About Us – Sainou Talent Agency London

Sainou {sey-noo} Talent Agency London

Japanese Noun: Natural born talent; ability; the gifted.


Sainou means talent and that’s what we’re all about.  Based in London’s West End, Sainou represent a select list of actors & creatives including industry award winners, household names and some of the finest young, emerging talent.

At Sainou Talent Agency London we develop and nurture careers.  We work across all media with a focus on Film, Television & Theatre both in the UK and Internationally.

We have particularly strong links with the Film & TV industry in the US & Canada and work closely with several managers, agents and full-service companies in LA, New York & Toronto, as well as across Europe.


Client List

We work as a close team and there are no individual client lists at Sainou. Everyone is jointly represented by David Marsden & Paul Martin, assisted closely by the rest of the team.

Fresh Approach

Our industry is steeped in tradition but right now is going through enormous change.  At Sainou we offer our clients a fresh approach to finding work, not only in traditional areas, but also by innovating and embracing new, ever-emerging platforms.


Sainou are members of the Personal Managers’ Association.



David Marsden | Sainou Talent AgencyDAVID MARSDEN – Partner and Senior Talent Agent

David trained and worked professionally as an actor for 18 years before becoming an agent in 2001 and creating a leading London agency.  In 2010 he became co-chair of the Artists’ PMA.  The PMA (Personal Managers’ Association) is the leading professional body for literary and theatrical agencies in the UK.  Between them they manage the careers of almost all the UK’s dramatists and screenwriters, actors, directors and creatives both in the UK and abroad.

When not securing work for his clients, David can be found trekking through jungles, climbing mountains or exploring the world’s most exciting cities in search of a great photo opportunity.



Paul Martin | Sainou Talent Agency

PAUL MARTIN – Partner and Senior Talent Agent

Paul trained and worked professionally as an actor building a vast network of contacts and industry knowledge.  He worked at two West End agencies, becoming a company director at the second and heading up their Film & TV department.  With more than 10 years agenting experience he then went into partnership with David to set up Sainou. He also works closely with Equity on developing UK New Media deals for actors across the industry.

Paul is a huge Sunderland AFC supporter and can often be found celebrating (or more often commiserating) at the Stadium of Light.  He’s also a complete Historical geek. After agenting, these would be his subjects of choice on Mastermind.

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Mike Cater | Sainou Talent Agency

MIKE CATER – Talent Agent

Mike joined Sainou in early 2013. Hailing from sunny Southend, he went on to study English and Spanish at Royal Holloway University of London. Since graduating he has worked in commercial translation at Aktuel Ltd after which he interned within the Actors Department at Curtis Brown. Mike is a massive film buff, a keen traveller and loves all food… seriously, everything.

Mike is now working as an agent, leading on particular clients from the list.

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James Davies | Sainou Talent AgencyJAMES DAVIES – Talent Agent

James studied journalism at University in Nottingham before going to drama school, graduating in 2007. He has previously worked at a radio station in the Middle East and later as an assistant at a Literary Media Agency in London, representing screenwriters and directors for TV & Film. James is a regular audition panelist for new students at Guildford School Of Acting, and can often be found taking photographs or watching back-to-back films in a cinema.

James spent four years working at Shepperd-Fox Theatrical Agency in London, and joined Sainou as an agent in 2015.

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Katie grew up in Kent knowing from an early age she wanted to become a bookkeeper after showing an interest in her dads books when he was self-employed. Her background was originally within the construction industry and after spending nearly 9 years with a sports construction company she decided the time was right to start her own company, KSM Bookkeeping Ltd. She provides bookkeeping and payroll services for a variety of small businesses and has studied bookkeeping and accounts over the past 10 years, proving her abilities by becoming a registered bookkeeper with the IAB.

Katie has a passion for photography and an enthusiasm for fundraising, and is always encouraging those around her to find new fun ways of raising money for various charities.




Maggie Kruger & Sarah Vlatas – Voice Agents

Sainou works closely with Babble Voices.  Maggie & Sarah have more than 20 years experience in the voice-over, advertising and music industries and can be contacted on 020 7434 0002 or  maggie@babblevoices.com




 MGR – Business Affairs & Accounting

One of the UK’s leading accountancy and financial management practices, Martin Greene Ravden LLP are specialists in the media and entertainment industry.