Russell Grant

Profile updated 11/06/22

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

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Introduction:

I was born and went to school in London and although I have travelled extensively, I have always lived in London. After graduating from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in 1980, I worked regularly as a professional actor not only in Britain, but in many European countries in all mediums - film, television, theatre and radio.

With a keen interest in history, I qualified as a London Blue-Badge Guide in 1999 and my work includes conducting a wide range of driver-guided or walking tours that explore different areas of London including the River Thames, palaces, museums, galleries, street markets and churches. I also offer day visits or longer overnight tours not only to many of the most iconic sites around the country, including cathedral cities, castles, stately homes, but to less well known areas of historic interest, outstanding beauty and villages.

I have worked as a tutor for The American Institute of Foreign Studies (UK), Florida State University London Study Centre and Elon University. The subjects on which I lecture include 'The Monarchy', 'Hampton Court Palace', 'Winston Churchill', 'Battle of Britain' and 'The History of British Theatre' as well as conducting visits to wide range of historic sites.

I have also worked as a tutor on the London Blue Badge Training course on behalf of The Institute of Tourist Guiding and as a City of London Guide, been an Examiner on the City of London Guiding Course.

I have also gained endorsements at The Palace of Westminster, the British Museum, Somerset House, Canterbury Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral and London Venues for 2012.

I am member of The Institute of Tourist Guiding, The Association of Professional Tourist Guides, The Guild of Professional Tourist Guides, The Driver-Guides Association, The City of London Guide Lecturer's Association and British Actors Equity.

Personal Interests:

The Beatles
Churchill
Churches and Cathedrals
Stonehenge & Avebury
Walking Tours
Royalty
History & Prehistory
Theatre
Jewish London
Castles, Palaces & Stately Homes
Parliament
River Thames
The City of London

Special Interests:

Britain Today
Castles & Palaces

Blenheim Palace
Windsor Castle
Kensington Palace
Dover Castle

Royalty

History of the British Monarchy

Theatre

History of the British Theatre

London Areas in Depth
Walking Tours

City of London
Theatre
Jewish East End

History & Prehistory

Stonehenge
Avebury

Churches & Cathedrals

Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral, City of London churches

Endorsements:

City of London, Somerset House, Parliament, Salisbury Cathedral, British Museum, Canterbury Cathedral, 2012 Venues, Virtual Tours

Additional Qualifications:

Diploma in Acting

Driver Guide:

Yes

Vehicles:

TypeMake / ModelPassengersAir ConditioningDisabled Access
CarLand Rover Discovery 4 SD V6 HSE6YesNo