Every other month we organise Afternoon Tea at the Academy, where we invite someone from the industry. They have included directors, actors, producers, professionals that can help our students get more of an understanding of the industry that they want to enter in.
Soon we will be hosting Lesley Manville who has worked on many different mediums from film, theatre and t.v. Lesley is Mike Leigh’s most frequent actor collaborator, and has worked with the director on ‘Secrets and Lies’, ‘High Hopes’, ‘Topsy-Turvy’, ‘All or Nothing’, ‘Vera Drake’, the BBC film ‘Grown-Ups’, a radio play and in the theatre. Her other screen credits include Robert Zemeckis’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ and the yet to be released ‘Womb’.
On stage she appeared in the original productions of the modern classics ‘Top Girls’, ‘Serious Money’ and ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’, as well as the highly acclaimed revivals of Edward Bond’s ‘Saved’ and ‘The Pope’s Wedding’.
In the last few years, Lesley has worked extensively at the National Theatre appearing in ‘His Dark Materials’, ‘Pillars Of The Community’, ‘The Alchemist’ and ‘Her Naked Skin’ and recently at the Old Vic Theatre in ‘All About My Mother’ and ‘Six Degrees of Separation’. Her frequent television work includes Alan Clarke’s much acclaimed ‘The Firm’, and the highly successful series ‘Holding On’, ‘Other Peoples Children’, ‘Bodily Harm’, ‘Real Women’, ‘The Cazalets’, ‘North And South’ and ‘Cranford’.
Our next Afternoon tea will be Naomi Donne, who has promised us after she has finished working on the new "Cinderella" film, will be joining us for tea and cakes! Watch this space…