In the words of Demis Roussos, ‘As long as you remember me I’ll never be too far…’
To sum up (in the third person):
A long time ago, a young English women (with a mixed European background of Irish, French and distant Russian and Polish ancestry) decided to enrich her career as a ballet dancer and moved to Greece to join an up-and-coming dance company and teach ballet to Greek students. It was a life-changing decision in more ways than one…
On the third day of her stay, while out exploring the ruins of Athens, she met a young Greek man who fell hopelessly in love with her. Soon they were married and planned to live happily ever after. And then their first daughter Ekaterina was born.
The family moved to Leigh-on-Sea, England where Ekaterina grew up alongside her younger brother and sister, frequently visiting the motherland to appease their Greek relatives.
Ekaterina began showing an interest in the literary and performing arts from a young age, writing and performing various plays, short stories and poems, as well as studying ballet and singing. She defied her father’s pleads to learn to play the bouzouki and instead took violin lessons.
Initially deciding to pursue a career as a criminal barrister (not a criminal, just a barrister), Ekaterina studied Law at University College London (after receiving her rejection letter from Oxford on Christmas Eve!), while showcasing her acting skills in several university theatre productions and contributing written articles for student magazines.
After completing her law degree (and suffering with acute legal disillusionment), Ekaterina continued with her drama training while working as a PA within the legal and finance sectors, taking classes at various institutes including RADA, as well as gaining on-set experience through work as a supporting artiste and model, and starring in short films.
She has since gained further roles in main stream film, including Disney’s Blockbuster John Carter of Mars, as well as various TV and commercial roles and has also lent her talents to the voice over industry (voice over samples can be found on the right hand-side menu).
In 2012, following her Big Fat Greek wedding, Ekaterina decided to chronicle her Hellenic, showbiz-dabbling lifestyle through social media and her blog Ekaterina’s Greek Expectations was born. Her tongue-in-cheek look at life in the Greek spotlight proved very popular and was the catalyst for her first book Greek Expectations: The Last Moussaka Standing, a survival guide based on the trials and tribulations of growing up with a bouzouki-loving Greek father and marrying into a baklava-wielding Cypriot family. The book reached number 2 on the Amazon Free Kindle download list in its first promotional month and garnered rave reviews. Spurred on by the book’s success, Ekaterina followed up with another Greek-themed book Theseus & the Mother-in-Law and other Myths & Legends and in 2015 published her latest release Seraphina, a short story in verse.
Whilst juggling a full time role as a PA in London Mayfair’s finance sector, Ekaterina also works as a freelance writer and copywriter for London and European magazines, including: the LOVE WIMBLEDON GUIDE; THE HUFFINGTON POST; the GREEK REPORTER; STATUS Magazine and the newly launched online luxury service magazine LIFE & LUXURY.
Ekaterina relaunched her blog in 2015 transforming it from a mere hobby into a brand that represents her as a writer, brand ambassador and influencer, also helping to promote both Greek and non-Greek individuals and companies.
Not content with just writing and acting, Ekaterina is the founder of business directory and networking group The Greek Wives Club; a place for all the wives/ girlfriends / partners / friends of Greek men, to promote their businesses and share their experiences of life with a Spartan ape. You don’t have to be a Greek wife to join, but you do need to have a sense of humour!
You can follow Ekaterina on various social networking sites including:
So there you go.
I’m a librocubicularist book-a-holic and a mother of two with obsessive entrepreneurial visions and an internal affliction of performing arts madness. Oh and a very big not-so-fat Greek family.
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