Career Prospects

Drama Studio London has a high graduate employment rate. The nature of our courses mean that our graduates are versatile and able to perform on stage and screen alike. Many of our graduates have gone on to have steady careers right across the industry from stage and screen to writing and directing. 

Our average figures show:

  • 83% of our graduates employed and working professionally in the industry within a year of graduating.*
  • 58% of our graduates are signed to an agent within a year.*
  • 64% of our graduates are signed to an agent within two years.*
    * When monitoring graduates from 2011 to 2016.

Here is a selection of our graduates and their work. Details of our recent graduates can be found by clicking on their student headshot on our yearly alumni pages.  


  • Actors
  • Writers
  • Directors and Producers
  • Award Winners

Click on the actors' names to see their CVs 

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Emily Watson

Emily graduated from Drama Studio London in 1991 and continues to have a varied career across film and television. In 1992 she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and went on to star in Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya at the Donmar warehouse for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award. It was her role in the controversial film Breaking the Waves that gave her international recognition and an Oscar nomination.
 

Film: The Dresser (TV Movie 2016), Everest (2015), A Royal Night Out (2015), Testament of Youth (2015), The Theory of Everything (2014), Belle (2014), The Book Thief (2014), War Horse (2011), Oranges and Sunshine (2010), The Memory Keepers Daughter (2008), Miss Potter (2006), Corpse Bride (voice - 2005), Red Dragon (2002), Punch-Drunk Love (2002), Equilibrium (2002), Gosford Park (2001), Hilary & Jackie (1999), Angela's Ashes (1999), Breaking the Waves (1996).

TV: Genius (National Geographic 2017) Apple Tree Yard (BBC 2017), A Song For Jenny (BBC 2015), The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (Lifetime USA 2015), The Politician's Husband (BBC 2013) and Appropriate Adult (ITV 2011)

Theatre: Twelfth Night (The Donmar Warehouse), Uncle Vanya (The Donmar Warehouse), The Children's Hour (The National Theatre) The Lady from the Sea (West Yorkshire Playhouse), A Jovial Crew (Royal Shakespeare Company), Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company), All's Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Changeline (Royal Shakespeare Company)

Awards Include:

OBE (2015) for services to Drama 
Lifetime Achievment Award San Sebastián International Film Festival (2015)
BAFTA (2012) Best Leading Actress for Appropriate Adult

Screen Actors Guild Award (2002) Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for Gosford Park
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award (2002) Best Cast for Gosford Park
British Independend Film Award (1999) Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film for Hilary & Jackie
European Film Award (1996) Best Actress for Breaking the Waves.

Nominations Include:

Critics Choice Television Award (2016) Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for Television for The Dresser
Screen Actors Guild Award (2015) Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for The Theory of Everthing
Screen Actors Guild Award (2012) Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a mini-series for Appropriate Adult
Critics Choice Television Award (2012) Best Actress in a mini-series for Appropriate Adult
Golden Globe (2011) Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series for Appropriate Adult
Golden Globe (2005) Best Supporting Actress for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Laurence Olivier Award (2003) Best Actress for Uncle Vanya
BAFTA (2000) Best Actress in a Leading Role for Angela's Ashes
BAFTA (1999) Best Actress in a Leading Role for Hilary & Jackie
Academy Award (1999) Best Actress for Hilary & Jackie
Golden Globe (1999) Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Hilary & Jackie and
Golden Globe (1997) Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Breaking the Waves
BAFTA (1997) Best Actress in a Leading Role for Breaking the Waves
Academy Award (1997) Best Actress for Breaking the Waves

"The training I received in voice and movement has been invaluable to me. A year at DSL is very intense - there's an awful lot going on and I felt very stretched."  

 

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Pip Torrens

Pip is an extremely versatile performer, adept at everything from TV historical dramas to sci-fi films, murder mysteries to the court of King Louis XIV. Graduating in 1982 he began his career on stage before making his mark as an on-screen performer appearing in prime time BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4 shows, among others, as well as on the big screen in feature films. He is also a successful voice over artist, narrating a number of TV documentaries.
 

