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Head shot of Mandy Lalley Mandy Lalley
An actress, director and motion graphics artist. She worked mostly on stage before she took on the role of Head of Research and Development at 2SidesTV. Here she cut her teeth on an animation special, 'Pumpkin Moon' where she became the animatic editor. She soon rose up the ranks to Associate Producer and Director on other programmes, before leaving to go back to performing. Mandy now works on stage and film - both in front and behind the camera.

Head shot of Sophie Langham Sophie Langham  
An English actress famous for playing one half of Walford's first lesbian couple, in the popular soap opera Eastenders. Her character, Binnie Roberts, made her first appearance in 1994 and left in 1995. During her time on the show Langham's character and her on-screen girlfriend Della Alexander (Michelle Joseph) made headlines in the British press when EastEnders screened its first lesbian kiss. EastEnders added to the controversy by making Della and Binnie a mixed-race couple. Coincidentally, Sophie Langham and Michelle Joseph both attended Rose Bruford College within a year of each other. Since leaving Eastenders Langham has appeared in episodes of Jonathan Creek (1998); The Bill (1997; 2001); Holby City (2003) and Doctors (2004).

Head shot of Francis Lee Francis Lee (Fellow)
After training at Rose Bruford College he worked extensively as an actor in theatre, television and film including Topsy-TurvyMe Without YouThe Young AmericansClapham Junction and Dinnerladies. In the 2000s, Lee lost interest in acting and wanted to tell his own stories. He wrote his first short film Bantam in 2009 and made his directing debut with the short film The Farmer's Wife (2012), featuring Geraldine James which premiered at Palm Springs International Film Festival, later winning several awards including best film and best screenplay. This was followed by the short films Bradford Halifax London (2013) and The Last Smallholder (2014). He had his breakthrough with the 2017 feature film God's Own Country, which received critical acclaim and Francis won the Breakthrough director award at the London Film Critics' Circle and the BAFTA Award for Best Debut Screenwriter. His latest project is Ammonite, which was released in September 2020 and stars Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan as a lesbian couple in the 19th century. In September 2021 Francis was invested as a Fellow of Rose Bruford College.

Head shot of Wyllie Longmore Wyllie Longmore (Fellow)
Born in Jamaica and resident in the UK since 1961, Wyllie trained at Rose Bruford College as a mature student, graduating in 1968. Upon graduating, the reality of life as a black actor hit him: unless a part was specifically written for a black man, no one would hire him so Longmore turned instead to lecturing at Rose Bruford. He stayed for five years and then took a lecturing position at Manchester University in the early ’70s and he’s been based in the North ever since. Until 1981 he taught in the Drama Department of Manchester University and since then he has been with Leeds Theatre-in-Education Company. He won Best Actor at the Manchester Evening News awards for his performance in Athol Fugard's My Children! My Africa!, directed by Ian Forrest at the Octagon Theatre in 1995. He also directed the regional premiere of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun at the Contact Theatre, Manchester. 
Wyllie features in BBA Shakespeare.
IWylie was invested as a Fellow in 2016. Acceptance speech

Head shot of Jorge Lopes Ramos Dr. Jorge Lopes Ramos (Fellow)  
Jorge graduated from the ETA course in 2004. He is co-founder and joint director of East London venue G.A.S. Station (Games and Arts Stratford) and theatre/digital arts company ZU-UK with Yemeni-British Artistic Director Persis Jadé Maravala. He is Associate Professor of Contemporary Performance at the University of Greenwich. In 2019, Jorge was invested as Fellow of Rose Bruford College for outstanding contributions to the field and together with Persis Jadé Maravala was joint curator of the Rose Bruford College symposium. 
Jorge was invested as a Fellow in September 2019. Acceptance speech
See also productions of two early works created at Rose Bruford.

Head shot of Alex Lovell Alex Lovell
Graduated from Rose Bruford College and has gone on to become a TV presenter. She became successful when she presented Playhouse Disney with Dave Benson Phillips on the Disney Channel and is known for presenting the live lunchtime quiz show Brain Teaser on Five after which she was asked to do voice-over for the show Deal, or no deal (2007). She joined BBC Points West in July 2005 and is the lead presenter of Point West.

