Shelley started her professional career as an actress, Shelley Miranda Barrett. She is best remembered as Mandy in Satellite City, the hit BBC Wales situation comedy that first aired 1996-1999.
Brought up amongst music and politics Shelley performed as a child in many Welsh TV programmes and films. She developed a love of acting and particularly Shakespeare at South Glamorgan Youth Theatre but it probably all started after joining the local amateur dramatics group with her Gran.
A degree in acting at Rose Bruford College, London, followed and Shelley went on to have a 10 year career in TV and film, and the odd theatre job! The success of Satellite City brought in a number of TV comedy roles including sketch shows and the opportunity to create comedy characters.
After leaving acting behind, Shelley worked as an Agent’s Assistant in LA and after starting a family worked for 5 years at Wales Millennium Centre, working up from front of house to Visitor Services co-ordinator via House Manager.
Shelley co-founded The Big Talent School and Agency, and after 5 years working as Director and Head Agent, in 2016, set up as Shelley Norton Stage School and Management. At the same time the businesses moved into her very own venue/rehearsal space, The Talent Shack.
Her father, Paul Barrett was an Agent for 1950’s rock n roll bands and managed Shakin’ Stevens. Her mother, Lorraine was Assembly Member for Cardiff South and Penarth and is now a Humanist Celebrant. Performance and representing people is obviously in the blood!