Theatre, film and TV Actor and Director, Reece Dinsdale named as patron of the newly renovated Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax, Yorkshire


After the completion of its multi-million-pound capital redevelopment and the announcement of its autumn opening season of events, there’s more good news for the arts centre in the heart of Halifax, as they announce their latest patron – Yorkshire born, theatre, film and TV actor and director, Reece Dinsdale.


Dinsdale was born and raised in Normanton West Yorkshire. He trained at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. This has led to a long and successful acting career in television, theatre, film and radio drama.


He has appeared in some of the most celebrated TV shows and films over the last thirty-five years. He starred alongside the late John Thaw in the hugely popular television series Home to Roost, won the Special Jury Prize (International Critics Award) at the Geneva Film Festival for his portrayal of John Brandon in the feature film I.D., played Guildenstern (to Tim Spall’s Rosencrantz) in Kenneth Branagh’s highly acclaimed movie of Hamlet and played Joe McIntyre in Coronation Street from 2008 to 2010.


Reece Dinsdale has starred in many high-profile TV dramas including Threads, Jim Henson’s Storyteller (both BAFTA award winning), Take Me Home, Spooks, Life On Mars, Conviction, Silent Witness to name just a few.


His stage appearances nationwide include plays at The National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Exchange Manchester and The West Yorkshire Playhouse, where he had the honour of playing the leading role of Jack Rover in Wild Oats in the theatre’s inaugural production some twenty seven years ago. Subsequently he has appeared there in Playboy of the Western World, The Revengers Tragedy, Visiting Mr Green and more recently, Dinsdale appeared in Alan Bennett’s autobiographical piece, Untold Stories, in which he played the great man himself and for which he received a Yorkshire Award for services to Arts and Entertainment.


He followed this up by playing Richard III, and is about to play Halvard Solness in an updated version of Ibsen’s (the fall of) The Master Builder by award-winning British playwright, screenwriter and director Zinnie Harris. In 2015, Reece was made West Yorkshire Playhouse’s first ever Associate Artist to reflect his hard work and support for the theatre scene in the area.


In more recent years he has added a new string to his bow and has been busy on the other side of the camera directing five single dramas in the BBC Television series ‘Moving On’ for Jimmy McGovern (Brookside, Cracker and Common) and starring Su Johnston (Walking the Dead, Brookside, and The Royle Family).


A life-long and dedicated follower of Huddersfield Town FC (now Premier League, he would like to remind everyone!), Reece once more resides in ‘God’s Own Country’ with his wife and two children.


Reece Dinsdale joins Sally Wainwright, George Costigan, Natalie Gavin, Glen Baxter, Sir Alan Bowness, Sir Ernest Hall and Timothy West amongst others, as patrons of the much-loved arts centre located in the newly redeveloped Halifax cultural quarter.


Actor, director and Square Chapel patron, Reece Dinsdale said: “I was both honoured and delighted when asked to become a Patron of Square Chapel Arts Centre. Yorkshire has an increasingly strong reputation for championing the arts, and Square Chapel, a hotbed of creative activity right at its centre, has, for many years, more than played its part. As an actor, director, Yorkshireman and lover of ‘owt arty’, I am thrilled to be invited to play even a small role in helping its reputation grow and hopefully enhancing further still the cultural lives and experiences of the people it serves. See you around!”


Square Chapel Arts Centre Marketing and Communications Manager, Sofia Cann said: We are delighted Reece Dinsdale has accepted our invitation to become a patron of Square Chapel. Reece’s enthusiasm and ideas are original and stimulating, we look forward to working with this brilliant actor who will not only see us grow as a cultural hub, but will also support us with our future. Reece joins a host of other talented patrons here at Square Chapel, including George Costigan, Sally Wainwright, Natalie Gavin and Timothy West to name a few.




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