Make your acting dreams a reality

Acting is a dream of many but few will actually pursue that dream with purpose. Here at the Academy we are proud to have a fantastic mix of students from all age groups, backgrounds, abilities and professions who are committed, passionate and determined to make acting a big part of their reality.

From young people and university graduates, to those who have established careers and family commitments, the one thing that unites them is their passion to really develop their acting skill, technique and industry knowledge to pursue their aim of being a professional actor.

One great example of never saying never is Acting for Screen Diploma student, Jane Williams. Jane was a retail business owner and now carer to her elderly mother. Although Jane enjoyed acting as a young girl, her life took a different direction and she began a career in retail, going on to launch her own floristry business. But the love of acting never left Jane. When she became a full-time carer for her mother, Jane realised it was also important to put time aside to look after her own wellbeing. One night browsing the internet she spotted the advert for the YAFTA Acting for Screen Diploma course and applied – and hasn’t looked back!

Jane has been doing the course less than a year and has recently filmed her first professional, paid commercial that will appear on national TV. Go Jane!

“Joining the YAFTA Diploma course was one of the best decisions I have made. The course is really professional and covers all aspects of the industry, thoroughly preparing you for a career as an actor. In addition to the hard work it’s also fun! I can’t believe that in less than a year that I have gained so much experience.
Being a full-time carer can be isolating and tough mentally but being part of YAFTA has helped me tremendously. I’m really excited about my acting future.”

The next intake for the Acting for Screen Diploma starts in October 2019! To apply head to www.yafta.co.uk/acting-for-screen-diploma

For those interested in being behind the camera, our Film and TV Production Diploma Information and Interview day in on 22 June 2019. To book your place email [email protected]

Elliot Laurence trained at ALRA North after graduating from Sheffield Hallam University. Continuing to work as an actor he has worked with companies such as Bolton Octagon, HOMEmcr, Collingwood Learning and Sheffield Theatres.
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Adam received his training at The Academy Of Live And Recorded Arts (ALRA), where he studied stage, screen and audio performance. Since graduating Adam has been cast in various productions in a versatile range of mediums including voice over, theatre, music video, and film. Adam has experience working as a teacher with children, adults and vulnerable groups too.
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Anna Dawson is an Actress, TV Presenter and Musician alongside being a Writer and PR/Marketing Exec. Additionally Anna works in production and has worked as production manager on various feature films such as the recent Scott & Sid which filmed in Yorkshire. With a degree in Politics from Durham University and a long list of acting credits in film, TV and theatre, Anna was chosen to become the Public Relations Officer for the Equity Yorkshire Ridings General Branch Committee.
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Lee Maxwell Simpson gained a first class degree in Drama from Manchester University before training as an actor at London's Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. After graduating, he appeared in a number of commercials, notably for Thomson Holidays and Moonpig.com, and various short films and stage productions, including a National Youth Theatre tour to the Middle East and a spoken word European tour with the novelist Jonathan Coe.
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Ian Puleston-Davies is a professional actor who has recently filmed Marcella, Beowulf and Lewis. Ian played Owen Armstrong in Coronation Street for 5 years prior to his recent acting achievements. Ian has an impressive acting CV having been in most major soaps and dramas in the UK over the past 20 years. Some of his credits include Eastenders, Waterloo Road, Silent Witness, Life on Mars, I'm Alan Partridge, Dalziel & Pascoe to name a few. He is currently writing his own screenplay and working as an actor but will also be finding the time to teach YAFTA masterclasses. Ian supports the development of actors at YAFTA.
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Charlotte is the Managing Director of YAFTA. She is a TV Presenter, Actress, and Agent. Charlotte also owns YAFTA Talent Agency and YAFTA Consultancy. Charlotte is currently working as a TV Presenter for various companies including Made in Leeds TV. In 2015 Charlotte had her own TV show called ‘Challenge Charlotte’ which aired across the Made Network in Leeds, Tyne & Wear, Bristol and Cardiff, the show is set for a second series in 2016. She also played the role of Hannah O’Rourke in BBC1’s Happy Valley and played various roles in TV Comedy Sketch Show ‘Cool Beans’. In January 2016, Charlotte filmed the part of Jane in Coronation Street. She will also be one of the judges for Made in Leeds’ TV Programme ‘Star Made’.
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Charlotte is the Managing Director of YAFTA. She is a TV Presenter, Actress, and Agent. Charlotte also owns YAFTA Talent Agency and YAFTA Consultancy. Charlotte is currently working as a TV Presenter for various companies including Made in Leeds TV. In 2015 Charlotte had her own TV show called ‘Challenge Charlotte’ which aired across the Made Network in Leeds, Tyne & Wear, Bristol and Cardiff, the show is set for a second series in 2016. She also played the role of Hannah O’Rourke in BBC1’s Happy Valley and played various roles in TV Comedy Sketch Show ‘Cool Beans’. In January 2016, Charlotte filmed the part of Jane in Coronation Street. She will also be one of the judges for Made in Leeds’ TV Programme ‘Star Made’.
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