Alicia is a northern actress born in the small fishing town of Grimsby. When with her family, she lives in the seaside town of Cleethorpes, just a 5-minute walk from the beach where she loves to go running and spending time with her cocker spaniel, Dougie. Alicia started performing at 6 years old with local theatre groups where she fell in love with being on the stage. After completing all 8 of her singing grades with Distinction and competing in local festivals, she came to realise that her true passion was acting and, once she felt she’d outgrown Grimsby, decided to set her sights on an acting degree at a top drama school in London. Alicia’s dream is to create and be a part of theatre/film that pushes the boundaries and tells the stories of those who don’t have their own voice. Though she loves the hustle and bustle of London, Alicia’s heart belongs to the North and so she plans to move up to Manchester after training.
Amy is an actress from Cornwall, and is usually found either on the beach, talking about the beach, or… acting. She grew up on a farm, where she spent most of her days reading, which probably planted the seed for her love of storytelling. After numerous primary school plays, most notably where her sister played the title role of Oliver and she played Aunt Rose (heart-breaking) she decided to see if she could take it any further than a village hall – which felt like the Palladium at the time- and auditioned for a play at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, where she went on to perform in 3 productions. At Italia Conti, she’s gravitated towards plays that entertain, spark real conversations and most importantly of all, do not include female characters whose sole purpose is to lay tables. She is a skilled netball player, with a certificate in Stage Combat and experience in sailing, surfing, and horse riding. One of Amy’s dream roles is her namesake, Amy March in Little Women, who she’d argue to the grave is a more interesting role than Jo.
Anna is a small but feisty actor from Birmingham. She nurtured her passion for performance in her teen years with The Birmingham Rep’s Young REP and Nottingham’s TV Workshop. Anna left her secondary school to study Acting full time in 2015 at the BRIT Trust’s Birmingham Ormiston Academy of Performing Arts (BOA). From there she traded her beloved city for an even bigger one when she moved to London for Drama School in 2018. Anna is a skilled dancer and gymnast who enjoys singing and spoken word poetry, her work centres largely around feminism and the female experience. When she’s not performing, you can find her upcycling clothes on her sewing machine (or sitting outside with a glass of wine and a good book.)
Bailey was born in the Wirral and raised in Suffolk. Despite acting since he was a kid, he planned to pursue Physics and Mathematics as a career. This lasted until he realised, he would rather have a job he cared about. He’s a keen hiker, bass player and beer drinker. He loves listening to music, and can rarely be found without his earphones in. He trained at Italia Conti and has a certificate in unarmed stage combat. Currently, he lives in London but looks forward to exploring more picturesque places once he’s able.
In the future, he hopes to be involved in new, innovative, creative projects; whether this is a project from an up-and-coming writer or a fresh take on a classical piece. He’s also a keen voice actor and hopes to explore a wide variety of works in that area. He’s currently working on plans to create his own short films and plays, which he’s very excited about.
Benjamin is an actor and singer from the beautiful city of York. He’s a bit of a home bird, so you’ll often find him complaining about moody Londoners (no offence). He loves history, politics and is a tad obsessed with nostalgia, with two of his favourite pastimes being listening to 80s synth-pop or watching 2000s American drama.
Benjamin’s love for performing came at an early age. The singing came first, but as the years went by, he discovered the joys of acting and of immersing himself in the words of some of the greats, such as Alan Bennett and David Hare.
As well as being a confident singer, Benjamin is a strong mover and has also developed good basic piano skills over the years, and often accompanies himself as he sings. He’s also an experienced swimmer and is trained in Stage Combat.
Benjamin’s long-term wish is to one day have enough money to buy a little cottage by the sea in Anglesey, North Wales and spend countless hours walking along the coast with a little dog called Bertie.
Beca comes from Llanrug, a small town in North Wales. She’ll take any opportunity to let you know that she’s a proud Welsh speaker.
After being a part of the National Youth Theatre, she realised that acting came much easier to her than schoolwork and that her obsession with telly might actually come to good use. With the support of her fantastic family (including the dog) she decided to follow acting.
