Webber Douglas Academy of Music and Drama

Students and faculty from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts (London, England) which is now merged with Central School of Drama and Speech in London, England.
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Lesley Staples
Experienced British actress and voice talent. Trained at the Webber Douglas Academy, London. Over 35 years in theatre, TV, radio, and films including "Calendar Girls" with Helen Mirren (2003 - Disney/Buena Vista International). UK and US Credits range from the 'Royal Shakespeare Company' to TV's "Coronation Street"...
Angela Lansbury
British character actress, long in the United States. The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States as the Second World War began. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated for an Academy Award for her first film...
Dulcie Gray
Actress, Howards' Way
Veteran British actress Dulcie Gray's career is often linked with that of her late actor/husband Michael Denison, with whom she appeared frequently on stage, TV and in films. Dulcie was born in Malaya, where her father was a lawyer and sent her to boarding school in England at quite an early age. Originally interested in dance until the lure of the theatre altered her direction...
Michael Denison
Actor, Boyd Q.C.
One of the finest exponents of the art of light comedy acting, Michael Denison enjoyed a highly successful career both on stage and screen. He and his wife, actress Dulcie Gray, appeared in over 100 West End shows and their marriage, which lasted nearly sixty years, was regarded as one of the happiest in British show business...
Scott Adkins
Scott Edward Adkins was born on June 17, 1976 in Sutton Coldfield, England, into a family that for generations were butchers. Along with his elder brother Craig, he was raised by their parents, John and Janet (Sanders) Adkins, in a loving middle-class family. Scott attended Bishop Vesey's Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield...
Julia Ormond
The dark and classically beautiful British actress Julia Ormond was born into privileged surroundings as the daughter of a well-to-do laboratory technician. Her parents divorced when she was young; she was the second of five children. She attended Cranleigh, a private school, and showed interest in theatrics way back then...
Jenette Goldstein
Jenette Goldstein is a true chameleon. She is so effective as an actress, it is nearly impossible to recognize her from role to role. Jenette spent most of her childhood in Los Angeles. Born to theater-loving parents, she attended fine arts-oriented schools, and was the young star of the drama classes...
Belinda Stewart-Wilson
Belinda Stewart-Wilson is an English actress, born in London, England, U.K. She is best known for her role in the popular TV sitcom The Inbetweeners as Polly McKenzie. Her father is a British Army officer Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson.During childhood she grew up on various military postings in the UK, Germany...
Miranda Raison
Miranda grew up in Burnham Thorpe on the North Norfolk coast and trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Her father, Nick, is a jazz pianist and her mother, Caroline, read the news for Anglia television. In 2011, she played the title role in 'Anne Boleyn' at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to great critical acclaim.
Stewart Granger
Stewart Granger was born James Leblanche Stewart in London, the grandson of the actor "Luigi Lablache". He attended Epsom College but left after deciding not to pursue a medical degree. He decided to try acting and attended Webber-Douglas School of Dramatic Art, London. By 1935, he made his stage debut in "The Cardinal" at the Little Theatre Hull ...
Patrick Macnee
British actor Patrick Macnee was born on February 6, 1922 in London, England into a wealthy and eccentric family. His father, Daniel Macnee, was a race horse trainer, who drank and gambled away the family fortune, leaving young Patrick to be raised by his gay mother, Dorothea Mary, and her lover. Shortly after graduating from Eton (from which he was almost expelled for running a gambling ring)...
Rupert Evans
Actor, Hellboy
Having graduated from Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, Rupert Evans started his career working mainly in television. Notably in British costume dramas such as 'Sons & Lovers' starring Sarah Lancashire and Hugo Speer, North and South, 'Crime and Punishment' and 'Fingersmith' with Imelda Staunton and Charles Dance...
Shane Taylor
Shane was born on the south coast of England, although his family line is also Scottish and American. He attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and received the Cameron Mackintosh Scholarship Award. Shane's extensive screen credits include the regular role of Cpl. Eugene "Doc" Roe in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's commercially and critically acclaimed Band Of Brothers...
Ross Kemp
Actor, EastEnders
Ross Kemp was born on July 21, 1964 in Barking, Essex, England. His mother, Jean, was a hairdresser and his father, John, was a policeman with the Metropolitan Police force. He has a brother named Darren who is a documentary producer for the BBC. Ross attended Shenfield High School, where he is remembered as an excellent athlete...
