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Head shot of Gowan Calder Gowan Calder
An actress, director and writer based in Scotland. She began her writing career as a playwright but has more recently been creating interactive graphic novels with The Scotttish Book Trust. Gowan has been a Writer-In-Residence in HMP Glenochil (2008-2009) and has run a variety of playwriting workshops within the Scottish Prison Service as well as for West Lothian Youth Theatre and other youth drama and adult writers' groups.

Head shot of Richenda Carey Richenda Carey 
An English theatre, television and film actress known for her roles in Monarch of the GlenJeeves and WoosterCrush  and most recently Separate Lies and Criminal Justice. In 2009 she appeared in Calendar girls at the Noel Coward Theatre, and she appeared as the Royal housekeeper Mrs Webb in an episode of Downton Abbey.

Head shot of David Carlyle David Carlyle 
Known for It's a Sin (2021), Bodyguard (2018) and Lip Service (2010).
Sunday Post article on David's role in It's a sin. 

Head shot of Neil Carter Neil Carter 
Graduated from the Actor-Musician course in 1998. Theatre credits include Threepenny Opera (Theatr Clwyd), Seymour in Little shop of horrors (Haymarket Basingstoke), Mary and the shaman (BAC), Mother makes three (Oldham Colliseum) and the National Tour of Happy end. He has written music for TV and film - including The muppets most wanted which he considers his best and most ridiculous work. He went on to be Associate at the National Theatre and Drama Consultant at the Barbican before founding the Primary Shakespeare Company, an Arts Educational Charity working with mainstream and special schools across London. In 2019 Neil was Musical Director on And the rest of me floats (Bush Theatre). Neil writes plays for children and lectures on applied theatre at drama schools and universities.

Head shot of Martin Chamberlain Martin Chamberlain
An actor, known for Brideshead Revisited (1981), The Legend of King Arthur (1979), Performance (1992) and New Worlds (2014). He has also appeared in many Chichester festival theatre stage productions as well as many National Theatre productions including Timon of Athens (2012).
(see also La Grande Magia theatre programme).

Head shot of Fleur Chandler Fleur Chandler
Born Fleur Annette Nona von Balajthy on February 3 1948 she trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. She appeared frequently on the London stage, at the Chichester Festival and with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, notable as Virgilia to Alan Howard's Coriolanus. She also toured with the Middle Ground Theatre company, creating for them a memorable Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. She appeared on television in The Bill, Casualty, and  Emmerdale. Having been diagnosed with cancer Fleur gamely shared her experience, appearing in Nell Dunn's Cancer Tales at medical conferences in Britain and abroad but sadly succumbed to it in December 2011.
The Stage obituary

Shot of Roger Chapman in Fellow's gown Roger Chapman (Fellow)
Roger graduated from Rose Bruford College in 1965. He is an actor, known for Love Story (1963), Pardon the Expression (1965) and Dawnbreakers (1976). He is also a founding Associate of Playful Productions and has worked with the founders Matthew Byam Shaw, Nia Janis and Nick Salmon for over 15 years. He is an independent producer both in the West End and on tour, and is the European representative of the BAM Theatres New York.
Roger was invested as a Fellow of Rose Bruford in 2016 Acceptance speech

Shot of Gabrielle Chiararo Gabrielle Chiararo
Half-French, half-American Gabrielle trained as an actress, appearing in films such as The young Messiah (2016), Skeleton Locke (2017) and Wonderwell (2021). She is also a singer who has recorded several albums such as Jazz Schema under her name and Acoustic Bossa Caravan under the name Flor De Lis.

Shot of Selina Chow Selina Chow (Selina Chow Liang Suk-Yee)
She obtained a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Hong Kong and a postgraduate diploma from Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in the UK. At various points during her career in television, she was employed by all three television stations that have existed in Hong Kong's television history. Chow served as a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong (1981-95) and the Executive Council (2003-2008) and is founder and chairwoman of the Liberal Party.

