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

Talent Agency London

Sainou means talent and that’s what we’re all about. Based in the heart of Shoreditch, Sainou represent a select list of actors & creatives including industry award winners, household names and some of the finest young, emerging talent. Clients are represented by agents David Marsden & Paul Martin with assistance from Katie Neil. 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.

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The Sainou team

David 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
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.

Katie Neil

Katie Neil

Katie trained at East 15 Acting School, graduating in 2016. She worked as an actor for a few years before realising the lifestyle wasn’t for her and deciding to go over to the ‘other side’. She completed an internship with another agency before joining Sainou as a permanent member of the team.

Outside of work, she can probably be found watching Eastenders or walking around the park with her French Bulldog, Ralph.

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