Nigel Lindsay
Actor, Four Lions
Nigel Lindsay was born on 17th January 1969 and entered into the world of acting comparatively late. For three years he was a financial analyst in the City in his native London but, on his own admission, hated it and applied almost simultaneously for the law and the stage. He had a place at bar school beginning on the same day as the start of his three year course at the Webber Douglas Academy...
Guy Siner
Guy is known the world over for his portrayal of Lieutenant Gruber, one of the original and enduring characters of over 90 episodes of 'Allo 'Allo! which is one of the most successful comedy series the B.B.C. has ever produced and is still shown in more than 80 countries. Guy was born in Manhattan to an American father and an English mother...
Jonathan Aris
Jonathan Aris is the son of the late British character actor Ben Aris but, despite having a thespian as a father, acting was not his first choice. He studied painting at Camberwell School of Art and read Russian and Italian at Cambridge University before training as an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London...
Antony Sher
Born in 1949, Antony Sher was raised in South Africa before going to London to study at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art between 1969 and 1971. After performing for the theatre group "Gay Sweatshop" in "Thinking Straight" (1975), "The Fork" (1976) and "Stone" (1976), Sher joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982...
Jill Halfpenny
Actress, EastEnders
Jill Halfpenny was born on 15th July, 1975, in Newcastle, to Maureen and Colin Halfpenny. However, her father passed away when she was very young, and her mother married Jill's uncle, Derek. She attended St Edmund Campion RC Comprehensive School, and trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art...
Nicola Bryant
Actress, Doctor Who
Nicola Bryant was born the daughter of a heating engineer, in 1960, in Surrey, England. She began her training in dance and music at the age of three, studying classical ballet, then jazz and tap dance, the piano, flute and guitar, and finally acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Here...
Nicholas Courtney
Actor, Doctor Who
Nicholas Courtney was born in Egypt, the son of a British diplomat. His early years were spent in Kenya and France and he was called up for National Service at the age of 18. After 18 months of duty in the British forces, Courtney joined the Webber Douglas drama school. He spent two years there and then did repertory theatre in Northampton. His next move was to London...
Paxton Whitehead
Paxton Whitehead was born on 17 October, 1937 in Kent, England, UK. He trained at London's Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts starting at the age of 17. After attending the academy for two years he went to work in stock companies starting with the "weekly rep", small touring companies that rehearsed and performed a new play each week...
Sally Rogers
Actress, The Bill
Sally Rogers is an actor from the city of Manchester, who began her career on the stage in 1989. She trained at the Webber Douglas Academy. When Sally wasn't working on the stage she built a strong line of guest roles in various British series, which culminated with her current run on The Bill (1984-) as a brassy London detective with a big heart...
Brian Deacon
Brian was educated in primary and secondary modern schools until the age of 17. He worked as a window cleaner and a butcher's van driver while a member of the Oxford Youth Theatre. He then relocated to London where he enrolled at the Webber Douglas School and, upon graduation, he appeared in rep at Bristol...
Geraldine O'Rawe
Geraldine O'Rawe was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and studied drama in London at the Webber Douglas Academy, with appearances early on in her career at the Moving Theatre Company, the Everyman Theatre and the Gate Theatre, London. Her acclaim in these stage roles quickly led her to a role in Pat O'Connor's film Circle of Friends...
Sophie Lorain
Actress, Fortier
Sophie Lorain is a big name in Quebec in the movie business and on the television screen. Strong and fragile, sexy and mischievous, intelligent and accessible, she brings to her interpretations a range of subtly nuanced emotions and expressions. Sophie studied at the prestigious Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in England...
David Kennedy
David Kennedy was born David Mallett in 1964 and lived with his mother in Hornsey, North London before moving to Devon aged 5 with his mother and step father. He attended King Edward VI Comprehensive School in Totnes, Devon and lived in Bristol and Gloucester before returning to London in 1990 to study acting at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art...
Bart Ruspoli
Bart Ruspoli trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts, graduating in 1998.
Charlotte Cornwell
Actress, The Saint
Londoner Charlotte Cornwell was born on April 26 1949. She is the half-sister of novelist John Le Carre - whose real name is David Cornwell - and his novel 'The Little Drummer Girl' had a leading character based on her, Le Carre being disappointed that in the film version the star was not Charlotte but the more bankable Diane Keaton...
Katherine East
Actress, Puck Hogs
Born to a British Veteran Father & Canadian Mother she was raised in the small town of Killarney located on the northern shore of Georgian Bay in the District of Sudbury, Ontario. Home schooled during the winter aboard her family's sailboat in The Bahamas, she also attended Dramatic Arts program at Sudbury Secondary School...
