Harry Potter star joins brother to host acting class in Leeds

Matthew Lewis with brother Anthony.
Matthew Lewis with brother Anthony.
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HARRY POTTER star Matthew Lewis returned to his hometown of Leeds with his brother Anthony to help budding actors hone their skills.

The pair visited the Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) to host workshops and teach pupils about preparing for television and stage auditions.

Anthony Lewis (left) and brother Matthew Lewis at GSAL.

Anthony Lewis (left) and brother Matthew Lewis at GSAL.

The brothers also judged a drama competition at the school at Alwoodley Gates.

Matthew, 25, who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films, said: “It has been really nice to get back up to Leeds.

“We were both really impressed with the standard of work and creativity.

“TV and film is such a different discipline and it was nice to try and break that down and see how the students handled it and they all did really well.

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“There is so much stuff that I know now, that I just had to pick up along the way.

“So we try and teach the stuff that we would have found useful when we started out.”

Matthew, who is currently starring in BBC Three series Bluestone 42, is an official patron of Totally Lit North.

The performing arts school was launched in Leeds last year by his brother Anthony, 31, at the Yorkshire College of Music.

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

Artistic director Anthony is also an actor and has starred in Emmerdale, The Syndicate and Torchwood and has more than 20 years’ experience in the business.

He said: “It was fantastic for GSAL to invite Matthew and myself. After years working, it’s great to pass on some of our knowledge to the next potential batch of young actors.

“The students all really took on board the advice and we had some great feedback. It all went really well.

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“We are looking at auditioning new students after Easter, and I think we spotted some fantastic potential film and TV actors!”

He added: “The purpose of the workshops was to look at a different style of acting to the theatrical work that the students were familiar with.

“Using mine and Matthew’s experiences working over the years, we explained the main differences between working to a large audience and then playing to a camera, which is a far more intimate experience.

“We also discussed the practical side of working as an actor.”

For more about Totally Lit North, visit www.totallylitnorth.com.

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