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Why Become an Extra?

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What is an ‘Extra‘?

How many times have you been to a shopping centre, restaurant, doctor’s waiting room, concert or birthday party and found that you were the only person present? Never, right?

This is where Extras come in.

An Extra (sometimes referred to as a Supporting Artiste [SA], or a background actor) is a person selected to help populate the background of TV, Film and commercial scenes to make them feel/look much more realistic.

Any time that you watch something where there is background action happening behind the main cast on-screen, each one of these people has been carefully selected and placed there by the production team.

Most of the time, these roles don’t require any dialogue – but often do require a certain ‘look’. This to make sure that each Extra blends naturally into the environment they are building on-screen.

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Why Become an Extra?

Uni-versal Extras is the number 1 Extras agency for placing people (like you!) in Feature Films, TV and Commercial productions across the UK & Ireland.

With our head office at the heart of the prestigious Pinewood Film Studios, Uni-versal Extras are perfectly placed to offer you opportunities working as an Extra or Supporting Artiste in the world’s most exciting industry.

If you’re looking to earn money working in flexible, part-time roles, then Extra work may very well be the perfect fit for you.

Whilst we do have many talented actors and performers on the books – Extra work is accessible to all and requires absolutely no prior acting experience. In actual fact, getting started really is as easy as downloading the UVE Artiste App and simply building your very own Artiste profile!

Truth be told, there are so many reasons to love being an Extra that it’s hard to know where to start.  

But we’ll do our best… 

Never Have the Same Day Twice 

No groundhog days here. Visit different shoot locations, chat to new people on set, and take part in everything from action thrillers to period dramas. 

Flexible Hours That Suit You

Only work when you want to. Extras are able to pick and choose the projects that make time for other responsibilities and commitments.  

Make Great Friends

Get to chatting to fellow Artistes on set and become part of a vibrant, ever-growing community that spans the length of the UK. 

Don’t Get Stuck In One Place 

Love to travel? Register your interest in multiple locations across the UK & Ireland to receive mobile updates on roles & productions near where you are right now! 

Be Part of the Shows You Love

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of spotting your own face pop up on Netflix, nestled amongst the stars. Bragging rights well-deserved. 

Thrive in a Creative Environment 

Immerse yourself in an environment where creation is around every corner and work alongside both established and future TV/Filmmaking trailblazers. 

No Need to Stress About Meals or Travel 

With many productions providing on-set provisions, you can enjoy free catering and even sometimes receive a supplementary fee for your journey to and from filming locations (depending on individual production’s Ts&Cs) 


Want to hear some more? Why not delve a little deeper into how it works, or…

Join The Uni-versal Extras Agency Now!

To register as an Extra, all you’ll need to do is pop your details into the form below. From there, you’ll receive an email link where you can download our app and begin building your profile today!

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We’ll send a download link and instructions to your email

I was a supporting artist and had a featured role in a couple of scenes. Having Guy Ritchie watch me personally was great. Can’t wait to see the film!

Paul | UVE Supporting Artiste on The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare with Uni-versal Extras
Paul

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

My first job with Universal Extras was working on The Gathering, at Gino D’Acampo’s sky bar in Liverpool. It was a glorious day. We were all dressed up, the sun was shining and you could see the ships on the waterfront coming in. Was a good day and good experience 😊

Martin | UVE Supporting Artiste on The Gathering
Martin

The Gathering

Love meeting the staff, the extras, and working doing different parts. Hoping to do more!

Leslie R. | Supporting Artiste with Uni-versal Extras
Leslie

UVE Extra

I spent a fantastic evening dancing in the late Amy Winehouse’s bio ‘Back to Black’. We had to learn the words of the song ‘Back to Black’ – which obviously wasn’t hard as it was a great song. This is just one of the productions I’ve been luckily enough to be involved with whilst signed up with Uni-versal Extras. The production teams, from directors to the runners, are so very helpful and you can’t help being inspired working with them as part of a team. I don’t mind when it’s an early start as I know when I arrive, there is a breakfast that is seriously fit for a king and sets me up for the day. The pay is really good and if I tell you about the lunch and tea choice of meals you’d think I’m lying. Your best bet is to sign up and see for yourselves. It’s one of the best things I’ve done in my life.

Robert | UVE Supporting Artiste on Back to Black
Robert

Back to Black

Had such a fun day working on set today. The crew & team were great and made me feel at ease. Looking forward to many more. Thanks, UVE!

Juels | Supporting Artiste with UVE on Geek Girl
Juels

Geek Girl

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