Howard Charles drops in

Arts

On Wednesday 25th May, actor Howard Charles came into school to give a talk to the Third Year, Fourth Year and Lower Sixth Drama students about his experiences at drama school and his career in the theatre and film industry. Having started a drama course at Kingston College (choosing it over a football scholarship), Howard left after two years to study at the prestigious Drama Centre London, where his mentor was Tom Hardy.

Gaining representation by well-known agent and ‘star maker’ Lindy King, Howard described his time at DCL as “intense and challenging”. Although many of his contemporaries were encouraged to drop out due to the highly competitive nature of the industry, Howard’s first job came before he even graduated. He has since gone on to appear in many plays, films and TV programmes. His inspiring talk encouraged us to be ‘selfish’ when it comes to what we want in life, not allowing ourselves to settle for second best. He answered our many questions and shared his own experiences of working with directors and what it is to be an actor.

We were all very grateful to Howard for giving up his time to come and speak to us and we thoroughly enjoyed the insight he gave us into the world of a professional actor.

Charlotte Le Feuvre, L6TMR