Guests are listed alphabetically and will be announced throughout the year.
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Best known for roles in the TV shows The New Adventures of Robin Hood and Vikings, and the movie The Fifth Element, Richard Ashton is familiar to Doctor Who fans in his role as Friday in the Twelfth Doctor era episode "Empress of Mars".
He has also had many other roles on both the big and small screens - working on projects since 1990.
Prior to becoming an actor, Greg Austin was a dancer. Performing modern dance, ballet, tap and street dance; this lead him to the world of musical theatre.
From 2014 to 2016, Austin starred as the young Gordon Selfridge in ITV's Mr Selfridge. During this time, he also appeared as Rufus Barton in one episode of Law & Order: UK, and in short film Into the Surf.
It wasn’t until 2016 that Austin joined the world of Doctor Who when cast as Charlie Smith in spin-off, Class. Though the program only lasted one season, Big Finish Productions reunited the cast for two new sets of stories to wrap up the story.
In 2018, Austin appeared briefly as a "synth" in the BBC series Humans. He also filmed for a guest lead role on Stephen Poliakoff's Summer of Rockets, which is set to be released this spring.
He currently co-hosts a podcast called The Greatest Waste of Time with long-time friend Andy Jay. You can find him over on Twitter at @Gregory_Austin.
Jason Haigh-Ellery founded Big Finish Productions in 1998 and the company has grown to be the largest independent producer of audio dramas in the world. They have worked regularly with media corporations such as the BBC, MGM and ABC on Doctor Who, Torchwood, Stargate, Judge Dredd, and on original series such as Graceless and The Confessions of Dorian Grey. In 2013, Big Finish won the BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Drama for Doctor Who.
In 2011, Jason also founded the animation house Planet 55 Studios in Sydney, Australia, working first with the BBC on two animated versions of Doctor Who and now producing the original 26 part drama Prisoner Zero for ABC.
For television, Big Finish Entertainment has produced two reality shows – Nadia Goes to Hollywood and Nadia: Chasing the Dream for TV3 and been involved with reality shows Strictly Dance Fever (BBC) and Fame – the Musical (RTE).
Theatre (tour): Henry V, As You Like It, Days of Hope, Tomorrow Morning, Spring Awakening, By Jeeves, Snoopy the Musical, Love Shack, High Society, Fly me to the Moon, Debbie Does Dallas – the Musical, Teenage Kicks, The Steamie, Guess How much I love You?, The Wedding Singer, West End Men, Fame – the Musical (Eire), Yes Prime Minister, The Ladykillers, Never Forget and Footloose – the Musical.
Theatre (West End): Life Coach, Wolfboy, Footloose – the Musical, Shout!, A Christmas Carol, Third Floor, Shoshana Bean at the Ambassadors Theatre, Idina Menzel at the Royal Albert Hall, The Whatsonstage Theatregoer Awards (since 2007), Never Forget –The Take That Musical, West End Men, Yes Prime Minister (Theatregoer Award – Best New Comedy), The Ladykillers (4 Olivier nominations) and the sell-out West End debut of Nicholas Hoult in New Boy.
Theatre (USA): Cinderella, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty and her White Night, Sleeping Beauty, A Snow White Christmas and Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in Los Angeles with Lythgoe Family Productions each Christmas.
More Info: bigfinish.com
Coming from a theatrical background prior to her being cast in Class, Sophie Hopkins was once a member of Fourth Monkey repertory theatre company.
In 2016, Hopkins was cast as April MacLean in BBC Three’s Doctor Who spin-off Class. Her character was advertised as the “British Buffy”. This was especially fitting since Hopkins was sold on the series by being told it had parallels to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
After Class ended, Hopkins starred in several short films - including Since We Last and Breaking - as well as playing the lead in horror film Brackenmore.
Recently, she reprised her role from Class in stories for Big Finish Productions.
You can find Sophie on Instagram at @sophie.hopkins.
Vivian Oparah got her start as a young adult in the theatre world as a member of the National Youth Theatre.
In 2016, she was cast as Tanya Adeola in the Doctor Who spin-off Class. Oparah later said that Class was her first audition. When auditioning, she knew that the series was linked to the world of Doctor Who but had no idea it would turn out to be such a large production.
In 2017, she starred as the house slave Minnie in the theatre play An Octoroon at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. For this performance, she received a nomination for the 2017 Off West End Theatre Awards as Best Female In A Play. After this play, she starred in another (Fanny & Alexander) at The Old Vic and reprised her role as Minnie - this time at the Royal National Theatre.
Oparah reprised her role as Tanya in Class alongside her co-stars for a series of stories from Big Finish Productions.
Find her on Twitter at @vivianoparah, or on Instagram at @bunnyreloaded.