Thursday, June 20News For London

Ken Rea, the mentor who trains Britain’s best actors

Our reporter Li Ying visited London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, one of the UK’s leading drama academies, to talk to the senior acting lecturer who trained some of the country’s biggest stars.

Reporter: Li Ying    

Sub editor: Amie Filcher

In Oscar history, there have been 19 British winners of the Best Actor Award – a strong testament to the talent and calibre of British actors in the film industry. At the 87th Oscar Award ceremony, Eddie Redmayne has just crowned the moment. What is the secret to their success? What kind of training have they gone through which makes them stand out in an industry known for fierce competition?

Many of them have studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama situated in Silk Street near the Barbican in London. In this video, Ken Rea, their teacher, explains what comes before the success. And young upcoming drama students explain, why it is important for an actor to bypass your logical brain so that acting becomes natural. But see for yourself.


Profile of Ken Rea:

Ken Rea has been teaching at Guildhall School of Music and Drama for 37 years. The long list of actors he trained at Guildhall includes Daniel Craig, Neil Morrissey, Alistair McGowan, and Michelle Dockery.

Ken emphasizes a couple of key values in acting. The most important ones include warmth, generosity, enthusiasm, grit, and danger. He says all great actors are great risk-takers as well. And these qualities in turn lead to presence and charisma.

The future generation of actors in training
The future generation of actors in training