Head shot of Henry Luxemburg Henry Luxemburg 
Henry Luxemburg studied at Rose Bruford College in Sidcup, Kent and graduated in 2001 with a BA (Hons) in Acting. He is an actor, known for Hollyoaks where he appeared as Toby Mills, 2001-2003. He received nominations for The British Soap Award for Best Exit and The British Soap Award for Villain of the Year. He also appeared in Hotel Babylon and Doctors and appeared as Giles Ralston in the 60th anniversary celebrations of  Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap.  [see also Press cuttings file]

Shot of Lee Lyford Lee Lyford
Graduated from Rose Bruford in 1993 and now works as Associate Director of The Egg- Theatre Royal Bath and as a freelance theatre director. Productions directed for the Theatre Royal Bath include The Nutcracker and an epic production of Ben Hur, featuring a cast of 180. Lee also directs The Egg Theatre’s Christmas productions which have included Around the World in 80 Days and The French Detective and the Blue Dog. Away from Bath Lee has directed plays for Hull Truck, Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factory, Unicorn and the Watermill Theatre.

Head shot of Michelle Magorian  Michelle Magorian (Fellow)
An English author of children's books best known for her first novel, Goodnight Mister Tom, which won the 1982 Guardian Prize for British children's book, and was subsequently made into a film starring John Thaw. After three years of study at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama she spent two years at Marcel Marceau's L'école Internationale de Mime in Paris. However, in her mid-twenties she became interested in children's books, and decided to write one herself. The result was Goodnight Mister Tom. She has written further novels (including Just Henry which won the 2008 Costa Book Award in the Children's Book category), two collections of poetry, a collection of short stories, and two picture books.

Head shot of Sonia Malasarte Sonia Malasarte
Sonia Cubillo Malasarte-Roco is the widow of Filipino senator and Presidential candidate Raul Roco. She ran for the Senate in the 2007 Philippine Midterm Elections under her late husband's party, Aksyon Demokratiko, which is allied with the broad opposition coalition called Genuine Opposition. Sonia trained in Speech and Drama in London, graduating from Rose Bruford in 1966. Upon returning to the Philippines, she taught, acted in, directed, and produced musicals and stage plays. Dr. Patricia Licuanan and Sonia set up the Metro Manila Community Orchestra. With Corazon Alma de Leon and Tony Arevalo, her radio program, “Kapitan del Baryo,” aims to strengthen grassroots democracy. 

Head shot of Kevork Malikyan in Indiana Jones movie Kevork Malikyan (Fellow)  
Discovered acting in a religious seminary in Üsküdar, a British priest found Kevorak a scholarship in Britain where he moved in 1963, and graduated from Rose Bruford College in 1967. An Anglo-Armenian actor and teacher who played Max in Mind Your Language (1977-79), Kazim in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and Rady in Flight of the Phoenix (2004). In 2014 he played Jethro in Exodus: Gods and Kings directed by Ridley Scott and in 2016 appeared in the historical drama The promise.

Head shot of Richard Mangan Richard Mangan (Fellow)
A world renowned stage manager and actor, who trained at Rose Bruford College from 1961 to 1964. He has worked in regional theatre, the West End, the National Theatre and abroad as a stage hand, electrician, actor, administrator and director. He has been lucky enough to work with some of the great names in British theatre – Olivier, Richardson, Gambon, Jacobi, Peggy Ashcroft and Maggie Smith. He has also worked in major drama schools, training actors and stage mangers. For twenty years he was director of The Mander & Mitchenson Collection, one of the country’s greatest archives. In 2004, he edited John Gielgud’s letters for publication and is currently preparing Noël Coward’s papers.

Head shot of Steve Mannix Steve Mannix (Fellow)
Steve Mannix graduated from Rose Bruford in 1986 and has worked in arts management, fundraising and campaigning in a variety of roles including: Youth and Community Director for The Albany Empire, South East London; as General Manager of Battersea Arts Centre (1995-98); Administrative Director for Graeae Theatre Company the national theatre company of disabled people (2000-09);  and most recently as Development Director for Stonewall, the national lesbian and gay organisation and Chief Executive of Shape Arts. He was a Cultural Advisor for London 2012 and in 2014 was appointed Executive Director of Mercury Theatre, Colchester.  

