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Actor Jack wins place at New York drama school

October 21, 2013


A YOUNG Nottingham actor has been accepted on to a scholarship at one of the world's most famous drama schools.

Jack Lamb is one of just 16 international students to have been offered a place at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

It comes after Jack, 23, of Wollaton, wowed an interview panel with his acting ability at an audition in London earlier this month.

He said: It's a huge opportunity for me. Lots of really great actors have trained there, like Robert Redford and Grace Kelly. I cannot believe it, and I feel so lucky. It's one of the top drama schools in the world.

For me it's a pretty huge deal. Quite a few of my acting heroes are alumni.

The former Djanogly City Academy pupil first took to the stage at the age of 12.

He also studied acting at New College Nottingham's Clarendon campus, before graduating with a 2:1 theatre studies degree from Middlesex University last year. His career has also seen him feature in the Theatre Royal's 2008 production Robin Of Sherwood. The audition to get into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts saw Jack perform two monologues and have an interview at a London hotel. The monologues were pieces taken from Decadence by Steven Berkoff, and a play called Living at Home by Anthony Giardina.

Jack said: I want to make a living out of acting. I really like playing villains, and my ultimate role would be to play Jekyll and Hyde.

Probably one of my favourite films of all-time is Pulp Fiction.

It's so well made, the actors are incredible and Quentin Tarantino is amazing.

I've been to New York briefly once before in 2010. I was only there for two days but it was an incredible city.

Jack will start his studies in January if he can get funding. He has received a bursary from the academy for around half of the cost of his two-year acting scholarship, which for tuition fees alone is Pounds 18,000 a year.

He is searching for sponsorship towards covering the rest of his fees and living costs.

Jack said: I'm not asking for a free ride. I'm really willing to work hard and will try to find any ways to pay back the sponsorship. At the end of the course I'm willing to reimburse the money once my career is up and running.'' Any business or organisation interested in sponsoring Jack can email him at

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Winners of an array of awards including 96 Oscars THE American Academy of Dramatic Arts was founded in New York in 1884.

Its alumni have won an array of awards for their acting talents, including 96 Oscars.

Stars trained at the academy include: Kirk Douglas - the illustrious actor and film producer starred in classic films such as Spartacus. He is father to Michael Douglas. Lauren Bacall - the actress and model first starred on the silver screen in the 1940s in films such as Humphrey Bogart's To Have and Have Not. She also appeared in other classics, including alongside Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire. Robert Redford - Arguably his most famous role came in the 1969 hit Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. He went on to become one of Hollywood's top stars and featured in The Great Gatsby and All the President's Men. Redford has won two Oscars. Danny DeVito - The American actor, comedian and producer starred in 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, before enjoying starring roles in the 1980s and 90s, including alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Twins and as The Penguin in Batman Returns.

Kim Cattrall - The Liverpool-born actress played Samantha Jones in the Sex and the City TV and film series.

Paul Rudd - the actor and comedian has starred in a number of hit films. He is best known for his roles in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Knocked Up.

'For me it's a pretty huge deal. Quite a few of my acting heroes are alumni. Jack Lamb

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