Vivienne Vermes

Actress Author

A British film, theatre and voice actress of Irish and Hungarian parentage who divides her time between Paris and London, Vivienne Vermes is also an award-winning poet and novelist, author of The Barefoot Road.


Vivienne's film roles include Queen Elizabeth II in Les Profs 2, Moss in Les Trois Frères, Le Retour with Les Inconnus, and Judge Sarah Hughes in Jackie with Natalie Portman.


Voice overs

You can hear Vivienne's voice on the Paris metro warning you to “mind the gap”, on the Eurostar telling you you’re about to miss your train, and in many other places advising you to keep calm under any circumstance.

Voice demos


As an author, she has published a novel, The Barefoot Road, five collections of poetry, has read her work in venues throughout Europe, and won several awards. She also runs creative writing workshops.

Books and poems

The Barefoot Road

A novel
Paperback and e-book (Matador/Troubador, 2018)
Audio book narrated by the author (Author’s Republic, 2020)

With a story that unfolds in the microcosm of a small Transylvanian village in the past, Vivienne’s novel tackles themes that are as universal as they are timeless: fear of the outsider, the supernatural versus the rational, and the force of desire between man and woman.

…and what they say about it

The Barefoot Road evinces a poet’s sensitivity towards language and a dramatist’s understanding of plot. As the story unfolds, it becomes darker and more violent as its depiction of the incomprehensible cruelty of man toward man reaches crescendo. This novel stays with the reader, resounding in the daily news where the fear of what is not understood soon transforms into dogmatism and intolerance.

Dawn-Michelle Baude, Huffington Post

The prose and attention to detail is magnificent. The descriptions are vivid and authentic. Each character is well drawn and very human. But what really makes this story is the buildup of tension as the villagers are whipped up into a murderous mob by each new event, all of which leads to a terrible and violent climax. This is a very impressive first novel.

Discovering Diamonds

Vivienne gives voice to…