NB there are many other short readings and songs on my Soundcloud page
Joe Grossi is available for comedy and drama acting roles, commercial work, ads, voiceovers and presentations.
Joe is a versatile character actor in the vein of Peter Sellers, Warren Mitchell and Leonard Rossiter. A native English speaker, who is also fluent in German and Italian; recent trips to Brittany have brushed up on his quite good French. He brings character and emotional depth to dramatic roles plus charm, intelligence, a quick wit, slapstick or a light touch in comedy, in performances, presentations and in interviews. Where useful, he offers different voices, inflections, mimicry, international and British regional accents. He has a degree in law.
Joe is also a songwriter, who sings and plays bass, acoustic & electric guitars.
As a writer, he has written or co-written several spec scripts and a biography, ‘Immigrant’. Joe has also translated many German scripts into English for commercial and corporate productions, often writing fresh copy.
- Born in 1957 in S.E. London. Attended Haberdashers’ Aske’s grammar school.
- Degree in Law (Ll.B. Hons. in 1979)
Acting career summary:
- 1980: Began acting with Lumiere and Son (“A String of Perils”, dir. Hilary Westlake & script by David Gale and cast).
- 1980-81: Theatre-in-Education and community theatre. “The Mummy’s Curse” by Moving Parts, director Ruth McKenzie (later of the London Cultural Olympiad).
- 1981-4: Theatre-in-Education with Livestock touring Theatre Company, co-writing & acting.
- 1984-6: Comedy cabaret with KGB, Cagey Beezz and Knightmare Kabaret, co-writing sketches and songs, singinging & playing guitars incl. Edinburgh & Glastonbury festivals.
- 1985: First TV roles in “Bluebell” (dir. Moira Armstrong) and “To Have & to Hold” (Dir. Mary McMurray). Both wrap parties at The Groucho Club.
- 1986: First commercial with David Jason for Castella Classic. From 1986-2001, I featured in 22 commercials for the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Holland & Norway.
- 1987 & ’88 – TV. Featured as Joan Sims’ butler, Hopkins, in cult Children’s BBCtv series, “Simon & the Witch” with Elizabeth Spriggs, Naomie Harris, Nicola Stapleton, Janet Henfrey.
- 1988 – TV: “Lenny Henry Christmas Show” for BBC. Also in “The Bill” for Thames TV.
- 1991-92: Lived and worked in Germany, making many contacts in TV, corporate films & commercials with whom I still collaborate and for whom I work as their UK fixer, translator, on-screen presenter & actor.
- 1992 – TV: performing and writing sketches and two songs in BBC School’s “Lifeschool”.
- 1992, ’93 & 94 – TV: “Flitterabend” for ZDF/ WDR/ SWF, Germany. Comedy improvisation in German on big budget, live Saturday night show broadcast before and studio audience of 1,500 people and six million viewers. Five appearances in two years.
- 1992 – TV: “T-Bag & the Sunstones of Montezuma” with Georgina Hale for Thames Television.
- 1994/5 – TV: “Grange Hill” (twice) & “Aquila” children’s BBCtv for BAFTA winning director, David Bell.
- 1995 to present day: active as UK producer for several Germany TV, commercial and corporate production companies, aka London Joe. Alo as script translator and copywriter.
- 1997 – TV: “Schwarz greift ein” priest/ detective series for SAT 1, Germany.
- 1998 – TV: “Totally Ridiculous” for Triage Entertainment, USA. Directed by Jeff Lengyel for David Zucker (co-producer of the “Naked Gun” & “Airplane”).
- 2001 – TV:”Urban Gothic” drama series for Channel 5.
- 2005 – Film: “The Da Vinci Code” as the Church Official with Alfred Molina.
- 2005 – Film: “Kinky Boots” as the Milan Organiser with Joel Edgerton.
- 2010 – TV: “Tabaluga Abenteuer Team”. Playing Harold Addington in many disguises. German Children TV action series. BSB-Film Medienproduktion for ZDF & KiKa (Kinderkanal). Directed by Diana Feil, now based in L.A. Winner of a New York Children’s Television prize.
- 2010 – Film: “The Empty Plan”. Playing composer, Hanns Eisler, in this arthouse film about Brecht in Hollywood. Toured European art galleries including Haywood Gallery. Directed by Anja Kirschner and David Panos.
- 2016 – Film: “Botticelli Inferno”, German feature documentary, directed by Ralph Loop. Engaging conversations with an international public in Florence on the subject of Botticelli’s painted depiction of Dante’s ‘Inferno’. Speaking English, Italian, German & French.
- 2017 – Film: “House Red”, horror feature playing the Tuscan Mayor.
- 2017 – TV: “A Discovery of Witches”, television series for Sky Television by Bad Wolf Productions. As the baffled Mortician.
- In 2018, there was German corporate work but the year was dominated by familoy issues, my wedding and the many blessings that came with it.
- 2019 – Film: ‘No Time to Die’, several scenes with DC, two of which are in the final cut.
- 2020-1 COVID interruptus. Zoom script readings, making self-tapes to keep sharp.
- 2021 – TV documentary for ARTE “Mein Auge – Eye and Vision” shooting at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Being the Patient and also the London location fixer for writer/ director, Ralph Loop, and Medea Film (Berlin).
Contact Joe Grossi via his agent