My name is Ricarda Clay, I am based in London, UK. I am a british mixed race trained professional actress & dancer.
I have a BA degree in performing arts. Since graduating in 2012, I have had experience working in the industry, having lead, featured and SA roles in projects such as Commercials, music videos, feature films, short films, photographic stills and more. I am listed on Spotlight and a member of the Actors Guild UK, where you need verified professional credits to qualify. My ambition is to become more established in the uk before moving to the USA.
As an actress, I am classically trained for theatre/stage, I have studied techniques for film & TV, recently attended workshops with casting directors Peter Hunt and Shakyra Dowling. I have a unique versatility & as I have a naturally young looking, youthful face this gives me a wider playing range. I tend to get cast or audition for the playing age of 16-28, for love interest/girl-next-door, younger/ naive sister, feisty girlfriend, misunderstood badass, sexy temptress, ‘mean girl’/ bitchy bully roles. I’m not afraid to be seen as darker or mysterious either. I am always up for a challenge, pushing myself out of my comfort zone to avoid being type cast.
As a dancer, I started dancing from the age of 3 being classically trained in Ballet, after taking a break from dance while in secondary school. I regained my love and passion for dance in college where I mainly learnt Contemporary, Tap styles as well as physical theatre. From college and throughout university I have studied other styles such as Jazz & Street Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop/Street, House, Funk, Popping & Locking, Krumping, African, Dancehall/Reggaeton, Soca, Commercial, Waacking/Vogueing. I still keep up with my dance training as I attend Advanced/professional level classes at Pineapple dance studios, Base studios, & Danceworks studios.
Ive been involved in 70+ Music Videos (for: Angel, Lethal B & Donaeo, Wiley & Chip, Stylo G, Kano & Benga, Jessie J & Robin Thicke, Ms Dynamite & DJ Fresh, Roll Deep, Subfocus, Union J, Devlin, Madeon & more); TV/Commercials (Superdrug, PS4, Levi Jeans, HSBC, Quadcomm, SkyOne, MTV); Feature/short films ('Thee Recluse Trilogy', 'Bridget Jones's Baby', 'Night of the Museum 3', 'Life Sentence', 'Its A Lot') etc.
Due to my experience and skills, I am hardworking, energetic, positive, enthusiastic & constructive. I work well under pressure, as part of a team/ collaboration & individually. Ive a strong sense of professionalism, focus, dedication.
I joined Stage 32 as I believe it is not always what you know but more of who you know and who knows you. Its always great to connect and network with fellow creatives, actors and dancers as well as getting the chance to collaborate too. There is no downside to expanding the circle of connections within the industry, as I believe it is not always what you know but more importantly about who you know & who knows you.
Currently looking into new/additional representation ideally from UK agents with strong connections to the USA, who would help to act as sponsor regarding the 01 visa.
Any help or suggestions on agents/agenies that match are welcome and greatly appreciated.
Look forward to getting to know more creatives in the industry. Please feel free to connect with me via social media too, actual links are in the links section.
Twitter - @RicardaJazz
Instagram - @RicardaJazz
Facebook - Ricarda Clay (business) or Ricarda 'Ricki-d' Clay (Personal)
LinkedIn - Ricarda Clay
Unique traits: Personality traits: Creative, Insightful, Inspiring/Convincing, Decisive, Alturistic, Driven, Determined, Focused, Dependable, Persistent, Reliable, Passionate, Charismatic, Thoughtful, Empathetic, Enthusiastic. Character traits: Straight talking, fun, friendly, understanding, hardworking, energetic, positive,
Print by TANGERINE Films, SAATCHI & SAATCHI Festival goer/ Wimbledon spectator Prints/Still Photography & commercial for HSBC, which had a Wimbledon & Glastonbury theme
Virtual Reality Film
Film by Cats Are Not Peas/Alex Ruhl Journalist 16 Corporate/Short Film about Virtual Reality.
Commercial Tech Conference attendee/ Hipster Corporate Commercial
Commercial Featured Dancer/Freestyler TV commercial for Levi Jeans
Thee Recluse: The Lost Art of Murder
Film by Intelligence Entertainment, Tunji Faronbi (Fantasy, Horror and Sci-Fi) Maria (Principle Speaking role) The third & last film in the trilogy of Thee Recluse franchise
Thee Recluse: Thieves in the Temple.
Film by Intelligence Entertainment, Tunji Faronbi (Fantasy, Horror and Sci-Fi) Maria (Principle Speaking role) The second film in the trilogy of Thee Recluse franchise.
Thee Recluse: The Book of Damon
Film by Intelligence Entertainment, Tunji Faronbi (Fantasy, Horror and Sci-Fi) Maria (Principle Speaking role) The first film in the trilogy of Thee Recluse franchise.
McDonald's Christmas TVC
Commercial by McDonald Member of the Public 2016 Christmas TV advert for McDonald's
Bridget Jones's Baby
Film by Sharon Maguire Festival goer One of the SA roles I had in BJB, I was one of the festival goers where Bridget first meets Patrick Dempsey's character.
Bridget Jones's Baby
Film by Sharon Maguire Pregnant Yoga woman I played one of the women seen in the Yoga Class for pregnant women alongside Renee Zewellgar, I wore a fake pregnancy bump.
Guitar Hero Live
Video Game by Pulse Productions Featured Fan I can be seen as a featured fan in three of the video game song selections, where the reaction of the crowd changes depending on how the player performs in the game.
Night At the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb
Film by Fox, Shawn Levy Passerby An SA role I had in the film, I was in the scene where Ben Stiller and are outside the Tower of London.
Superdrug TVC for TLC channel
Commercial by Discovery Main Featured Dancer Commercial for Superdrug for the launch of the new channel TLC.
London Metropolitan University (London, UK)
Lambeth College (London, UK)