Aside from theatre, film and a lot of TV, she enjoys running, charity shops, podcasts, nights out and peanut butter. During her training, Beca particularly enjoyed animal studies and improvisation. When she’s back home in Wales she enjoys walking the mountains and cooking with her dad.
Elizabeth was brought up in a small village in Leicestershire in a house neighboured by her grandmother on one side and her godmother on the other. Her family have always been very interested in the arts (especially music and literature) and so Elizabeth was given her first violin when she was 2. She has a breadth of experience in playing not only the violin, but also ukulele, piano and bass guitar as well as in choral singing and song writing/composing. Whilst she enjoyed all this immensely, she realised that it was acting that really interested her. As a child she had always loved getting lost in her own little imaginative worlds (no doubt the by-product of being an introverted, people-watching, only child!) The importance of theatre and television has been reinforced for Elizabeth in this pandemic and she has spent many a restful hour over lockdown re-watching some of her favourite comfort shows such as Friday Night Dinner and The Office.
Elliot is originally from Essex (but without the accent). With a Scottish mother and an Italian father he is well-travelled and feels mostly at home seeing new sights and exploring unknown terrain.
Naturally inquisitive and excitable, Elliot loves nothing more than traversing walls and climbing trees. Unable to contain his energy over the years has led him to acquire some interesting and active skills. Adept at parkour and rock climbing with some acrobatics thrown in, a keen skateboarder, enjoys football, basketball, cycling and being generally on the move. His drive and motivation means that no matter how tall the tree or how difficult the route, nothing will stand in his way of reaching his goals. Having experienced a relatively sheltered childhood, being a young adult, in the big city, means everything is new and exciting resulting in a propensity to question everything, including our very existence…
In the future, Elliot, unsurprisingly, hopes to make his mark on the action movie scene and looks forward to keeping the audience gripped to their seats…whilst doing all of his own stunts, obviously!
Freddie is a young, passionate actor who grew up in Norfolk always wanting to be in front of the camera or on stage. He trained in rugby, judo, boxing and is always running, swimming and cycling when he can, making him an all-round sportsman. After visiting New York, and then moving to London to study at Italia Conti, he fell in love with the city’s vibrant and fast paced lifestyle. He wants to succeed and continues to build his life to reach his goals and is incredibly driven to be known in the industry as someone you wouldn’t want to miss out on. He wants to build worlds through acting, writing and directing, while inspiring others, learning new things and enjoying himself. He loves to ride motorbikes and drive cars when he gets the chance and is always looking to climb to a new level, while having fun. Work hard, play hard.
While most kids were doing cool stuff like learning to ride bikes and making friends in the park, you could probably find Harry dressed as Frodo Baggins, fighting Orcs in the woods …and you probably still can. As a life-long geek, his obsession with films – especially of the fantasy, sci-fi and adventure genres – didn’t seem to outgrow him and the pursuit of an acting career seemed like the most exciting way to keep himself immersed in the universe of fiction.
Hailing from Suffolk and the youngest of five siblings, Harry’s best friends are his family, who wonderfully support everything he does (a relief since he’s mastered impressions of every single one of them).
Harry hopes one day to find himself on Peter Jackson’s radar or working with Taika Waititi, but until then, he will either be busy trying to make people laugh with impromptu stand-up routines in the dressing room, or even sometimes in the middle of Sainsbury’s, or watching any episode of Dr. Who.
Kate is a London-born city girl who thrives in the bright lights of a big city. After studying acting for over 10 years, she is fully committed to the hard graft of a working artist. Kate has experience on set and has been involved in projects such as ‘Britannia’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’. Inspired by Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Olivia Colman, Kate dreams of being on the silver screen. Her dream role is a post apocalyptic heroine or a competitor in the Hunger Games, anything that involves high stakes and fighting for survival. She is a thrill seeking adrenaline junkie, an advanced skier and has a passion for fashion that can’t be ignored. When she isn’t binge watching Fargo or crying with laughter over The Ricky Gervais Show, she’s exploring her creative side through sculpting and photography.
