Alumni I-K

Head shot of John Iles Jon Iles
An English actor who graduated from Rose Bruford in 1975 & is best known for playing DC Mike Dashwood 
in The Bill from 1984 to 1992. He returned to the series in 1996, promoted to DS for the antiques squad. As well as a prolific stage career, Iles' other TV credits include To the Manor Born, The Dick Emery Show, DoctorsCrown CourtLaw and DisorderNever the Twain, and Fresh Fields. He now specialises in voiceover work for websites, training courses, documentaries and company videos. In 2016, he voiced a character for the video game Enderal and in 2017 he voiced the UK TV campaign for the martial arts movie Blade of the Immortal.
Voiceover trailers: Voiceovers

Head shot of Ola Ince Ola Ince
A British theatre director who graduated from Rose Bruford College with a First Class Honours BA in Theatre Directing in 2010. Since graduating Ola has worked at a number of prestigious Theatres such as the Lyric Hammersmith, National Theatre, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Young Vic, Bush Theatre, Finborough Theatre and Bolton Octagon. In 2011 Ola was the Finborough Theatre’s Resident Assistant Director and Senior Reader, as well as a Rose Bruford Directing Bursary recipient. In 2012 she was the Boris Karloff Bursary recipient, which allowed her to train under Sacha Wares. In 2015 Ola became a BBC Performing Arts Fellow and Resident Associate Director at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. She directed Poet in da corner at the Royal Court Theatre (2018), The convert at the Young Vic (2018), Appropriate at the Donmar Warehouse (2019), and is currently directing Is God is at the Royal Court (2021). She is the winner of the  Genesis Future Director Award (2016), h100 Theatre & Performance Award (2018), Elle list's '50 Game Changers of Now' (2019) and the Peter Hall Bursary Award (2020). She was the International Associate Director of Tina Turner the Musical creating, casting and directing the productions in London, Hamburg, Broadway and Utrecht alongside Phyllida Lloyd from 2018 to 2020.

Head shot of Anthony Thomas Jackson Anthony Thomas Jackson 
Studied at Rose Bruford College and won the BBC Radio Drama Award at the age of 21 while still a student. Later he joined the BBC Repertory and played at the Mermaid Theatre and the Nottingham Playhouse. He also appeared in the sitcoms Bless This House (as Sid James's meddlesome neighbour Trevor), All Our SaturdaysMind Your LanguageCitizen SmithDynastyThe DetectivesLovejoySoftly, SoftlyBarlow at Large and Only Fools and Horses. In his final years, he appeared in The BillCasualtyFootballers' WivesWalker Texas Ranger and Doctors. He reached his widest audiences as founder of the eponymous ghost hiring agency in the long-running BBC children's comedy series Rentaghost (1976-78). His ability to use a variety of accents and voices led to his recording parts for animation (e.g. most of the characters in the Ivor the Engine series). Anthony was one of the principal members of the Godot Company and sadly died in London in November 2006 having been ill during rehearsals of Waiting for Godot and whilst the company was touring the play in Ireland.

Head shot of Rebecca Jackson Rebecca Jackson
Becci has over 25 years’ experience as a professional actress, having trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London. Her extensive theatre credits include: Sweeney Todd in the West End, Animal Farm for the Peter Hall Company, Miranda in The Tempest for Shared Experience and Bianca in Desdemona at the Theatre Royal Bath. Becci has a Certificate of Higher Education in Post Compulsory Education and Training from Edge Hill University. As a trainer / tutor, her work has involved teaching acting and vocal skills to actors and non-actors. As director of Merseyside Academy of Drama (MAD) she has developed group classes, One2One coaching and corporate training programs for adults in public speaking skills and speech.
See programme for Matilda liar!

Head shot of Rhydian Jai Persad Rhydian Jai Persad
An actor who appeared as Saheed Hussain in Grange Hill (1999) and in the films Entrapment (1999), It was an accident (2000), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) and Dog Eat Dog (2001).

Head shot of Jennifer James Jennifer James (Jennifer Marie Reynolds)
An English actress who trained at Rose Bruford College between 1996-1999. She has played the role of Geena Gregory in Coronation Street (2000-2002) and in May 2005, she began playing WPC (later Detective Constable) Kim "Posh" Spicer in Dalziel and Pascoe. Jennifer, and her husband, the actor Lee Boardman, are both patrons of a charity called CAFT (Children's Adventure Farm Trust) which provides holidays for sick, disabled, disadvantaged and terminally ill children.

Head shot of Simone James Simone James
A Rose Bruford trained actress best known for her role as Becca Swanson in television soap opera, EastEnders, 2009-2010.

