Alumni We are proud of our breathtaking Alumni


We are incredibly proud of our alumni who can be found working across stage, screen and radio.

Notable acting alumni include: Helen Baxendale, Samantha Bond, Stephanie Cole, Olivia Colman, Annette Crosbie, Sir Daniel Day-Lewis, Naomie Harris, Jeremy Irons, Theo James, Alex Jennings, Pearl Mackie, Faye Marsay, Cyril Nri, Tim Pigott-Smith, Pete Postlethwaite, Amanda Redman, Miranda Richardson, Dame Patricia Routledge, Adrian Scarborough, Malcolm Sinclair, Sir Patrick Stewart, Mark Strong, Sophie Thompson and Gene Wilder.

Our alumni are working throughout the Creative and Production side of the industry and include: current Artistic Director and Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC); Technical Director at the National Theatre; Award winning Set, Costume, Lighting and Sound Designers such as Christopher Shutt and Bob Crowley whose work has been seen in the West End, across the UK and internationally. Production Arts graduates go on to have careers in a wide range of jobs including in stage management, lighting, sound, automation and construction working with companies such as the RSC, The Globe, National Theatre, Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Royal Ballet and numerous other UK theatre venues and companies, and international theatre and production companies.

Many of our alumni have gone on to enjoy successful careers in screen in roles including: producers, production managers, locations managers, art department, assistant grip, costume maker, costume supervisor. Graduates have worked behind the scenes on feature Films, TV location filming and post production, Animation and a wide range of independent film production. Recent screen credits include: The End of the F***ing World, Kiss Me First, Crazyhead (Channel 4/Netflix); Unforgotten, Broadchurch (ITV); Rellick, Poldark, Being Human, Good Omens (in production) (BBC); Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs; Aardman Animations’ Shaun the Sheep, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!, and Early Man.

Image Credit of Olivia Colman: Denis Makarenko /

Olivier Nominations (Technical)

Keegan Curran. Sound Designer. (Winner for Rotterdam)
Bob Crowley (left). Set Designer. (Nominated 12 times and won twice)
Wayne Dowdeswell. Lighting Designer. Nominated for Medea and Edward II
Chris Shutt. Sound Designer. Nominated for War Horse, Coram Boy, Every Good Boy Deserves a Favour and Piaf

Olivier Nominations (Acting)

Joanna Riding. (Winner for My Fair Lady and Carousel)
Phil Dunster
Sophie Thompson (Winner for Into the Woods)
David Calder
Tim Pigott-Smith
Samantha Bond
Mark Strong. (Winner for A View From The Bridge)
Adrian Scarborough. (Winner for After the Dance)
Katherine Kingsley
Sir Patrick Stewart (left). (Winner for Hamlet and Anthony and Cleopatra)
Stephen Dillane
Alex Jennings. (Winner for My Fair Lady , Too Clever By Half)and Peer Gynt)
Mark Lambert. (Winner for Juno and the Paycock)
Simon Cadell. (Winner for Travels with my Aunt)
Patricia Routledge
Miranda Richardson
Jane Lapotaire. (Winner for Piaf)
Antony Howes. (Nominated for Lady Be Good)
Malcolm Sinclair
Robert Hands (Nominated for Come From Away)

Oscar Nominations (Acting)

Naomie Harris
Jeremy Irons (left). (Winner for Reversal of Fortune)
Miranda Richardson
Pete Postlethwaite
Daniel Day Lewis. (Winner for Lincoln, My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood)
Olivia Colman (Winner for The Favourite)


Golden Globe Nominations

Olivia Colman. (Winner for The Night Manager and The Favourite)
Daniel Day-Lewis. (Winner for There Will Be Blood)
Jeremy Irons. (Winner for Elizabeth I and Reversal of Fortune)
Miranda Richardson (left). (Winner for Fatherland and Enchanted April)
Annette Crosbie

Tony Award Nominations

Tim Pigott-Smith
Mark Strong (left)
Jane Lapotaire. (Winner for Piaf)
Bob Crowley (Winner 7 times)

BAFTA Nominations

Olivia Colman (Winner for Broadchurch, Accused Twenty Twelve and The Favourite).
Naomie Harris (left)
Mark Strong
Luke Newberry
Daniel Day-Lewis. (Winner for Lincoln and Gangs of New York)
Miranda Richardson. (Winner for Damage)
Pete Postlethwaite
Stephen Dillane. (Winner for The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall)
Helen Baxendale
Patricia Routledge
Josh O’Connor
Annette Crosbie. (Winner for Edward the Seventh and The Six Wives of Henry VIII)
Tim Piggott-Smith. (Winner for The Jewel in the Crown). Cyril Nri (Nominated for Cucumber – Channel 4)

Get In Touch

If you are a graduate of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and would like to get in touch or tell us about any news, successes or awards, we’d love to hear from you! Tel: 0117 973 35 35 or email: [email protected]

Students relaxing outside of the School
The School is in a beautiful part of Bristol, overlooking a huge park called the Downs. We sometimes take advantage of our close proximity to the Downs during the summer term, practising fight and dance routines, or voice or singing classes! Dan Hall, BA Professional Acting student