Victoria trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts after reading a degree in Astrophysics at Wadham College, Oxford.
Credits include an array of classic, modern, and new writing plays, short films, voice-over and online recordings. Recently Victoria was scientific researcher on Stella Feehily’s new play based on the 1920s pioneering female Astrophysicist, Cecilia Payne. The play was winner of a Sloane Commission Award in association with The Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City.
Victoria’s theatre work includes No.1, national and international touring, and regional theatre productions; weekly rep seasons with the London Repertory Players and Charles Vance Theatre Company; and new writing in London’s Greenwich Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Ovalhouse and Theatre 503.
Notable roles: Susan in Alan Bennett’s ‘Talking Heads’ monologue Bed Among the Lentils; Stella Drury in Francis Durbridge’s House Guest; Sibyl in Noel Coward’s Private Lives; Annie in Alan Ayckbourn’s Living Together; Miss Bennett in Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest; Sally Driscoll in N.J. Crisp’s Dangerous Obsession; and Karen in Sian Rowland’s monologue Life Sentence at the Southwark Playhouse, subsequently commissioned by the Greenwich Theatre into full length play, Gazing at a Distant Star.
Other works: Henry V (Riverside Studios and national tour); The Playboy of the Western World (Winchester Theatre Royal and No.1 tour); A Midsummer Night’s Dream for director Jessica Swale (Bridewell Theatre, London); the title role in the UK premiere of Oscar Wilde’s The Duchess of Padua (Pentameters Theatre); short film Anybody Out There written by Robert Shearman and directed by Sue Dunderdale; and short film The Kinswoman opposite actress Dona Croll.
Scene One Plus on ‘Talking Heads’ (Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth)
Victoria’s portrayal was seamless. We believed, totally, her story. She had me laughing out loud and crying. She was brilliant.
Carns Theatre Passion on Gazing at a Distant Star ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Greenwich Theatre, London)
The reveal of Karen’s story, when it comes, is sudden and brutal, and then the superb Porter kicks up a gear in intensity. It is Karen, and Porter’s stunning playing of her that dominates. Quiet and understated, never overplayed, she gives a performance of white-hot fury.
Greenwich Visitor on Gazing at a Distant Star (Greenwich Theatre, London)
Porter was magnificent. Rowland’s play is full of real humanity, balancing the despair of the protagonists with clever and witty observations about life. A claustrophobically intimate piece.
London Pub Theatres on Life Sentence ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Southwark Playhouse and Bread and Roses Theatre)
A performance of startling intensity and grace from Porter, eschewing empty histrionics; understated, observational drama at its very best. Every breath, every twitch of the superb Porter is imbued with humanity and humour. Delivers a political message like a punch in the gut.
Scene One Plus on Murder Mistaken (Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth)
Victoria Porter as Freda Jefferies adds a great deal to the production’s overall success. She combines brassy, worldly-wise and shrewd to provide a terrific foil to Mitch Capaldi, through to the intense finale. Throughout, they are absorbing and keep the audience intrigued as to where everything is leading.
County Border News on Blue Moon (Crown Theatre, Oxted)
The perfect pairing of Frost and Porter is a dream-team. Sparks fly, with verbal sparring taking centre stage. A must see.
Scene One Plus on Dead Guilty (Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth)
Victoria Porter is excellent, moving to and fro between confidence, assertiveness, vulnerability and confusion with real dexterity, sustaining a consistency of characterisation that never wavers.
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