Head & shoulder shot of Stefan Marling Stefan Marling
Stefan Marling is an educator, director and actor educated at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London. Between 1993 and 2001 he worked as an actor in the UK, including at the Royal Court Theatre, the New Victoria Theatre, the Soho Theatre, the Battersea Arts Centre, the If Performance Collective, the Lightning Ensemble, the Revolve Theatre Company and many other TV and film productions. Since 2001 Stefan has been active in Sweden as an actor at Uppsala City Theatre, Malmö City Theatre, and at the Roman Theatre in Gotland as well as in several films and television productions. He has also directed several performances at the Drama Book in Stockholm.

Head shot of Emil Marwa Emil (Rashpal) Marwa
A British actor (although his father is a Sikh from Kenya and his mother is of Norwegian descent), known for his acting as Wasim in the Norwegian crime and action drama Izzat (2005) for which he was nominated for the 'Amanda' Best actor award. He is also known for playing Vijay Rao cousin to Ramu (played by Jimi Mistry) in The Guru (2002), and for the role of Maneer Khan in East Is East (2009) and in the sequel West is West (2010) where he was teamed up again with Jimi Mistry.

Head shot of Iain McAleese Iain McAleese
An actor, known for Finney (1994) and Being Human (1994). He has worked for Borderline and for Pace Theatre Company and is founder and Artistic Director of Theatre Revolution including directing The Ching room. Info

Head shot of Brian McCardie Brian McCardie
Trained at Rose Bruford College between 1984 and 1987.  It was McCardie's portrayal of Alasdair McGregor in the film Rob Roy (1995) that brought him to public attention. He has since appeared in the TV series of Guy Ritchie's Film Snatch, in Jon Baird's Filth, based on the Irvine Welsh novel of the same name, playing Dougie Gillman, and as Jacob Engstrand in Richard Eyre's production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre. He has also played James Connolly, a leader of the 1916 Irish Rising, for RTÉ.  He has filmed the role of Sir Hugh Persimmon in the film Agatha and The Truth of Murder, directed by Terry Loane and, to be released sometime in 2021, the film Our Ladies directed by Michael Caton-Jones.

Orlaine McDonald
Orlaine McDonald was born in the Midlands and graduated with a BA in Theatre from Rose Bruford College where she won the Lilian Baylis Award for most promising student in 1993. She has spent a number of years running theatre projects for children and young people and a production of Tuna Girl for the Half Moon Young People's Theatre toured nationally to venues and schools in 2000. Her poem 'Hero' won the Writers Forum magazine poetry competition. She is currently Pastoral & Leaning Support Manager at Myatt Garden primary school. (Black Plays Archive).

Head shot of Rory MacGregor Rory MacGregor
Graduating from Rose Bruford College in 1999, Rory is an actor, known for Love Actually (2003), Gladiatress (2004) and Thunderpants (2002) and for the part of Colin Wells in the BBC television series Spooks, a part he performed from 2002-2006.

Head shot of Aislin McGuckin Aislin McGuckin
A Northern Irish actress best known for her role as Dr. Liz Merrick in Heartbeat and for playing Letitia MacKenzie, wife of Clan Chieftain Colum MacKenzie, in Outlander. In 2010 she starred as the Duchess in The Duchess of Malfi, filmed at Greenwich Theatre, and on DVD in the Library. In 2017 she appeared in The miniaturist and in 2020 she appeared as Denise Sheridan in Normal People.
Hecuba, The Stage 10/10/2019
Duchess of Malfi trailer:

 

Head shot of Tony McHale Tony McHale (Fellow)
Actor, writer and director. Started off as stooge to Jeremy Beadle in Beadle's About (1987), then served a long time as writer/director on the BBC1 soap opera Eastenders during the 1990s. He co-created BBC medical drama Holby City and served as its executive producer and show-runner from 2007 to 2010. As well as writing episodes for Holby City he has served as a core writer on Silent Witness. In 2010 he formed his own production company Sanctuary Films which was commissioned by Channel 5 to produce the late night hour/thriller Headless

Head shot of Stephen Medlin Stephen Medlin
After graduating from Rose Bruford Drama School in 1992 he, along with classmates Isaac Ngugi and Robert Stephenson became founders of Unclassified Arts. Stephen is a specialist in physical theatre and a regular actor / teacher with the BBC. He has appeared in TV and film productions and works as a movement director for a number of theatres. He was theatre consultant to Nottingham Arts, Physicality and Visual Connection and is currently the Drama Module Leader and head of the 3rd years at WAC Arts.

