Rose Bruford alumni: F-K


Rob Falconer 
Rob trained as an actor musician at Rose Bruford College before entering the West End as ‘Bull Bill’ and Magic Consultant in Cool Hand Luke. He has been with The Mischief (the company behind The play that goes wrong, Winner of a 2015 Olivier Award for Best Comedy), for just over a year, recently becoming Musical Director for the company. Other roles include; ‘Sam Byck’ in Assassins; ‘Micky’ in Playboy of the Western World and ‘Benico’ in Benico TV.

Ray Fearon 
After studying drama at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, Fearon went on to make his reputation as a stage actor and he has worked extensively in theatre. especially with the Royal Shakespeare Company in their Stratford and London theatres and on tour. He starred in Othello — opposite Gillian Kearney's Desdemona — in Liverpool at the age of 24, becoming the first black actor to play Othello on RSC main stages for over 40 years. He is also known for playing garage mechanic Nathan Harding on ITV's long-running soap opera Coronation Street. 
 
Cheryl Fergison
After training at Rose Bruford College Fergison started playing the role of Heather Trott in the long-running BBC soap opera EastEnders in June 2007. She has also had roles in a string of other well-known TV series.

Elizabeth Freestone
In 2009 Greenwich Theatre returned to in-house producing after a period of 10  years, with the start of its collaboration with Stage on Screen. The  first four productions were Doctor Faustus, The School for Scandal, The Duchess of Malfi and Volpone. Directing the productions was Elizabeth Freestone, an RB Graduate, whose previous credits include Romeo and Juliet for  the Globe Theatre, as well as many plays for the National Theatre and  the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). In 2012 Elizabeth joined Pentabus as Artistic Director. Report on Women in Theatre.

Sharon Frese Sharon Frese

A BA (Hons) Theatre Studies graduate from Rose Bruford college Sharon is a British Afro-Caribbean Theatre Practitioner. Her passion for theatre was indulged for 7 years at The English Theatre Frankfurt, stage managing and performing in productions such as Equus, What the Butler Saw, Romeo & Juliet, Betrayal and Fat Men in Skirts. She then went on to make her Singaporean stage debut at The Necessary Stage.

Harriet Gilbert
An English writer, academic and broadcaster, particularly of arts and book programmes on the BBC World Service and, since 2011, of A good read on BBC Radio 4. From 1983–1988 she was literary editor of The New Statesman and, before that, of City Limits (1981–83). She has also contributed to Time Out, The Guardian, and The Washington Post and is the author of six novels.

Elaine Glover
Trained at Rose Bruford College as an Actor Musician Elaine's was an original cast member in the musical production of Bad Girls. She has taken leading roles at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Royal Exchange and Theatre Clywd. She played PC Lucy Slater in BBC1's police drama, HolbyBlue then in April 2009 joined the cast of Hollyoaks as Abi Raven before appearing in Emmerdale as police officer Laura Prior. She has also sung solo at the O2 and the Royal Albert Hall.

Beth Goddard
Attended Rose Bruford College 1986-1989 and then starred as Suze Littlewood in the comedy Gimme Gimme Gimme. She appeared alongside her husband in the third series of BBC One drama Ashes to Ashes, and as Mrs Glanville in two episodes of the series Crooked House (2008).

Kerry Godliman  
An English comedienne and actress who trained at Rose Bruford College and is best known for portraying Hannah in the Channel 4 television series Derek.

 Macarena Gomez
Macarena Gómez Traseira is a Spanish actress, trained at Rose Bruford College, and known for her role of Lola in the current television series La que se avecina, aired on Telecinco. She is also known for her portrayal of mermaid-like priestess Uxía Cambarro in the 2001 horror movie Dagon and for her starring role in the 2008 comedy-horror film Sexykiller.

Stephen Graham
An English actor who is best known for his roles as Tommy in the film Snatch (2000), Shang in Gangs of New York (2002), Andrew "Combo" Gascoigne in This Is England as well as its television sequels, This Is England '86 and This Is England '88, Danny Ferguson in Occupation (2009), Billy Bremner in The Damned United (2009), notorious bank robber Baby Face Nelson in Public Enemies (2009), and Scrum in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. He appeared in the TV mini-series Band of Brothers (2001) and stars with Peter Ferdinando in Hyena (2014). From 2010 to 2014 he starred as Al Capone in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

  Jessica Gunning 
Graduating from Rose Bruford College in 2007, Jessica is an actress, known for Pride (2014), Law & Order: UK (2009) and Ghost in the Machine (2012). She also plays Mary Sotheby in The scandalous Lady W (2015).

