Rose Bruford alumni: A-B


Haruka Abe
An Anglo-Japanese actress based in London, and trained at Rose Bruford College. She has had parts in Doctors and Casualty and as Miko in the BBC Three dark-comedy drama Ideal by Graham Duff. She gained world wide recognition when she starred in the music video of the Grammy winning Rather Be by Clean Bandit.

  Juliet Ace
Juliet attended Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in 1958/1959. She graduated to pursue both a teaching and acting career. Juliet was an educational specialist, working with children who had special needs and then with local community drama groups. She began writing plays in 1976 and has written for stage, screen and television. She has contributed many original scripts and dramatisations to BBC Radio Drama in many genres and styles and over a long career, including The Archers.

 David Ajao

David Ajao graduated from the 3-year acting course at Rose Bruford. He has appeared as Rufaro in Otieno at the Southwark Playhouse, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet touring for Box Clever Theatre Company, Lefty in Tap Baby Tap at the Oval House Theatre and the prestigious 24 Hour Plays at the Old Vic. Film credits include Jermaine in the horror Cockneys Vs Zombies and D-rail in the upcoming urban thriller Tooting Broadway.

 Kate Ashfield
A British actress, trained at Rose Bruford College, best known for her award-winning roles as Jody in the Anglo-German film Late Night Shopping, as Sadie MacGregor in the British film This Little Life (2003) and as Liz in Shaun of the Dead (2004). One of Ashfield's first stage appearances was in the 1995 Royal Court Theatre production of Blasted by Sarah Kane and in 1996 controversially appeared topless in Mark Ravenhill's Shopping and Fucking. She has since performed in numerous plays associated with the In-yer-face theatre movement, and has had roles in Secret smile (TV, 2005) and Talk to me (TV series, 2007).

  Ian Attard
An actor, known for Park Close (2009), I Against I (2012) and Youth (2015).

Michelle Austin
Studied acting at Rose Bruford College and is best known for her role as PC Yvonne Hemmingway on ITV's The Bill. She has also had roles in Mike Leigh's films Secrets & Lies (1996) and Another Year (2010).


  Cara Baker
Graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2012 after studying Stage Management, and won the Dingemans bursary at the National Theatre. She has worked in a number of theatres in a stage manager's role since graduating.

Tom Baker
Doctor Who, Little Britain
"It was through taking part in the medical corps’ amateur dramatics at Christmas that Tom discovered a tiny talent to make people laugh, and after demob a librarian helped him apply to drama schools. The first one he visited, Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in Sidcup, impressed him by its idyllic country house atmosphere, so he looked no further. He embarked on the college’s traditional courses of breathing, movement and group exercises, but they didn’t suit his individual talent so eventually he dropped out. However, two encounters at Rose Bruford had fundamental effects on the rest of his life. The first was meeting Laurie Taylor (later a Professor of Sociology at York and a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4), and the second was meeting and marrying a fellow student." (From the Tom Baker official website). The Library has Tom Baker at 80 in its CD collection and Who on earth is Tom Baker? amongst its book-stock.

Greg Baldock
Graduated in Acting from Rose Bruford in 2010 and took the lead role in Georges Feydeau's classic french farce A flea in her ear at the Old Vic, directed by Richard Eyre. He has appeared in the National Rome Theatre Festival's Jekyll and Hyde and has toured England, Ireland and Wales with Treasure Island and William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

 Yasmin Bannerman
Attended Rose Bruford College until 1993. She has had roles in television series such as Hollyoaks, Cold Feet, Merseybeat and Doctor Who, and in the films Maybe Baby and Killing Me Softly.

Matthew Baynton
He graduated with a first from Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and later trained in clowning at École Philippe Gaulier in Paris. He is best known as the co-creator, writer and star of sitcoms The Wrong Mans and Yonderland, as well as a member of the starring troupe of children's sketch comedy Horrible Histories. Other major recurring TV roles include Deano in Gavin & Stacey. He is currently starring in You, me and the Apocalypse on Sky 1 (2015).

