Teddies and the Creative Industries
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:
- Emilia Clarke is best known for playing Daenerys Targaryan in HBO’s Game of Thrones. She has starred on Broadway as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and her film successes include the leading role in Me Before You. Her latest venture, Last Christmas, is a festive film about a hapless shop elf written by Emma Thompson and her husband Greg Wise.
- Florence Pugh gained recognition for her performance in Lady Macbeth in 2016, winning the BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film. In 2019 she starred in comedy-drama Fighting with my Family, horror film Midsommar and as Amy in Greta Gerwig’s film adaptation of Little Women. She is due to star alongside Scarlett Johansson in Marvel’s Black Widow.
- Sebastian de Souza secured his first major role in the cult Channel 4 series, Skins, whilst still at school. In 2012, he joined the cast of The Borgias and 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 Kids in Love, in which he co-stars alongside Cara Delevingne and Will Poulter. In 2018 he played Edmund in the film Ophelia.
- Pippa Bennett-Warner trained at RADA after St Edward’s. She launched her career at the age of 11 in the musical version of The Lion King. Since then she has starred as Cordelia alongside Derek Jacobi’s King Lear, appeared at the Lyceum, National and Donmar theatres, and featured in a raft of television programmes and films, including Dr Who, Gangs of London, and Harlots.
- Sebastian Croft played the young Ned Stark in Season Six of Game of Thrones. His role as Prince Arthur in Trevor Nunn’s 2016 production of King John at the Rose Theatre won him critical acclaim. Most recently he played the lead character, Atti, in Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans, a role for which he was nominated for a BAFTA.
- The North Wall’s professional facilities inspire pupils to pursue careers in technical theatre. James Adkins, Maximilian Narula, Dom Baker and Miles Fisher are all working in roles at high profile venues such as the Barbican and the Royal Opera House.
- Glass Animals is a four-piece indie electronic band whose members are all OSE. They released their first album, Zaba, in 2014 and the single ‘Gooey’ was certified Platinum in the United States. Their second album, How to be a Human Being, was released in 2016 and won the 2018 MPG Award for UK Album of the Year and Self Producing Artist of the Year. The band has played at venues and festivals around the world including Radio City Music Hall, Coachella and Glastonbury.
- Architect James Binning, with his practice Assemble, won the Turner Prize in 2015, for their work on the Granby Four Streets in Liverpool. Assemble was the first architecture or design studio to win this award. Since then Assemble has received numerous commissions including the design of a new permanent exhibition and gallery for the Wellcome Collection. Assemble also provides affordable workspaces in London for designers, fabricators and artists. They design and manage these facilities to enable and support collaboration across disciplines.
- Designer Tom Pellereau persuaded Lord Sugar to invest in his product, Stylfile, on The Apprentice a few years ago — it is now a huge commercial success.
- 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 has been the producer on films such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, In Bruges, Millions and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. His latest film, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Bill Nighy is due to be released in 2020.
- George Fenton is one of the UK’s most successful composers. He has written scores for over 100 films and countless TV series including the BBC’s Earth Trilogy: The Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet.
- Jewellery Designer Sam Hunter, worked for Theo Fennell before starting a Goldsmith’s Company apprenticeship in London’s Hatton Garden. He was admitted into the Guild of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths by Service in 2017 and has since won multiple awards for his colourful and intricate creations.
- George Lloyd-Jones lives and works in the Boonrig Studio, a travelling art gallery and has been named as an ‘emerging artist to watch’ by the Artists and Illustrators Magazine. In 2020 he will have a solo show at Gallerie Dessers in Belgium.
- James Wood is an 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.