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Head shot of Lucinda Raikes Lucinda Raikes
An English actress, most noted for playing Karen Ball in the sitcom Green Wing and Angela Heaney in The Thick of It and its spin off film In the Loop. She has also appeared in Sensitive SkinExtrasCasanova and 15 Storeys High. She played Christian Assange, the mother of Julian, the Wikileaks founder, in the film The fifth estate (2013).

Head shot of Paulette Randall Paulette Randall (Fellow) 
A British theatre director of Jamaican descent, graduating from Rose Bruford College in 1982 when she and two fellow students – Bernardine Evaristo and Patricia Hilaire – set up their own company, called Theatre of Black Women in response to the lack of roles for black actors at the time. She was chair of the board of Clean Break Theatre Company in 2006–07, and is former artistic director of the Talawa Theatre Company (founded by Yvonne Brewster, another RB alumni). She was the associate director for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. She was appointed an MBE in 2015 for services to drama, and in 2016 was given a lifetime achievement award for her work as a director and playwright in film and TV at the inaugural WOW Creative Industries Awards, presented by the Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre.More recently she has directed Death in Paradise (2019) and Richard Pryor on fire for the National Theatre (2020).

Head shot of Lauryn Redding Lauryn Redding
Graduating from the Actor-Musician course in 2009 Lauryn appeared in A comedy of errors at Shakespeare’s Globe in September 2010 playing a range of parts and several instruments. In 2017 she was part of the Watermill Shakespeare ensemble, was in Oh what a lovely war at Oldham Coliseum (2017), played Rita in Educating Rita (2018) and Emily in The hired man at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch (2019). She has also had roles  in Eastenders, Emmerdale, and Osama Bin Hiding (2019).

Head shot of Angharad Rees Angharad Rees (Lady MacAlpine)
A Welsh actress, best known for her British television roles during the 1970s and in particular her leading role as Demelza in the 1970s BBC TV costume drama Poldark. Notable early roles included the daughter of Winston Churchill (played by Richard Burton) in The Gathering Storm (1974), Lucy in Dennis Potter's television play Joe's Ark (also 1974), and as Celia in As You Like It opposite Helen Mirren (1978). She also appeared in many stage productions in London's West End, and in the star-studded Under Milk Wood (1972) with Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole and Elizabeth Taylor. Following the death of her son Linford in 1999 she turned her back on acting and concentrated on her passion for jewellery design. Angharad sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2012.

Head shot of Sheila Reid Sheila Reid (Fellow)
A Scottish actress known for playing Madge Harvey in the ITV sitcom Benidorm (2007–2016). An original member of the Royal National Theatre in 1963, she played Bianca in the National's 1965 film version of Othello, with Laurence Olivier in the title role. Her other film appearances include Brazil (1985), The Winter Guest (1997) and Containment (2015). See her Wikipedia entry for a very long list of theatre, TV and film credits. 
Her formal acting training was at Rose Bruford College, where she felt that she had “come home,” although she was encouraged by family to have a teaching diploma “just in case”.
Pathways to Shakespeare: Sheila Reid
In 2016 Sheila was invested as a Fellow of Rose Bruford College: Acceptance speech

Head shot of Helge Reistad  Helge Reistad
Helge Reistad studied first as a photographer and teacher (1964), then followed drama studies at Rose Bruford Training College (1966), Central School of Speech and Drama and Royal Academy of Music, London. He is a theatre director and drama/mime teacher and helped organise drama-in-education in the 1960's, directed one of Norway's leading theatre companies, "Musidra" in the 1970's and introduced drama into the curriculum at the University Colleges. He has organised and directed research projects in theatre for small children. He has written and/or edited 10 books about theatre, dance and drama-in-education. He was Associate Professor in drama at Oslo University College until 2004. He is now a freelance photographer, writer, editor, and publisher and has completed work on 12 new books since 2006.

