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 will shortly be appearing in the new Star Wars spin-off Solo: A Star Wars Story for Lucasfilm.
  • Flossie Pugh’s career continues to go from strength to strength. Following a world premiere in Toronto, her recent film, Lady Macbeth, was awarded top prize by the International Federation of Film Critics at the prestigious San Sebastian Film Festival in 2016. Her performance has earned her a nomination for the BAFTA EE Rising Star Award. Flossie’s upcoming film, The Commuter, an action thriller starring Liam Neeson, came out in January 2018. This year has also seen her taking leading parts in films Fighting with my Family and The Outlaw King. She is also set to play Cordelia in a BBC TV film version of King Lear this autumn that will also feature acting stalwarts Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Emily Watson, Jim Broadbent and Christopher Eccleston. 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. In 2017, Seb played a leading role in Maigret in Montmartre opposite Nicola Sloane, and is due to feature in the new series of hit drama Medici: Masters of Florence.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 a raft of television programmes and films, including Dr WhoDeath in Paradise, and Harlots.
  • 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
  • Actress, model and presenter, Vimbai Mutinhiri, began her career at the age of 15, acting in the short film Who’s In Charge, going on to play a lead role in what was Zimbabwe’s first soap opera, Studio 263. More recently, she appeared in Big Brother Africa in 2011 and was also the co-host of the Africa Magic Viewers Awards.
  • Former pupil Bash Croft joined Emilia on the set of Game of Thrones in Season Six, appeared in Trevor Nunn’s 2016 production of King John at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, and currently has a number of other projects underway.
  • 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 has been the Producer on films such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Riot Club, In BrugesMillions and Welcome to Sarajevo. His most recent project, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, won the 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Drama, two BAFTAs and an OSCAR nomination.
  • 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