Rose Bruford alumni: L-M

 Sophie Langham

An English actress most famous for playing one half of Walford's first lesbian couple, in the popular BBC soap opera, EastEnders. Her character, Binnie Roberts, made her first appearance in 1994 and left in 1995. During her time on the show Langham's character and her on-screen girlfriend Della Alexander (Michelle Joseph) made headlines in the British press when EastEnders screened its first lesbian kiss. EastEnders added to the controversy by making Della and Binnie a mixed-race couple. Coincidentally, Sophie Langham and Michelle Joseph both attended Rose Bruford College within a year of each other. Since leaving EastEnders Langham has appeared in episodes of Jonathan Creek (1998); The Bill (1997; 2001); Holby City (2003) and Doctors (2004).

 Francis Lee
After training at Rose Bruford College he worked extensively as an actor in theatre, television and film including Topsy-Turvy, Me Without You, The Young Americans, Clapham Junction and Dinnerladies. He wrote his first short film "Bantam" in 2009 ."The Farmer’s Wife", his 2012 directorial debut, featured Geraldine James & premiered at Palm Springs International Film Festival, later  winning several awards including best film and best screenplay. His second film Bradford-Halifax- London was in 2013, and his first feature film, God’s Own Country, received it’s World premiere as the only UK film in the World Dramatic Competition at Sundance 2017.

Image result for wyllie longmore Wyllie Longmore
Born in Jamaica and resident in the UK since 1961, Wyllie trained at Rose Bruford College as a mature student.Upon graduating, the reality of life as a black actor hit him: unless a part was specifically written for a black man, no one would hire him so Longmore turned instead to lecturing at Rose Bruford. He stayed for five years and then took a lecturing position at Manchester University in the early ’70s and he’s been based in the North ever since. Until 1981 he taught in the Drama Department of Manchester University and since then he has been with Leeds Theatre in Education Company. He won Best Actor at the Manchester Evening News awards for his performance in Athol Fugard's My Children! My Africa!, directed by Ian Forrest at the Octagon Theatre in 1995. He also directed the regional premiere of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun at the Contact Theatre, Manchester.

Alex Lovell
Graduated from Rose Bruford College and has gone on to become a TV presenter. She became successful when she presented Playhouse Disney with Dave Benson Phillips on the Disney Channel and is known for presenting the live lunchtime quiz show Brain Teaser on Five and then  BBC Points West which she joined in July 2005.

Image  Henry Luxemburg 
Henry Luxemburg studied at Rose Bruford College in Sidcup, Kent and graduated in 2001 with a BA (Hons) in Acting. He is an actor, known for Hollyoaks where he appeared as Toby Mills, 2001-2003. He received nominations for The British Soap Award for Best Exit, The British Soap Award for Villain of the Year, He also appeared in Hotel Babylon and Doctors and appeared as Giles Ralston in the 60th anniversary celebrations of  Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap.  [see also Press cuttings file]

Lee Portrait.jpeg Lee Lyford
Graduated from Rose Bruford in 1993 and now works as Associate Director of The Egg- Theatre Royal Bath and as a freelance theatre director. Productions directed for the Theatre Royal Bath include The Nutcracker and the epic production of Ben Hur, featuring a cast of 180. Lee also directs The Egg Theatre’s Christmas productions which have included Around the World in 80 Days and The French Detective and the Blue Dog. Away from Bath Lee has directed plays for Hull Truck, Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factory, Unicorn and the Watermill Theatre.

  Michelle Magorian
An English author of children's books best known for her first novel, Goodnight Mister Tom, which won the 1982 Guardian Prize for British children's book, and was subsequently made into a film starring John Thaw. After three years of study at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama she spent two years at Marcel Marceau's L'école Internationale de Mime in Paris. However, n her mid-twenties she became interested in children's books, and decided to write one herself. The result was Goodnight Mister Tom. She has written further novels, two collections of poetry, a collection of short stories, and two picture books.

 Kevork Malikyan

An Anglo-Armenian actor and teacher who played Kazim in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Max in Mind Your Language. Discovered acting in a religious seminary in Üsküdar, a British priest found Kevorak a scholarship in Britain where he moved in 1963, and graduated from Rose Bruford College.

Richard Mangan 
A world renowned stage manager and actor, who trained at Rose Bruford College from 1961 to 1964. He has worked in regional theatre, the West End, the National Theatre and abroad as a stage hand, electrician, actor, administrator and director. He has been lucky enough to work with some of the great names in British theatre – Olivier, Richardson, Gambon, Jacobi, Peggy Ashcroft and Maggie Smith. He has also worked in major drama schools, training actors and stage mangers. For twenty years he was director of The Mander & Mitchenson Collection, one of the country’s greatest archives. In 2004, he edited John Gielgud’s letters for publication and is currently preparing Noël Coward’s papers.

Stefan Marling Stefan Marling
Stefan Marling is an educator, director and actor educated at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London. Between 1993 and 2001 he worked as an actor in the UK, including at the Royal Court Theatre, the New Victoria Theatre, the Soho Theatre, the Battersea Arts Centre, the If Performance Collective, the Lightning Ensemble, the Revolve Theatre Company and many other TV and film productions. Since 2001 Stefan has been active in Sweden as an actor at Uppsala City Theatre, Malmö City Theatre, and at the Roman Theatre in Gotland as well as in several films and television productions. He has also directed several performances at the Drama Book in Stockholm.

