Alumni: A-B

Head shot of Haruka Abe Haruka Abe
An Anglo-Japanese actress based in London, and trained at Rose Bruford College. She has had parts in Doctors and Casualty and as Miko in the BBC Three dark-comedy drama Ideal by Graham Duff. She gained world wide recognition when she starred in the music video of the Grammy winning Rather be by Clean Bandit.

Rather be: 

8 fast facts about Haruka Abe 

Head shot of Juliet Ace Juliet Ace (Fellow)
Juliet attended Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in 1958/1959. She graduated to pursue both a teaching and acting career. Juliet was an educational specialist, working with children who had special needs and then with local community drama groups. She began writing plays in 1976 and has written for stage, screen and television. She has contributed many original scripts and dramatisations to BBC Radio Drama in many genres and styles over a long career, including The Archers, and wrote the script for the film Cameleon which won the Golden Spire Award for Best Dramatic Television Feature at the 1998 San Francisco International Film Festival.

Head shot of Peter Addis Peter Addis
Peter graduated from Rose Bruford College with First-class Honours as an Actor-Musician. He initially performed in shows such as Return to the Forbidden Planet; From a Jack to a King and Buddy, as well as appearing in several straight plays and in popular TV shows like EastEnders; The Bill and London’s Burning. However directing very soon became the mainstay of his career and he directed The Missing Link (Quantum Theatre), The End of the World Show (Great Escape Theatre); Statements of Attainment (Bradford Playhouse) and Nativity (Soho Theatre). He also directed Love off the Shelf (Guildford Conservatoire) and a large number of shows for Arts Educational School in Chiswick. For over seven years he was the London Associate Director for the hit ABBA musical Mamma Mia!. He then became the  Associate Director and Head of Acting at Midland’s Academy of Dance and Drama and is currently co-Principal of CentreStage Theatre School which he founded in 2007.
[see also 1993 newspaper cuttings file in College Archive].

Head shot of David Ajao David Ajao 
David Ajao graduated from the 3-year acting course at Rose Bruford. He has appeared as Rufaro in Otieno
at the Southwark Playhouse, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet touring for Box Clever Theatre Company, Lefty in Tap Baby Tap at the Oval House Theatre and the prestigious 24 Hour Plays at the Old Vic. In 2015 he appeared in the RSC's Othello and in 2019 he appeared in both As you like it and Measure for measure. Film credits include Ashley in the horror Cockneys Vs Zombies, D-rail in the urban thriller Tooting Broadway and James in the upcoming Godhead.

Head shot of Foz Allan Foz Allan
A British producer and scriptwriter who trained as an actor at Rose Bruford College. He began his career as an Associate Director at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre and as a radio drama producer with productions for BBC Radio 4, Radio Wales and the BBC World Service. His career in television started in 1996 when he worked as an executive producer on Satellite City. He is known for his work as the creator of popular BBC drama Robin Hood the first series of the CBBC show The Dumping Ground, and more recently Sky Atlantic's Riviera.

Riviera - MIPTV 2017:

Head shot of Kate Ashfield Kate Ashfield
A British actress, trained at Rose Bruford College, best known for her award-winning roles as Jody in the Anglo-German film Late Night Shopping, as Sadie MacGregor in the British film This Little Life (2003) and as Liz in Shaun of the Dead (2004). One of Ashfield's first stage appearances was in the 1995 Royal Court Theatre production of Blasted by Sarah Kane and in 1996 controversially appeared topless in Mark Ravenhill's Shopping and Fuckin. She has since performed in numerous plays associated with the In-yer-face theatre movement, and has had roles in Secret smile (TV, 2005) and Talk to me (TV series, 2007).

Head shot of Ian Attard Ian Attard
An actor, known for Park Close (2009), Black Mirror (2011), I Against I (2012),Youth (2015), The Gamechangers (2015) and Strike (2017).

Head shot of Michelle Austin Michelle Austin
Studied acting at Rose Bruford College and is best known for her role as PC Yvonne Hemmingway on ITV's The Bill (2003-06) for which she won the Screen Nation award for best television actress in 2005. She has also had roles in Mike Leigh's films Secrets & Lies (1996) and Another Year (2010) and appeared in White teeth (2018). In 2020 Michele was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing the part of Ragueneau in the 2019 West End Revival of Cyrano de Bergerac.
In conversation, alongside James McAvoy
With Christopher Tajah in conversation after the murder of George Floyd 

Head shot of Tom Baker Tom Baker 
Doctor WhoLittle Britain
"It was through taking part in the medical corps’ amateur dramatics at Christmas that Tom discovered a tiny talent to make people laugh, and after demob a librarian helped him apply to drama schools. The first one he visited, Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in Sidcup, impressed him by its idyllic country house atmosphere, so he looked no further. He embarked on the college’s traditional courses of breathing, movement and group exercises, but they didn’t suit his individual talent so eventually he dropped out. However, two encounters at Rose Bruford had fundamental effects on the rest of his life. The first was meeting Laurie Taylor (later a Professor of Sociology at York and a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4), and the second was meeting and marrying a fellow student." (From the Tom Baker official website). The Library has Tom Baker at 80 in its CD collection and Who on earth is Tom Baker? amongst its book-stock.

