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16 November 2015

Back to college for Star Wars actor

img 7643 re processedStar Wars actor John Boyega took a break from promoting his new film this week to give a talk to South Thames College performing arts and film students.

The 23-year-old actor who studied at the College in 2010 alongside filming Attack The Block shared his experience of starring in the eagerly anticipated Star Wars film, as well as posing for a few selfies with the group.

Speaking to the room full of budding performers and film makers John explained how his time at South Thames College helped him to focus on the career he wanted and allowed him to express his creativity.

He said: "I really enjoyed my time at South Thames College because I took being there seriously, as I knew I needed to if I wanted to have a career as an actor. I didn’t go to College to waste time or play – I actually wanted to learn.”

img 7728 re processedDuring his time at South Thames John landed the title role in the College's production of Othello. He added: "Othello was one of the biggest experiences for me because that was the first time that my dad came to see me in a show and he was moved to tears. I was taking my career seriously."

Describing the early morning calls on set and the need to be disciplined to succeed John's words of advice seemed to leave an impact on our students.

Level 3 performing arts student, Oliver Fine, 19, said: “I thought John’s visit was the most inspiring moment in my life. He was in the exact same position as I am now five years ago, studying at South Thames and now he is in Star Wars – I aspire to have a career like his.

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 “I found the advice he gave us so interesting, especially when he said it’s important  to concentrate on your career early, so take college seriously – I’ll definitely be  following that.”

 Level 3 performing arts student, Lettitia Morgan, 19, added: “It was amazing. John  comes from a similar back ground and area to me and a lot of other students, so  it’s inspiring to see how successful he is. It’s made me realise anything is possible  as long as you put your mind to it and work hard.”

 Find out more about our performing arts courses and see more photos from John's  visit on our Facebook page.