We're delighted to welcome new ambassadors

Harrogate Theatre is delighted to announce three new high profile industry Patrons – or theatre ambassadors – as part of an exciting new development phase.


Reece Dinsdale

Dinsdale was born and raised in Normanton West Yorkshire and now resides in Harrogate, North Yorkshire with his wife and two children. He trained at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. This has led to a long and successful acting career in television, theatre, film and radio drama.

Reece has starred in many high-profile TV dramas including the BAFTA Winning Threads (recently remastered and released on DVD), Jim Henson’s Storyteller (also BAFTA award winning), Take Me Home, Spooks, Life on Mars, Conviction, Silent Witness to name just a few.

Actor, director, Dinsdale said: “Living in Harrogate as I do, I am absolutely delighted to have been invited to become a patron of this magnificent theatre. Quite an honour. Having such a wonderful building on my doorstep, I can’t wait to share my creativity with the team in whatever way I possibly can. Here’s to new adventures.”


Natalie Gavin

Seen on TV in series including Channel 4’s low-life comedy Shameless, BBC’s Prisoners’ Wives, BBC’s The Syndicate (written by Kay Mellor) about lottery winners in conflict, and ITV’s Jericho about labourers on the Settle-Carlisle railway, Gavin has also starred in the films The Arbor, about the life of Andrea Dunbar, the writer of Rita, Sue and Bob Too.

Her work frequently takes her to London, but she’s a down-to-earth woman who remains passionate about the North. Home is now Denholme, near Bradford, but she will always be associated with the Buttershaw Estate, which featured prominently in Rita, Sue and Bob Too before she was born.

As a child Natalie grew up a stone’s throw away from Buttershaw and moved to Denholme as a teenager.


Davood Ghadami

Ghadami was born in Harlow, Essex. He is an actor and was a series regular Duncan Clark in Taggart. Other notable television credits include Life's Too Short, Law & Order, Skins Redux, Doctor Who, Top Boy, Fast Freddie, Silent Witness, Criminal Justice and Spooks. 

His film credits include John Carter for Disney, Shop Girl for Bwark Productions, Red Mercury, Extraordinary Rendition and most recently Survivor directed by James McTeigue. On stage he most recently played Amir in 13 at The National, as well as working for York Theatre Royal, Harrogate Theatre and Pilot Theatre.

Davood played the role of Cliff Lewis in Look Back in Anger at Harrogate Theatre and Oldham Coliseum in 2007. 

In 2014, Ghadami joined the cast of EastEnders as newcomer, Kush Kazemi for which he won "Best Newcomer" at the TV Choice Awards. He was also nominated for "Best Newcomer" and "Best Actor" at the British Soap Awards. 

In August 2017, Ghadami was announced as a contestant for the fifteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.


On behalf of Harrogate Theatre it’s a warm welcome from all of us to Reece, Natalie, and Davood. We are delighted to have engaged the support of such respected individuals and we look forward to hosting them at the theatre and working with them in the future.