Harry Potter star returns to North Bromsgrove High School to present prestigious performing arts award - The Bromsgrove Standard

Harry Potter star returns to North Bromsgrove High School to present prestigious performing arts award

Bromsgrove Editorial 26th Jun, 2023 Updated: 26th Jun, 2023   0

STUDENTS at North Bromsgrove High School celebrated their awards evening in style when famous actor and NBHS alumnus Mark Williams was the guest speaker.

Mark grew up in Sidemoor and studied at North before progressing to Oxford University where he was part of the dramatic society.

He found success in theatre, film and TV, most notably as Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter films and also, more recently, as Father Brown in the hit BBC drama.

Mark attended the school’s awards’ evening for students recognised for achievement and progress across years nine, 10 and 12.

The school has an established link with Mark after he opened the school’s new building following a complete remodel in 2008 and, at the same time, he introduced the Alan Holden Award.

The accolade was in recognition of Mark’s English teacher who during his time at the school, was his foremost influence as a teacher and actor.

He said the teacher at the school had allowed him to grow in his belief that he could be an actor and was pivotal in setting his aspiration to go on to study at Oxford.

The award is presented each year to a student who has showed the most promise in the performing arts.

The Alan Holden Award was presented by Mark to Eva Jarvis in year 10.

Lucie Proudman also received an award is for overall achievement in music.

Lucie Proudman with headteacher Nick Gibson. s

North Bromsgrove High School headteacher Nick Gibson said: “Our awards evening was a great success and we were privileged to have Mark Williams, as guest of honour, to present certificates and trophies to our talented students.

“As a proud headteacher it was a privilege, together with staff and parents, to witness the wonderful and varied talents of our students and join in celebrating their success across our North family.”

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