Head shot of Dominique Cieri Dominique Cieri
A graduate of Rose Bruford College (1976), Dominique is the recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Medal of Excellence for Scholarship and Creative Activities, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Playwriting Fellowship 2003, and 2009, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College, Vermont. Her plays include Pitz & Joe, For Dear LifeLast KissMedication, Count Down, and Safe. She is the writer of the TV movie Another world (2011) and her play Pitz and Joe is under development by Warner Bros. She teaches the adaptation of nonfiction based on the Holocaust for the stage at Yavneh Academy in New Jersey where she also developed teaching curriculum (From the Attic to the Classroom to the Stage) published by the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. Dominique received the New Jersey Theatre Alliance Applause Award, 2010, for her artistry and dedication. Interview

Head shot of Tor Clark Tor Clark (Victoria Flynn)
On graduating from Rose Bruford College Tor studied mask with the Trestle Theatre Company and performed in their international tours. She is an actress, known for Intrigo: Dear Agnes (2019), and Intrigo: Samaria (2019) and Intrigo: Death of an Author (2018). She has also appeared in The Bill, HustleNot going out and in an episode of Dr Who (2011).

Head shot of Lin Coghlan Lin Coghlan (Fellow)
Lin trained at the Rose Bruford College, graduating in 1982 and has written widely for radio, film, television and theatre. For television Lin created an original series in 13 parts for CBBC, Intergalactic Patrick or Patrick's planet, as well as writing episodes for Grange Hill and  EastEndersShe has written extensively for BBC Radio 4 including China towns (an adaptation of a novel by Arnold Bennett), Tales of the city (an adaptation of the novels of Armistead Maupin) and The country girls (an adaptation of the trilogy by Edna O'Brien). For film she wrote First communion day (winner of the Dennis Potter Play of the Year Award), Electric Frank (winner of the Leopard of Tomorrow Locarno Film Festival) and Some dogs bite (winner of the Prix Du Public at the Nantes British Film Festival 2010).

Head shot of Ruth Connell Ruth Connell 
A Scottish theatre, television and film actress and producer, and former professional dancer and choreographer. Ruth attended Rose Bruford College where she gained a BA (Hons) Degree in Acting. She was picked as the "Critics Choice" by the adjudicator from The Stage Newspaper for her graduation showcase. Since moving to the United States in 2011, she has had lead roles in the award winning indie film Folklore as well as in the feature films The Cursed Man and Hara Kiri. Since 2014 she has played Rowena, mother of demon Crowley in popular TV series Supernatural starting in season 10. 
Personal website

Head shot of Ron Cook Ron Cook (Fellow)
An English actor, graduate of Rose Bruford College, and active in theatre, film and television since the 1970s. He has appeared in numerous stage productions & has performed in a large number of television productions. On film he has twice played Napoleon Bonaparte and other film roles have included parts in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Secrets & Lies (1996), Topsy-Turvy (1999), Chocolat (2000), 
Charlotte Gray (2001), 24 Hour Party People (2002), Thunderbirds (2004, as Parker), 102 Dalmatians, and Hot Fuzz (2007). In 2019 he was in Chernobyl, and in the BBC TV adaptation of Les Miserables. He played the part of Mr Crabbe in the ITV series Mr Selfridge (2013-16) and in 2020 he played Stan Sturgess in the three-part fact-based BBC drama The Salisbury Poisonings.

Head shot of Jane Cox Jane Cox
Known for her role as farmer's wife Lisa Dingle in ITV soap opera Emmerdale , a role she has played from 1996-2019, and again briefly in 2020. Cox has also starred in episodes of Coronation StreetHetty Wainthrop Investigates and The Bill.

Head shot of Rosalie Craig Rosalie Craig (Fellow)
Studied for a BA in Actor Musicianship at Rose Bruford College, from which she graduated in 2001. In 2018 shw was the Evening Standard Award Winner for Best Musical Performance, and Olivier Award nominee for her part in the National Theatre's The Light Princess.  She has also appeared in My Family and Other Animals (2005), National Theatre Live: 50 Years on Stage (2013) and London Road (2015). She appeared in the premiere of musical Wonder.land, at the Palace Theatre, Manchester and in September 2018, Rosalie began appearing alongside Patti LuPone in a revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical Company. She played the lead role of 'Bobbie,' reimagined for the first time as a woman.
Q&A with Rosalie Craig
Rosalie was admitted as a Fellow in September 2016: Acceptance speech

Head shot of David Crellin David Crellin
Known for roles in Emmerdale (Billy Hopwood), The Cops (Alan Wakefield), and Coronation Street (Jimmy Clayton). He also starred as Jimmy Grainger in the first series of Waterloo Road on BBC One. In 2010 he returned to Coronation Street in the role of Colin Fishwick. He has also recorded a debut EP Innocent Bystander (2008) with Everyday Records.

