British actor, film maker and founder of Peasant Films, Doug Rao graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1999 and has since starred in film, theatre and television both in the UK and internationally. He is perhaps best known for his acclaimed role as Stuart Turner in BAFTA winning series The Bill – appearing in a staggering 100 episodes. He’s also performed with The Royal Shakespeare Company, has appeared on numerous other TV shows and film work includes roles in such epics as Luc Besson’s Colombiana (with Zoe Saldana and Jordi Molla). But Doug’s skills extend beyond acting – he wrote, produced and directed the short film War Hero, which was in competition at numerous film festivals including the Hollywood Film Festival, LA Shorts Fest and NYC Shorts. He then wrote and directed the short film Jubilee (2009) which was selected for the 53rd BFI London Film Festival and was shortlisted for the Satyajit Ray Short Film Award. Not content with such impressive achievements, Doug studied yoga in India and produced and directed a Yoga DVD with his father: Sam & Doug Rao’s Yoga for Any-Body. Creative Mapping spoke with the intelligent and accomplished Doug Rao to find out more about the life and lifestyle of those glittering creatures whose job it is to entertain us – the actor.