Actors without an agent will go to all kinds of lengths to secure their standing in the industry, often taking the initiative to create their own work or joining a cooperative agency.
Presenter Anneka Rice admitted that she went a step further, and managed to conjure an agent out of thin air.
Bringing a whole new meaning to the term ‘secret agent’, Rice told the Radio Times that she duped the television industry for nearly a decade by creating an imaginary agent called Clemmie Hart.
Rice conjured up Clemmie after she parted ways with her actual agent and took a step back from her career to focus on motherhood.
However, she needed someone to deal with the requests that kept rolling in, and that’s where Clemmie came in.
On one occasion, when Rice accepted a job, she even took Clemmie along with her.
“My friend Lisa came with me and pretended to be Clemmie. We didn’t dare catch each other’s eye because we’d have lost it,” she told the magazine.
Clemmie developed an attitude of her own over the years, responding to one request for Rice to take part in a televised athletics competition: “We’d love to but, between you and me, Anneka’s a bit out of shape.”
Tabard can’t wait to hear the full story on Rice’s one-woman show The Clemmie Hart Years, which airs on Radio 4 on June 12.