Hamilton Hodell - About Us

About Us

Christian Hodell

Managing Director
Christian wanted to be an emperor when he grew up.

Christian started his career in 1988 in Chicago, which was nothing like the musical, before heading to Tinseltown in 1990 to make his dreams come true.  As an alumnus of the Triad Artists mail room, delivering packages in Armani suits he could not afford, he worked with such legends as Hylda Queally and Nicole David.   He then met Lorraine Hamilton, widely known as the nicest lady in showbusiness.  Disoriented by jetlag, lorazepam and a good Bordeaux, she apparently offered him a job.   He joined her in London shortly thereafter in June 1993. He worked his way up from assistant to agent, company director, partner and in 2008 became the managing director.  He is extremely proud to carry on Lorraine's tradition. 

Louise Donald

Senior Agent, Commercial & Voice-over
Louise wanted to play piano on a cruise ship when she grew up.

Louise hails from Scotland and can still say "hold ma fur coat and ma chips while I bash him" in a convincing brogue. She has worked in many different professions, which proves anyone can do anything. Her titles include Director of Student Services at London Contemporary Dance School; Post Production Supervisor on a feature film; Manager of avant-garde interiors shop, Mint; ultimately joining Hamilton Hodell in 2003 to run the Commercials and set up the Voice-over Division. Think Joanie from Mad Men - don't know why - just think it. It will cheer you up.
 

Christopher Farrar

Agent
Christopher wanted to be a mineralogist or a zoologist when he grew up... any old ologist would have done.


The dapperest of young men about town, before developing his magnificent client list, Christopher worked for a theatre producer. Christopher has been likened to All About Eve (..once or twice...ahem) - so fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night.

Renoo Zaiwalla

Accountant & Office Manager
Renoo wanted to be a tiger tracker in the Himalayan foothills when she grew up.

She ran a little cake shop for a few years, but then decided to go back to studying.

Renoo has been with us since Jan 2002.  Impeccably polite yet somehow menacing, we all do exactly what she tells us to do. And so should you.

Matt Fishel

Website Wizard (part-time)
Matt wanted to test rollercoasters when he grew up.

Fresh from the catwalks of Paris and Milan, Matthew “Fierce” Fishel joined HH in 2006. Matt is a musician, songwriter & producer and when he's not in the office you can find him twiddling knobs, tinkling keys & strumming strings. (You can watch Matt's music videos on his YouTube Channel. His debut album Not Thinking Straight was released worldwide on 8th April 2013 and you can get your copy here:
CD | iTunes | Amazon). But most impressively, Matt is a retired extra! At time of posting, his IMDB star ranking was 2,010,952.

Madeleine Dewhirst

Agent
When Madeleine was little she wanted to be... a ballerina, the 6th Spice Girl, a wizard or generally anything that involved being in the limelight.

Having studied at Canterbury University and deciding none of the above aspirations were viable career choices, Madeleine moved to the Big Smoke to exploit her ability to "smize":  smile with her eyes. Between yoga sessions, pasta-making and keeping Phillip Green's shareholders happy, she entered the hallowed halls of Hamilton Hodell in the winter of 2007.  Not just one of the best new agents in town, she is also an artist's muse, as witnessed in the acclaimed video  'Alone With Maddie'.

Working as a double act, Maddie and Sian co-Agent their list of clients and as a result have been known to do cringey things like finish each other's sentences or turn up in colour co-ordinated outfits. Maddie has even cultivated a very passable Australian accent.

India Sinclair

Associate Agent, Commercial and Voice-over
India wanted to be a dancing silhouette in a James Bond Movie when she grew up.

India grew up in the sleepy town of Eastbourne, and whilst sleeping she dreamt that she would one day walk the halls of Hamilton Hodell and bask in the glory of its talent.  Aside from being generally fantastic at almost everything, India sings as a chorister and loves touring the country for the finest banoffee pie. She also has yellow eyes, so don't look in them, lest you fall under her spell.

Alexander Cooke

Agent
Alex wanted to be a sniper when he grew up.