Head shot of Trevor Rhone Trevor Rhone
A Jamaican writer, playwright and film maker who co-wrote, with director Perry Henzell, the internationally successful film The Harder They Come (1972). After a three-year stint at Rose Bruford College  where he studied in the early 1960s on scholarship, he was part of the renaissance of Jamaican theatre in the early 1970s. Rhone participated in a group called Theatre '77, which established The Barn, a small theatre in Kingston, Jamaica, to stage local performances. In addition to The Harder They Come (1972), his prolific work includes Smile Orange (1974) based on his play of the same name, Top Rankin′, Milk and Honey (1988), Genie Award winner and One Love (2003) a Cannes Film Festival favourite. Trevor sadly died from a massive heart attack in 2009. Guardian Obituary

Head shot of Samantha Louise Robinson Samantha Louise Robinson
Upon leaving Rose Bruford in 2002 Samantha went into work at Chichester Festival Theatre on Songs of the Western Man. She played Miranda in the Royal Exchange Theatres' production of The Tempest, alongside Pete Postlethwaite. She has extensive theatre credits, and in 2017 was touring with the stage revival of Rita, Sue and Bob Too by Andrea Dunbar. The play was the subject of some controversy as its three-week run at the Royal Court Theatre in January 2018 was initially cancelled by Vicky Featherstone in the wake of the #metoo campaign, but reinstated, receiving excellent reviews from the mainstream media. She has appeared on television including as Anna in Shameless (C4); June Mahy in Island at War (Granada), and Lucy in Final Demand (BBC), plus the soap operas Holby City, Doctors and Casualty. Her film credits include Sixty Six (working title) and Jamaica Me Crazy (VBM Productions LTD).

Head shot of David Rodigan, with glasses David Rodigan, in duck-egg blue hat David Rodigan MBE (Fellow)  
Radio DJ and disc-jockey known for his selections of reggae and dancehall music. In 1979 he was offered a permanent slot at Capital Radio to present Roots Rockers, which ran for 11 years. In 1984 he joined BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) where he broadcast his weekly reggae show for 25 years until 2009. In 2006, Rodigan was added to the Radio Academy hall of fame. He was awarded an MBE in 2012 for his services to music, in 2017 was invested as a Fellow of Rose Bruford College, and in August 2020 was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government for his promotion of Jamaican music.
Acceptance speech: David Rodigan MBE admitted as Fellow 
Boiler Room #67 London set (c.60mins) Boiler Room #67 
Together / Rain Together / Rain

Cover for Ali Baba by Alexa Romanes Alexa Romanes
Alexa graduated from Rose Bruford College in 1967 and starred as Mariette in Just Perfick (based on the Larkin family) on BBC Radio 4,1969-71. With Lustleigh composer William Carnell she produced a cantata based on the weird and wonderful legends of Dartmoor. Alexa is a folklore enthusiast and a member of Cogs and Wheels Ladies’ Morris. she has also written three children's books, two of which form a short pony series, and the play Dark River.

Head shot of Ben Rose Ben Rose in Line of Duty Ben Rose
Ben graduated from Rose Bruford in 2017 and has since appeared in The innocents (2018), There was a green light (2020) and in Line of duty (2021).

Head shot of Jane Rossington Jane Rossington 
A British actress, best known for her role as Jill Richardson in the soap opera Crossroads. As Jill she spoke the first words of the first episode on 2 November 1964, "Crossroads Motel, good evening" and was in the show for 24 years. As well as being the only actor to remain in the show for its entire series, she also spoke the final words of the final episode in 1988. She was the subject of This Is Your Life in October 1987, the last one before the death of its presenter Eamonn Andrews.

Head shot of Claire Rushbrook Claire Rushbrook
An English film, television and stage actress. Rushbrook's theatre credits include West End productions of Three Sisters as Olga and Festen as Helene. Other stage roles include Mary Warren in The Crucible (Sheffield Crucible theatre), Sonia in Uncle Vanya (Almeida Theatre) and Mum in Market Boy (National theatre). Her films include Mike Leigh's Secrets & Lies (1996) and Carine Adler's Under the Skin (1997) with Samantha Morton. On television, she has starred in The Sins (2000), Linda Green (2001-2002), the sitcom Carrie And Barry (2004-2005), Whitechapel (2009-2013) and My Mad Fat Diary (2013-2014), for which she received a 2014 BAFTA TV Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 2020 she appeared in both Enola Holmes and Ammonite. She is most recently to be seen in Don't forget the driver the 2019 TV mini-series (which also stars Jo Eaton-Kent).

