Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles in The Crown. Image courtesy of Netflix through our Netflix Media account

Josh O’Connor wins Best Actor Award at the 2021 Golden Globes

Published on:
1st March 2021

BOVTS grad Josh O’Connor has won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama at the 2021 Golden Globes.

Beating fellow nominees Al Pacino, Jason Bateman and Bob Odenkirk, Josh won for his depiction of Prince Charles in Peter Morgan’s enormous Netflix hit, The Crown.

In an acceptance speech that praised his fellow co-stars, particularly Emma Corin who won for her role as Princess Diana, Josh also took a moment to address the audience:

“I just want to say I am very lucky to work in this period and there’s so many people who are unable to work and are alone and isolated. And I hope we can all collectively put mental health at the forefronts of our minds.”⁠ ⁠

BOVTS tutor Gary Owston recalls Josh’s time at the School.

“The first thing about him – he’s such a nice bloke, he was a model student, always on time, always had a nice smile. He did all the work I asked him to do with a very pleasant nature. That’s Josh.

I last met him one night at The Alma Tavern in Bristol, about two years ago. I was having a pint with a few acting students – he walks in with his girlfriend and it’s like we said goodbye yesterday – ‘Oh hello Gary’ – we just carried on. He’s a lovely guy. He’s a great actor and a lovely guy.

About ten months ago, I spoke to him, he was due to play Romeo at the National, last September before it was cancelled – he was even upbeat about that – ‘Oh well, when this is all over I’ll do it.’ Nice guy. That’s Josh.”

Josh O'Connor stood inside cathedral wearing a suit and tie

The Crown S4. Picture shows: Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR)

Congratulations Josh! We can’t wait to see what you do next.

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