Alexander Leon Cooke is a Leeds native who made his mark in showbiz at the tender age of 3, playing a young king at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. He has never lost that regal bearing.  As a teenager, he went on to star in CASUALTY (exhibit A for the prosecution - at 6:00) and HEARTBEAT. He took early retirement at 16 and now focuses on the other side of the camera.

Clearly the manliest person at HH, next to Louise, Alexander cycles all over the world for charitable causes and is a bit of a gym nut. It is strongly suspected that he actually paid someone to interrupt his job interview to tell us how wonderful he is.

Joshua Woodford

Assistant to Christian Hodell
Joshua wanted to be a wrestler when he grew up.
 
Three broken sofas later and a fear of not looking good in tight pants, he decided to pursue a much tougher, but more exciting profession of talent management! Having swapped legal study for legal dramas, Josh has found his home here at HH. Fast becoming known as the office 'Handyman', his dreams are finally being realised!

Hannah O'Sullivan

Assistant to Madeleine Dewhirst & Sian Smyth
Hannah wanted to be a policewoman when she grew up, until she realised that she had no wish to deal with criminals and helmet hair on a daily basis.

Instead, she decided to dabble in Birmingham's local radio scene and endured a full year of dressing up in a variety of seasonal costumes. Whilst being chased down an escalator dressed as an elf, it dawned on her that there was more to life, so she hopped on a plane to travel the world.

After flinging herself to every far flung part of the planet, she returned with not a hint of a Brummie accent, and glided into HH as an intern. 
 

Elizabeth Fergusson

Assistant to Christian Hodell
Elizabeth dreamed of being a supermarket check-out assistant. She couldn’t get enough of the ‘beep’ of that till.

However, after the heartbreaking realisation that this probably wasn’t for her, she left the tartan backdrop of Edinburgh for the bright lights of New York City to study and further hone her love for the business they call Show. Missing her home comforts she hopped on a plane to London where she spends her time eating spaghetti bolognese and straightening her hair.

Sian Smyth

Agent
Sian wanted to be a teacher when she grew up and so tortured her sister with constant homework assignments, just so she would have something to mark.

The office boomerang, Sian hails from Australia and has bounced in and out of the HH family since 2008, providing cover and confusing everyone over the pronunciation of her name (It's See-Anne). A dedicated commitment-phobe, she has worked through jobs in casting, TV production and even the heady heights of advertising until the Friday drinks trolley became a thing of the past. Although a love of travel still persists, like any good boomerang she always eventually returns to her two first loves - talent management and London. At HH she is thrilled to have found a merger of the two.

Working as a double act, Maddie and Sian co-Agent their list of clients and as a result have been known to do cringey things like finish each other's sentences or turn up in colour co-ordinated outfits. Maddie has even cultivated a very passable Australian accent.

Saffron Beaton

Assistant to Christopher Farrar

Saffron wanted to be a dancer with moves like Shakira when she was younger. But it turns out those hips did lie and Saffron realised belly dancing probably wasn't for her...

After studying Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds, Saffron shimmied home to London to do a stint in theatre administration before setting her sights on HH.

Having been taken under the wing of Christopher Farrar, Saffron hung up her dancing shoes and has never looked back. Swanning the office, you'll probably find her mimicking Cookie's northern accent or having a good old natter with Jules at the front desk. 

Juliet Kirby

Assistant to Louise Donald & India Sinclair

Jules wanted​ to own a pet shop which exclusively sold Fancy Rats when she grew up. 

Swapping​ the rat shop for the rat race she went to Leeds University to study Theatre & Performance. Jules spent most of ​her time at uni doing rehabilitative work in prisons to bring theatre to those with no access to the Arts. After spending far too much time behind bars (in every sense of the word) she moved back to London.

Following a short excursion into the world of production Jules joined HH as an intern before finding her niche in the enigmatic world of commercials & voiceover. 

Alfie 'Dandy' Donald

Top Dog
Alfie wanted to be a cheese taster when he grew up.

Alfie is a Griffon Petit Barbancon. Big name for a small dog with a big heart and a small brain.

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