SAM DOWNIE - a great Voice for Radio, Podcasts, Television & Film

– Emma Dyson, PR and Membership, Spotlight UK (also was an agent in the past)

View Sam Downie’s latest Sizzle Audition Reel, found on the Spotlight Casting website. It features Sam’s  audition piece recorded at The National Theatre for Spotlight.

One of the most sought after Presenters/Voice-overs/Actors/Broadcaster – Sam Downie can move from technology news programmes to travel shows, from live entertainment shows, present live radio shows off the cuff, to costume dramas and voicing animated characters – as easily as flicking a remote control button. An autistic brain of rare knowledge, with a warm, clear engaging voice, who can deliver, at a flick of a switch – the One to Watch out for !

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ACH SMITH : JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH

(Podcast Interview Duration: 55 Minutes)

Listen on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts

EXCLUSIVE AUDIO PODCAST

In this exclusive audio interview, listen to Sam Downie interviewing novelist A.C.H Smith who wrote the novelisation to the movie. The interview documentary features the original songs from ‘Labyrinth’ performed by David Bowie, plus hear an extract from the ‘Labyrinth’ novel read by the author himself!

In August, 2011 the Jim Henson Company celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Labyrinth, the cult Jim Henson film. And Sam Downie was asked by The Henson Company to record an interview with the novelist behind the book of the film.

Want More ? Read The FULL Story

Read the full story about the interview with movie novelist ACH Smith , and how Sam Downie got involved with the re-telling of the cult Jim Henson movie.

LISTEN ONLINE

You can listen and download this Podcast, now on Apple Podcasts, Anchor FM, Google Podcasts and other services.  Here’s the links you need:

 

DAVID BOWIE

David Bowie accomplished many things during his long career, but it’s impossible to discuss that career without a nod to his bizarre but unforgettable role as the Goblin King in Jim Henson’s movie Labyrinth.

The film, which turned 30 years old in June 2016), has somewhat improbably become one of David Bowie’s most memorable projects.

So in honor of the artist, who passed away Sunday 11th January 2016, at the age of 69, let’s look back at the glorious weirdness that began its life as box office flop and has since become a beloved cult classic.

ABOUT THE FILM

The cult 1986 film Labyrinth, is the endlessly surprising and creature-filled fairytale from the minds of Muppet maestro Jim Henson, Star Wars creator George Lucas, Monty Python’s Terry Jones and legendary designer Brian Froud.

When teenager Sarah discovers that her baby brother Toby has disappeared, she must make her way through a fiendishly complex magical maze, in just thirteen hours, to win him back from Jareth, the Goblin King. David Bowie delivers a wonderfully mysterious and magical performance as the Goblin King, providing the film with five memorable songs and a series of unfeasibly tight trousers.

Labyrinth is in many ways a remarkable achievement.

ACH Smith Labyrinth Jim Henson BookBUY THE BOOK

Labyrinth is NOW AVAILABLE in hardback and paperback as a graphic novelisation published by Archaia. The book features supplementary material, including many pages of notes and illustrations from Jim Henson himself. You can buy it from the following outlets :

and all good bookshops.

Short Films , Sizzles & Interviews

Sam Downie interviewed at the 2018 Epilepsy Awareness Day & Educational Expo held at Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, Los Angeles, California. 

View Sam Downie’s latest Sizzle Audition Reel, found on the Spotlight Casting website. It features Sam’s  audition piece recorded at The National Theatre for Spotlight.

Interview with Actor Greg Grunberg (Star Wars, Heroes, Heroes Reborn, Star Trek, Lost..) who is Advocate and dad to Jake Grunberg who has #Epilepsy. Visit www.talkaboutit.org and Listen to the Podcast . We talk about Epilepsy and Acting on TV and Hollywood Movies.

Another interview with Actor Greg Grunberg (Star Wars, Heroes, Heroes Reborn, Star Trek, Lost..) who is Advocate and dad to Jake Grunberg who has #Epilepsy. I talk with Greg and Jake, about living with the condition, including talking about Stigma. Recorded at the Walk to End Epilepsy, Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, Los Angeles, California. November 2017.

Sam Downie is interviewed by Leo Laporte, main host at TWiT TV the popular technology focused broadcast network based in Silicon Valley. Here Sam talks about First Aid for Epilepsy / Seizures, he also talks about Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland as well as some exciting “Gadgets” he spotted there.  You can watch TWiT TV live on-air at www.twit.tv/live

In this short video, Sam Downie talks about Why attend the Epilepsy Awareness Day and Expo, held at Disneyland Resort in California ? He talk’s about Why he attend’s as the U.K. Ambassador for the yearly event in the USA as part of National Epilepsy Awareness Month.

