Alumni N-P

Head shot of Amani Naphtali Amani Naphtali
A trained dramatist, writer, director and filmmaker. He was a founder member of Double Edge Theatre Company and is currently Artistic Director of Brixton Inclusive. His plays include Songs of Songs, a historical fantasy, and a rap musical entitled Vibes from the Scribes. He wrote and directed the film The Black Bohemians, and the short film, Circles of Fire. He also wrote the play Ragamuffin which was one of the eighties most successful and ground-breaking theatrical productions and starred RB alumni Anthony Hipployte. He is a dedicated exponent of the African Ritualistic genre & a pioneer of Multi Genre interdisciplinary practice. 

Head shot of Lizzie Newman Lizzie Newman
Graduated from Rose Bruford with a BA in Directing, 2007. She was appointed artistic director of the Octagon Theatre in Bolton, previously having been an associate director at Southwark Playhouse. She was awarded four stars in the Guardian review for her production of David Copperfield at the Bolton Octagon:

Website "Newman makes an eye-catching debut, which suggests that Dickens's favourite child is very much a young woman's work." The production also involved Lloyd Gorman (Actor Musician graduate) and Lucy Sierra (Theatre Design graduate). After eight years at Bolton’s Octagon, five as associate director and three as artistic director, she joined the Pitlochry Festival Theatre in 2018 as artistic director.

Theatrevoice interview: Theatrevoice interview

Head shot of Isaac Ngugu Isaac Ngugi
Graduated from the Community Theatre Arts course at Rose Bruford in 1992. Along with classmates Steve Medlin and Robert Stephenson he founded Unclassified Arts, a physical theatre company concentrating on access to arts provision in the community, particularly for those who are marginalised. He is a drama-in-education specialist working in special needs and mainstream primary schools and since 2004 Isaac has been an Associate Artist, and since 2017 Associate Director, at Spare Tyre. 

Head shot of Rebecca Night Rebecca Night  
She graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2005, where she received critical acclaim for her performance in Patrick Marber’s After Miss Julie. She has gone on to star in the title role of James Hawes's BBC Four adaptation Fanny Hill (2007) and on stage as Cecily Cardew in The importance of being Earnest (2007-8). She has since played a wide range of roles including Catherine Linton in ITV's Wuthering Heights, alongside Tom Hardy, Sarah Jones in the Mike Figgis film Suspension of Disbelief and Yvonne Moncin in Maigret, with Rowan Atkinson.

Head shot of Gloria Obianyo Gloria Obianyo
An actress who graduated from Rose Bruford in 2016 and has appeared in High Life (2018), in four episodes of Good Omens (2019) and plays Harah in the new Dune (2021).

Head shot of Bernadette O'Brien Bernadette O'Brien
Graduating from Rose Bruford in 1981, Bernadette originally trained as an actor and worked for many years in the theatre, touring plays and also working as a director. She was an Associate Artist for Theatre Centre for 12 years, responsible for casting and working with writers developing new plays for young people, as well as acting and directing for the company. In 1992-94 she trained as a Voice Movement Therapist and has worked privately with clients since then facilitating voice and theatre projects for Theatre Centre, Heart n’ Soul, Graeae, Cardboard Citizens, and other theatre companies. She also designed and led courses and workshops for The Royal College of Music, Goldsmiths University, the Musician’s Union, and The School of Life. For 15 years she developed and taught the voice curriculum for The European Theatre Arts Course at Rose Bruford College, encouraging the creative and expressive use of the voice. She received an MA in Core Process Psychotherapy from Middlesex University in 2006 and in 2019 she completed the one year Kum Nye training at Karuna Institute. She ran a private psychotherapy practice for 8 years in South East London before relocating to Oxfordshire.

Ebun Odutola and JP Clark Head shot of Ebun Odutola Clark Ebun Odutola (Clark)
Graduated from Rose Bruford in 1963 and returned to Nigeria. She became a professor and director of the Centre for Cultural Studies at the University of Lagos. In 1982, along with her husband JP Clark, Ebun founded the PEC Repertory Theatre in Lagos. She was a pioneer in theatre studies, being the first Nigerian lecturer at the University of Ibadan in what was to become the Theatre Arts department.

She was wife of John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo, fondly called JP Clark, one of the trio of Nigeria’s foremost literary icons who was a household name for over five decades. Clark was recognised more for poetry, Chinua Achebe for prose, and Wole Soyinka for drama.