Head shot of Michael Crompton Michael Crompton
After graduating from Rose Bruford in 1981 Michael started as a stage and radio writer. For TV he has written Code of a Killer (2015), Safe HouseKidnap and RansomSilent Witness (10 episodes, 2003-21), Carrie’s War, New Tricks (2013), Murphy’s LawMidsomer MurdersA Likeness in Stone, Bramwell, The Bill, and London Bridge.
London Screenwriters Festival 2021: profile

Head shot of Kirsty Curtis Kirsty J Curtis
Kirsty was in the original girl band Stooshe before they were signed by Warner. She left to pursue acting. Graduating from Rose Bruford College in 2012, Kirsty has had roles in Above (2015), Clap! (2014) and Urban Hymn (2015). She has also had roles in Call the Midwife (the 14th actress to act out a birth!) Casualty, and Doctors. She is also a boxer and drew her first charity fight against Harry Amelia from Big Brother raising money for CALM.

Head shot of Kiran Dadlani Kiran Dadlani
She gained her first acting role aged 11 as a talking, dancing cow in a reworking of Orwell's Animal Farm. Since leaving Rose Bruford Kiran has appeared in a number of soap operas, most notably as Dr Ganatra in Coronation Street (2013, 2017) and most recently as Humera in Ackley bridge (2021).

Shot of Euton Daley Euton Daley MBE (Fellow) 
Freelance artist, mentor and project manager, Euton has over 30 years’ experience working in the arts. Having developed and managed Pegasus Theatre specialising in youth and community work for over 20 years, his focus is now as a consultant, project manager, performance poet and DJ. His first book Politics of Love was published in 2015. In 2008 he was awarded an MBE for services to the arts and young people and in 2015 he was made a Fellow of Rose Bruford College.

Head shot of Antony Daniels Anthony Daniels 
After two years studying law, Anthony dropped out to attend Rose Bruford College, leaving in 1974. Best known for playing C-3PO in all 11 Star Wars films. He is the only actor to have been involved / appeared in all theatrical films in the series, all canon animated television shows, as well as many of their spin-offs, including video games, and radio serials etc. He was also the voice of Legolas in the Ralph Bakshi animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings (1978). He is currently an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center.

Head shot of Nick Darke Nick Darke (born Nicholas Drake) 
A Cornish playwright and writer, environmentalist, politician, broadcaster, and film-maker. After training at Rose Bruford College Nick went on to learn his craft at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent where he acted in over eighty plays and directed several others (1977–79). At Stoke he wrote his first full-length play, Never Say Rabbit in a Boat in 1977 and gave up acting to write full-time in 1978. Over the next twenty-eight years, he wrote twenty-seven plays which have been performed in theatres all over the world. Many of his plays reflect Cornish society and culture such as the tin mining, the countryside, fishermen and the quirky nature of country living. During the later part of his career he worked regularly with the theatre company Kneehigh Theatre. While recovering from a stroke in 2001 he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and died in June 2005. The Art of Catching Lobsters, written and directed by Jane Darke, is a moving account of her husband's death and the grieving process. Obituary.

Head shot of Russell Deathbridge Russell Deathridge
Russell Porter (born Russell J. Deathridge) is an actor, known for The Brittas EmpireEastenders and Titmuss Regained.

Head shot of Henry Devas Henry Devas 
Rose Bruford Acting student (2010) and winner of the 2010 Carleton Hobbs Award. Made his radio debut in The lady in the lake by Sebastian Baczkiewicz, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 14th September 2010. Appeared as Sgt. Trotter in The Mousetrap (2015). He starred alongside RB alumni Harmage Singh Kalirai in Correction (2011) and appeared in the short film The shotlist (2012), written and directed by Josh Alward and featuring a large number of Rose Bruford alumni.

