Former Rhyddings student Brian Fletcher popped into school recently to talk to Year 7 students about his career in acting.

Brian, who starred in BBC One’s recent five-part WW1 drama ‘The Passing Bells’, returned to Rhyddings to help inspire our new intake of budding actors.

Brian in Mamma MiaBrian got his first taste of real acting here at Rhyddings, playing the role of Sam in our production of Mamma Mia. He gained a Distinction* in BTEC Performing Arts and went on to Accrington & Rossendale College, before signing up with the Curtis Brown talent agency. He initially worked as an extra and featured in such programmes as ITV’s ‘Scott & Bailey’.

Whilst back at Rhyddings, Brian talked to students about his experiences filming The Passing Bells in Poland, answered lots of questions and spoke about his next role as ‘Little Stan’ in upcoming ITV WW2 drama ‘Jambusters’.

Brian, who still lives locally, said: “I’m the first person to say I wasn’t the best student and didn’t always do my best in school when I was younger. But the opportunity to do Performing Arts in Year 10 and be a part of the school shows really focussed me on what I wanted to do in life, which was to become an actor. I got my head down and turned it around in the end.

“I’m enjoying every single moment of my acting career, it’s a fantastic experience and feel lucky to be where I am now.”

Anna Booth, who taught Brian through his BTEC in Performing Arts, said: “We are really proud of him. To see one of your former students on the BBC is something really special.”