Faculty of Arts

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Name Profession Qualifications
David Bamber Actor: credits include Rome, Pride and Prejudice, My Night with Reg (Olivier Award 1996), and Valkyrie. BA Drama 1976  
Marcus Brigstocke Comedian and satirist: credits include The Late Edition, Have I got News for You, We Are History, and BBC Radio 4's The Now Show. Drama 1995-97
Jeremy Brock Actor, producer, writer, and director: credits include Mrs Brown (screenplay) for which he won The Evening Standard Best Screenplay award, Casualty and Holby City (co-creator) and Charlotte Gray (screenplay).  BAFTA winner in 2007 for his screenplay adaptation of The Last King of Scotland. BA Drama and English 1981
Mary Chapman Chief Executive, Chartered Management Institute. Prior to her current appointment, Mary was the first Chief Executive of Investors in People UK. BA French and German 1970
Tim Corrie Chairman Elect of BAFTA BA Drama and French 1963
Alex Cox Film Director: credits include Repo Man, Sid and Nancy, and The Revengers Tragedy . Cert in Radio, Film and TV 1977
Julia Donaldson Bestselling children's writer, author of The Gruffalo, the UK's top selling picture book. Other titles include The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom, Night Monkey Day Monkey, The Dinosaur's Diary and Stick Man. BA Drama and French 1970
Greg Doran Chief Associate Director, Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2003, Greg won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement of the Year for his Jacobean season at the Swan Theatre. BA Drama and English 1980
Mark Ellingham Co-Founder and Publisher of The Rough Guides with partner Natania Jansz (BSc Psychology 1980). BA English 1980, Honorary MA 2004
Caroline Goodall Actress: credits include Schindler's List (1993), Hook (1991), Cliffhanger (1993), Disclosure (1994), White Squall (1996) and The Princess Diaries (2001). BA Drama and English 1981
Sue Lawley OBE Television and radio presenter. BA Modern Languages 1967, Honorary LLD 1989
Kate Long Best-selling novelist: author of The Bad Mother's Handbook, Swallowing Grandma, Queen Mum and The Daughter Game. BA English 1987
Matt Lucas Writer, comedian and actor: he paired up with David Walliams (BA Drama 1992) to create Rock Profiles in 2001. This was followed by the hugely successful Little Britain. Drama 1993-95
Deborah Moggach Novelist: author of You Must be Sisters, Close to Home, A Quiet Drink, Hot Water Man, Porky, To have and To Hold, Smile and other Stories, Driving in the Dark, Stolen, The Stand In, The Ex-Wives, Changing Babies and Other Stories, Seesaw, Tulip Fever, Final Demand, These Foolish Things and In the Dark. BAFTA-nominated for her Pride and Prejudice screenplay. BA English 1970, Honorary DLitt 2005
David Nicholls Writer: television credits include Cold Feet, Rescue Me, I Saw You.  His recent novel, Starter for Ten has been adapted for screen, directed by Tom Vaughan (BA Drama 1990). BA Drama and English 1988
Simon Pegg Actor and comedian: credits include Run Fatboy Run, Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, Spaced, Hippies, Faith in the Future and Big Train. He also appeared in 24 Hour Party People, directed by Michael Winterbottom (Cert in Radio, Film and TV 1983). BA Drama 1991
Tim Pigott-Smith Actor, director: television credits include The Jewel in the Crown. Film credits include Remains of the Day and Bloody Sunday.  Tim is a special lecturer in the Department of Drama. BA General Arts (Drama, English and French) 1967, Honorary DLitt 2008
Mark Ravenhill Playwright: author of Shopping and Fucking, Faust is Dead, Handbag (Evening Standard Award), Mother Clapp's Molly House,Totally Over You and The Cut. BA Drama and English 1987
Colin Sell Colin Sell is Head of Music at East 15 Acting School but is better known as the pianist for radio shows I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and Whose Line is it Anyway? BA Spanish and Portuguese 1971
Tom Vaughan Director: directed a number of short films before working with David Nicholls (BA Drama and English 1988), firstly on Cold Feet and then on the film adaptation of David's novel Starter for Ten. BA Drama 1990
David Walliams Writer, comedian and actor:  partners Matt Lucas in Little Britain, which has won Best Comedy Show and Performance at the 2004 Royal Television Society Awards, and a BAFTA for Best Comedy Series. BA Drama 1992
Matthew Warchus Theatre director: freelance director for the RSC, frequently directs at the Bristol Old Vic and recently directed the high profile musical adaptation of Lord of the Rings. Awards include the Globe's Most Promising Newcomer Award (1994) for Much Ado About Nothing at the West End, the Evening Standard Best Director award (1996), and Olivier nominations for Henry V, Volpone and Art and Hamlet (1996). BA Drama and Music 1988
Emily Watson Actress: credits include Miss Potter, Separate Lies, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Gosford Park, Angela's Ashes, Hilary and Jackie, The Boxer, Metroland, Breaking the Waves and The Water Horse. BA English 1988, Honorary MA 2003
Martin Wenner Actor: credits include In Suspicious Circumstance, Poirot and Born and Bred. BA English 1981
Michael Winterbottom Film Director: credits include 9 Songs, 24 Hour Party People, The Claim, Wonderland, Welcome to Sarajevo and Jude. He won the first Alexander Walker Special Award at the Evening Standard film awards in 2004. Cert in Radio, Film and TV 1983

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