Head shot of Clive Merrison  Clive Merrison
A Welsh actor, born in Tenby of film, television, stage and radio who trained at Rose Bruford College. He was a member of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre Company in the 1970s and the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-on-Avon. From 5 November 1989 to 5 July 1998 he played the lead role of Sherlock Holmes on radio, with Michael Williams as Dr. Watson. Later, with Andrew Sachs as Watson, Merrison continued to play Holmes in the Bert Coules-scripted pastiche series The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (2002-10). He is the only actor to have played Holmes in adaptations of every single Conan Doyle short story and novel about the character. Among his many film roles he has played the traditionalist headmaster in Alan Bennett's The History Boys (2006),a role he repeated after the 2006 radio adaptation.

Head shot of Jordi Mestre Molina Jordi Mestre Molina
Best known as Jordi Mestre, he studied a Master's Degree at Rose Bruford College in the early 2000s. He was a Spanish actor and model who became famous for his work as a reporter on the successful Spanish TV show Sé lo que hicisteis.. (2011)In 2012 he became part of the cast of Entre Lineas, where he played the character of Maxi. He also worked as a model for trademarks such as Lois (es), Nivea and Adidas, as well as fashion editorials such as CosmopolitanZeroMarie Claire (Turkey) and Men's Health (Greece). In 2009, he worked with magazine Vanity Gay, in a casual photo shoot, along with Hugo Iglesias and Marc Pina Sala. Since Spring 2011 Jordi became the male protagonist of Lois Jeans's new campaign.  Jordi sadly died in a traffic accident in Madrid on 6 June 2020, after colliding with a lamppost while riding his motorcycle.

Head shot of Jim Millea Jim (James) Millea  
After training at the Rose Burford College of Speech and Drama, Jim appeared in National Theatre Productions including Six Characters in Search of an AuthorHey LuigiFathers and Sons and Ting Tang Mine. Other stage work included a year with the Royal National Theatre. In 1989 he played Pete Whitley in Emmerdale for two years before his character was killed off in an hit and run accident in 1990. (His wife Lynn was played by Fionnuala Ellwood, another RB alumna). He had roles in Families and Criminal, Heartbeat (1992) A Touch of Frost (1993). Also that year he began a long running role as Mr Woods in the children's drama Children's Ward. In 1994 his CV claims he joined the cast of Coronation Street as violent father Carl Armstrong - but there is conflicting evidence on this. In 2005 he was cast as the father of the new Ashworth family in Hollyoaks but left the show in 2010. He returned to Coronation Street in 2013 as Jeff Rayner.

Head shot of Adrian Mills Adrian Mills
Graduated from Rose Bruford College in 1977 and in 1982 appeared as Aris in the Doctor Who series. He appeared on That's Life! with Esther Rantzen for seven years until its demise in 1994. He appeared as a location reporter on the TV series Surprise, Surprise, and in later years was a host on Getaways, TV Travel ShopSky TravelCruise First, and the LBC radio travel clinic. Since then he has presented talk show Central Weekend Live. He has appeared on numerous TV programmes such as MinderBrooksidePlay for TodayBad PennyWaiting for GodFairly secret army and recently took the lead in the film The man who cries for others which was due for release in late 2017. He is also the co-owner of Thai Tho, a chain of Thai restaurants located in London.

