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Cassie Bradley


Born and raised in Nottingham and Mansfield, Cassie Bradley is a British actress known for her work with Sam Mendes and Marianne Elliott at the National Theatre and her screen appearances on BBC, ITV and Channel 5.

In her final year of training at The Oxford School of Drama she performed an original short play written for her by Patrick Marber. Upon graduating, she was cast by Mendes in the National Theatre's production of King Lear, starring alongside Simon Russell Beale.

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Robbie Curan

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Robbie Curran is known for roles in Doctors, The Ties that Bind (2017), and Island (2013). He has also written and appeared in ‘Thomas’ at VAULT festival in 2019. 

He studied Drama and English Literature at Birmingham University, and then went on to train at The Oxford School of Drama, graduating from the one-year course in 2014 and trained at the Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab.

He is based in London and writes plays, short films and sketch comedy.

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Cat White

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Cat graduated from the One Year Acting Course in 2018. After graduating, she performed the role of Miss Osborne in the world premiere of Laura Wade's new play The Watsons at Chichester Festival Theatre in the autumn of 2018 and will do so for the upcoming West End production at the Harold Pinter Theatre. She played a guest lead role in Doctors and went on to play Beth in Dracula for BBC1 and Netflix.

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Kiran Sonia Sawar

Kiran Sonia

Kiran graduated from the One Year Acting Course in 2012. Her first theatre work included productions for the Cockpit Theatre, iceandfire theatre company, the Arcola, Tron Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, Southwark Playhouse and most recently she was in the national tour of English Touring Theatre’s adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. Her screen work started with short films and an appearance in Holby City. In 2016 she played the lead in BBC3’s Murdered by Father for which she won Best Actress in a Film at the Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards.

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Charity Wakefield


Charity graduated from the Three Year Acting Course in 2003.  Her first stage role was in The Graduate at the New Vic Theatre and since then she has appeared in numerous productions at theatres including Chichester Festival Theatre, Old Vic, Hampstead Theatre, Bath Theatre Royal and The Park Theatre.  She was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for her portrayal of Lydia Languish in Jessica Swale’s production of The Rivals.  On television, Charity has been in several BBC series, including Sense and Sensibility as Marianne, Wolf Hall as Mary Boleyn and as Julia in Stephen Poliakoff’s Close to the Enemy.  This year she was the lead in NBC’s series The Player alongside Wesley Snipes and Philip Winchester.

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Tanya Reynolds

Tanya Reynolds

Tanya graduated from the One Year Acting Course in 2015. After graduation, 2017 saw Reynolds furthering her TV career with parts in Outlander and in the BBC thriller series Rellik. In 2018, Reynolds was a leading actor in the feature film Fanny Lye Deliver'd and also played a leading role as Teresa in the Sky One comedy Delicious. Most recently Reynolds has played Lily in the critically acclaimed Netflix comedy-drama Sex Education. Tanya is also in Emma a 2020 comedy-drama film directed by Autumn de Wilde, based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel of the same name.

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Mark Strepan

Mark Stepan

Mark graduated from the Three Year Acting Course in 2013. His first professional role was at Hampstead Theatre in Tu I Teraz. Since then, his work has all been on screen: in the feature film Northmen – A Viking Saga and then on television as regular Will Whittaker in the second series of The Mill for Channel 4. In 2016 Mark played Stefan, one of the two leads in New Blood, Antony Horowitz’s series for the BBC.

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