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Lindsay McKinnon’s Life

Lindsay was born in Liverpool, the youngest of five children in a Scots/Irish family.

A born writer and performer, Lindsay wrote her first book of poetry by the time she was seven and regularly staged plays in the back garden, to which all the neighbours were invited (but alas,

shockingly few turned up.)

While in Drama college, she worked at night in the Merseyside Everyman Theatre; a perfect place to learn from the talented people who wrote and performed there, including Alan Bleasdale, Willy Russell and Victoria Wood, and performed by the amazingly talented John McCardle, Bernard Hill,Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.

Drama college was followed by a course on Print and Broadcast Journalism at Liverpool

University; securing herself internships at Granada TV and on Radio City. Lindsay worked as a

writer and performer for a Theatre in Education Co for a year before moving to theatrical digs in

London, where she met the man who was to become her future husband and creative collaborator.

They formed the duo Little Devils and performed on the alternative comedy circuit with fellow

newcomers, Julian Clary (aka The Joan Collins Fan Club), Harry Enfield, Helen Lederer etc. Along

with writing sketches for the show, Lindsay also wrote short stories for magazines including Jackie.

Choosing a slightly more glamorous life, Little Devils became singing duo, Cachet and they spent

the next couple of decades dividing their time between (apparently) glamorous overseas tours and(slightly less) glamorous working men’s clubs including regular spots at Bernard Manning’s club. The Embassy. Lindsay also spent a year teaching creative writing to ex-offenders, while still touring the clubs at night.

The couple lived in Canada for ten years where, between singing contracts, Lindsay appeared in a few plays, indie films and even an episode of The Outer Limits. Lindsay wrote, Toques Off

Stetsons On which won best short film from the Actors Union in Toronto. Lindsay also worked as a dialect coach teaching Canadians, the nuances of American, British and European accents.

When their marriage ended, the pair returned to the UK where Lindsay continued to work as a

singer and compere on the club circuit. Here she met Blackpool comedian and impresario Tony Jo, and began doing the marketing and social media for his agency, HRH Entertainments.

With a few voice overs in the UK and Canada under her belt, Lindsay is pursuing her love of voice

over acting, leading to her collaboration with Samantha Henthorn, whose book she auditioned for on Amazon Audio.

Curmudgeon Avenue: The Terraced House Diaries proved to be challenging in the number of

characters there are to voice, but a huge amount of fun to perform. The project was made all the

more enjoyable as Samantha gave Lindsay free rein on the voice and characterization and even

the accents for the inhabitants of her book.

Samantha and Lindsay are looking forward to turning the rest of the Curmudgeon Avenue series

into audiobooks, which will introduce an even greater range of characters who are standing in the wings, waiting to be given their voice.

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