Head shot of Joel Saemundsson Jóel Sæmundsson
After graduating from Rose Bruford in 2009 Joel went on to become an actor and director known for Pity the Lovers (2019), Goodbye (2020) and If You Can't Handle Me at My Worst (2020). He also had a large role in the 2020 movie Love on Iceland and again in 2020 he was nominated for Supporting Actor of the Year in the Icelandic Film and TV awards (EDDAN). In 2018 "the inimitable and hysterical" Joel headlined the one man show Defending the Caveman  in Las Vegas. Defending the Caveman ; Panorama Agency

Head shot of Sally Sagoe Sally Sagoe
Sally Sagoe graduated from Rose Bruford in 1972 and is known for EastEnders (1985), Gems (1985) and The Tomorrow People (1992). In EastEnders, she played Hannah Carpenter, the religious and stern wife of the Trinidadian carpenter Tony (played by Oscar James). She remained in the role until 1987. She has also worked as a Cunard Entertainment Director Youtube

Head shot of Jade Samuels Jade Samuels       
Graduated from Rose Bruford College with a degree in Acting in 2013. She has appeared on BBC Doctors, performed in comedy musical ‘The good enough mums club’, won 2013 Manchester Monologue Slam and works regularly with local theatre, Birmingham Rep. Jade is the executive producer of Monologue Slam Birmingham which takes place at The Birmingham REP and is a member of Jumprov, the UK’s first ethnically diverse improvisational theatre company.
Feature in The Stage, 10th April, 2019

Head shot of Zita Sattar Zita Sattar
An English-Pakistani television, theatre and film actress, she was one of the founder members of Birmingham's Central Junior Television Workshop and then attended Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance. Best known for playing Anna Paul in Casualty from 2001 to 2003 she has also had roles in may other TV dramas. She played the role of Meenah Khan in the original cast of East is East and appeared as new character Neelam Haqq in the film sequel West Is West (2010).

Head shot of Nadim Sawalha Nadim Joakim Sawalha (نديم صوالحة‎) 
A Jordanian-British actor who moved to Britain in the 1950s to study drama and graduated from Rose Bruford in 1956. He has made over 100 appearances in film and television, in a career spanning more than 40 years. He is also father to Nadia (known for her role as Annie Palmer in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders, 1997-99 and for winning the 2007 series of Celebrity MasterChef, since when she has continued to make appearances on cookery shows as a presenter and as a chef) and Julia Sawalha (known mainly for her role as Saffron Monsoon in the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous and voicing Ginger in Chicken Run).
The Arab talks to Nadim Sawalha

Head shot of Nick Sayce Nick Sayce
An actor, voiceover artist, musician and accent coach who graduated from Rose Bruford in 2005 with a BA in Actor Musicianship. Amongst other credits Nick has appeared in The Buddy Holly storyThe Eva Cassidy story, and Sunny afternoon. He has later gone on to be a freelance graphic designer and CEO of Nick Sayce designs, 2017+.
see also press cutting's file: Carleton Hobbs award, 2005.

Head shot of David Schaal David Schaal
An American-born British actor, director, screenwriter, and comedian. He is best known for his roles as Taffy in the British sitcom The Office and Terry Cartwright in The Inbetweeners. As well as numerous TV roles and appearance in a number of films David wrote the short films Poppy's Present (directed by Chris Jury) and Half Time (directed by Duncan Roe). He also co-wrote the play Reality Chokes and appeared in it as Rob, and directed a production of the play at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010. Other writing credits include the plays ShameNo Hiding PlaceThe Legacy of Colonel Ash, and Baby Blue.

Head shot of Trefor Selway Trefor Selway
Graduating from Rose Bruford in 1971 Trefor was one of the first to portray Hamlet in Welsh. He was a regular on radio and S4C, and appeared in S4C series Y Palmant Aur and Hafod Haidd and the films A mind to kill and Wild justice. He became a teacher and later a headteacher, but combined that with work in radio and on stage before pursuing a full-time career in acting in his 50s. For example, in 2008 he appeared in The Crucible (Y Pair) in a Welsh translation by Gareth Miles for The Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru – Welsh National Touring Company. He died in 2018 after a battle with lymphoma. Obituary 

Head shot of Michael Shaeffer Michael Shaeffer
An actor with minor roles in Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Anna Karenina (2012) and Trance (2013). He has also appeared in London Road and Silent Witness and as Longcross in the BBC political-thriller television series Bodyguard (2018), Sergeant Yelland in the BBC mystery thriller The ABC murders (2018) and Stephen Kemp in the BBC fact-based drama The Salisbury Poisonings (2020).