Head & shoulder shot of Joseph Millson Joseph Millson (Fellow)
An English actor and singer, who trained at Rose Bruford College, and afterwards worked for both the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He played Carter in Casino Royale (2006) and has played Raoul in Love Never Dies, the sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. He has had parts in Peak practiceEastenders, and Holby City and has gone on to appear in The dead two: India (2013), I Give It A Year (2013) and Banished (2015). In 2019 he starred in Keith and was in the West End cast of Mary Poppins as Mr Banks and in Theatre Royal Bath's production of Betrayal (October 2020). Joseph was last on TV screens in The Last Kingdom series 4, while feature film Dragonheart Vengeance was released in 2020. He has also written the book Work And Other Four Letter Words.
Keith – Arcola Theatre.
Sierra Boggess talks to Joseph Millson in Light Lesson: Be brave: 

Dan Zagorii interviews Joseph Millson about life, wife, the RSC and the NT: 

Head shot of Gareth Milton Gareth Milton 
A Welsh actor who graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2006 with a first-class BA (Hons) in Acting. He has had several regular roles on the Welsh television channel S4C such as in the Welsh gangster drama Y Pris; in Caerdydd (series 4 and 5); Alys; and in Pen Talar. He became known to the wider non-Welsh speaking public after playing the co-starring role of Dr. Simon Strettle in BBC Wales' Crash. In late 2014 and early 2015, he appeared on Pobol y Cwm as support nurse Harri Wyn.

Head shot of Kika Mirylees Kika Mirylees (Christina Kika Le Fleming Mirylees)
An English actress known for her roles as Julie Johnston in Bad Girls, playing the role from the first episode, in 1999, to the final episode, in December 2006. She has also appeared as Doc Newton in Red Dwarf and as Hazel Hobbs in Eastenders (2007-8). She is now writing plays focusing on women and directing a one woman show alongside teaching LAMDA at Showshack.

Head shot of Shazia Mirza Shazia Mirza  
An award-winning British (of Pakistani origin) comedienne and writer for radio and television. Shazia at first studied biochemistry at the University of Manchester and then achieved a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Goldsmiths, University of London. After a short career as a science teacher she studied acting part-time at Rose Bruford, finishing her third year full-time. Best known for her stand up comedy The Kardashians Made Me Do It she has a long list of live tours to her credit. In 2006, she began writing a fortnightly column in the New Statesman magazine, she has been a columnist for The Guardian since 2008 and she has had a regular column in Dawn newspaper. In 2010 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship to Rose Bruford College.
Review of her Edinburgh Fringe show, 2015: Telegraph

Palesa Mokoena (ATA 2010) featured in the BBC Radio Drama competition: African performance of Mandida’s Shoes by Mike Mware (2010). BBC WorldService

Head shot of Malcolm Morrison Malcolm Morrison
Malcolm received a degree in acting from Rose Bruford College in 1964, after which he led a hectic freelance life teaching and directing at the City Literary Institute, for the British Drama League and many other amateur theatre organisations. He returned to Rose Bruford as Head of Acting from 1970-76. He then led the School of Drama at the North Carolina School of the Arts from 1976 to 1987 and is credited with building a national and international reputation for the school. During his tenure, he founded N.C. Shakespeare Festival in 1977, becoming its artistic director in 1979. Morrison left the School of the Arts to become director of the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, and then chaired the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Wisconsin. In 1996, he became director of the theatre division of the Hartt School at the University of Hartford in Hartford, Conn., and later was named dean of the school. He retired from that post in 2008 and sadly passed away in 2013.
He is the author of Classical Acting, of Clear speech and of Voice and speech in the theatre.

Head shot of Tom Mothersdale Tom Mothersdale
Graduated in acting from Rose Bruford College in 2009 and went on to play the lead roles of both Antipholus brothers in Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors at The Globe in 2010. He has featured in many stage productions as well as on TV in Peaky Blinders and in films such as Endeavour and The rain collector. In 2019 he took on the role of Richard III for a Headlong production directed by John Haidar. [What's on stage] [Royal Court Theatre]

Head shot of Alex Mugnaioni Alex Mugnaioni
Graduated 2011 in actor Musicianship and appeared in the Shakespeare Globe production of Much Ado About Nothing which toured in the summer of 2015. In 2019 he made his West End debut in the title role of Captain Corelli's mandolin (but unfortunately lost the antique mandolin crucial to the part). He has worked numerous times at and for the Globe, including a six-month tour of Much ado about nothing around South America and the USA. In film he has appeared in The Borgias  (2011), Mr. Sloane (2014) and Challenge 25 (2013).
Revels Actor Spotlight
 

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