Interview feature about the crossover and the divide between Mac & PC using Intel chip’s, with Sam Downie on the side of the Mac, and Brian Glick on the side of the PC. Presented by Spencer Kelly, host of Click. Broadcast 2005.

Epilepsy & Me : Interviews from Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland Resort

Actor GREG GRUNBERG

Actor BD FREEMAN

DJ HAPA

LOWELL & NATALIE

Audio & Podcasts

MacFormat Interview from MacExpo 2006

Interview’s from the expo floor at MacExpo 2006 held at Olympia in London. Listen to special corespondent Sam Downie with his views and interviews from this Mac event. This Podcast featured on the cover CD of MacFormat Magazine in 2006.

Rene Auberjonois Interview

Interview with Hollywood Actor Rene Auberjonois, who is well known for playing Odo in Star Trek Deep Space Nine. Rene talks about his career on stage and on screen, he also talks about what technology he likes, and the art work he creates.

Bristol Sounds Radio Show Episode

An episode of *Award-Winning radio series Bristol Sounds, which ran from 2000 to 2008. Broadcast on Ujima Radio, then BBC Radio Bristol, then BBC 6 Music. This Episode features an interview with vocalist Martina Topley-Bird, and the music of Roni Size and Mr Benn.

*Award from The Radio Academy for popular Music Documentary series

Fat Freddy’s Drop Interview with the NZ band

Interview with DJ Mu from New Zealand reggae electronica band Fat Freddy’s Drop. Recorded in Bristol at the 02 before they hit the stage.

Epilepsy & Me Interview with Ken Lownberg

Interview with Ken Lowenberg, media director at the Epilepsy Foundation and co-founder of TalkAboutIt.org , it was co-created by actor Greg Grunberg in collaboration with the Epilepsy Foundation. On the site, celebrities of television, film, and music come together with top epilepsy and seizure experts to help end misperceptions and misunderstandings about #Epilepsy.

Short Biography & Credits

Actor and Presenter Short Biography
Actor and Presenter Short Biography

Sam Downie has had a highly successful career within Radio, Television, Theatre, Online and as an award-winning Autistic Neurodiverse Filmmaker and Speaker.

For over two decades, Sam Downie has worked both Onscreen and Off Screen, as a Presenter and Producer in TV and Radio , a Voice Over and Character Actor, an Actor on Stage including at the world-famous Bristol Old Vic Theatre and other international stages, an Actor on Television and Screen, and as a Podcaster for well known broadcasters in the United Kingdom and the USA.

Sam’s voice is warm, engaging, unique, un-rushed and confident sounding – just perfect for Live Entertainment, Factual Entertainment, Documentaries, Animation, Films, Radio shows, Television, Technology News shows, Commercials, and Podcasts.

Sam has become a recognized industry voice in the United Kingdom and the USA.

His expertise is in gadgets and technology, as well as entertainment, music, movie production, theatre, comedy, and current affairs such as Disability awareness and ignorance.

For charity work, Sam Downie is a popular Ambassador & well known advocate in Epilepsy Awareness and Autism Awareness, supporting events such as the yearly Epilepsy Awareness Day & Expo held at Disneyland Resort in California.

For ten years, Sam was the voice of Bristol Sounds, the successful music programme that documents the world famous Bristol music scene, a show that was broadcast across Bristol and then nationally on BBC Radio, it then turned into a popular podcast series in the early 2000’s.

However he’s also presented and been a guest co-host on technology news shows, music programmes and more recently has been a co-host for The New Screen Savers and MacBreak Weekly on Twit TV.

Sam Downie is one of Bristol’s most in-demand radio presenters, his enthusiastic approach and rapport with listeners has seen his shows become popular.

He also fronts major events, for example in 2012 Sam became a “storyteller and interviewer” at the London 2012 Olympic Games, covering events such as the Olympic Torch Relay when it crossed the boarder in to Wales (in Monmouth), where Sam worked alongside BBC Radio Cardiff in the coverage. Sam was also thrilled to be asked to be a “storyteller” with BT, one of the many sponsors of the London 2012 games. His Twitter handle ( @samdownie ) appeared on the massive screen on the BT Tower in London, where he took over the screen for a month reporting on the London 2012 games and delivering news via the huge screen above London’s skyline.

Sam Downie is also an established host of conferences, awards ceremonies and other live events. His reputation as “a safe pair of hands” has led to him being asked back year after year to host many prestigious events.

Skills and Talents include:

  • Live broadcaster with 25 + years of experience
  • Ability to handle large audiences and create an atmosphere
  • Skilled Radio Presenter and TV host / co-host, communicator and writer
  • Able to think on his feet
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ambassador for charities

Catch Sam Downie at these Next Events :

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