Category:People educated at Tower House School
People educated at Tower House School.
People educated at Tower House School.
1. Tom Hardy – Edward Thomas Tom Hardy is an English actor and producer. His motion picture debut was in Ridley Scotts 2001 action film Black Hawk Down and he portrayed Bane in the superhero film The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max Rockatansky in the post-apocalyptic film Mad Max, Fury Road, and both of the Kray twins in the crime thriller Legend. He created, co-produced and took the lead in the historical fiction series Taboo on BBC One. Hardy has performed on both British and American stages and he starred in the 2007 production of The Man of Mode and received positive reviews for his role in the 2010 Philip Seymour Hoffman-directed play The Long Red Road. Hardy was born in Hammersmith, London, the child of Anne, an artist and painter of Irish descent, and Edward Chips Hardy. He was raised in East Sheen, London and he studied at Tower House School, Reeds School, and Duff Miller Sixth Form College. To further his ambition, Hardy later studied at Richmond Drama School. In 1998, Hardy won The Big Breakfasts Find Me a Supermodel competition at age 21, Hardy joined Drama Centre London in September 1998, and was taken out early after winning the part of US Army Private John Janovec in the award-winning HBO-BBC miniseries Band of Brothers. He made his film debut in Ridley Scotts 2001 war thriller Black Hawk Down. In 2003, Hardy appeared in the film dot the i, and then travelled to North Africa for Simon, An English Legionnaire, a story of the French Foreign Legion. In the same year, he gained some international exposure as the Reman Praetor Shinzon. He then returned to England to feature in the 2003 film LD50 Lethal Dose, Hardy appeared in the 2005 BBC miniseries The Virgin Queen as Robert Dudley, a childhood friend of Elizabeth I. The miniseries portrays them as having a platonic, though highly romantic, Hardy featured in the BBC Four adaptation of the 1960s sci-fi series A for Andromeda. In 2007, he appeared in BBC Twos drama based on a story, Stuart. He played the role of Stuart Shorter, a homeless man who had been subjected to years of abuse and whose death was possibly a suicide. In February 2008, he played a drug-addicted rapist in the British horror-thriller WΔZ, in September 2008, he appeared in Guy Ritchies London gangster film, RocknRolla, Hardy played the role of gay gangster Handsome Bob. Though a sequel to RocknRolla, titled The Real RocknRolla, has been rumoured to be in production, in which Hardy will reprise the role of Handsome Bob, filming has yet to commence on the project. In early 2009, Hardy starred in the film Bronson, about the real-life English prisoner Charles Bronson, for the film, he put on three stone
2. Robert Pattinson – Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson is an English actor, producer, model, and musician. Pattinson started his career by playing Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Twilight brought Pattinson worldwide fame, and established him among the highest paid, in 2009, he portrayed Salvador Dalí in Little Ashes. That same year, a film, Robsessed, about the actors fame. He appeared as a young man in Remember Me and also starred in a romantic drama. His performance as a tough, cold-hearted and calculating billionaire in David Cronenbergs Cosmopolis, Pattinson started his career as a model at the age of 12. In 2013 Dior Homme signed him as the face of their Fragrances, in 2016, he also became the first brand ambassador of their Menswear collection. Pattinson composes and plays his own music and he has sang songs for Twilight film series and the 2008 independent comedy-drama film How to Be. He became ambassador of the latter in 2015 to help raise awareness of it. He is also a member of International Medical Corps and has promoted and shared details about cancer through PSAs to raise awareness about the disease and his father, Richard, imported vintage cars from the United States, and his mother, Clare, worked for a modelling agency. Pattinson has two sisters, Victoria and singer Elizabeth Lizzy Pattinson. Growing up in Barnes, London, he attended Tower House School until he was 12 and he became involved in amateur theatre at the Barnes Theatre Company. He auditioned and was cast in a role in Guys. He next auditioned for Thornton Wilders Our Town, and was cast as George Gibbs and he also appeared in Anything Goes and Macbeth. He caught the attention of an agent in a production of Tess of the dUrbervilles. In May 2005, he was scheduled to appear in the UK premiere of The Woman Before at the Royal Court Theatre, later that year he played Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. For this role he was named that years British Star of Tomorrow by The Times and had more than once been hailed as the next Jude Law. In 2006, Pattinson appeared in The Haunted Airman a psychological thriller, aired on BBC Four on 31 October, the Stage praised his performance by saying that played the airman of the title with a perfect combination of youthful terror and world weary cynicism
3. Adam Boulton – Thomas Adam Babbington Boulton is the Editor-at-large of Sky News, and the current presenter of All Out Politics. He also the political editor of Sky News. He is based at Sky News Westminster studios in Central London and he was previously the political editor of TV-am, an ITV early-morning broadcasting franchise holder. Boulton is also Sky Newss Editor at Large and he held the post of Skys Political Editor since being asked to establish its politics team for the launch of the channel in 1989. He is the presenter of Sky News Sunday Live with Adam Boulton. He then studied at Christ Church, Oxford and Johns Hopkins University where he gained degrees in English, in 2013 Boulton received an Honorary Doctorate of Business from Plymouth University. Before joining Sky News, Boulton worked as a journalist in the parliamentary lobby and he was then Political Editor for TV-am, where his colleague was Kay Burley who later joined Sky News. From 2011, Boulton has presented Boulton & Co from 1pm to 2pm Monday to Friday on the channel, as well as having a regular weekday show of his own, he also frequently appears during the week to report on breaking political stories. On 15 June 2008 he became the first British television reporter to conduct a joint interview of US President George W. Bush and his wife Laura. Boulton was based in Washington, D. C. from January 2009, Boulton shouted at Campbell, Dont tell me what I think. At the time both Labour and the Conservatives were trying to broker a deal with the Liberal Democrats aimed at forming a coalition government, a similar disagreement occurred later on that evening in an exchange with Ben Bradshaw. The media regulator Ofcom received several hundred complaints about the Campbell incident from viewers and he was also accused of bias for the way he questioned Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, it was claimed in contravention of the pre-established rules, during the Leaders debate hosted by Sky News. Ofcom rejected the complaints On 20 January 2011 Boulton once again interviewed Alastair Campbell on Sky News, both apologised about the incident and shook hands at the end of the interview. Boulton won the Royal Television Societys supreme Judges Award and was elected the 2007 Chairman of the Parliamentary Lobby and he has written for newspapers and magazines including The Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Spectator, New Statesman and Independent. He has been a guest of programmes such as Newsnight, Bremner, Bird and Fortune and he has interviewed every British Prime Minister from David Cameron back to Sir Alec Douglas-Home, international stars and influential figures. Boulton divorced his first wife Kerena Ann Boulton after his affair with Tony Blairs spin doctor Anji Hunter became front page news in 2002. Both have children from their previous marriages
4. Jack Whitehall – Jack Peter Benedict Whitehall is an English comedian, television presenter and actor. He is best known for his stand up comedy and for starring as JP in the TV series Fresh Meat, since 2012, he has been a regular panellist on the game show A League of Their Own. He also hosts Backchat with his father, Michael and his father was an agent for Judi Dench, Colin Firth and Richard Griffiths, and wrote the memoir Shark-Infested Waters. Whitehall has a sister, Molly Louisa, and a brother and he had two godfathers—Nigel Havers and the late Richard Griffiths, both actors. He attended Tower House School in East Sheen, west London and he has made jokes about this, often mentioning that he resented Pattinsons taking all the best acting roles in the school plays. Whitehall has also mentioned in an interview how he auditioned for the role of Harry Potter after the team visited his school. He went on to attend the Dragon School in Oxford and then Marlborough College, Whitehall took a gap year where he decided to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. He attended the University of Manchester for two terms only, to study History of Art and he has stated that his comedy hero is Jack Dee, having briefly met him as a teenager. In 1997 Whitehall then aged nine appeared in the series Noahs Ark, in June 2008, Whitehall presented the first week of Big Brothers Big Mouth on E4, returning in August to host the twelfth week. In September and November, Whitehall made his first and second of many appearances on Channel 4s 8 Out of 10 Cats. In January 2009, he hosted Celebrity Big Brothers Big Mouth, during which he appeared on The Sunday Night Project, in June 2009 Whitehall co-hosted the satirical TNT Show with Holly Walsh on Channel 4. In August, he appeared on Charlie Brookers Channel 4 panel show You Have Been Watching and he made his first of many appearances on BBC Two satirical panel show Mock the Week, and in October, he guest-presented an episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks. In January 2010, Whitehall made his appearance in 8 Out of 10 Cats, followed in February by his second appearance on Mock the Week. In April, he featured on Channel 4s Comedy Gala, a show held in aid of Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital. In April, he appeared on James Cordens sport show A League of Their Own, and on 11 June made his fifth appearance on 8 Out of 10 Cats, followed in June by his third appearance on Mock the Week. In June and July 2010, Whitehall was a performer on the first series of Channel 4s Stand Up for the Week alongside Andi Osho, Kevin Bridges, Rich Hall. In September he made his appearance on 8 Out of 10 Cats. In October, he appeared on a episode of Argumental
