Sid Sloane is best known as a presenter on the BBC children’s channel CBeebies. He also stars in the popular dressing up adventure programme Let’s Play on the same channel.
Sid helped launch the CBeebies channel back in 2002 as one of the original presenters and in 2008 he launched CBeebies Africa. He has been hugely popular with the channel’s fan base ever since, however it is his journey into the media spotlight that is most compelling.
It started with a brave decision to swap a successful career in sales to become a postman. With that change and the help of a bursary Sid Sloane paid his way through drama school at the Academy of Creative Training (ACT) in Brighton.
From the outset his passion for acting and performing was ignited and just two weeks into drama training he landed the lead in a play performing at the Brighton Festival Fringe. He has never looked back.
Sid Sloane grew up on a 1970's south London council estate where drugs and crime were recreational and racism was commonplace. He is the middle of five children raised by a single parent. Sid left school with no qualifications and no real guidance for a future. He had many different jobs, and experienced various high's and lows before finding 'drama' as an art form and not a reaction to life.
Sid has many stories to tell about his experiences growing up in such a colourful environment. He is one of the lucky one's and knows it. To those that know and work with Sid he is a motivator, influencer, professional and hard working creative. And to those that really know him he is a calm, centred, peaceful presence. All of those qualities emanate through him.
Sid Sloane's first professional engagement came one year into drama training, playing a psychopathic lecturer in a Eugene Ionesco play 'The Lesson', which was sufficient enough to gain him entry into the professional actors union Equity (changing his name from Gary Gibson to Sidney Sloane).
Having completed training a part as 'Ben' in his own production of a Harold Pinter play- 'The Dumb Waiter' was brought forward to allow him to perform as 'Presuming Ed' in a sell out two week theatre run of the world stage premier for cult film 'Withnail and I' at The Komedia, Brighton. This was immediately followed with roles in two Shakespeare productions, during which time he successfully auditioned for the main role as 'Narrator' in the Belgrade Theatre production of 'The Twits' taking on a No.1 UK theatre tour.
Sid has numerous theatrical and voice-over credits for CD's, television, on-line and on radio 4 drama's. He presented the 'Fantasy Series', a reality TV show for BBC3, held the Saturday Lunchtime slot on BBC Sussex and Surrey radio, and voiced schools maths educational aids as well as stories and links for his own album, Sid's Story CD, Sid & Rebecca's-Treasure Island. He has voiced CBeebies radio.
Sid Sloane is passionate about the transformative powers of theatre and is establishing 'Root4Kids in The Community' working directly to empower children from low socio-economic backgrounds. He is popular at festivals and family weekends presenting his live interactive children’s show and is available for hosting corporate award dinners and delivering his powerful and inspiring motivational story.