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Below is a selection of our successful graduates and you can also see more graduate profiles here.

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 Changeling (Royal Shakespeare Company)

Awards Include:

OBE (2015) for services to Drama 
Lifetime Achievement 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 Independent 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 Everything
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), Outnumbered (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 starred 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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Forest 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), Heartbeat (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 Inishmore (Royal Shakespeare Company 2001), King John (Royal Shakespeare Company 2001), The Prisoner's Dilemma (Royal Shakespeare Company 2001)

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Leland Orser

US actor Leland Orser graduated from Drama Studio London in 1984. Returning to the US he made his television debut in 1991 on the series Gabriel's Fire before undertaking a number other small TV roles. From 2004 to 2009 he played Chief of Surgery Dr. Lucien Dubenko on ER. Most recently he appeared in all three of the Taken films. 

Film: Taken 1,2,3, The Gambler (2014), Pearl Harbour (2001), The Bone Collector (1999), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Alien Resurection (1997), Independence Day (1996), 

TV: Berlin Station (2016), Ray Donavan (2015-16), NCIS: Los Angeles (2011), 24 (2009), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2009), ER (2004-9), Star Trek: Enterprise (2003), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2003), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2002), Star Trek: Voyager (1997), NYPD Blue (1994-7), Married with Children (1995-6, actor and director), Star Trek: Deep Spae Nine (1993-5), Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1994), Cheers (1992), The Golden Girls (1991), Gabriel's Fire (1991) 

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