April 2012 – Writer, Actor – Valentine Palmer



Valentine has spent some 35 years in the world of media and entertainment. His early career embraced leading roles in London’s West End, including Bill Sykes in “Oliver”, as well as many appearances in classic British TV shows like “Dr Who”, “Emmerdale” and “Minder”.

For many years a well-known voice artist, Valentine later became a producer of radio and TV commercials, as well as making many corporate and training videos for clients like BP Oil, The Department of Trade and Industry and IBM.

Valentine’s writing skills, developed in commercials and corporate video, led him to screen writing assignments in Hollywood. For the past 10 years, as the Principal of the Academy of Communication, Valentine has utilised his media skills in training people from all areas of business in the basics of personal communication skills.

His unique approach to vocal delivery and the design and delivery of successful pitches and presentations has been much in demand by leading organisations and his clients include:

Barclays, Morgan Stanley, Cisco Systems, Deutsche Bank. Abbott Laboratories, Deloitte, Norway’s Stat Oil Hydro, NatWest bank, Hanson plc and Qatar’s Equate Oil Company . In these trainings he utilises acting and voice techniques developed from his many years in TV and Film.

Valentine’s unique courses in Speak the Best Business English have helped many people from the corporate world. They come from China, India, The Middle East, Russia, Poland, Africa, Scandinavia, Germany and Spain.

He has appeared as a coach on BBC TV and Channel 5and you can see him in action on TV by going to:


You can contact Valentine at the Academy of Communication: valentine@academyofcommunication.com

+44 (0) 20 7183 0436

+44 (0)1273 735541

+44 (0) 7746 121 974

LnL Questionnaire

Your favourite virtue?

Your favourite qualities in a man?

Your favourite qualities in a woman?

Your main characteristic?
Humorous wisdom

What draws you most to your friends?
Their creative spark

Given the opportunity what would you most like to change?
The crippling adoration of celebrities

Who would you most like to take out for dinner?
Dana Delany, currently playing Dr Megan Hunt in the US TV series ‘Body of Proof’ and previously of ‘Desperate Housewives’ fame.

Your idea of happiness?
Sun, sea and my vast extended family, with time to enjoy them all.

What is your favourite way of spending the day?
Writing something worthwhile in my favourite café, ‘The Mad Hatter’ in Brighton. Alternatively, getting in front of, or behind, a movie camera.

Whose life other than yours would you most like to have lived?

George Clooney’s.

Where would you most like to live?
Anywhere that has sun, sea, sand and few people.

Who is your favourite author?
Len Deighton

Who is your favourite poet? 

Dylan Thomas

Your favourite heroes in fiction?
Bernard Sanson in Len Deighton’s vast on going sagas of cold war spying.

Your favourite heroines in fiction?
Nanny McPhee

Your favourite painters? 

Absolutely ALL the Impressionists

Who is your favourite composer?

What is your favourite Film?
‘Citizen Kane’ – of course!

Your favourite food?
Mussels in white wine

Your favourite drink?
Champagne – nothing else!

Who do you most admire?

Angelina Jolie

What is your present state of mind?
Both highly active and relaxed

For what fault have you most toleration?


Your favourite motto?

Lux Vestra – family motto – ‘Let your light shine!’


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