Film: The Danish Girl (2015), Star Wars Episode VII (2014), Gemma Bovary (2013), Kids in Love (2013), The Scapegoat (2011), Effir (2011), Anna Karenina (2011), The Iron Lady (2011), War Horse (2010), My Week With Marilyn (2010), Bel Ami (2010), St Trinians II (2009)

TV: Versailles (BBC2 & Canal+ 2014-17), The Crown (Netflix 2016), Poldark (BBC1 2014-2017), Hetty Feather (BBC 2015), Midsummer Murders (ITV 2015m & 2009), War & Peace (BBC 2015), Grantchester (ITV 2014), Up The Women (BBC, 2014), Silk (BBC 2013 & 2010), Inspector George Gently (BBC 2013), The Lady Vanishes (BBC 2012), Black Mirror (Channel 4 2012), Spy (Sky1 2012), Father Brown (2012), Outnumered (BBC 2011), Law & Order (ITV 2011), Secret Diary of a Call Girl (ITV 2009), Wire in the Blood (ITV 2008), Miss Austen Regrets (BBC 2007), Silent Witness (BBC 2007), The Bill (ITV 2007), Dr Who (BBC 2006), Lewis (ITV 2006), Rebus (ITV 2006), Spooks (BBC 2006)

Theatre: The Tell Tale Heart (Bath Literary Festival), Stanley (The National Theatre), Another Country (Queen's Theatre)

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Olivia Vinall

Olivia graduated in 2010 and is quickly making her mark on stage and screen. Her career took off after she was cast in The Dark at the Top of the Stairs at the Belgrade Theatre at which she was seen by the Conway Van Gelder Grant agency and soon after signed up as a client. Not long after that she was awarded the role of Desdemona in the National Theatre's production of Othello and has since stared in a number of their productions.  

TV: The Woman in White (BBC 2017), Maigret Series 2 (ITV 2017), Apple Tree Yard (BBC 2016), Midsomer Murders (ITV 2015), Holby City (BBC 2014), Doctor Who (BBC 2012), Casualty (BBC 2012), Doctors (BBC 2011)

Theatre: The Seagull, Ivanov, Platonov - Young Chekhov Trilogy (Chichester Festival Theatre/The National Theatre 2016), The Hard Problem (The National Theatre 2015), King Lear (The National Theatre 2014), National Theatre's 50th, Othello (The National Theatre 2013), The Dark at the Top of The Stairs (The Belgrade Theatre 2012)

Award Nominations Include:

UK Theatre Award (2016) Best Supporting Performance for The Seagull

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whitaker forestForest Whitaker

Forest graduated from our Californian branch of Drama Studio London (no longer operational) and continues to have great success in the industry, perhaps most notably for his portrayal of Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland (2006) for which he won an Academy Award in 2007. He has also had success as a producer and director having directed Hope Floats (1998) and Waiting to Exhale (1995) among others.

Film: Black Panther (2018), Burden (2017), Finding Steve McQueen (2017), LAbyrinth (2017), The Forgiven (2017), Rogue One (2016), Arrival (2016), Southpaw (2015), Taken 3 (2015), Out of the Furnace (2013), Zulu (2013), Black Nativity (2013), The Butler (2013), Pawn (2013), The Last Stand (2013), Repentance (2013), Criminal Minds (2011), The Last King of Scotland (2006), Panic Room (2002), Ghost Dog (1999), The Crying Game (1992), Bird (1988) and Good Morning Vietnam (1987)

TV: Star Wars Rebels (2017) Roots (2017), Criminal Minds (2010-11), American Dad (2007-9), The Shield (2006-7), ER (2006-7), The Twilight Zone (2001), Witness Protection (1999), North and South  (1985-6), The Fall Guy (1985), Hill Street Blues (1984), Cagney & Lacey (1983), Making the Grade (1982)

Awards Include:

Santa Barbara International Film Festival (2014) Kirk Doubles Award for Excellence in Film
Academy Award (2007) Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for The Last King of Scotland

BAFTA (2007) Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Last King of Scotland
Golden Globe (2007) Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for The Last King of Scotland
Screen Actors Guild Award (2007) Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for The Last King of Scotland
Emmy Award (2003) Outstanding Made for Television Movie (shared award) for Door to Door
Cannes Film Festival (1988) Best Actor for Bird

Nominations Include:

Critics Choice TV Award (2016) Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for Television for Roots
Black Reel Award (2016) Outstanding Supporting Actor for Southpaw
Screen Actors Guild Award (2014) Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for The Butler
Emmy Award (2010) Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking for Brick City
Emmy Award (2007) Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for ER
British Independent Film Awards (2006) Best Actor for The Last King of Scotland
Golden Globe (1989) Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for Bird  

 

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Enzo Cilenti

Enzo graduated in 1997 and works consistently across film and television, just as comfortable in fantasy epics like Game of Thrones as he is in comedies such as Bridget Jones's Baby, historical dramas such as Wolf Hall and the Georgian magical mystery series Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Enzo has returned to DSL to give talks to our students and offer advice on the industry.