Ben Scholfield
Born in Beaconsfield, England, Ben was raised between Los Angeles, where his father Brian Scholfield worked at Rondor with Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss as CFO, and England, where he attended Stowe School, with Henry Cavill. Having trained at Webber Douglas Academy in London Ben left to film What A Girl Wants...
Chook Sibtain
Six foot three Chook Sibtain was born in East London and christened Joplin Sibtain. 'Chook' being a nickname given him by the family - he has a sister and two brothers - after the noises he made as a baby. He had early desires to be a pianist but, at age thirteen,went to a Community Centre in Hackney where he first learned about acting...
Susan Hanson
Actress, Crossroads
Susan studied acting at the Webber Douglas School of Dramatic Art and worked as a singer and dancer before going into rep at Edinburgh, Newcastle, Bristol Old Vic and the Mermaid Theatre in London. Susan appeared in the film, Having a Wild Weekend, and acted on television in such programmes as Bruno...
Barbara Hicks
Actress, Brazil
Barbara Hicks trained at the Webber Douglas School and made numerous appearances on stage, screen and television over a fifty-year period.
Jack Lee
Jack Lee was born in London, England in 1956. He attended the Webber Douglas Acadamy of Dramatic Art in 1979 and worked in theatre and TV in the UK before moving to the US in 1997 with just a suitcase and guitar and $350 in cash. He worked as a chimney sweep in Santa Fe, New Mexico, before moving to Austin, Texas, where he picked up his acting career again...
Matthew Sharp
Actor, X-Men
Matthew was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. After graduating from Upper Canada College, he moved to London where he trained at LAMDA and then at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts. He then worked extensively in theatre in the UK, including playing leading parts in the West End productions of 'The Miracle Worker' and 'The Boys in the Band'...
Alexi Kaye Campbell
Alexi Kaye Campbell was born in Athens in 1966 as Alexi Komondouros, to a Greek father and a British mother. Having spent his childhood in Greece he went to America as a young man, graduating from Boston university in English and American Studies. He had a year in New York, waiting tables and taking acting lessons whilst working unpaid for an off-Broadway stage group...
Leo Richardson
Writer, Stanley Park
Born and raised in south London, Leo won a scholarship to the famous Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in 2003, where he studied acting for three years. Only two years later, in 2008, Sh*t-mix, a play he'd written based on his experiences as a teenager growing up in the London suburbs, premiered in the West-end...
Kate Terence
Kate was born in the UK, and grew up all over South East Asia. She was educated at the Sacred Heart Woldingham and has a BSc Honours Degree in Psychology from Bristol University. She was classically trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, London whose alumni include Terence Stamp, Minnie Driver, Eva Green, Angela Lansbury, Julian Fellowes.
Seelan Gunaseelan
Seelan Gunaseelan is an English actor from London, England and a performing arts graduate from the University Of Winchester. He has trained at various institutions including Stage Coach Theatre Arts School, Chicken Shed Theatre Company, Webber Douglas Academy Of Dramatic Arts and Capital Screen Arts Actor Training Centre...
Oliver Mason
Oliver began acting with The Guildhall School of Music and Drama at the age of six, in his hometown of Norwich. He is a graduate of The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, class of 2001. He previously trained at Middlesex University, The University of South Florida and The National Youth Theatre...
Nicky Talacko
Born in Bletchley, UK, Nicky spent her school and university years in Melbourne, Australia. She then returned to London to attend drama school. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy in Dramatic Art and graduated with honours. From drama school she did many stage productions before landing her first film role...
David Monteath
Miscellaneous Crew, Brave
David was born in Glasgow and grew up in Milngavie and in the Highlands before returning to Glasgow. He appeared in various TV productions during his teens, but his first job was a play for Scottish Television at the age of 3 months. He trained at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art from 1987-89...
Mark Rice-Oxley
Lived in Liverpool, UK, for most of his life. Graduated from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in March of 2000 Mark Rice-Oxley's birthday is March 20th. He plays the guitar and writes his own music. Won the Lady Rothermere Award in the 1997 London Evening Standard Awards. Does a lot of stage work...
Bayard Carey
Sound Department, Crazy Heart
Bayard Carey was born in Denver, Colorado, and was educated at private schools in Connecticut, Vermont, The Webber Douglas School of Dramatic Art in London, England, as well as at the San Francisco Art Institute where he took a sound recording class from Oscar winner Walter Murch. He also attended the International Film Workshops in Camden...