Head shot of Janet Dibley Janet Dibley 
An actress and writer known for her roles in the sitcom The Two of Us (1986), Linda in The Gingerbread Girl (1993), as Lorna Cartwright in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, and as Elaine Cassidy in the BBC soap opera Doctors (2000).

Head shot of James Dodding in Fellow's gown James Dodding 
James studied for the theatre at Rose Bruford College between 1956 and 1959 and then with Ladislav Fialka in Prague and Marcel Marceau, both renowned mime artists. For 17 years James was a writer and broadcaster of BBC programmes for children and was the author of several books on mime for children and other publications. He was Emeritus Professor of Theatre at Wake Forest University, USA, where he enjoyed a very notable career as a distinguished teacher. He was a theatre director and teacher at major drama schools and theatres in the UK, USA, Ireland, Malta, Belgium Hong Kong and Canada, including the National Theatre School of Canada and McGill University in Montreal. He was made a Fellow of Rose Bruford College in 2012. He had close association with Rose Bruford herself and gave the address at Rose Bruford’s memorial service at St Paul’s Covent Garden in June 1984. James sadly passed away in March 2018.

Head shot of Anni Domingo Anni Domingo
Born in Sierra Leone, Anni graduated from Rose Bruford in 1971 and is an MA graduate of Anglia Ruskin Creative Writing. She is an actress, known for The Professionals (1971), Outland (1981) and Doctors (2000), and on stage, e.g. in Inua Ellams' Three sisters at the National. She is also a lecturer and director, and writer of the novel Breaking the Maafa chain.
Stratford East podcast: Focus on freelancers

Head shot of Joe Douglas Joe Douglas
Joe trained in Directing at Rose Bruford College. He won a place on the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme and as a result became Trainee Director for the National Theatre of Scotland in 2007-8. In 2012, he wrote and performed Educating Ronnie (Macrobert/Utter/HighTide) at the Edinburgh Festival as part of the Made in Scotland Showcase, where the production was awarded a Fringe First and he re-directed the 2013 world tour of Black Watch for the National Theatre of Scotland. In 2016 he joined Dundee Rep as Associate Artistic Director.

Head shot of Sarah Douglas Sarah Douglas
Trained with the National Youth Theatre and Rose Bruford College. Perhaps best known for playing the Kryptonian supervillain Ursa in Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980). Her other prominent roles include that of the evil Queen Taramis in the 1984 film Conan the Destroyer, Pamela Lynch in the 1980s primetime drama series Falcon Crest (1983–85) and the Red Queen in Witchville (2010). She has had many roles in science fiction films and audio dramas as well as a number of stage roles.

Head shot of Surinder Duhra Surinder Duhra 
Having trained at Rose Bruford, graduating in 1994, he appeared on Coronation Street in 2014 as Mr Khalil, the solicitor who represented Peter Barlow when he was formally charged and tried for the murder of Tina McIntyre. His other credits include roles in The Bill, Doctors, Casualty, Keen Eddie, Hustle, Waking the Dead, Peep Show and Party People, along with the movies Love Life (2002), Driving Lessons, Hereafter (2010) and The Contract (2016).

Head shot of Tom Dunlea Tom Dunlea 
Known for Jimi: all is by my side (2013) about a year in the life of Jimi HendrixThe Guvnors (2014) and the role of Ringo Starr in the biopic Cilla (2014).

Head shot of Marc Duret Marc Duret
Marc studied drama at the Conservatoire national in Nice, the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique in Paris, Rose Bruford College in London (1979-82), the University at Albany, SUNY and the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York. Revealed by Luc Besson in The Big Blue, Marc was nominated for a 1991 César Award for Most Promising Actor for his portrayal of Rico in the 1990 film La Femme Nikita, and later nominated for a 1994 Molière Award for Best Newcomer for his theatre performance in Les grandes personnes (The Grown Ups). He played Cardinal Guillaume Briçonnet in the television series Borgia from 2011–14, and appeared as Joseph Duverney in the Starz series Outlander in 2016.

