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BAFTA award winner visits Greshams school

Just Regional
May 19, 2014 2 mins read

Bafta award winner Olivia Coleman was in Norfolk recently visiting her old school.

Gresham’s School in Holt was delighted to hear that former pupil, Olivia Colman has won her third Bafta Award for best female actor in ITV’s crime series Broadchurch which was announced last night.

Norfolk-born Olivia who studied at Gresham’s recently returned to speak about her career and explain how the school’s drama department helped her discover something “she loved doing” – acting.  Arguably one of Norfolk’s best exports, Olivia has become one of Britain’s biggest stars appearing alongside stars such as Meryl Streep, Ian McShane and David Tennant.

During Olivia’s visit to Gresham’s a ‘Question and Answer’ session took place where pupils were invited to ask questions of the actress.  Olivia was asked what qualities she felt made a good actor, she said, “generosity and kindness”.  She was refreshingly honest about the highs and lows of an acting career and said fame was one of the downsides to her work.  However, she said she realised, “how lucky she was to be doing a job she really loved”.  Her advice to pupils was, “Find a job you love”.

Drama teacher, Mr Hands thanked Olivia for giving her time so generously to the school he said, “The qualities of generosity, kindness and humanity, which she has praised in the actors she most admires, are the very ones that make her a great actor. We are all very proud of her.”

Pictured from left to right:  Front Row: Alicia Stark, Olivia Colman, Paul Hands, Callum Chapman. Back Row: Charlie Hunt, Nina English, Emma Wright, Karina Olsen.

Pictured from left to right:
Front Row: Alicia Stark, Olivia Colman, Paul Hands, Callum Chapman.
Back Row: Charlie Hunt, Nina English, Emma Wright, Karina Olsen.

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