Clifford De Spenser
Clifford de Spenser | Voice, Language, Dialogue & Accent Coach | Script Editor | Consultant Dramaturg
Clifford is a specialist in effective spoken communication, comprehensively skilled in voice, language and pronunciation training, with thirty-five years of experience within educational, professional and business environments. He is in demand as a voice, language and dialect coach for major international film productions.
Recent and upcoming credits include: Emperor (starring Adrien Brody & Bill Skarsgard); The Spanish Princess (Starz), Music, War & Love (Stellan Skarsgard and Connie Nielsen), and The Book of Vision (starring Charles Dance).
Recent notable credits include: Hercules (Paramount); Tyrant (Fox/FX); 47 Ronin (H2F Entertainment); The Borgias (Showtime); Clash Of The Titans (Warner Bros), X-Men: First Class (20th Century Fox).
Clifford has worked as a linguist and dialogue coach in the international film industry since 1985. A graduate in English Language and Literature from Oxford University, he trained and worked for five years as a teacher of English as a Second Language. During his time abroad, he acquired fluency in French and German and developed his skills in translation/interpreting, copy editing and classical singing. Since completing the Advanced Diploma in Voice Studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1988, he has been in demand for his combination of skills and experience, which give him a unique insight into the spoken and written language, a broad cultural perspective and flexible and practical approach to working with actors, singers, screenwriters, directors and producers.
Among others Clifford has coached: Gerard Depardieu, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Gong Li, Mads Mikkelsen, Gaspard Ulliel, Rhys Ifans, Orlando Bloom, Djimon Hounsou, Heath Ledger, Dominic West, Jennifer Saunders, F.Murray Abraham, Irene Jacob, Stephane Audran, Susan George, Lena Olin, Kerry Fox, Dwayne Johnson, Dominic Cooper, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Naomie Harris, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ashraf Barhoum, Sverrir Gudnason, Rutger Hauer and Paz Vega.
Directors Clifford has worked with: Peter Webber, Brett Ratner, Matthew Vaughn, Martha Coolidge and Lee Tamahori.
As a result of his extensive world-class work on screen projects as a voice & accent coach, Clifford is a credited creative consultant, script editor and associate producer. Recent and upcoming credits include: Lyra's Wish: Saving Santa (as creative consultant, script editor and associate producer), Frankenstein Gothic (as creative consultant), The Dead of the World (as script editor and associate producer).