 

Film: Bridget Jones's Baby (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), The Theory of Everything (2014), Kick-Ass 2 (2013), 

TV: The Last Tycoon (Amazon, 2016), Game of Thrones (HBO 2015), Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (BBC 2014), Wolf Hall (BBC 2014), Prisoners Wives 2 (2013), House MD (FoxTV 2012), N.C.I.S (CBS 2006), The Virgin Queen (BBC 2005), Rome (HBO 2004)

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Adrian Lukis

Probably most remembered for his performance as Wickham in BBC's Pride and Prejudice (1995) Adrian continues to appear in a variety of television shows for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Netflix Presents and more. He is also a strong theatre performer, staring in The Seagull as part of the Chichester Festival Theatre's Chekhov season which had a sell-out run at The National Theatre in 2016.

 

Film: City Slicker (2011), Victim (2011), Nine Miles Down (2009)

TV: Apple Tree Yard (BBC 2017), Black Mirror (Channel 4 2016), The Crown (Netflix 2016), Red Dwaft (2016), Grantchester (ITV 2016), Downton Abbey (ITV 2015), Camp X (2015), Toast of London (2012-2015), Death in Paradise (BBC 2015), New Tricks (BBC 2014), Borgia (Canal+ 2013), Midsomer Murders (ITV 2013), Silk (BBC, 2013), Fresh Meat (Channel 4 2011), Outnumbered (BBC 2011), Silent Witness (BBC 2011), Lewis (ITV 2008), A Touch of Frost (ITV 2007), Hearbeat (ITV 2007), Trial and Retribution (ITV 2006), Foyles War (ITV 2004), Peak Practice (ITV 1998), Pride & Prejudice (BBC 1995)

Theatre: The Seagull (The National Theatre 2016), Orson's Shadow (Southwark Playhouse 2015), Versailles (The Donmar Warehouse 2014), Sherlock Holmes, The Best Kept Secret (West Yorkshire Playhouse 2013)

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Trevor Cooper

Trevor graduated from Drama Studio London in 1979 after winning the prestigious Carleton Hobbs Radio Award and subsequently began his career in radio drama with the BBC. He has since gone on to work consistently in film, television and theatre including at the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has worked in the UK as well as in the USA and is a regular actor for the BBC.

 

Film: A Quiet Passion (2015), Happy-Go-Lucky (2007), Somerstown (2007), Vanity Fair (2003), Gangs of New York (2002)

TV: Wolfblood (CBBC 2016), This Country (BBC 2016), The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (Channel 4 2012-16), Boomers (BBC 2015), Downton Abbey (ITV 2015), Inside No 9 (BBC 2014), Partners in Crime (BBC 2014), The Wrong Mans 2 (BBC 2014), Wizards Vs Aliens (CBBC 2014), Dr Who (BBC 2014), Holby City (BBC 2014 & 2008), Doctors (BBC 2012), The Vikings (History Channel 2012), Spooks (BBC 2010), Doctors (BBC 2010), Inspector George Gently (BBC 2009), Murphy's Law (BBC 2007), Stan (BBC 2006), Eroica (BBC 2003), Tess of the D'Urbevilles (BBC 2008), Trial and Retribution (ITV 2006)l

Theatre: An Enemy of the People (Chichester Festival Theatre 2016), All That Fall (59E59 Theatre New York, 2013), King Lear (Tobacco Factory 2012), There is a War (The National Theatre 2011), The Swan (The National Theatre 2011), House of Games (Almeida Theatre 2010), Awake and Sing (Almeida Theatre 2007), The Tempest (Royal Exchange Manchester (2007), The Late Henry Moss (Almeida Theatre 2006), By The Bog of Cats (Wyndhams 2005), Playing With Fire (The National Theatre (2005), Soldiers (Finborough theatre 2004), The Lieutenant of Innishmore (Royal Shakespeare Company 2001), King John (Royal Shakespeare Company 2001), The Prisoner's Dilemma (Royal Shakespeare Company 2001)
 

Leland Orser

Leland graduated from Drama Studio London in 1984 and went on to perform in a number of TV series including Gabriel's Fire (1991), The Golden Girls (1991), Cheers (1992) and many others throughout the 90s including films Alien Resurrection (1997), The Bone Collector (1999) and Pearl Harbour (2001). His real TV break came with the long running show ER in which he played Dr. Lucien Dubenko from 2004-2009. He then went on to appear in TV series 24 (2009), NCIS: Los Angeles  (2011), Kendra (2012), Touch (2013), Revolution (2013), Magic City (2012-2013), Ray Donovan (2015), plus films Taken 1, 2 & 3 (2008-2015) and The Gambler (2014).

