As an exceptionally talented actor, Kirsta Johnston, who performs under the stage name of Kirsty McNeill, gained First Runner up award for the Sir John Mills Scholarship at Mountview Academy in 1998. With Film, TV, Commercial and Stage experience, Kirsty is always looking for her next challenging role. Kirsty is a full member of Equity and Spotlight, her full Profile, Showreel, Voice Clips and Photo Gallery can be viewed on the spotlight website (Click the picture to the right to view them in a new window).
Recent Theatre Credits
Since graduating from Mountview Academy Kirsty's most recent theatre credits include, The Little English Girl, a new 3 hander play, in the role of hardy Belfast mother ‘Hannah’, with successful performances at the London Irish Centre, Camden Fringe 2009. As a Native Scot with an Irish heritage, the Northern Irish accent is a strength for this versatile actor. Kirsty was able to maintain this for the full duration of the play amongst an audience of Irish critics.
"You were very easy to direct, a real pleasure"
Marina Caldarone, Artistic Director, Crying Out Loud Productions
Varied Accent and Dialect Abilities
As a trained musician, Kirsty is able to pick up most accents well with her acute listening skills and with further study she is confident she could deliver quite a few convincing accents in a play, TV Commercial, Drama or Film. Examples of Kirsty's voice clips from her Voiceover CD can be heard in this link. As Kirsty has studied and worked for a reasonable duration of time in various parts of Scotland, she is able to deliver different Scottish dialects other than her own Central Stirlingshire accent. These include Highland, Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Borders.
Other Theatre credits
The Snow Queen, a 2 hander multi role musical, touring with the Storytellers Theatre Company. In the Spotlight, corporate role play and theatre tour for Abbey National. Residences included Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast. Stay in Learning, a four month Scottish Educational Theatre Tour with Impact.
Other theatre roles include Fiona Campbell in Three Birds Alighting on a Field, Lady Rosalind in Loves Labours Lost and Mary in Juno and the Paycock.
Film and TV credits
The Edvard Greig Anniversary, Grampian TV, The Big Band, Stephen Lawrence films, a corporate film for Abbey National and a Short Film The Gift directed by John Gorrie.
Kirsty is currently partially represented by Ash Productions Live Ltd, Personal Management.
Kirsty has also been represented by 2020 Productions Ltd. For 3 years as a supporting artiste in background and featured artiste in Film, Television and Commercial Productions.