Show business success for OBMs

Former Bedford Modern School students Sope Dirisu and Charlie Russell have had much to celebrate recently as their careers on stage and screen continue to go from strength to strength. Sope stars in this months’ blockbuster The Huntsman: Winter’s War which premiered in the UK earlier this month whilst Charlie performs in the West End play The Comedy about a Bank Robbery opened on 21 April 2016 at the Criterion Theatre London.

Sope The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a dark fantasy adventure film based on the characters from the German fairy tale Snow White which sees Sope taking on the role of a soldier named Tull. Sope will star alongside Hollywood stars such as Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt and Chris Hemsworth in the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. Sope has also seen much success on the small screen featuring in popular television shows such as Humans, The Mill and most recently Undercover on BBC1.

Following the success of The Play That Goes Wrong which won ‘Best New Comedy’ at the prestigious Oliver Awards last year, Charlie features in a new West End play The Comedy about a Bank Robbery. The play, which received a five star review by The Times, is directed by theatre company Mischief Theatre and tells the story of a group of useless crooks who try to steal a precious diamond.

Click here to read the shows five star review by The Times. 

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Laura Coltman, Director of Performing Arts at BMS commented: “The recent success of these two OBMs who studied with the Performance Arts Faculty is extremely impressive. The school is so proud of them and their achievements.

“Both Sope and Charlie continue to be supportive of the work of the Faculty and our current performance students, which is lovely.

“We wish them all the best in their current endeavours and hope to welcome them both back to BMS again soon.”