Head shot of Matthias Janser Matthias Janser
Born in Stuttgart (Germany) Matthias studied for a diploma in Technical Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College in London, graduating in 1990. As assistant director he has worked regularly with Richard Jones and Graham Vick. His work as director includes the British première of Thomas Bernhard’s The Ignoramus and the ManiacL'amico Fritz and Manon Lescaut for Opera Holland Park, Matins for the Virgin of Guadalupe for the Cheltenham Festival, Soap Opera and Sweeney Agonistes for Trinity College of Music, Don Giovanni for English Touring Opera, La Damnation de Faust for Opera North, the British première of Dvořák's Vanda for University College Opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors in Oxford, the Spanish première of Thomas Bernhard’s A party for Boris in Barcelona and Charpentier´s Actéon for Dartington International Summer School. He has been working regularly as project manager for Opera Genesis at the Royal Opera House and as director of education workshops for children and adolescents he is frequently invited by schools and opera companies. His work as translator include the libretto of Of Mice and Men for the Bregenz Festival and translations for Naxos, Chandos and Opus Arte. He has been living in Barcelona since 2007.

Head shot of Poppy Jhakra Poppy Jhakra
Poppy graduated from Rose Bruford College with a First Class degree in American Theatre Arts in 2005, spending a year on American conventions and techniques in Texas. She landed the part of the rebellious teenager Minnie Chandra in Coronation Street, whom she played for eighteen months and then in July 2010 was cast as English teacher, Eleanor Chaudry in Waterloo Road. In August 2016, and again in 2019, Poppy appeared as "tricky" agency nurse Amira Zafar in a feature-length special episode of Casualty.

Head shot of Freddie Jones Freddie Jones (Fellow)
An English character actor who won a scholarship to Rose Bruford College and became famous for his award-winning role as Claudius in the 1968 British television series The Caesars. For this he won the award for the "World's Best Television Actor of the Year" at the 1969 Monte-Carlo Television FestivalHe originated the role of Sir in The Dresser, and there is an audio recording of him in this part: 

The dresser / Ronald Harwood (with Freddie Jones as Sir and Michael Palin as Malcolm).
"No subsequent performance in The Dresser – not Albert Finney in the 1983 film, nor Anthony Hopkins on television in 2015, nor Ken Stott in the West End in 2016 – matched the rumbling thunder of Jones" (Michael Coveney).

He appeared in David Lynch's films The Elephant Man (1980), Dune (1984), and Wild at Heart (1990) and played Sandy Thomas in Emmerdale (2005-18)Freddie sadly died in 2019 and a double-bill of the soap was dedicated to him in July that year. Emmerdale tribute.
The Diana Potten Interview with Freddie Jones in the Charlbury Chronicle, pg.11.

Head shot of Eyrún Ósk Jónsdóttir Eyrún Ósk Jónsdóttir
In 2005 Eyrún Ósk Jónsdóttir graduated with a BA (Hons) in European Theatre Arts from Rose Bruford College (UK) 2005. Two years later (2007) she finished her Masters in Theatre and Media for Development from Winchester University (UK). Eyrún has worked as a writer, performer, director and drama teacher. She has written various plays that have been performed both in Iceland and the UK and she has published four novels, an illustrated children's book  and three books of poems. For her last book of poems she was winner in 2016 of Iceland's prestigious national poetry prize, Bókmenntaverðlaun Tómasar Guðmundsonar (see more here). She was a member of the theatre group Dan Kai Teatro from 2004 and from 2006-2008 ran the theatre space Jadarleikhusid in Hafnarfjordur. Since 2007 Eyrun has worked with film maker Helgi Sverrisson, and together they wrote and directed L7 Hrafnar, soleyjar og myrra.

Head shot of Diane-Louise Jordan Diane-Louise Jordan
After attending Rose Bruford College Diane-Louise become the first black presenter of Blue Peter which she left in 1996, after six years, to present Songs of Praise, becoming the third longest-serving woman in the show's history. Between February 2012 and July 2017 Jordan presented Sunday Half Hour and then Sunday Hour on BBC Radio 2.

Head shot of Michelle Joseph Michelle Joseph
Most famous for playing Walford's first lesbian resident, Della Alexander, in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 1994–1995. Co-incidentally her on-screen girlfriend Binnie was played by Sophie Langham, another Rose Bruford alumni. Michelle has also appeared in The BillA Touch of FrostHolby City, Doctors, and Fast girls.
(see also 1993 May- press cuttings file)

Head shot of Irene Kappes Irene Kappes
Irene graduated from Rose Bruford drama school in 1979 and went on to work as an actress, tutor and director in community and educational theatre. In 1999, she co-founded a performing arts organisation to promote the inclusion of performers with learning difficulties in drama schools in the UK. She gained her doctorate in education from the University of Sheffield in 2010. When her stepson George passed away from cancer at the age of 17, Irene began writing George’s story, and For the Love of George was published in 2014. At the same time, she and her husband founded the George Pantziarka TP53 Trust, to support individuals and families who suffered from the same gene disorder that had caused George’s cancers. In 2018, her second book, About Mother, a novel based on the character and life of her late mother, was published.

