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Acting Grads’ Lockdown TV Takeover

19 June 2020

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While the world’s been paused, our acting grads have played on in leading roles on your TV screens.

Our alumni are starring in some of the biggest names in streaming so far this year:

Brought to you by the creators of The Wire, Anthony Boyle (main image right) plays Alvin Levin, alongside Winona Ryder and John Turturro, in HBO’s World War Two alternative history drama The Plot Against America. 

While still in his final year at College Anthony was cast as Scorpius Malfoy in the multi-award-winning stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, performing in both London and on Broadway.


Anthony taking a break between shows at London’s Palace Theatre.

He won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as a string of other nominations and awards, for his performance as Draco Malfoy’s son.

The Plot Against America airs on Sky Atlantic this autumn.

2014 acting grad Thalissa Texeira (main image, left) plays Gemma in BBC Two’s boundary-pushing comedy-drama Trigonometry, exploring polyamorous romance. 

Thalissa has gained much critical acclaim for her theatre roles, including performances in Julie at the National Theatre, opposite fellow acting grad Eric Kofi Abrefa, and Vanessa Kirby, and with Billie Piper in Yerma at the Young Vic.

Among her many great reviews, last year Thalissa headed The Guardian’s list of 20 unmissable culture and rising stars of 2020.

Described by the Financial Times as ‘brave and furiously compelling,’ find out how Gemma navigates her new flatshare in Trigonometry on BBC iPlayer. 

Thalissa and Eric Kofi Abrefa with grad & Stage Manager Laura Draper behind the set of National Theatre’s Julie. 

Netflix’s latest blockbuster mystery thriller White Lines, stars grad Tom Rhys Harries as the dead Ibiza-famous DJ Axel Collins, who we find out wasn’t the nicest of guys…

Recently seen with Hugh Grant and Matthew McConaughey in Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen, Tom was named as one of the 2012 Stars of Tomorrow by Screen International the year he graduated.

He told inews that he always returns to his College training when playing complex roles:

“One of the first things I was taught by my acting teachers was that you can’t judge a character that you’re playing,” he said 

“If you, as an individual, are criticising the character you’re playing, then you can’t align yourself with that person at all.”

Joining Tom in the cast is grad Jonny Green as Axel’s friend David.

You’ll see more of Jonny later this year in Channel 4’s Boys, written and directed by RWCMD Fellow Russell T Davies and starring acting student Callum Scott Howells, who graduates this summer.

Until then, White Lines is available on Netflix right now. Watch the trailer:

Meanwhile, launching last week, Lola Petticrew stars as the eponymous Amber who embarks on a pretend straight relationship with her gay friend, Normal People‘s Fionn O’Shea. Amazon Prime’s coming-of-age film Dating Amber also stars Sharon Horgan. 

Praising Lola, director David Freyne told Bustle how it’s a film that’s very close to his heart:

“It’s my love letter to my home and for all those kids who needed to escape to be themselves. And at its heart are two extraordinary young stars, Fionn O’Shea and Lola Petticrew.”

Check out the trailer here.

Talking of Normal People, graduate Aoife Hinds, appears in this smash summer hit, getting up close and personal with that now iconic neck chain, as Connell’s university girlfriend Helen.

You can watch it on BBC iPlayer now or, if you’re outside the UK, you can catch it on Hulu.

And of course, many more of our acting students and grads can also be seen online, sharing monologues, play-readings and zoom theatre productions. Follow #RWCMDCreative for more info.

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Photos: Kiran Ridley

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