Actress dressed as prison warder

Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award scooped by a BOVTS student

Published on:
10th March 2020

We’re incredibly proud of graduating actor Charlotte East who has won a prestigious Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award. Charlotte was selected as one of four overall winners out of 76 participants.

As a recipient of the award, she receives a five-month contract with the Radio Drama Company which will start later this year.

We’re also really pleased that Jo Patmore and Mark Milligan were two of the four runners up this year. They will receive the offer of freelance engagement in a Radio Drama Production later in the year.

Named after one of Radio’s most distinguished actors, the Carleton Hobbs initiative has been run by BBC Radio Drama every year since 1953 awarding over 150 bursaries in this time including past students such as Emerald O’Hanrahan.

Congratulations to the whole team who did us proud!

BA Professional Acting Student Charlotte East

Charlotte East


BA Professional Acting Student Jo Patmore

Jo Patmore


Mark Milligan

I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice