Aspiring movie star Bunmi Osadolor has won a BAFTA scholarship to support him as he pursues a career in acting.
These prestigious scholarships have been handed out to just 14 students throughout the UK this year – with Bunmi being chosen as one of the lucky recipients.
The former Performing Arts student, 22, attended New City College Ardleigh Green and is now on the BA in Acting degree course at East 15 Acting School.
Bunmi is hoping to follow in the footsteps of other New City College alumni, who include Jimmy Akingbola (film and TV actor), Sara Pascoe (actor, TV presenter and comedian), Michael Ward (Top Boy actor), Stacey Solomon (singer and TV presenter), Charles Babalola (actor), Alan Davies (actor and comedian) and Lee Van Geleen (West End theatre star) – to name a few!
He fell in love with acting at the age of 14 when the casting team of Pan went to his school – Bower Park in Romford – to audition boys for the show. For Bunmi, this was the moment he knew he wanted a future as an actor.
After GCSEs he applied for the Performing Arts course at Ardleigh Green, taking part in many acting workshops, theatre shows and college performances while he was a student.
He progressed to East 15 and now, in his final year of the degree, is delighted to be named as one of the BAFTA scholarship winners.
He said: “The feeling of winning a scholarship is amazing, but the fact that this is a BAFTA Scholarship just makes it even better! Knowing I don’t have to worry about the financial element of my studies makes it an out of this world feeling.”