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Tom Cullen has just been awarded Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards for his role in the unconventional love story, Weekend.

The critically acclaimed Weekend has already collected numerous awards and nominations, including Best Actor Award for Tom at the Nashville Film Festival, and a nomination for Most Promising Newcomer, alongside co-star Chris New, at London Film Festival.

Tom is currently filming World Without End, the sequel to the mini-series The Pillars of the Earth, alongside Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson and Peter Firth.

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A Very Busy Bunny

RWCMD Acting graduate Rosie Wyatt’s had a busy few weeks.

She’s just got back from New York, where she was part of the annual Brits off Broadway series. The New York Times praised her “captivating performance” in the one-woman play Bunny.

She’s also been on our screens this week, playing a missing daughter in an episode of Doctors.

Look forward to seeing what she gets up to next. Watch this space.


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Rob Brydon takes his seat…

Here’s Rob Brydon taking his named seat in the Richard Burton Theatre. Rob headed up the Take Your Seat campaign, encouraging supporters to to buy a seat for themselves or a loved one, to raise money for our new build campaign.

 ‘I had a wonderful time studying at the Royal Welsh College. It’s thanks to them that I’m now thought of, quite rightly, as Wales’ greatest actor since Anthony Hopkins – even better than Michael Sheen and Ioan Gruffydd and Mathew Rhys,  and the Welsh bloke that used to present Blue Peter,’ as Rob said at the time.

You can still buy a seat in either the Richard Burton Theatre, or The Dora Stoutzker Hall, just follow the link to Take Your Seat.

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MA Acting graduate Susie Riddell joins BBC Radio 4’s long-running drama The Archers this week. She appears as Tracy Horrobin – the sister of long term character Susan Carter.

Susie joins fellow RWCMD graduate Scott Arthur, who recently joined The Archers as Rhys the barman after his character became popular in Archers spin-off Ambridge Extra.

With this role, Susie’s come full circle in her acting career. From the age of 11, she played the young Kate Aldridge in the show for four years.

Susie has also been invited to rejoin the BBC Radio Drama company, after a five-month contract with the company earlier this year. The actors from the company take part in plays, series and readings from Radio 3, Radio 4, the World Service and BBC 7.

And in between all this, she also got rave reviews from The Guardian for her performance in You’re Not Doing It Right.

We looking forward to hearing from her in Ambridge and beyond over the coming months.

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Multi-award-winning Indie film Weekend, featuring RWCMD Acting graduate Tom Cullen, is released in selective cinemas this week. This unconventional love story between two men trying to make sense of their lives, is attracting its two lead actors plenty of critical attention.

Claudia Winkleman, and critic Danny Leigh rave about the film on the latest Film 2011: Danny calls it “a genuinely brilliant love story…a brilliant piece of film-making”, and compares it to Beyond Sunset and other classic love stories.

Tom, and his co-star Chris New, were both nominated for the BFI London Film Festival Best Newcomers Award.

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On 2 November, the College launched an exhibition that sheds new light on Richard Burton’s early life here in Wales, donated on permanent loan by Burton’s niece, Rhianon James Trowell. The exhibition was opened by Burton’s second cousin, Llewela Gibbons, who was brought up with Richard, and his great nephew Guy Masterson.

 For the first time Burton’s school and Eisteddfod certificates can be seen together with his school cricket team photograph from 1939 and a simple wooden tray he made in for his sister Cecilia. 

After a brief spell at Oxford University, Burton was posted to Canada with the RAF at the end of World War II and his letters and postcards home provide an intriguing insight to a young man on the cusp of greatness. The trunk was used by Burton in the early 1950s during his many trans-Atlantic voyages and has been gifted by RWCMD graduate, Josh Richards who can also be heard reading the postcards and letters on the attached ipad.

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Uncle Bryn In The House

The house was packed last night for the homecoming of past student Rob Brydon as part of his current UK tour. It was Rob’s first visit to the college since the opening of the new buildings earlier this year, and he was amazed by the transformation. “It was perfectly adequate before,” he said, “but now, well, this is incredible.” He couldn’t quite believe that the original building had been preserved behind the stunning contemporary additions, “It’s like St Fagan’s,” he mused during the show – a reference to Wales’ national heritage museum, which the local audience certainly appreciated. The show, based on Rob’s recently launched autobiography, Small Man in a Book, also included his best loved impressions of Ronnie Corbett, Michael Caine, Alan Bennett, Anthony Hopkins and of course, the ‘small man in a box’. One of the highlights was a bizarre rendition of the children’s book The Gruffalo in the style of Al Pacino, which had the audience roaring. He went on to provide an entertaining summary of his extensive voice-over work, leaving the audience nodding in suprise recognition and wondering if there were any brands he hadn’t worked for.  Rob also talked fondly about his time at the college with classmate Dougray Scott, whom he describes in the book as being “much more serious than me”. Well Rob, it takes all sorts and we love you just the way you are!

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