Head shot of Greg Baldock Greg Baldock
Graduated in Acting from Rose Bruford in 2010 and took the lead role in Georges Feydeau's classic French farce A flea in her ear at the Old Vic, directed by Richard Eyre. He has appeared in the National Rome Theatre Festival's Jekyll and Hyde and has toured England, Ireland and Wales with Treasure Island and William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Head shot of Yasmin Bannerman Yasmin Bannerman
Attended Rose Bruford College until 1993. She has had roles in television series such as HollyoaksCold FeetMerseybeat and Doctor Who, and in the films Maybe Baby and Killing Me Softly. She has also appeared in Red Dwarf as 'as the hottest Ground Controller for 20 light years'. Red Dwarf interview

Head shot of Matthew Baynton Matthew Baynton
He graduated with a first from Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and later trained in clowning at École Philippe Gaulier in Paris. He is best known as the co-creator, writer and star of sitcoms The Wrong Mans and Yonderland (2013-16), as well as a member of the starring troupe of children's sketch comedy Horrible Histories (2009-13). Other major recurring TV roles include Deano in Gavin & Stacey (2008-10). He starred in You instead (2011) alongside James Corden and in You, me and the Apocalypse on Sky1 (2015). Since 2019 he has starred in the haunted house-share sitcom Ghosts. 
On Ghosts, clowning and his inner Regency era poet.

Head shot of Lake Bell Lake Bell
An American actress, writer and director, she attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, before transferring to Rose Bruford College in London. She has starred in the television series Boston Legal (2004–06), Surface (2005–06), How to Make It in America (2010–11) and Childrens Hospital (2008–present) and in the films Over Her Dead Body (2008), What Happens in Vegas (2008), It's Complicated (2009), No Strings Attached (2011) and Million Dollar Arm (2014). In 2015 she starred opposite Simon Pegg in Man up and  alongside Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan in the action-thriller No escape. She wrote and directed the short film Worst Enemy, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, followed by her 2013 feature film directing debut In a World..., in which she also starred. In 2017 she directed, wrote, co-produced and starred in I Do... Until I Don't. She voiced the character Poison Ivy in the HBO Max series Harley Quinn (2019–present), and Chloe in The secret life of pets 2 (2019).

DVD cover for film Ascendancy Edward Bennett
Edward is a British film and TV director and writer, known for Ascendancy (1983), which won the Golden Bear at the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival, Waking the Dead (2000) and Bye Bye Baby (2001) which shared the Prix Europa. He has also directed episodes of Bergerac,  C.A.T.S. Eyes, Inspector Morse and several episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot.

Head shot of Rachel Bennett Rachel Bennett 
Rachel has worked as a freelance musician/composer/voice coach, MD and choir mistress for over 25 years. After completing actor’s training at Rose Bruford College, she furthered her studies at RADA and Kings College with an MA Distinction in Text and Performance. She has worked for companies including The National Theatre, Dream Arts (for The Mouse Trap), Urban Development where she developed choral R&B choirs for Newham Radio Road Show gigs and at The MIDI Music Co, where she was senior voice coach. She was MD for Wac Arts’ Foundation Degree first year productions for two consecutive years. Rachel leads her own band / duo outfit RAIE currently performing Rhythm ‘n Blues on London’s live music circuit and sings background vocals for Lyanna Austin and for the Dani Clay Function Band. She also teaches singing for the Popular Music Degree at Goldsmiths University of London and has worked with Entelechy Arts Meet Me Choir. Her latest recording Earthbound has received acclaim from Blue Matters magazine. 

Head shot of Charlotte Bicknell Charlotte Bicknell
Has appeared on television (Delilah in the cult series This life), as the lead role in Ben Elton's Popcorn (see programme) and as a cone-breasted goddess in the NT's Ramayana, and in film (Murder in mindSorted). She has performed in various musicals and toured the successful comedy musical act Kissing the goldfish. She now performs her true passion, jazz.

Head shot of Olivia Birchenough Olivia Birchenough
Appointed fifth presenter for Channel 5's Milkshake pre-school block, August 2012. She appeared as Princess Briar Rose in Cinderella (2018) and won the 2017 Great British Panto Award Best Female Lead. She was one of the celebrities singing Rock with Rudolph (2018) in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Rock with Rudolph

Head shot of Jonna Bolin-Cullberg Jonna Bolin-Cullberg
Jonna trained as an actress at Rose Bruford College, graduating in 1991, but when she accidentally landed a job as storyline writer for Sweden's first everyday soap Skilda Världar she found that writing was more fun than writing, and she has worked solidly as a script writer since the mid-1990s. She is known for her work on Sjätte dagen (1999), Vikingshill (2014) and Bernie's Gift.

Head & shoulders of Denis Bond  Denis Bond
Now a writer of children's books and children's TV Bond was trained in drama at Rose Bruford College and acted on stage and TV. After a period of working as a teacher, he was commissioned to write 26 episodes for the children's ITV series Pipkins. He also wrote for the series RainbowLet's Pretend and The Munch Bunch. He has also written three books for Scholastic's Point Romance series under the pseudonym Denise Colby.