An interesting part of Clark’s life was how he and Ebun Odutola, his then neighbour, eloped in the 60s when it was clear Ebun’s father wasn’t going to approve of their union.

As a research fellow at the Institute of African Studies of the University of Ibadan at the time, Clark shared the same residential block with Ebun who had just returned from England, and had become a lecturer at the then newly founded school of drama in the university.

“She and JP fell in love. And so, they decided on the next natural step, which was for them to get married. However, there was one serious obstacle — their respective ethnic origins! The Odutolas were one of the wealthy industrial families of Ijebuland, leading figures of the Yoruba aristocracy and Nigerian entrepreneur class, and highly conscious of their wealth and status.

JP decided to resolve the matter  in the only manner available—through elopement! On Saturday April 4, 1964, he and Ebun drove off to Cotonou in the neighbouring Republic of Benin where his friend, Jide Alo, was the Nigerian Chargé d’Affaires. By evening of that day, they were husband and wife. The next day, they drove back to Nigeria again and resumed their normal life on campus."

Femi Osofisan, narrated in the book, “JP Clark: A Voyage”. Love story

Head shot of Gary Oldman in Fellows gown Head shot of Gary Oldman Gary Oldman (Fellow)
An actor, filmmaker, and musician, Oldman won a scholarship to attend Rose Bruford College from which he graduated with a BA in Acting in 1979. He gained his first starring film role in Meantime (1983). On stage he performed at the Royal Court Theatre and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company until the late 1980s. He rose to prominence in British films with his portrayals of Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986) and playwright Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears (1987), as well as those of a football firm leader in The Firm (1989) and the titular Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990). He went on to achieve international renown as an Irish American gangster in State of Grace (1990), Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK (1991), and Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) and in 1997 he wrote and directed Nil by Mouth. In the 21st century he is known for his roles as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series, James Gordon in The Dark Knight Trilogy, George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), and human leader Dreyfus in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). Most recently (2018) he won the Golden Globe Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama category, for his performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest hour, and he won an Oscar for Best Actor in the same role. The day after his success BBC Radio 5 visited Rose Bruford college:

BBC Radio 5 Live interview with David Zoob and Level 3 Acting students and The Hypocrite cast members Melissa Knighton and Jake Setters. They were talking to Leslie Ashmall and Nihal in a feature about the Oscars and Gary Oldman on Afternoon Edition.  The clip starts at 1:28:24 and lasts until 1:34:16.

Head shot of Stacey Oristano Stacey Oristano
An American stage, screen and television actress. After  graduating from Rose Bruford College she was seen as Annelle in the West End production of Steel Magnolias. She then moved to New York City where she toured with Cabaret (as Sally Bowles) and performed in Urinetown, The Spitfire Grill and The Wild Party. She is also a seasoned concert vocalist, having sung in concerts in London, New York, and Dallas. For her best known role, she starred as stripper Mindy Riggins on the critically acclaimed Friday Night Lights throughout the series entire run. Later she starred on ABC Family's Bunheads as Truly Stone.

Head shot of Daniel Osgerby Daniel Osgerby
An English actor who trained at Rose Bruford College and has appeared in Shadowlands, in Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds – The New Generation, in Jonathan Creek (2014) and in The time clause (2018).
Showreel: Daniel Osgerby - Actor

Head shot of Sam Palladio Sam Palladio 
Graduating in actor-musicianship from Rose Bruford College in 2008 Sam currently stars as Gunnar Scott in the ABC musical drama series Nashville, and has a recurring role on Episodes (2012-15), and the science fiction series Humans (2015-18) His film credits include 7 Lives (2011) and Runner, Runner (2013) and the voice of Roland in Strange magic, a 2015 American 3D computer-animated family musical action fantasy-comedy. He appears as prince Edward in The Princess Switch (2018), and The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020). In 2019 he portrayed Alexander Vasilchikov in HBO’s mini-series Catherine the Great opposite Helen Mirren. He was also lead singer in a band called Salt Water Thief.

Terence (Terry) Palmer
Born in Wales in 1938, he is an actor and director, known for One Step Beyond (1959), The Mind Benders (1963) and R3 (1964). Edward Gordon Craig "befriended Richard Ainley the actor/director and inspired Terry Palmer the finest Shakespearean director of his generation."