Head shot of Cathy Shipton Cathy Shipton
She trained at Rose Bruford College from 1977 to 1980 and is known for her role as Lisa "Duffy" Duffin in Casualty (1986–1993, 1998–2003, 2006, 2015). In June 2016, it was announced that Shipton would guest appear in the show's thousandth episode, before returning to the show as a regular cast member in August. The character was killed off on 1 February 2020.

Head shot of Peter Silverleaf Peter Silverleaf
Trained at the Rose Bruford College, Peter has acted across the fields of TV, radio and stage (The National, The Tricycle, The Haymarket and Leeds Playhouse), his voice has graced comedy sketch shows and dramas on Radios 2 and 4 and he has been the voiceover on many notable BBC productions (e.g. AuschwitzTime WatchThe Great War). He is also known for Casualty (1986), I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013), and Game of Thrones (2011).
see also Gamblers (theatre programme, 1992).

Head shot of Harmage Singh Kalirai Harmage Singh Kalirai
Harmage Singh Kalirai is an actor and director, known for Mischief Night (2006), A Very British Coup (1988) and Spooks (2002). He has appeared in soap operas including Emmerdale and The Bill, and most notably directed the film Chicken Tikka Masala (2005).
see also The Illusion (theatre programme).

Head shot of Salka Sol Salka Sol
One of Rose Bruford College's Icelandic exchange students. Salka has gone on to feature in the Icelandic mystery drama Trapped and has made a name for herself as a singer, rapper, radio presenter and television presenter, as well as as an actress and musician.
Söngvakeppnin 2015 - Kynning - Salka Sól Bloopers

Head shot of Judi Spiers, with cat Judi Spiers
A British radio and television presenter, Judi graduated from Rose Bruford in 1974 and began  her broadcasting career at Westward Television in 1977, then the ITV station for south-west England. She also had her own daytime chat show Judi!, which ran for six editions. Eventually, Judi moved to national television, as a presenter on BBC One's daily magazine programme Pebble Mill 1991-1994, hosted a Saturday show on BBC Radio 2 1994-1998, and presented the morning show on BBC Radio Devon from 2005 until 2015.

Head shot of Hayley Squires Hayley Squires (Fellow) 
An English actress and playwright, graduated from Rose Bruford in 2010 and known for her work in the Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Best British film at the 2017 BAFTAs and audience winner at the San Sebatian International Film Festival. Squires has also appeared in Call the Midwife (2012), Southcliffe (2013), Complicit (2013), Blood Cells (2014), A Royal Night Out (2015) and Murder (2016). She played the main role of Laurie Stone in Collateral (2018) and the main role of Jolene Dollar (opposite RB alumna Kerry Godliman) in Adult material (2020) for which she won an International Emmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in 2021.  She also wrote the play Vera Vera Vera, which was produced by the Royal Court Theatre in 2012.
Hayley was made a fellow of Rose Bruford College in September 2017: Acceptance speech

Head shot of Pam St Clement (as Pat Butcher) Pam St Clement in Fellows gown Pam St. Clement (Fellow)
She worked in the teaching profession until her desire to act prompted her to attend Rose Bruford College, and she eventually took up acting professionally. After numerous roles on stage and screen during the 1970s and early 1980s she was cast as Pat Butcher in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders, a role she played from 1986 until 2012, becoming one of the programme's longest-serving cast members. She makes mention of Rose Bruford College briefly in her autobiography, The end of an earring and was awarded an honorary fellowship of the College in the Graduation ceremony in September 2015.

Head shot of Patricia St Hilaire Patricia St Hilaire
Patricia St. Hilaire is a playwright, director, poet and academic. After graduating from Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, Patricia founded the Theatre of Black Women with fellow students Bernadine Evaristo, and Paulette Randall, and was with this company from 1979-88. She then wrote and directed opera for young people as part of the Lilian Baylis Programme at the English National Opera. Between 1994-1999 she worked part time as a tutor for Women into Arts Management, at Birkbeck College, later moving into HR management and has been Regional Manager for Asda since 2015.
Female playwrights | Bernardine Evaristo | Paulette Randall | Patricia St Hilaire | 1982 - YouTube

Head shot of Nick Stafford Nick Stafford (Fellow) 
An RBC graduate (1985) and Fellow of the college, he is best known for writing the stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novel War Horse, which garnered him a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play in 2008, and the Tony Award for Best Play in 2011. At the 2011 Tony Awards War Horse picked up 5 awards - for Best Direction, Best Set Design, Best Lighting, a special award for the puppets and Best Play. The resident director on the London production of War Horse was Rose Bruford Directing BA Graduate Kathryn Ind (2006); and the Lighting Designer was Paule Constable, another Fellow of the College. The New York cast includes the actor Richard Crawford, a Rose Bruford alumnus who has been living in New York for a number of years. Nick has also had several plays produced on BBC Radio 4 and his first novel, Armistice, was published in 2009.