Clara Perez
Clara Perez was born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised there and in the USA and Britain. She is bi-lingual in Spanish and English. Clara has an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge and trained at the Webber Douglas Academy (now the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) in London. Clara started...
Matthew Goode
Matthew William Goode (born 3 April 1978) is an English actor. His films include Chasing Liberty (2004), Match Point (2005), Imagine Me and You (2006), Brideshead Revisited (2008), Watchmen (2009), A Single Man (2009), Leap Year (2010), Stoker (2013) and The Imitation Game (2014). Goode also starred...
Minnie Driver
Amelia Fiona J. Driver was born January 31, 1970 in Finsbury Park, London. Her mother, Gaynor Churchward (née Millington), was a designer and former couture model, and her father, Charles Ronald "Ronnie" Driver, was a businessman. She has a sister, Kate Driver, who is a model and a producer. Minnie's mother was her father's mistress...
Mala Ghedia
Mala Ghedia was born in Leeton, New South Wales, Australia. Her father was a doctor and her mother worked as his receptionist and later as a child-carer. Mala attended an open-audition when she was 16 years old with over 2000 other hopefuls at a shopping mall for popular Australian soap series "Home and Away" She won the role of new love interest, Monique...
Andrew Mackintosh
Actor, The Bill
Andrew Mackintosh was born in Pennsylvania to English parents on August 9th 1960. He grew up in Scotland after the family moved back to the UK. His first love was music, but joining a local drama group spurred him into reading English and Drama at Bristol University in the South West of England, before going on to study acting at the Webber Douglas Drama Academy in London...
Catherine McDonough
Actress, Sacrifice
Born in London, lived in Los Angeles and Singapore. she began her career in Theatre with companies such as Joint Stock. Since 2011 Catherine has appeared in an increasing number of films including feature 'Where I Belong' directed by Fritz Urshchitz and the recently nominated Kingsland directed by Jake Gabbay. Project in development with Japanese actress You-Ri Yamanaka for production in 2017.
Jon Ivay
Actor, Freebird
Early in his career, Ivay formed a theatrical production company (ITF Productions Ltd) with two friends. Over a seven year period they produced over thirty national touring productions working with some of Britain's best known theatres and promising directors. Whilst with ITF, he wrote the stage plays...
Anthony Bekenn
Anthony Bekenn was born in East Africa, in the southern part of Tanzania during a cyclone. His father, Michael, was a district officer in the Tanganyika government, the result being that Anthony lived a peripatetic life up to the age of eight. Initially he was home schooled by his mother, Sheila, who had previously been a school teacher in Wolverhampton in the UK...
Christopher Hollis
Chris Hollis is a versatile stage and screen actor, equally at home with dramatic, emotional and comic performance. He trained at Webber Douglas Academy having read English at St Andrews University where he discovered a passion for acting and especially the classics and Shakespearean plays. He toured extensively in repertory theatre...
John Gayford
John Gayford was born into an army family and brought up in India. He completed his education in England, studied Art at Oxford, served as an officer in the R.A.F. and then went to the Webber-Douglas School of Drama in London. He began his professional career playing the lead in a semi-documentary supporting feature ("Norwegian Holiday") then went into repertory theater...
Alice Hunter-Vernazza
Miscellaneous Crew, The Frozen Ground
Alice is a studio executive at Sonar Entertainment where she worked on TV shows such as Taboo, The Shannarah Chronicles and The Son. Before that, she assisted Alexander Payne. Having worked in journalism in London, Alice completed a master's degree before moving to Los Angeles. Alice is also developing several independent film projects for production.
Kate Harrell
Kate Harrell was born in New York City to parents Linda Blandford (freelance journalist and writer) and Lynn Harrell (the famous classical cellist). She has spent her life between New York, Los Angeles, and London, where she now lives and works. Although she has been acting since she was nine years old (featured on the Disney Channel's "Twelfth Night" as Viola in 1990)...
David Woodcock
Actor, Sparkle
David graduated from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in 1975 and went on to perform in numerous theatres around the UK. He made his professional debut in 1975 when he appeared in a production of 'Cyrano De Bergerac' at the Chichester Festival Theatre. His West End debut was in 1985 at the Queens Theatre playing Urban...
Clare Barry
Actress, Communion
After training at the Webber Douglas Academy, actress Clare Barry carved a strong background in theatre performances from the London fringe, across Britain to overseas. She ran co-ran a theatre company for ten years touring the UK, Ireland, Austria and Germany then onto the North American International Fringe Festival circuit performing at festivals in Tampa Bay...
