Fuelled by outstanding art, design, drama, music and dance departments, and the sheer creative energy of The North Wall, St Edward’s pupils enjoy exceptional success in the creative industries. Here are just a few examples and comments:

  • Emilia Clarke, pictured, stars as Daenerys Targaryan in the internationally acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones, for which she has been nominated for numerous awards including 3 Primetime Emmys. She has starred on the New York Broadway stage as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and her film successes include the leading role in the recent international hit Me Before You; she is about to begin her new feature starring in the untitled Hans Solo Star Wars Anthology for Lucasfilm.
  • Flossie Pugh’s career continues to go from strength to strength. Following a world premiere in Toronto, her latest film, Lady Macbeth, was awarded top prize by the International Federation of Film Critics at the prestigious San Sebastian Film Festival in 2016. Flossie’s latest film, The Commuter, an action thriller starring Liam Neeson, is due to air in October 2017. Flossie left St Edward’s in 2014 having secured her first role (in Carol Morley’s film, The Falling) whilst still at School. In an article from April 2017, she was described by Tatler as being the next Kate Winslet, a rising star with Hollywood fame beckoning.captureflossie
  • Seb de Souza also secured his first major role whilst still at school – in the cult Channel 4 series, Skins. In 2012, he joined the cast of The Borgias; the following year, he appeared in Julian Gilbey’s thriller, Plastic, filmed on location in Miami and London. Seb made his debut as a screenplay writer with the Ealing Studios production, Kids in Love, in which he co-stars alongside Cara Delavingne and Will Poulter; it premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2016.captureseb
  • Pippa Bennett-Warner trained at RADA after St Edward’s. She launched her career by beating 3,000 people to be cast in the musical version of The Lion King, with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. Since then she has starred as Cordelia alongside Derek Jacobi’s King Lear, appeared at the Lyceum, National and Donmar theatres — and featured in Dr Who.
  • The North Wall’s professional facilities inspire pupils to pursue careers in technical theatre. James Adkins, Max Narula, Dom Baker and Miles Fisher are all working in various roles at high profile venues including the Royal Opera House. Max graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2014 having won the top leavers’ prize.
  • The indie rock band, Glass Animals, whose members are all OSE, are huge in America and Australia, and gaining in popularity in the UK. Their first album, Zaba, achieved 200 million downloads and they appeared at all the main UK festivals in 2016: Glastonbury, Reading/Leeds and Wilderness, to name just a few. Their second album, How to be a Human Being, was released in August 2016.glass-animals-0420
  • Current Fourth Former Bash Croft has joined Emilia on the set of Game of Thrones and recently appeared in Trevor Nunn’s production of King John at the Rose Theatre, Kingston.
  • Architect James Binning, with his practice Assemble, won the Turner Prize in 2015.
  • Designer Tom Pellereau persuaded Lord Sugar to invest in his product, Stylefile, on The Apprentice a few years ago — it is now a huge commercial success. Tom is now working on a bowel cancer screening device and an acoustic diffuser for musicians.
  • Naji Abu Nowar won the Orizzonti Award for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival in 2014 for his film Theeb. The same film was nominated for both a BAFTA and an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category in 2016.
  • Graham Broadbent directed films such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Riot Club, Millions and Welcome to Sarajevo.
  • George Fenton (now a Governor of the School), one of the UK’s most successful composers, has written scores for over 100 films and countless TV series including the BBC’s Earth Trology: The Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet. His most recent film score was for Nicholas Hytner and Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van.
  • Recent OSE and jewellery designer Sam Hunter regularly wins awards at the ‘Oscars of the industry’, the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council awards.
  • George Lloyd-Jones lives and works in a travelling art gallery, and was shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize in 2016. He was named as one of just ten artists to watch in 2017 by Artists and Illustrators magazine.
  • James Wood is a multi award-winning scriptwriter. He co-created and wrote the series Rev for the BBC, and adapted Evelyn Waugh’s novel, Decline and Fall, which aired on the BBC in April 2017.
  • ‘Teddies has colour, flavour and much that is exciting.’ Prep Head
  • ‘The Art Department feels like a proper art school — the facilities and the creativity are amazing. And they have the North Wall Gallery and links with a gallery in Oxford for wonderful exhibitions.’ Current parent
  • ‘Teddies always leads the way in art and drama’ Tatler
  • ‘There are creative people at Teddies. They’re interesting people and they do interesting things.’ Celia Hodgson, 2016 leaver, who launched Teddies on Camera (with Casper Sunley) and has gone on to a career in the film industry

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