Head shot of Lena Kaur Lena Kaur
She studied acting at Rose Bruford College, graduating in 2007. After successfully being cast as Leila Roy, she joined the cast of Hollyoaks in summer 2008 and stayed until January 2010. In 2011 she appeared as Dr. Alicia Patel in Torchwood's fourth series. In 2015 she appeared in the National Theatre Live's production of Treasure Island and in 2016 appeared as Adriana in the RSC's production of The Rover. Image  [Spotlight]

Head shot of Gillian Kearney Gillian Kearney
An English actress best known for her early role as Debbie McGrath in Channel 4's Liverpool-based soap opera Brookside. Gillian played the young Shirley in the award-winning 1989 film Shirley Valentine and in 2002 landed the role of June Forsyte in the ITV1 adaptation of John Galsworthy's classic novel The Forsyte Saga. In 2005, she landed a role in Channel 4's hit series Shameless, and starred opposite Danny Dyer in the British romantic-comedy film The other half (2006)Between 2008-10 she played Jessica Harrison in the long-running BBC television medical drama series Casualty,  and in 2015 began appearing as Emma Barton in the ITV Yorkshire-based soap opera Emmerdale, a role for which she was nominated for Best Serial Drama Performance at the 2016 National Television Awards.

Head shot of Barbara Kellerman Barbara Kellerman
Kellerman's film credits include Satan's SlaveThe Monster Club and The Sea Wolves (with Roger Moore - image) while her television appearances include Space: 1999The Glittering PrizesThe ProfessionalsThe Mad DeathQuatermass and The Chronicles of Narnia. She is notable for her appearances in the BBC adaptations of three of the Narnia books.

Head shot of Sean Kempton Sean Kempton 
An international performer, director and teacher who specializes in contemporary clown, circus and ensemble based theatre. He has had a hugely  successful circus career being a long time clown for Cirque du Soleil (Varekai, Kooza, Quidam), creating work for Franco Dragone's Le reve in Las Vegas and throwing himself around at great heights at the Millennium Dome.

Signed picture of Paul Kermack Paul Kermack (George Stewart Auchinleck)

A Scottish television actor who is best known for playing Archie Menzies in Take the High Road from 1980 until he died, suddenly, from a heart attack on 17 March 1990. As George Stewart Auchinleck, Paul studied drama at Rose Bruford College in London, graduating in 1959. His ambition was to become an opera singer but, lacking the necessary vocal range for leading roles, he decided to become a full-time actor instead. He made his TV debut in 1961 and went on to make guest appearances in several drama programmes, including four in Dr. Finlay's Casebook and three in Sutherland's Law. He frequently played police officers. He was Jamie's father, Mr Knox, in the Bill Douglas trilogy of My Childhood (1972), My Ain Folk (1973) and My Way Home (1978). In 1976, he was cast as Jock Nesbit in Garnock Way and, when that series was axed in 1979, he was offered the role of workshy handyman Archie Menzies in Take the High Road.

Head shot of Barry Killerby Image of Barry Killerby as Mr Blobby Barry Killerby
A classically trained Shakespearean actor, graduating from Rose Bruford in 1983. Between 1992 and 1999 he served as the bulbous pink figure covered with yellow spots known as Mr Blobby. His popularity in the nineties saw him achieve a self-titled Christmas number one - beating Take That and Meatloaf to top spot in 1993. Barry also starred in a critically-acclaimed one man theatre show about the final days of the world-famous illusionist, Harry Houdini in 2019. see programme: Houdini

Shot of Alton Kumalo acting Alton Kumalo
Born in Rhodesia he came to Britain in 1961 to play in the all-African musical, King Kong. He later trained at Rose Bruford, graduating in 1965. He was the first African actor at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he stayed for five years. He acted in the RSC production of Julius Caesar (1968) and in The Winter's tale (1969), and a production of Pericles (shown in his picture here). He left the RSC to found Temba Theatre Company which ran until 1993. He also had parts in Play for today (1970), Crown Court (1972), Cry Freedom (1987). He died in the UK in 2013.
BBA Shakespeare
Temba Theatre Company
In Memoriam

Head shot of Akhbar Kurtha Akbar Kurtha
Graduating from the Community Theatre Arts course at Rose Bruford in 1992, Akbar hit the screens in 1993 in the critically-acclaimed film Bhaji on the Beach in the role of Majit and his performance in this film resulted in him landing the lead role of Farid in the film My Son the Fanatic, alongside Rachel Griffiths. He also played the key character of Prince Meshal in the Oscar-award winning film, Syriana, with George Clooney, and played Kanel Hanna in the hit HBO mini-series House of Saddam.

 

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