 

Kayleigh Llewellyn 2010

Radio: Here Be Dragons (Radio Wales), Bampy (Radio 4)
TV: Stella (Sky 1)

Joyce Greenaway 2009

Theatre: Royal Court Writers Programme (2015), The Arcola Theatre
Webseries: Chalk & Cheese (2016)

Dermot Canavan 2001

Theatre: Third Finger Left Hand (2013)

Sarah Megan Thomas 2001

Film: Backwards (2012)

Jo Burke 2000

Theatre: Deadlock (2013)
Book: Standing on Custard (2016), iScream (2015)

Susie Donkin 1996

TV: Horrible Histories (2009-2011), Comedy Lab (2005), Smack The Pony (2000-2001)

Torben Betts 1992

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Brendan Murray 1979

Brendan has written a number of plays for theatre, so many we cannot list them all here! Please visit his website for more information: Click here

Paul Raffield 1979

Books: Shakespeare and the Law, Shakespeare's Imaginary Constitution

Sharman Macdonald 1973

Film: The Edge of Love (2008), The Winter Guest (1997)
TV: Sound on Film (1997), Wild Flowers (1989)

Diederick Santer 1992

Producer: CEO of Kudos Productions. BBC (Eastenders Executive Director from 2006 - 2010, Cutting It, The Taming of the Shrew, BAFTA nominated Much Ado About Nothing, Jane Eyre).

Forest Whitaker

Producer: We Are One (2017 documentary), Roxanne Roxanne (2017), Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015), Dope (2015), Repentance (2013), Brick City (2009-11), American Gun (2005), First Daughter (2004), The Twilight Zone (2003)
Director: First Daughter (2004), Black Jaq (1998), Hope Floats (1998), Waiting to Exhale (1995), Strapped (1993)

Blanche McIntyre 2005

Director: Associate Director at The Nuffield Theatre. The Two Noble Kinsmen (RSC 2016), Noises Off (Nottingham Playhouse 2016), Welcome Home Captain Fox! (Donmar Warehouse 2016), As You Like It (Shakespeare's Globe 2015), Arcadia (National Tour with Ambassador Theatre Group and English Touring Theatre 2015), Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare's Globe 2014), Accolade (St James Theatre 2014)

Sophie Lifschutz 2007 Directors Course (no longer running)

Director: EastEnders (BBC 2013-16), Doctors (BBC 2016), The Iguanodon Queen (Bush Theatre 2013), Nagging Doubt (Finborough Theatre 2010), Tomorrow in the Battle (Landor Theatre 2009), In Touch (Trafalgar Studios 2 2009), Stockwell (Landor Theatre/Trycycle Theatre (2009)
Staff Director: Goodnight Mister Tom (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Last of The Haussmans (The National Theatre), Hansel and Gretel (The National Theatre)

Max Key 2002

Director: It Is Easy To Be Dead Trafalgar Studios 2016), The Flying Duchman (Royal Opera House 2017), NT Connections (The National Theatre 2014), Jerusalem (Riverside Studios 2013), Black Like Me (National Theatre Studio 2012), The Turn of the Screw (Arcola Theatre 2011)

Peter Howitt 1977

Director: Scorched Earth (2017), The Fixer (2015), Reasonable Doubt (2014), Defying Gavity (2009), Dangerous Parking (2007), Laws of Attraction (2004), Johnny English (2003), Going to California (2001), Sliding Doors (1998)
Producer: Dangerous Parking (2007)

Simon Dormandy 1981

Director: Luce (Southwark Playhouse 2016), The Encounter (Edinburgh International Festival (2015), The Hudsucker Proxy (Nuffield Theatre & Liverpool Playhouse 2015), Eldorado (The Arcola Theatre (2014), Waiting for Godot (The Arcola Theatre 2014) The Low Road (The Royal Court Theatre 2013)

Gillian King 1991

Director: RSC, Opera North, Out of Joint Theatre Company

Matthew Parker 2009 Directors Course (no longer running)

Artistic Director of the Hope Theatre, Islington

Kate McGreggor 2009 Directors Course (no longer running)