Head shot of Jo Eaton-Kent Jo Eaton-Kent
Jo Eaton-Kent is a British non-binary actor and director, known for The Watch (2020), Lessons (2020) and the BBC2 comedy series Don't Forget the Driver (2019/2020) starring alongside fellow RB alumna, Claire Rushbrook.
BBC Interview ; Media Eye news ; CBR article

Head shot of Kevin Eldon Kevin Eldon
Kevin Eldon was born in 1959 in Kent, England. He is an actor, comedian and writer. appearing in British television comedy shows of the 1990s including Fist of FunKnowing Me, Knowing You with Alan PartridgeBig TrainBrass Eye and Jam. In 2013 he appeared in his own BBC sketch series, It's Kevin. Eldon started a band named Virginia Doesn't which later became The Time and later still Gerry Hackett & The Fringes. He has also appeared on the comedy circuit where he formed a friendship with stand-up comedian Stewart Lee which would later lead to an invitation to work with him on the radio series Lee & Herring's Fist of Fun with Lee's comedy partner Richard Herring. He worked with Simon Pegg in the sitcom Spaced with Mark Gatiss, both of whom played two Matrix-style government agents, and in the comedy film Hot Fuzz (2007) where he played Sergeant Tony Fisher. Eldon has appeared on stage and screen numerous times with the comedian Bill Bailey; they performed as a spoof of the German band Kraftwerk, singing German versions of the "Hokey Cokey" and The Wurzels song "The Combine Harvester". In late 2006, Eldon, alongside Bill Bailey, helped to organise and produce a short tour and a West End run of Pinter's People at the Haymarket Theatre, London. He has also appeared in Four Lions (2010) and Hugo (2011). He was winner in a 2014 episode of Celebrity Mastermind, where his specialist subject was "The Music of The Beatles".
see Pinter's people (theatre programme)

Head shot of Tas Embiata Tas Embiata 
Graduated from Rose Bruford with a BA in Acting in 1999. He later acquired a Masters in Applied Theatre from Goldsmiths, 2007-08. From 2010 he has been Managing Director at Purple Room Studios, an independent production / post-production company with a rapidly growing reputation for quality recording. In addition he is a workshop facilitator at Tender Education and Arts and a Learning Consultant and Globe Education Practitioner with extensive experience and responsibility for the development and delivery of Shakespeare workshops, both nationally and internationally.
see also Programme for In extremis. Much acting at Shakespeare's Globe.

Head shot of Tas Embiata  Femi Euba 
A Nigerian actor and dramatist, he studied acting at Rose Bruford College earning a diploma in 1965. After that he appeared in many shows on the London Stage, including the Royal Court Theatre production of Wole Soyinka's The Lion and the Jewel, and Shakespeare's Macbeth, with the late Sir Alec Guinness as Macbeth and Simone Signoret as Lady Macbeth. Over the years Euba has taught at different colleges and universities, in Nigeria and the US and he now teaches playwriting, and dramatic literature, mostly concentrating on the drama and theatre of Africa and of the African diaspora.
see also "Insideout" theatre programme.

Head shot of Bernardine Evaristo Bernardine Evaristo MBE (Fellow)
Trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama (graduating in 1982) and later at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she earned her Doctorate of Philosophy, she'd spent her teenage years acting at Greenwich Young People's Theatre but has gone on to become an award-winning British writer. In the 1980s, together with Paulette Randall and Patricia Hilaire, she founded Theatre of Black Women, Britain's first such theatre company, formed at a time when there were limited acting opportunities for black women in British theatre and film. In the 1990s she organised Britain's first black British writing conference, held at the Museum of London, and also Britain's first black British theatre conference, held at the Royal Festival Hall in 1997. Bernardine was joint winner of the Booker Prize in 2019 for the novel Girl, Woman, Other. Towards the end of 2020 she was appointed President of Rose Bruford College, to take up the post from January 2021.
Bernardine was invested as a Fellow in September 2018. Acceptance speech
Winner of the Booker Prize Booker Prize 
Appointment as Rose Bruford College President Appointment


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