Thyge Haarberg
Graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2012 with a BA degree in Performance Sound. Thyge was Sound Designer at the Made from Scratch Theatre company before going on to become a technician and then Product Development Engineer at d3 Technologies (2013+).

Doris Harper-Wills (May 1993)
Performance poet, writer, dancer, dramatic, choreographer, Doris Harper was born British Guiana. After schooling in Guyana she attended Rose Bruford School of Speech and Drama (Sidcup, Kent),  Avery Hill College of Education (Bexley) and Laban Art of Movement Studios where she studied English, Drama and Educational Dance. She is focused on teaching the history and culture of the Caribbean Diaspora through her art forms, and has won several awards for her performance poetry as well as the International Women's Year Award, New York, for her contribution to civic life in Brooklyn and The Bronx, and the Top Teller Award for story-telling from Yukon Community Arts Council, Canada. From 1976 to 1991, Doris worked in the Education Centre of the Commonwealth Institute, where she organised festivals and focus weeks. She also became Artistic Director of London Entertains, an annual festival of many cultures, which took place at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, and Covent Garden. She has also composed and choreographed for St. James Church, Piccadilly and the Lambeth Conference, Canterbury.

 Chris Harris
An English actor, director and writer who studied drama at Rose Bruford College before going into rep. He appeared in several UK TV series including Into the Labyrinth and Hey Look That's Me. He attended  Jacques Lecoq's L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, Ladislav Fialka's Pantomime Company in Prague, and was for a short time at the Moscow State Circus School.He went on to build a successful career in pantomime, acting as a pantomime dame. He was also a director and writer at the Bristol Old Vic and the Theatre Royal, Bath.

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Dave Hearn is a comic actor and improviser working mainly in theatre. After roles in Grease and Peter Pan Goes Wrong (at the Pleasance Theatre, London), Dave took the part of Cecil Haversham in The Play That Goes Wrong which won the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy after touring nationally before settling at The Duchess Theatre. Dave has also appeared in two short-films Funny Tricks and Checkmate.   

  Malcolm Hebden
Aged 28, he attended the Rose Bruford Drama School before beginning a career in theatre. Known for his role as Norris Cole in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street  he won the 'Best Onscreen Partnership' award at the British Soap Awards in May 2006. Additionally he won the 'Funniest Character' title for two consecutive years at the 2001 and 2002 Inside Soap Awards. 

 Stephen Henderson
An American actor, Stephen spent several summer sessions at Rose Bruford College in London. He is primarily known for his stage work and is especially recognized as a veteran performer of August Wilson's ouvre.

Image result for greg hicks actor  Greg Hicks

Greg completed theatrical training at Rose Bruford College and has been a member of The Royal Shakespeare Company since 1976. He was nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in the category "Best Actor of 2003" for his performance in Coriolanus at the Old Vic and was awarded the 2003 Critic's Circle Theatre Awards (Drama) for Best Shakespearian Performance in the same role.

 Maddy Hill 
Graduated from Rose Bruford College with a BA Acting in 2011 and is known for her role as Nancy Carter on the long-running BBC soap opera Eastenders. She is one of 6 Eastenders actors to have won the Best Newcomer Award at the British Soap Awards.

 Lori Hopkins

Lori graduated from Rose Bruford in 2009 and has gone on to work professionally as a puppeteer for Little Angel Theatre, Polka Theatre, Bamboozle and more. Her first solo marionette performance entitled "The explorer" showcased at the Rose Bruford College Symposium in April 2016.

 Tom Hopper  

Studied acting at Rose Bruford College, graduating with an honours degree in 2006. Since graduating, he gained roles in which he was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature and Initiation (Max Q Film) in 2007. He has played Sir Percival in the BBC series Merlin, Asbjörn in Northmen: a Viking saga and is playing Billy Bones in the Neil Marshall drama series Black sails.

 Nerys Hughes 
A Welsh actress, known primarily for her television roles, including her part in the BBC TV series The Liver Birds (1969-1978) and Whatever Happened to the Liver Birds? (1996) She later played the eponymous lead in The District Nurse, a series which was written for her, and won the Variety Club Television Actress of the Year Award. 

  Steve Huison   
Steve has played character roles in such TV series as Casualty, Where the Heart Is, Dinnerladies, Heartbeat, The Royle Family and Scott & Bailey. He is perhaps best known for his role as "Lomper" in the massively successful UK box-office and critical hit The Full Monty (1997). He is also a co-founder of the Shoestring Theatre Company.