5. Rory Kinnear – Rory Kinnear is an English actor and playwright who has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. He is known for playing Bill Tanner in the James Bond films Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre and he is the youngest actor to play the role of Bill Tanner. He also won a Laurence Olivier Award for portraying Fopling Flutter in a 2008 version of The Man of Mode, in 2014, he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Shakespeares villain Iago in the National Theatre production of Othello. Kinnear was born in London, England, the son of the actor Roy Kinnear and he has two sisters, Kirsty and Karina. Through his father, a well-known British comedy actor, he is the grandson of the rugby union and rugby league player Roy Kinnear. Educated at Tower House School and St Pauls School, London, he read English at Balliol College, Oxford, Kinnears performances in Phyllida Lloyds production of Mary Stuart and Trevor Nunns Hamlet, in which he played Laertes, met with acclaim. He also achieved recognition as the outrageous Sir Fopling Flutter in The Man of Mode at the National Theatre, winning a Laurence Olivier Award, in 2010, he played Angelo in Measure for Measure at the Almeida Theatre. Later in 2010 he played the role in Hamlet at the National Theatre. The two portrayals won him the best actor award in the Evening Standard drama awards for 2010, Kinnear appeared in The Last of the Haussmans by Stephen Beresford at the Royal National Theatre during the summer of 2012. The production was broadcast to cinemas around the world on 11 October 2012 through the National Theatre Live programme and he starred as Iago opposite Adrian Lester in the title role of Othello in 2013 at the National Theatre throughout the summer of 2013. Both actors won the Best Actor award in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for their roles, the award is given to only one actor. From September 2013 the Bush Theatre in London staged Kinnears debut play The Herd, the play ran at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago beginning 2 April 2015. For The Threepenny Opera at the Olivier Theatre in May 2016 Kinnear found his dormant singing voice for the role of Macheath. In February 2017 he made his debut with The Winters Tale. He currently portrays Bill Tanner in the Daniel Craig era James Bond film series taking over from Michael Kitchen. He is the person to play the character. He has appeared in Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre, as well as the films, Kinnear also lends his voice and likeness to the Bond video games, GoldenEye 007, James Bond 007, Blood Stone and 007 Legends. In 2014, he played the character, Detective Nock, in the The Imitation Game based loosely on the biography Alan Turing
6. Mark Lester – Lester was born in the city of Oxford, Oxfordshire in southern England, to actress Rita Keene Lester and actor and producer Michael Lester. His father was Jewish and his mother Anglican, Lester initially had supporting roles in several British television series, including The Human Jungle and Danger Man. In 1964, at the age of six, Lester was cast in Robert Dhérys film Allez France and he played a small part as the second schoolboy in Fahrenheit 451. In 1967, at the age of eight, Lester was cast in the role in the film version of Lionel Barts musical Oliver. The multiple Academy Award-winning adaptation of Charles Dickens novel co-starred Jack Wild, Ron Moody, Harry Secombe, Shani Wallis, since Lester could not sing, all of his singing in the movie was dubbed by Kathe Green, daughter of the films music arranger Johnny Green. Lester became good friends with Wild during production of the film and their friendship continued after production, when Wild was nominated for an Academy Award for the film, they were flown together to the United States for the ceremony. These two child actors later reunited for Melody, which depicted British schoolchildren in love, tracy Hyde played the role of Melody in the film, which used music from the Bee Gees and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. After this period, his roles in the UK would begin to wane as he found good roles harder to come by. He extended his range with roles in a series of films in Italy including Redneck with Telly Savalas, the final film of his Italian-based career was in the costume drama La Prima volta sullerba, which was nominated for the Golden Bear prize at the 25th Berlin International Film Festival. Lester wrapped up his British film career with the role in the all-star film Crossed Swords a. k. a. The Prince and the Pauper, starring Raquel Welch, Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, scott, and Oliver Reed, who had played Bill Sikes in Oliver. After the poor reception of Crossed Swords Lester gave up acting at the age of 19 and he took his A Levels at the age of 28 and became an osteopath, studying at the British School of Osteopathy. In 1993, Lester opened the Carlton Clinic, a clinic in Cheltenham. Lester has four children with his first wife, whom he married in January 1993, in 2006 married Lisa, a psychiatric nurse. He is a patron of the theatre charity The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain, Lester was a close friend of Michael Jackson and is godfather to Jacksons three children. Lester claimed to have been a donor for Jackson in 1996. Lester returned to acting in the 2015 film 1066, starring as King Harold II, the film also contained the acting debut of his son Felix. The Moving Picture Boy, An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995, norwich, Michael Russell,1996, pp. 323–324