Meet the Team

Ben Murray-Watson

Founder and Director

Ben has worked with young people from a number of different backgrounds and for a number of different organisations over the last 20 years.

He is a passionate advocate of creative subjects in education and has seen 1st hand on numerous occasions how studying drama benefits young people.

Ben launched The Young Actors Group out of a desire to see a professionally run acting-only nationwide group that took both its responsibilities seriously whilst offering excellence at every level.

Following its launch in 2014, YAG now runs over 20 groups and will be offering a franchise model from the beginning of 2023.

Aaron Tonks

Operations Director

Aaron is a theatre and film director with over a decade’s experience working on youth productions.

As well as heading up 7 weekly groups, Aaron also looks after all of our freelancers with lesson plans, tips and tricks and general day to day operations.

Loved by kids and adults alike, Aaron is a long standing and pivotal part of YAG’s success to date.


Natalie Collins

Marketing Executive

Natalie is a marketing manager with 20 years experience in the industry.

She heads up our marketing across the full marketing mix of social media, copywriting to website, print and PR.

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Holly Ray

Branch Director

Holly is a professional actor, singer, dancer, choreographer and teacher with experience in theatre, film, music, and dance.

Alongside performing, Holly has taught all disciplines for over a decade, and finds working with young people in the arts incredibly rewarding.

She currently teaches singing and LAMDA privately, with a 100% pass rate in all exams, as well as running her own parent and child dance classes.

Holly is passionate about teaching and is so excited to be working with The Young Actors Group.

Lizzie Mounter

Branch Director

Lizzie Mounter trained as an actor at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art graduating with a BA (Hons) Degree.  S

She has worked extensively as an actor in various productions across the UK, Including the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival where the production won 3 awards, performed in the West End as well as touring internationally. She has been the voiceover for The Royal British Legion and worked with BBC Radio 4 in two drama series.

As well as being an actor Lizzie has taught at Sylvia Young Theatre School and Drama clubs in the U.K. and Italy for learning English through Drama.

Sam Cartwright

Branch Director

Sam is an award winning professional actor, director and writer with over 10 years of experience working in and around the performing arts.

He has performed with Jack Whitehall, Will Smith and Jess Glynne as well as working professionally across TV, musicals, commercials and theatre productions. Sam graduated three years of performance training at the Institute for Contemporary Theatre in 2021 and began his directorial career at the age of 17.

Sam teaches the Brighton Friday Group and loves teaching youth groups with his contemporary approach, aiming to create a professional, inclusive and safe environment for his students to develop in.