Director: Kinetics (UK tour 2016), Honest (UK tour 2014), Moments (Chichester Festival Theatre 2014), Design for Living (Salisbury Playhouse 2012), The Devil is an Ass (White Bear Theatre 2010), Beyond Therapy (Hen & Chickens Theatre 2010)

Roxanna Silbert 1989 Directors Course (no longer running)

Director: Artistic Director Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company (2012-present), Associate Director Royal Shakespeare Company (2009-12), Artistic Director Paines Plough Theatre Company (2005-9), Literary Director Traverse Theatre (2001-4), Associate Director Royal Court (1998-2000)

Emily Watson

Awards Include:

  • OBE (2015) for services to Drama
  • Lifetime Achievment Award San Sebastián International Film Festival (2015)
  • BAFTA (2012) Best Leading Actress for Appropriate Adult
  • Screen Actors Guild Award (2002) Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for Gosford Park
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award (2002) Best Cast for Gosford Park
  • British Independend Film Award (1999) Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film for Hilary & Jackie
  • European Film Award (1996) Best Actress for Breaking the Waves.

Nominations Include:

  • Critics Choice Television Award (2016) Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for Television for The Dresser
  • Screen Actors Guild Award (2015) Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for The Theory of Everthing
  • Screen Actors Guild Award (2012) Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a mini-series for Appropriate Adult
  • Critics Choice Television Award (2012) Best Actress in a mini-series for Appropriate Adult
  • Golden Globe (2011) Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series for Appropriate Adult
  • Golden Globe (2005) Best Supporting Actress for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
  • Laurence Olivier Award (2003) Best Actress for Uncle Vanya
  • BAFTA (2000) Best Actress in a Leading Role for Angela's Ashes
  • BAFTA (1999) Best Actress in a Leading Role for Hilary & Jackie
  • Academy Award (1999) Best Actress for Hilary & Jackie
  • Golden Globe (1999) Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Hilary & Jackie and
  • Golden Globe (1997) Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Breaking the Waves
  • BAFTA (1997) Best Actress in a Leading Role for Breaking the Waves
  • Academy Award (1997) Best Actress for Breaking the Waves
Forest Whitaker

Awards Include:

  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival (2014) Kirk Doubles Award for Excellence in Film
  • Academy Award (2007) Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for The Last King of Scotland
  • BAFTA (2007) Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Last King of Scotland
  • Golden Globe (2007) Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for The Last King of Scotland
  • Screen Actors Guild Award (2007) Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for The Last King of Scotland
  • Emmy Award (2003) Outstanding Made for Television Movie (shared award) for Door to Door
  • Cannes Film Festival (1988) Best Actor for Bird

Nominations Include:

  • Critics Choice TV Award (2016) Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for Television for Roots
  • Black Reel Award (2016) Outstanding Supporting Actor for Southpaw
  • Screen Actors Guild Award (2014) Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for The Butler
  • Emmy Award (2010) Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking for Brick City
  • Emmy Award (2007) Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for ER
  • British Independent Film Awards (2006) Best Actor for The Last King of Scotland
  • Golden Globe (1989) Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for Bird
Olivia Vinall
  • Nominated for UK Theatre Award (2016) Best Supporting Performance for The Seagull at the National Theatre
Max Key
  • It Is Easy To Be Dead, Trafalgar Studios 2, directed by Max Key, nominated for an Olivier Award Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre (2017)
Kunjue Li
  • Young Icon Award at Golden Gala for Arts for India hosted at BAFTA (2017)
Felix Trench
  • iTunes Best of 2015 for podcast Wooden Overcoats
Julia Cranney
  • Scottish Daily Mail Edinburgh Festival Fringe Drama Award 2016
  • Eddie Award 2016
Evie Killip
  • BBC Carleton Hobbs Award 2015
David O'Conner
  • Scottish Daily Mail Edinburgh Festival Fringe Drama Award 2014
Monty d'Inverno
  • BBC Carleton Hobbs Award 2014
Kayleigh Llewellyn
  • BAFTA Rocliffe New Writters Forum Award 2011
Brendan Murray
  • Writers Guild Award (2008, 2009, 2012) Best Play For Children and Young People
  • The Arts Council Award (Brian Way Award) (2001) Best Play For Children & Young People
Blanche McIntyre
  • TMA UK Theatre Award (2013) Best Director
  • Critics Circle Award (2011) Most Promising Newcomer
Theodór Júlíusson
  • EDDA Award, Iceland, Actor of the Year 2012