Keanu is an Antiguan born actor who grew up in London. When younger he participated in The Shakespeare Schools Festival performing at the likes of The Unicorn Theatre, The Kenneth More Theatre and The Queens Theatre. After moving to Birmingham and enriching his passion for the arts, he came back to London to pursue drama school training at Italia Conti. Raised by a single mum of 4, Keanu has witnessed struggle first hand and made it his mission to attain skills and abilities to become successful. With gospel in his youth, he has developed a strong and vibrant singing sound often in practice for joy and pleasure. When the sun is out, you’ll find him rollerblading around parks or admiring the flora and fauna beauty within. However if indoors it could be anything from piano keys to pencil drawings. Elites such as Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis bubble his passion and strengthen his will. One day he hopes to inspire others the way these icons have inspired him.
Kyle is a born and raised south Kent Actor from Folkstone. He saw acting as means of elevating himself from his struggling environment and humble beginnings. Born into the world to a single mother with no house to call their own, Kyle has learned to find beauty within the struggle. Diagnosed with ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome at a young age only fed his ambitions to become more than this world believed he could be. Shortly after finishing college, he played the lead in a street theatre performance in his hometown with German theatre company Pan.Optikum, which he then went on a European Tour with. In-between touring, he also landed the role of Raz in Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s film ‘Farming’.
Kyle has a passion for poetry, rap and spoken word and has a talent for dance, song-writing and modelling.
Now training at Italia Conti and living in London, Kyle is excited to delve into the creative whirlpools that the London creative scene has to odder, collaborate with incredible artists and embrace any opportunities on the horizon.
Liubov is a Surrey born actor currently living in the hustle and bustle of the big city. After watching Meryl Streep’s Mamma Mia performance of The Winner Takes It All at the age of 11, Liubov decided she had to follow in the same footsteps and thus the dream of becoming an actor was born. During her time at Italia Conti, Liubov has discovered a special love for both comedy and writing her own work. She also loves any chance to get down & dirty and play honest, gritty roles. When she’s not obsessing over a new song or series (‘Feel Good’ is her latest fixation!), you’ll find Liubov doing yoga, meditating, baking, buying an excessive amount of art prints on Etsy, walking around London listening to a banging playlist, reading a feminist book or two and talking about dyeing her hair (but never actually doing it). She is inspired by women such as Rupi Kaur, Chidera Eggerue, Florence Given, Victoria Wood, Michaela Coel, Olivia Colman, Jessica Chastain and Rosumund Pike, and she hopes to be able to play strong women throughout her career.
Mahesh is a British Asian actor from Loughborough in the East Midlands. He was once a shy kid, until his parents introduced him to the world of theatre, which was unfortunate for them, since he hasn’t shut up since. An avid fan of anything Asian he loves samosas, chess, Bollywood, Riz Ahmed, but most importantly he loves representing his culture. Seeing a lack of representation for himself in the industry is the fuel to his fire, and he’s determined to bring his ‘Asian persuasion’ into the industry, so his kids can one day watch something else on TV besides East is East and Goodness Gracious Me. He is also highly skilled in dance, stage combat and badminton. On the downside he’s an Arsenal fan, so don’t mention football unless you ask him who has won the FA cup the most times.
Nene is an actress born and bred (mostly) in London. She spent 2 years living in Nigeria, integrating with the culture and learning about all it has to offer. She fell in love with acting when she realised that she preferred to act like a lawyer, a doctor and the girl next door rather than actually be them. You can usually find her just about anywhere (within reason) as she’s the type of person to try virtually anything at least once. She draws inspiration from Viola Davis as the rawness and sheer openness is something she aspires to always have in her career. She has a certificate in stage combat and is a skilled mezzo soprano singer. At Italia Conti, Nene has had the chance to grow and find her voice as an actor, she knows what type of roles she’d like to play, the roles that mean something, the roles that leave you thinking for more than 5 minutes after it.
Nicola is not your conventional classically trained actor. Whilst she obtains all the British qualities you’d expect, her fiery nature and zesty passion are definitely accredited to her Cypriot roots. Regardless of the chaos from her Big Fat Greek Family, Nicola fearlessly quit her Law degree mid second year to pursue acting. Growing up in Cyprus as a competitive dancer, Nicola went on to win several national dance competitions and appeared on national TV. When she is not dancing to Beyonce at a commercial class in Vauxhall, Nicola is scribbling an idea down for her next farce or editing her poetry book she hopes to publish this year. Driven by her fire (or perhaps too much Mediterranean sun) Nicola is excited to graduate this year as diverse actress; striving to continue her acting career with the same fearlessness that ignited it.