 Brian McCardie
Trained at Rose Bruford College between 1984 and 1987.  It was McCardie's portrayal of Alasdair McGregor in the film Rob Roy (1995) that brought him to public attention. He has since appeared in Jon Baird's Filth, based on the Irvine Welsh novel of the same name, playing Dougie Gillman, and as Jacob Engstrand in Richard Eyre's production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre. He has also played James Connolly, a leader of the 1916 Irish Rising, for RTÉ.

Tom McCormack
Won the Stage Management Association's Stage Management student of the year award (2012). Tom has worked as Sir Ian McKellen's production assistant on the television film of The Dresser directed by Richard Eyre and Disney's live action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

Orlaine McDonald : Pastoral Care & Learning Support Manager Orlaine McDonald
Orlaine McDonald was born in the Midlands and graduated with a BA in Theatre from Rose Bruford College where she won the Lilian Baylis Award for most promising student in 1993.
She has spent a number of years running theatre projects for children and young people and a production of Tuna Girl for the Half Moon Young People's Theatre toured nationally to venues and schools in 2000. Her poem 'Hero' won the Writers Forum magazine poetry competition. (Black Players Archive).

 Rory MacGregor
Graduating from Rose Bruford College in 1999, Rory is an actor, known for Love Actually (2003), Gladiatress (2004) and Thunderpants (2002) and for the part of Colin Wells in the BBC television series Spooks, a part he performed from 2002-2006.

 Aislin McGuckin
A Northern Irish actress best known for her role as Dr. Liz Merrick in Heartbeat and for playing Letitia MacKenzie, wife of Clan Chieftain Colum MacKenzie in Outlander 

 Tony McHale
Actor, writer and director. Started off as stooge to Jeremy Beadle in Beadle's About (1987), then served a long time as writer/director on the BBC1 soap opera Eastenders during the 1990s. He co-created BBC medical drama Holby City and served as its executive producer and show-runner from 2007 to 2010. As well as writing episodes for Holby City he has served as a core writer on Silent Witness

  Clive Merrison
A Welsh actor of film, television, stage and radio who trained at Rose Bruford College. He was a member of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre Company in the 1970s and the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-on-Avon. Among his film roles he played the traditionalist headmaster in Alan Bennett's The History Boys (2006). From 5 November 1989 to 5 July 1998 he played the lead role of Sherlock Holmes on radio, with Michael Williams as Dr. Watson. Later, with Andrew Sachs as Watson, Merrison continued to play Holmes in the Bert Coules-scripted pastiche series The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the first series of which was broadcast in 2002, the second in 2004, the third in 2008-9 and the fourth in 2010. He is the only actor to have played Holmes in adaptations of every single Conan Doyle short story and novel about the character. 

 Jordi Mestre Molina
Best known as Jordi Mestre, he is a Spanish actor and model who became famous for his work as a reporter on the successful Spanish TV show Sé lo que hicisteis.. He studied a Master's Degree at Rose Bruford College c.1981.

 Adrian Mills
Graduated from Rose Bruford College in 1977 and in 1982 he appeared as Aris in the Doctor Who series. He appeared on That's Life! with Esther Rantzen for seven years until its demise in 1994. Since then he has presented talk show Central Weekend Live. He has appeared on numerous TV programmes such as Minder, Brookside, Play for Today, Bad Penny, Waiting for God, Fairly secret army and recently took the lead in the film The man who cries for others due to be released in late 2015.

Joseph Millson
An English actor and singer, who trained at Rose Bruford College, and afterwards worked for both the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He played Carter in Casino Royale (2006) and has played Raoul in Love Never Dies, the sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. He has had parts in Peak practice, Eastenders, and Holby City and has gone on to appear in The dead two: India (2013), I Give It A Year (2013) and Banished (2015).

 Gareth Milton 
A Welsh actor who graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2006 with a first-class BA(Hons) in Acting. He has had several regular roles on the Welsh television channel S4C such as in the Welsh gangster drama Y Pris; in Caerdydd (series 4 and 5); Alys; and in Pen Talar. He became known to the wider non-Welsh speaking public after playing the co-starring role of Dr. Simon Strettle in BBC Wales' Crash. In late 2014 and early 2015, he appeared on Pobol y Cwm as support nurse Harri Wyn.

 Shazia Mirza
An award-winning British comedian and writer for radio and television. She has a long list of live tours to her credit and is also a columnist for The New Statesman, The Guardian and www.dawn.com. Review of her Edinburgh Fringe show, 2015: Telegraph

Palesa Mokoena (ATA 2010) featured in the BBC Radio Drama competition: African performance of Mandida’s Shoes by Mike Mware (2010).

 Tom Mothersdale 
Graduated in acting from Rose Bruford College in 2009 and went on to play the lead roles of both Antipholus brothers in Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors at The Globe in 2010. He has featured in many stage productions as well as on TV in Peaky Blinders and in films such as Endeavour and The rain collector

Alex Mugnaioni
Graduated 2011 in actor Musicianship and appeared in the Shakespeare Globe cast of Much Ado About Nothing which toured in the summer of 2015.


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