19-year-old Evance Ochuko Ivwurie Jnr, from Abraka in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, in the class of 2015 emerged the youngest First Class graduate of Royal Holloway, by graduating with a First Class Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Economics and thus becoming the youngest graduate of the university in it’s history. This story sparked national press coverage and was reference in the Sun news online’s article about ‘education’s year of change… and joy’.
Alumni scoop BAFTA and Olivier
Alumna, Georgina Campbell (Film Studies, 2014) triumphed over Sheridan Smith, Sarah Lancashire and Keeley Hawes to win best actress at the BAFTAs for her role in hard-hitting drama Murdered by my Boyfriend. Following her win, Georgina spoke to the BBC as well as being interviewed by the Guardian about her career so far, and how she was spotted on the street.
You can now watch Georgina in new E4 programme Tripped which aired in December. Read about Georgina’s new role in her interview with the Radio Times.
Veteran film actor and alumnus, Mark Strong, topped the list at this year’s Olivier Theatre Awards winning Best Actor for his portrayal of troubled dock worker Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge. Mark beat James McAvoy, Richard Armitage and Tim Pigott-Smith to win the coveted award. Ahead of his win, Mark was interviewed at the awards, and you can watch a video of his reaction to being nominated here.
Alumni enter the House of Commons
Following the 2015 Election, the college now has three alumni MPs: Valerie Vaz, Labour (Biochemistry, 1978, Bedford College); Stewart Jackson, Conservative (Economics and Public Administration, 1988) and Andrew Stephenson, Conservative (Management Studies, 2002).