Camden Yards, crab pretzels, Old Bay. I mostly miss being able to walk anywhere. Seriously, you could walk anywhere you needed to go, take a $5 cab if you were wearing heels, or grab the water taxi if you needed to get on the other side of town. 

What do you find the biggest difference is living here ?
The people! There's a lot of positive energy out here and a ton of "go getters". 

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?

Yes! I'm obsessed with all Mexican food and quickly discovered El Cholo. Highly recommend. But I'll only tell you where it is if you bring me with you ;)


What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here ? 
100,000,000% do it! LA is an amazing place where if you can dream it, you can do it. And you'll meet amazing people along the way! 

Lastly, how can we find you on the Internet ? 
Glad you asked! 
Twitter: Toribelle_
Tinder: swipe right


Website: www.idxbrand.com --building brands, website and marketing brilliance one client at a time (end shameless company plug)



MEMBER 47 - CATHERINE SIGGINS


Meet Catherine Siggins, who moved to LA 3 years ago to further her career prospects.  Catherine is now also our new resident Theatre Reviewer.  Find her latest review of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' here 


Was there a particular reason you chose LA ? 
I’d lived in London for 11 years, which I had loved, but felt that moving to New York would have been swapping one urban obstacle course for another. I had started to feel city life grinding me a little, high rent, small spaces, financial pressures, and persistent head colds in the winter. Also when I had first come over in 2010, walking around my then neighborhood, I found myself for the first time in a long time feeling that I could create a life I dreamed of. As I walked around Sunset Junction and looked at the small wooden houses I saw myself, in time, living in one of those homes, a feeling I had lost in London. The possibility of being closer to natural spaces and the beach were also too much to pass up. I had gotten used in my childhood in Dublin to being close to the sea. Also, I had done some masterclasses with an acting coach, Ivana Chubbuck, in London and wanted to be able to continue my work with her in her studio in LA. Finally, I thought, what have I to loose?

Photo credit: Mr Kate

What one thing do you miss from home?
Loved ones. I miss my family and friends. I knew one person when I came here, and not having my family and old friends to meet up with has been a challenge, even today.

Photo credit: Ellieann.com

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK?
Oh boy, where to start… The biggest? You are an alien here. I’ve never felt that before, and didn’t expect to as I had grown up watching American culture on my TV, and meeting American’s, but it felt different being here. There are plus and minuses of course. It was strange not being able to get a car because I didn’t have a US credit history and the barriers to renting an apartment for the same reason. At home, you take such things for granted, as with free health care on the NHS. It cost $23,000 to my travel insurance when I tore my Achilles heal here in 2010, which was more then my Mum’s heart bypass operation.

Photo Credit: The Mirror

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here? 
Mostly I would say you must focus on making the best life possible here for yourself outside of what you do for a living, especially if you are in the entertainment industry. Find good supportive friends, create a life that you are really happy with that is not affected (excessively) by how well, or badly, your career is going. And buy a GPS as soon as you land. I’d be utterly lots without mine.

Photo credit: Road Safety 101

Lastly, how can we find you on the Internet? 
Twitter @cathsiggins


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