Oliver is a Burnley-born actor who has had affinity for the arts since a very young age, performing at Burnley Youth Theatre, Burnley Mechanics, Preston Arts Festival, the Royal Exchange, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival several times. Growing up in the north west, Oliver has been heavily influenced by local live music that shaped his childhood and inspired him creatively. For him, theatre has always been a safe space and an outlet to explore himself, which has developed a passion for Queer Theatre and film. Though Oliver loves the fast-paced city life, in nature is where he feels most at peace. When he is not working onstage or going on long countryside walks, you can usually find him in the kitchen making delicious meals – and a mess! Russell Tovey and Billie Piper are amongst the many actors that inspire him to create truthful, gritty work that ignites a passion for creativity within the audience, hoping that someday he can create work like theirs to inspire others.
Peri (she/her) is a triple-treat, queer, Jewish, actor-musician. Growing up in NW London in a family business, she’s known the meaning of hard work from a young age and puts that same commitment and energy into her acting career. With a keen interest in yoga and dance, she loves to incorporate movement into her everyday life with regular classes (pending a broken leg being fixed soon!)
She is already seriously pursuing her music career with her upcoming, debut EP being released later this year, and is greatly looking forward to taking similarly great steps within her acting career upon graduation. When not acting or making music, Peri can be found on long hikes in the countryside, surfing or on the hunt for the best restaurants by eating lots of delicious food.
Rebecca is a Yorkshire lass who grew up in the very beautiful and idyllic village of Harthill. Thus, started her love for wildlife and the outdoors. In many baby photos, she is pictured with a variety of farm animals, including her pet goose, Gabriel. She is a competent skier, snowboarder, and ice skater. A strong passion of hers is motorbikes and MotoGP, and
she can often be seen hanging off the back of her Dad’s Ducati at the weekend. Rebecca first started karate at five years old, and after many years of training achieved her brown
belt. However, she is determined to get her black belt once she has finished her degree. Rebecca loves adventure and traveling to new places, as she enjoys meeting new people, experiencing different cultures, and eating great food. From the age of three, Rebecca expressed an interest in the stage and acting. She joined numerous drama groups and youth theatres and realised that acting was her true vocation in life. Rebecca takes inspiration from incredible Northern women like Maxine Peake, Katherine Kelly, and Vicky McClure.
Ryan is an actor and writer from Portsmouth. He currently lives in Tooting- having moved to London to get closer to the arts and culture. He first got into acting from the age of 11 where he was cast in his school play. From there he’s done multiple performances for his Youth Theatre; this experience gave him his first step into acting as a career and instilled a passion for theatre as well as giving him the confidence to apply for drama school. During his time at Italia Conti, he also found a passion for writing after writing his own monologues and duologues for various projects. This has generated an interest in all sides of the industry wanting to not just be an actor, but also be part of the creative process behind the scenes; specifically, towards directing and writing his own projects. Ryan also has a great interest in comedy- having done a few improv shows and his own stand-up routine for a variety show, which is something he’s eager to pursue after graduation as well.
Sam Peace was born and raised in Kettering, in the midlands. After his schooling, he decided he wanted more from life than wheat fields and shoe factories and so he decided to travel. Since 18, Sam has worked odd jobs across Europe and the US. Having not come from money, it was important that he found a way to sustain his addiction to airline food and so (being a quick learner) he took up jobs such as Norwegian Christmas Tree selling, Greek emu farm handling and Californian Landscape gardening. Having done whatever he wanted for 2 years and with no money to his name, he thought it was important to find a proper job. So he decided to study acting. He now lives in Brixton and when he’s not on the stage or learning his lines, you’ll find him either behind a camera or building a kitchen table. He might play you some guitar too. Who knows?
Samuel is a Newcastle born actor and dancer. He is passionate about using the creative industry to affect social change. Representation is very important to him, as a gay man from a Jewish family, he doesn’t often see the reality of his life, or that many of others, played out on screen. He’s going to change that. Creating his own work, which at its heart deals with LGBTQ+ and intersectional issues, he is going to be the change he wants to see.
