Launch of new drama school is a bit of magic

Actors Bill Wade, Anthony Lewis and brother Matthew Lewis
Actors Bill Wade, Anthony Lewis and brother Matthew Lewis
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Leeds-born actor Anthony Lewis and his Harry Potter star sibling Matthew will launch a new college for performing arts in their hometown.

Totally Lit North, based at Yorkshire College of Music and Drama at St Mark’s Avenue, Leeds, opens in February and will give budding young film, television and theatre stars the chance to be coached by top actors.

It follows on from the success of Totally Lit College in London, and is aimed at 11 to 19-year-olds.

Artistic director Anthony, 30, will be heading up the Leeds school. Anthony has starred in Emmerdale, The Syndicate and Torchwood and has over 20 years’ experience in the business.

He said: “Many people will think it’s just another drama school, but what we are doing is extremely unique.

“We are offering up to 40 young people an amazing opportunity to work on a regular basis with genuine British talent.

“Being a former child actor from Leeds myself, I am fully aware of the huge amount of talent in this area and I am very excited to be working with and encouraging the next crop of young, talented actors.”

Brother Matthew, who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films, is an official patron of the college and will be hosting masterclasses alongside soap stars Bill Ward and Gemma Bissix, and actress Katy Manning.

Matthew, 24, said: “The work that the creative team are doing is fantastic and it’s something I would have hugely benefitted from at that age.”

A series of free workshops will be held on February 2 and 9 to help find the new recruits.

Booking is essential.

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