David Macmillan
David Macmillan was privately educated and served as an army officer until 1955. He trained at the Webber-Douglas School of Dramatic Art between 1956 and 1958, where he received the Spotlight Award and the Margaret Rutherford Medal. He acted in radio, television and theatre between 1958 and 1967. His...
Margaret Rutherford
One is always at pains to locate a reference to Margaret Rutherford which does not characterize her as either jut-chinned, eccentric or both. But such, taken together, made for the charm of the woman. The combination of those most mundane of attributes has led some to suggest that she was made for the role of Agatha Christie's indomitable sleuth...
Gary Fannin
Actor, Spectre
London based American actor and director. Born to a Greek mother and an American father and moved from the US to London in 1996. Studied at The University of Texas at Austin and at Webber Douglas Academy, London. He was a long standing member of the comedy troupe The Reduced Shakespeare Company in London's West End and more recently on international tours.
Ed Greenberg
Director, Roberta
Paul Murthwaite
A child actor, Paul Murthwaite appeared in such roles as Doctor Lucy Perry's wayward son in "Casualty" and French-Canadian step-son of Lynn Howard in "Howards Way". He is a former member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. He trained at the Webber Douglas Academy from 1997-2000, where Kate Ford...
Kirk Bage
Actor, First Date
Born in Middlesbrough, Cleveland, UK in 1973. Attended Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, London in 1992. Has Lived in Edinburgh, Scotland, since 1999. Is a regular performer with Glasgow's dedicated Shakespeare company, Bard In The Botanics, roles including Richard III, Petruchio, Sir Toby Belch and Pericles. Kirk is also well known for his work in short films, radio and voiceover.
Natalie Dormer
Natalie Dormer born 11 February 1982 is an English actress. She is best known for her roles as Anne Boleyn on the Showtime series The Tudors (2007-10), as Margaery Tyrell on the HBO series Game of Thrones (2012-present), Irene Adler on the CBS series Elementary (2013-15), and as Cressida in the science-fiction adventure films The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) and Part 2 (2015)...
Terence Stamp
Actor, Wanted
Terence Henry Stamp was born and lived in Canal Road, Bow, until German bombers forced his family to move to Plaistow. An icon of the 1960s, he dated the likes of Julie Christie, Brigitte Bardot and Jean Shrimpton. After an extremely successful early career, starring in Modesty Blaise, Poor Cow and Far from the Madding Crowd...
Elizabeth Knowelden
Elizabeth Knowelden is a critically acclaimed English actress. Hailing from the theatre, she continues to garner respect in all areas of her career, epitomised by recognition from BAFTA. After varying contemplations about life as a marine biologist, Knowelden auditioned for drama schools in the UK...
Steven Berkoff
Highly acclaimed English actor, playwright, author and director continues to set the benchmark in stunning, intense performances on both stage and screen. Berkoff was born in Stepney, London in August 1937 and received dramatic arts training in both Paris and London and then moved on to performing with several repertory companies...
Wendy Crewson
Actress, Room
Wendy Crewson was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She attended Westwood Collegiate and was first exposed to acting when she performed in The Boy Friend in grade 10.
Tom Mison
English actor Tom Mison has established himself in the world of theater through his roles in Andrew Bovell's When the Rain Stops Falling at the Almeida Theatre, and Posh by Laura Wade at the Royal Court Theatre. Mison trained at the Webber-Douglas Academy and is also a writer who has penned for productions like Wood...
Kellie Shirley
Actress, EastEnders
Kellie is a professional actress & works in film, TV, theatre & radio. She has also co presented for BBC2 & Channel 5 - where she is a regular panelist on 'The Wright Stuff'. Her Film work includes; Girl on a Bicycle (Warner Bros); Riot; Kick; Everyone's Going to Die, (Dinard award 2013); Run for Your Wife; Heidi...
Ella Smith
Actress, The Voices
Ella Smith is an Emmy Award-winning British film and television actress. She trained at Webber Douglas, NYT and the Upright Citizen's Brigade. She plays the flute and piano. As a writer and director, Ella's debut award-winning short film Mdudu Boy, filmed on location in Kenya in 2015, was celebrated at festivals around the world including opening night at Palm Spings Shortfest...
Siobhan Hewlett
Actress, Irina Palm
Siobhan Kathleen Mary Hewlett born in London. Hewlett was born in London but raised between the west coast of Ireland and Whitstable in Kent. Her father was the comedy sitcom actor Donald Hewlett known for his roles in It Ain't Half Hot Mum and You Rang, M'Lord?, her mother is the actress Therese McMurray...