Outside of acting, he is a dancer – particularly skilled in vouging, waacking, afrobeats and other styles of street. Also strong foundations in ballet, ballroom and contemporary. He’s also a qualified personal trainer, yoga instructor, confident all-round sportsman. So, anything physical or active, he’s there.
Seb was born in London and has a large family with Irish and Welsh branches. An early obsession with dressing up as Legolas and Tom Baker’s portrayal of The Doctor and then an appearance as an Elizabethan child actor in ‘The Ballad of Solomon Pavey’ (not too sure about the pantaloons) for the National Youth Music Theatre aged 10, led Seb to decide to train in acting. He relished the chance to take part in plays at Edinburgh Festival, the Rose Theatre Kingston, Leatherhead Playhouse and Cambridge Festival. During his training he has developed strong skills in singing, dance and armed/unarmed stage combat. Seb is passionate about music with a great love of composing scores, DJ’ing and creating mixes. He has a long history of choral and chamber music as a tenor and has achieved Grade 8 in singing. Seb also loves to bring a level of physicality to his parts. A keen sportsman, he played rugby at County level and enjoys fitness training. Actors such as Christopher Walken and Hugh Jackman, who bring a physical transformation to their roles, provide Seb with great inspiration.
Tiernan Mullane is an Irish actor, a Manchester United fan and a seriously good chef according to himself. Growing up, his dad’s work moved him around the globe finding his base in Sweden, Holland and the US for a few years in each place. This consistent moving and shaking forced him to adapt and get quite good at talking to people, and soon after a love for theatre formed. Starting off in Musical Theatre, he soon realized his dancing skills weren’t up to scratch with the rest of his body, and he became immersed in gritty plays. A massive Martin McDonagh fan, as well as anything Jake Gyllenhaal is in, he developed a love for acting that explored a spectrum of human emotion and was unpredictable. He speaks French, is very strong with accents, and a very skilled football and tennis player. Did he mention a good cook? Moving forward he’d love to develop a psychological thriller that showcases the West Coast of Ireland, but for now, he wants to focus on developing a strong resume in his first years out.
Tom Ackland is a 22-year-old actor who was born in Oxford and is now based in Streatham Hill. He came to acting later than his peers at the age of eighteen when he took part in a succession of youth groups that involved a lot of devising. It was here that Tom developed a passion for writing, directing, acting and the great sense of community that can be found in a theatre. After getting a place at Exeter to do History and Politics, he decided that he should try applying for drama school and explore his passion further. Since coming to drama school he has greatly developed his ability on the piano, completing his grade 6 exam last year and awakening a long-lost passion. In the future Tom would like to write plays that explore issues relating to climate change, including biodiversity loss, eco anxiety and Britain’s relationship with its native wildlife and to write plays that discuss modern Britain’s relationship with its imperial past to try and force a narrative that could lead to recognition, reparations and reform.
It’s fantastic. Showcases, shows, summer shows, carol concerts. It’s very full on but I don’t wake up regretting coming here. It is the best thing ever!
“The college provides you with a disciplined, yet family atmosphere that trains you to become the best of the best moving forwards into the performing arts industry.”
“Italia Conti has helped me in terms of my acting development, but also as a person and how I engage and view the world, which aids me as an actor.”
“The building and staff inside welcome you with open arms, guide you through your training and proudly push you, prepped with the best tools for the job.”
“Italia Conti allowed me to do my favorite thing, every day in a safe space amongst talented, supportive people. Being taught by skillful tutors was invaluable. The small classes ensured my voice was always heard and helped me hone my skills.”
“My training at Italia Conti has challenged, fulfilled, and broadened me as an actor and as a person. The buffet of techniques on offer will allow me to meet all challenges in any avenue.”
“The influx of inspiring people flowing through the building creates an atmosphere for greatness and I am honoured to be a part of that.”
“I couldn’t have asked for a more understanding place to spend these crucial moments. The door is always open for us to come back ‘home’ for advice, or even for a cup of tea!”
“Having the most supportive faculty (many of which are working professionals), who are always pushing you to be the best version of yourself has made my transition into the industry a seamless one.”