Head shot of Anthony Stamboulieh Anthony Stamboulieh
Born in Alexandria of Greek parents. Arrived in England on 1958 and undertook the three year course at Rose Bruford, graduating in 1962. He taught drama for a few years, but since 1966 he was appearing regularly on television in The SaintThe ChampionsCallanOrlando, and Vendetta. He had a role in Space 1999 (the series in which fellow RB alumni Prentis Hancock and Anton Phillips also appeared). He was on stage in The exception and the rule (1968), and in Plaza suite (1969). In film he is known for The Doctors (1969), The Lotus Eaters (1972), and MacGyver (1985). 
see Programme for Plaza suite.

Head shot of Vikki Stone Vikki Stone
A composer, comedian, actress and musician.  From 1999-2001 she was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre, performing in various productions. Later training was as an actor/musician at Rose Bruford College (leaving c.2003) and then a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music. In August 2011 she performed her Edinburgh debut show Big Neon Letters, and received highly favourable reviews. She has also appeared as a comedian on numerous  TV programmes, and narrated the second series of Impractical Jokers UK for BBC Three in 2014. She appeared in BBC2's The Hilary Devey Story, performing as Hilary and plays the character Miss Dotty in the CBBC show Titch & Ted. She has composed several musical works including The Thing That Matters (2016) commissioned by the National Youth Choirs Of Great Britain which received its world premier at the Royal Albert Hall and the orchestral work The Concerto for Comedian and Orchestra (2017), which was premiered at the Glastonbury festival in June 2017. She has also written the musicals The Zoological society and Southbound.

Head shot of Jeremy Stroughair Jeremy Stroughair 
Jeremy trained at Rose Bruford Drama College, graduating from the Theatre Arts course in 1993. His first professional job was at Nottingham's Roundabout Theatre Company playing the Wolf in Hood in the wood an adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood. More recently for Roundabout he was the bully in Roger Watkins' Bully for you and the Cheshire Cat in Alice. In 1995 Jeremy toured Europe with London Production Company in A slight ache. Jeremy works as a Tutor / Director for the City Council on Arts Plus Adult Education Service. He also works with Nottinghamshire Drug Education Team as a workshop leader and has devised a workshop with his colleague Gary Lagden using animal characters in Shakespeare texts. In May 1999 Jeremy directed an open air community production of Macbeth In conjunction with Nottingham Playhouse. He has many previous pantomime credits at Nottingham Playhouse and for Pocket Panto.

Extract from class photo of 1953 Ronald Swains (Fellow)
Ronald was among the first intake and the first group of Rose Bruford’s graduates in 1953. He followed a passion for recorded music by entering the record industry. He sold discs and became a buyer for a number of retailers. In 1963, he became ‘EMI Sales Person of the Year’. Alongside a successful career in the record business, Ronald pursued theatre eventually teaching at Bucks College (now Buckinghamshire New University).  He served as Head of English and became a member of the Board of Governors. In addition, he was a tutor-counsellor for the Open University for 25 years.

Head shot of Kimberley Sykes Kimberley Sykes
Graduated with a BA Hons in Theatre Directing from Rose Bruford College in 2010 and trained on the National Theatre Studio Directors Course in 2013. Her directing experience includes In the Solitude of Cotton Fields at Tristan Bates, Mark and the Marked with Box Clever, How I Skinned My Sister with Tamasha, Pieces with The Story Project, SATB at Soho Theatre. As Associate Director her experience includes City of Angels at Donmar Warehouse and East is East at Trafalgar Studios. Assistant Director experience includes The Amen Corner at the NT with Rufus Norris, Much Ado About Nothing at the RSC, Broken Glass on the West End and The Dybbuk with Pascal Theatre Company in New York.


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