Head shot of Michael Bott Michael Bott
Awarded a drama diploma from Rose Bruford College, 1974-75 Michael has had a long career as, as he puts it, "a jobbing actor" on both stage and  screen. He was seen in the leading role of 'Superintendent Desmond Noakes' for 15 episodes of BBC's Doctors and he has recently completed filming on Natalie Dormer's new thriller In Darkness, and the Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour with Gary Oldman.
(see also La Grande Magia theatre programme)

Head shot of Stephen Boxer Stephen Boxer (Fellow)
An actor, born 1950 in Sidcup, Kent, known for Stan Lee's Lucky Man (2016), The Iron Lady (2011) and Karaoke (1996). He Joined the National Youth Theatre at age 16 and later trained at Rose Bruford College before doing rep in Lancashire. He co-founded Paines Plough Theatre Company and has worked with the RSC and National Theatre. He is married to Tamsin Oglesby.

Head shot of Angela Bradley  Angela Bradley
Graduated from Rose Bruford College and known for Behind the Lines (1997), Fakers (2004) and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996). She has also appeared in STV's Taggart and on stage in the West-End musical Rent.

 Head shot of Katie Brayben Cover of CD Beautiful: the Carole King musical  Katie Brayben
An actress and musician who has performed in stage plays, television and musicals and also as a singer and songwriter with her own music. She is known for her portrayal of Carole King in Beautiful (2015) and Winner of the 2015 Olivier Awards for Best Actress in a Musical. She previoulsy appeared as Sophie Sheridan in Mamma Mia! (2008-09) and later The spoils (2016) [New cast for The spoils], Luther (2019), Girl from the North Country (2019-2020) and A serial killer's guide to life (2020) [iTunes]

Head shot of Richard Bremmer  Black and white head shot of Richard Bremmer Richard Bremmer  
Richard Bremmer graduated from Valparaiso University in Indiana and Rose Bruford College in London. In Coronation Street he played Malcolm Phillips during August 2004. Known for The 13th Warrior (1999), Les Misérables (2012) and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001). In the latter he appears in a flashback scene, which depicts Voldemort creeping in to the Potters' Cottage at Godric's Hollow and killing James and Lily Potter. Other TV
and film credits include roles in Juliet Bravo, Zastrotti: A Romance, The Bill, Richard II, Crime and Punishment, Peak Practice, Dunkirk, Casualty, Dead Man Weds, Marple: Sleeping Murder, Doctors, Crusoe, Kingdom, Holby City and The Borgias.

 Book cover for Black British theatre pioneers Yvonne Brewster OBE (Fellow)
A Jamaican-born stage director, teacher and writer who studied drama at Rose Bruford College in the mid-1950s where she was the UK's first black woman drama student. She founded (jointly with Trevor Rhone, another RB alumni) the theatre company The Barn in Jamaica (1965) and Talawa in the UK (1985). In 2004, Brewster published her memoirs, entitled The Undertaker’s Daughter: The Colourful Life of a Theatre Director. She also talks about her time at Rose Bruford College (which was not wholly enjoyable) in Building Britannia: life experience with Britain". Both books are in stock in the Library.

Head shot of Susan Brown  Susan Brown from Game of Thrones Susan Brown
After training at Rose Bruford College Susan has appeared in numerous theatre productions, had a role in the film The Iron Lady (2011) and played Septa Mordane in the first season of the television series Game of Thrones (2011). She was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the 2018 revival of the play Angels in America and a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in the 2018 play Home, I'm Darling.

Head shot of Leo Butler Leo Butler
A British playwright who attended Rose Bruford College and whose plays have been staged, among others, by the Royal Court Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. His 2001 play Redundant won the George Devine Award. Between 2005 and 2014 he was Playwriting Tutor for the Royal Court Young Writers Programme.

Head shot of Andrew Burt Andrew Burt
An English actor who trained at Rose Bruford College of Drama and who passed away in 2018. With considerable repertory experience, he also appeared in many British TV and radio drama series from the 1970s to the late 2000s. He is perhaps best known as the original Jack Sugden in Emmerdale Farm, a role he played from 1972 to 1974 (with a brief return in 1976). For over a decade, Burt was the announcer for ITN's ITV News programmes, including News at Ten. In later years he trained as a counsellor and became an accredited member of the BACP.

 Head shot of Judy Buxton Judy Buxton
She graduated from Rose Bruford College and was then a regular in the television series General Hospital playing nurse Katy Shaw and a small part in The Sweeney. She joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1979, where she played principal roles until 1982.
[See also 1993 newspaper cuttings file in College archive; see also The ghost train programme].

Head shot of Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne
An English actress, best known for her role as "Nursie" in Blackadder II as well as Malcolm's domineering mother in the ITV comedy series Watching. She studied drama at Rose Bruford College before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company playing parts such as Maria in Twelfth Night and Gruscha in The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Aldwych Theatre in the early 1960s. In the 1980s she also worked at Chichester Festival Theatre. Patsy sadly passed away in 2014 and her papers and items relating to her life's work have been deposited in the College Archive.

 

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