Head shot of Huw Parmenter Huw Parmenter
An actor who has appeared as Count Roland in several episodes of Vikings (2013), Killing Eve (2018) and Close (2019) and later played the role of Giuseppe Renzo in the U.K. tour of The Mirror Crack'd. He is also one of the Artistic Directors of Chaskis Theatre.
Extracts from Vikings on Vimeo

Head shot of Maija Paunio Maija Paunio
Born in Turku, Finland as Maija Johanna Paunio. Among a long and impressive list of credits in theatre, on radio and in film she is known for her work on Dual (2021), Pientä laittoa (2019), Baby Jane (2019) and Bordertown (2016-19). CV | maijapaunio

Head shot of Edward Peel Edward Peel
An English television and stage actor described as a "veteran star of TV dramas" and "a familiar face on television for the past 40 years". His television roles include Pieterzoon in Shogun (1980) and police officers in ongoing episodes of both Juliet Bravo (1983–1985) and Cracker (1993–1995). He played two different roles in Emmerdale Farm (Tom Merrick: 1981-1982, Tony Cairns: 1997-1998) and played Kane, the main villain in the Doctor Who serial Dragonfire (1987). From 2000 to 2001, Edward appeared regularly in the prime-time ITV drama series London's Burning as John Coleman. He has acted in the films O Lucky Man! (1973), Force 10 from Navarone (1978), Britannia Hospital (1982) and Lassiter (1984) and on stage in A midsummer 
night's dreamAnne BoleynTroilus and Cressida and The Winter's tale.

Head shot of Anton Phillips Anton Phillips
A Jamaican-born British actor who graduated from Rose Bruford in 1971 and found success appearing in British television appearing as the first black actor in many TV series, including General HospitalThe SaintThe Bill. He remains best known for his role as Dr. Bob Mathias in the science fiction series Space 1999. His professional life has been dedicated to the promotion of black theatre and to that end Anton started a number of projects that significantly changed the profile of black and Asian theatre in Britain. These included the Carib Theatre Company (formed with Yvonne Brewster in 1980 and whose production of The Amen Corner by James Baldwin was the first black-produced and directed play to transfer to the West End of London),  the Black Theatre Season (started in 1983), and the Black Theatre Forum, initiatives that were responsible for giving opportunities to many black and Asian writers, actors and theatre technicians. He was awarded the 2015 Edric Connor Trailblazer Award at the 10th Screen Nation Film and Television Awards.

Head shot of Donna Preston  Donna Preston 
Donna is a comedy writer performer hailing from Yorkshire and trained at the  Rose Bruford College where she gained her BA (Acting) in 2009. She has recently been seen on the big screen with roles in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018), The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) and Judwaa 2 (2017). Her strong vocal talents have also been demonstrated in musical theatre with roles as Mrs Bumble in Oliver! and as the Lion in The Wizard of Oz at The Grand Opera House York. In Spring 2019 she will appear on BBC3 in the new scripted comedy show Fully Blown.

Head shot of Robert Pugh Robert Pugh
A Welsh film and television actor, graduating from Rose Bruford College in 1976. He appeared as Harold Wilson in the 2005 Channel 4 drama Longford and as Hermann Göring in the 2006 BBC drama-documentary Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial. In 2007, he co-starred in the ITV1 drama The Time of Your Life. He has also had roles in The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995) as Williams the Petroleum, Master and Commander: the far side of the world (2003) as John Allen, Kinky Boots (2005) as Harold Price and Kingdom of Heaven (2005) as Godfrey's elder brother. In 2011 he became Judge Patrick Coburn in Justice and the following year he joined HBO's Game of Thrones in the recurring role of Craster. In 2013 he portrayed Baron Rivers in The White Queen and played Jack Reynolds in Doctor Foster, and in 2016 joined the cast of Mr Selfridge as Lord Wynstay, another Welsh character.

Head shot of Elaine Pyke Elaine Pyke (Fellow)
Elaine Pyke started her career in the industry as an actress on The Bill. She moved on to script editing and producing, then was hired as the Head of Drama at Sky and promoted to Director of Sky Atlantic in 2011. In 2014, Elaine joined New Pictures as an Executive Producer for Indian Summers (Channel 4) and was the lead Exec on The Innocents for Netflix. She was promoted to Creative Director in May 2020.

Elaine Pyke said, “The future is very bright for New Pictures with an incredibly exciting slate of shows both in development and on the path to production. It has been an extraordinary seven years working with Willow and Charlie and I know that the next seven will be even more so as New Pictures continues to confirm itself as a leading international scripted production company.”
In Conversation with Elaine Pyke | Screen and Film School 

see also 1993 cuttings - Laurence Olivier Award 1992 & May 1993 cuttings file 

 

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