Lake Bell
An American actress, writer and director, she attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, before transferring to Rose Bruford College in London. She has starred in the television series Boston Legal (2004–06), Surface (2005–06), How to Make It in America (2010–11) and Childrens Hospital (2008–present) and in the films Over Her Dead Body (2008), What Happens in Vegas (2008), It's Complicated (2009), No Strings Attached (2011) and Million Dollar Arm (2014). She wrote and directed the short film Worst Enemy, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, followed by her 2013 feature film directing debut In a World..., in which she also starred.

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Won Best Newcomer for his role as 'Cheeky Chappy' Dexter Hartman in BBC EastEnders at the National Television Awards, 2014.

Olivia Birchenough
Appointed fifth presenter for Channel 5's Milkshake pre-school block, August 2012.

Denis Bond
Now a writer of children's books and children's TV Bond was trained in drama at Rose Bruford College and acted on stage and TV. After a period of working as a teacher, he was commissioned to write 26 episodes for the children's ITV series Pipkins. He also wrote for the series Rainbow, Let's Pretend and The Munch Bunch.

Katie Brayben 
Carole King in Beautiful, Winner of 2015 Olivier Awards for Best Actress in a Musical.

Yvonne Brewster
A Jamaican-born stage director, teacher and writer who studied drama at Rose Bruford College in the mid-1950s where she was the UK's first black woman drama student. She founded (jointly with Trevor Rhone, another RB alumni) the theatre company The Barn in Jamaica (1965) and Talawa in the UK (1985). In 2004, Brewster published her memoirs, entitled The Undertaker’s Daughter: The Colourful Life of a Theatre Director. She also talks about her time at Rose Bruford College (which was not wholly enjoyable) in Building Britannia: life experience with Britain". Both books are in stock in the Library.

 Susan Brown
After training at Rose Bruford College Susan has appeared in numerous theatre productions. She also played Septa Mordane in the first series of Game of Thrones.

Emma Bull
A British artistic director, show director and creative consultant. She studied at Rose Bruford College and gained a BA Hons Degree in Lighting Design. She also undertook wig-making, costume and props roles in theatre and touring. She has worked in film (Trimming the Fat, Flashbacks of a Fool starring Daniel Craig, and Ruby Blue starring Bob Hoskins), TV, theatre (including Sadler's Wells and the Royal Opera House), music videos and concert touring. She worked as Baker's assistant, in his position as Kylie Minogue's Creative Director, on photo-shoots, video shoots and tours and during 2006/7 she was stylist and Head of Wardrobe for Minogue as well as Costume and Wig Supervisor on her Homecoming tour, directed by Baker. She has also worked alongside Baker creating tours for Il Divo and Westlife and assisted him in styling the Britney Spears' Circus tour. Emma has directed numerous TV performances and tours for artists signed to Simon Cowell's record label, Syco, including Leona Lewis, One Direction & Labrinth as well as many non Sony artists including Ellie Goulding.

Leo Butler
A British playwright who attended Rose Bruford College and whose plays have been staged, among others, by the Royal Court Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. His 2001 play Redundant won the George Devine Award. Between 2005 and 2014 he was Playwriting Tutor for the Royal Court Young Writers Programme.

 Andrew Burt
An English actor (now retired), who appeared in many British TV drama series from the 1970s to the present day. He is perhaps best known as the original Jack Sugden in Emmerdale Farm, a role he played from 1972 to 1974 (with a brief return in 1976). He trained at Rose Bruford College of Drama and has considerable repertory experience. 

Judy Buxton
She graduated from Rose Bruford College and was then a regular in the television series General Hospital playing nurse Katy Shaw and a small part in The Sweeney. She joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1979, where she played principal roles until 1982.

Patsy Byrne
An English actress, best known for her role as "Nursie" in Blackadder II as well as Malcolm's domineering mother in the ITV comedy series Watching. She studied drama at Rose Bruford College before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company playing parts such as Maria in Twelfth Night and Gruscha in The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Aldwych Theatre in the early 1960s. In the 1980s she also worked at Chichester Festival Theatre.

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