Former QEH ‘Captain of School’ lighting up screens in BBC Drama

January 28 2016

Former QEH ‘Captain of School’ lighting up screens in BBC Drama

A FORMER QEH school pupil is starring in the BBC One production ‘Dickensian’.

Ben Starr, who was Captain of School during his time at QEH, is currently playing the role of Captain James Hawdon in the popular prime time drama having developed a love of theatre during his school days.

‘Dickensian’, set within the fictional realms of Charles Dickens’ critically acclaimed novels, brings together some of his most iconic characters as their lives intertwine in 19th century London. It is aired at 8.00pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays, on BBC One.

Filming is also underway for Ben’s next project, ‘Medici: Masters of Florence’, in which he stars alongside acting heavy weight Dustin Hoffman and Richard Madden, from Game of Thrones.

Ben left QEH in 2006, after winning a place at Durham University, and began his acting career training at the reputable London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Whilst there, his roles included James Leighton-Masters in POSH, Sir Samuel Hearty in The Virtuoso, and Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His theatre credits also include the critically acclaimed Yellow Face at The National Theatre.

Stephen Holliday, Headmaster at QEH, congratulated Ben saying, “We were treated to a number of superb performances by Ben during his time at QEH. We’re delighted at his success and are very proud of him – what an inspiration for our current Drama students!”

QEH has a strong tradition of producing talented actors and stars in the film and television industry, with past pupils including the actor Hugo Weaving and playwright Ashley Pharoah.