Ola Ince Ola Ince
A British theatre director who graduated from Rose Bruford College with a First Class Honours BA in Theatre Directing in 2010. Since graduating Ola has worked at a number of prestigious Theatres such as the Lyric Hammersmith, National Theatre, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Young Vic, Bush Theatre, Finborough Theatre and Bolton Octagon. In 2011 Ola was the Finborough Theatre’s Resident Assistant Director and Senior Reader, as well as a Rose Bruford Directing Bursary recipient. In 2012 she was the Borris Karloff Bursary recipient, which allowed her to train under Sacha Wares. In 2015 Ola became a BBC Performing Arts Fellow and Resident Associate Director at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. She is currently winner of the Genesis Future Director Award and Artistic Associate at Lyric Hammersmith & Theatre Royal Stratford East.

 Anthony Thomas Jackson

Studied at Rose Bruford College and won the BBC Radio Drama Award at the age of 21. Later he joined the BBC Repertory and played at the Mermaid Theatre and the Nottingham Playhouse. He also appeared in the sitcoms Bless This House, All Our Saturdays, Mind Your Language, Citizen Smith, Dynasty, The Detectives, Lovejoy, Softly, Softly, Barlow at Large and Only Fools and Horses. In his final years, he appeared in The Bill, Casualty, Footballers' Wives, Walker Texas Ranger and Doctors. He reached his widest audiences as founder of the eponymous ghost hiring agency in the long-running BBC children's comedy series Rentaghost.

 Poppy Jhakra
Poppy graduated from Rose Bruford College with a First Class degree in American Theatre Arts in 2005, spending a year on American conventions and techniques in Texas. She landed the part of the rebellious teenager Minnie Chandra in Coronation Street, whom she played for eighteen months and then in July 2010 was cast as English teacher, Eleanor Chaudry in Waterloo Road.

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In 2005 Eyrún Ósk Jónsdóttir graduated with a BA (Hons) in European Theatre Arts from Rose Bruford College (UK) 2005. Two years later (2007) she finished her Masters in Theatre and Media for Development from Winchester University (UK). Eyrún has worked as a writer, performer, director and drama teacher. She has written various plays that have been performed both in Iceland and the UK and she has published four novels, an illustrated children's book  and three books of poems. For her last book of poems she was winner in 2016 of Iceland's prestigious national poetry prize, Bókmenntaverðlaun Tómasar Guðmundsonar  (see more here). She was a member of the theatre group Dan Kai Teatro from 2004 and from 2006-2008 ran the theatre space Jadarleikhusid in Hafnarfjordur. Since 2007 Eyrun has worked with film maker Helgi Sverrisson, and together they wrote and directed L7 Hrafnar, soleyjar og myrra.

Freddie Jones
An English character actor currently playing Sandy Thomas in Emmerdale. He was trained at the prestigious Rose Bruford College and became famous for his award-winning role as Claudius in the 1968 British television series The Caesars. He has also appeared in David Lynch's films The Elephant Man (1980), Dune (1984), and Wild at Heart (1990).
The Diana Potten Interview with Freddie Jones in the Charlbury Chronicle, pg.11.

 Diane-Louise Jordan
After attending Rose Bruford College Diane-Louise become the first black presenter of Blue Peter which she left in 1996, after six years, to present Songs of Praise, becoming the third longest-serving woman in the show's history.

Darren Joyce
Graduated from Rose Bruford (1997) with a degree in scenic arts and is now Head of Construction at the National Theatre, London. He has previously worked at the Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and Cardiff Theatrical Services.

 Lena Kaur

She studied acting at Rose Bruford College, graduating in 2007. After successfully being cast as Leila Roy, she joined the cast of Hollyoaks in summer 2008 and stayed until January 2010. In 2011 she appeared as Dr. Alicia Patel in Torchwood's fourth series. [Spotlight]

 Gillian Kearney
An English actress best known for playing Jessica Harrison in the long-running BBC television medical drama series Casualty, her early role as Debbie McGrath in Channel 4's Liverpool-based soap opera Brookside as well as Emma Barton in the ITV Yorkshire-based soap opera Emmerdale. She also starred opposite Danny Dyer in the British romantic-comedy film The other half (2006). 

 Barbara Kellerman
Kellerman's film credits include Satan's Slave, The Monster Club and The Sea Wolves while her television appearances include Space: 1999, The Glittering PrizesThe Professionals, The Mad Death, Quatermass and The Chronicles of Narnia. She is notable for her appearances in the BBC adaptations of three of the Narnia books.


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