Sylvia Young Theatre School

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Sylvia Young Theatre School is an independent school in the Marylebone area, London, England. It is a specialist performing arts school named after its founder and principal Sylvia Young.


The Sylvia Young Theatre School was founded in 1972 with part-time classes in East London. It was established as a full-time school in 1981 on Drury Lane but due to expansion it moved to Rossmore Road, Marylebone in 1983. The school moved premises once again in 2010 to a converted church in Nutford Place, Westminster. The school aims to provide a sound basis on which to build a career in the performance media, whilst ensuring that academic studies are of a consistently high standard.

Students either attend the full-time school (students aged 10 to 16 years), the part-time school on Thursday evenings or Saturdays (students aged 4 to 18 years) or holiday schools (students aged 7 to 18 years). Experience days and adult classes are also available.

Many students from the Sylvia Young Theatre School have gained professional experience in TV, film and theatre productions including main roles in Matilda, Billy Elliott, The Lion King, The Bodyguard, Les Miserables, and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. Alumni include National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company actors who are well-known within the profession and many faces from TV and music including: Billie Piper, Denise Van Outen, Tom Fletcher, Rita Ora, Nathan Sykes, Jenna Russell, Emma Bunton and many members of the cast of East Enders past and present.

Notable alumni

Many well-known performers have attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School including:

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  • Adam Woodyatt*
  • Adele Silva
  • Alex Walkinshaw
  • Amy Winehouse
  • Ashley Horne
  • Ashley Walters*
  • Bessie Cursons<ref name="Portsmouth The News 2009">Template:Cite web</ref>
  • Billie Piper
  • Camilla Power
  • Ceallach Spellman<ref name="waterloo_road">Template:Cite web</ref>
  • Clare Buckfield
  • Clare Burt
  • Dani Behr
  • Danielle McCormack
  • Danniella Westbrook


  • Dean Gaffney
  • Denise Van Outen
  • Desmond Askew
  • Dionne Bromfield<ref name="Student Dionne Bromfield will perform a special 1Xtra Live Lounge">Template:Cite web</ref>
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  • Emma Bunton
  • Frances Ruffelle
  • Hollie Chapman<ref name="Aussie TV show break">Hollie's Aussie TV show break</ref>
  • Iain Robertson
  • Isabel Hodgins
  • Jade Ewen
  • James Lance
  • Jamie Borthwick
  • Javine Hylton*
  • Jaymi Hensley


  • Jemima Rooper
  • Jenna Russell
  • Jesy Nelson*
  • Jodi Albert
  • John Pickard
  • Jon Lee
  • Joseph Kpobie*
  • Josh Cuthbert
  • Kara Tointon*
  • Keeley Hawes
  • Kellie Bright
  • Laura Evans<ref name="Mandy_com">Template:Cite web</ref>
  • Laura Sadler<ref name="BBC News June 2003">Template:Cite web</ref>
  • Leigh-Anne Pinnock
  • Letitia Dean


  • Louisa Lytton
  • Luisa Bradshaw-White
  • Matt Di Angelo
  • Matt Willis
  • Matthew James Thomas
  • Melanie Blatt
  • Mohammed George
  • Natalie Appleton
  • Nathan Sykes
  • Nicholas Hoult
  • Nick Berry*
  • Nick Pickard
  • Nicola Stapleton
  • Nicole Appleton
  • Perry Fenwick*


  • Preeya Kalidas
  • Rita Ora<ref name="Skullcandy Roc Nation Aviators Presents: Rita Ora | Video">Template:Cite web</ref><ref name="Rita + Ora">Template:Cite web</ref>
  • Sam Callahan
  • Samantha Janus
  • Sarah Harrison (singer)
  • Scott Robinson
  • Sean Borg
  • Sheree Murphy
  • Sophie Lawrence
  • Stefan Abingdon
  • Steven Mackintosh
  • Tamzin Outhwaite*
  • Tom Fletcher
  • Vanessa White

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Notes and references


External links

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