A TV and film actor is hoping to pass on his expertise and find the stars of tomorrow.
Joshua Brown, best known for playing Alex Pickering in Grange Hill, has set up the Joshua Brown School of Acting to help youngsters enjoy the same successes he has enjoyed throughout his career.
Joshua, 22, began attending stage school at the age of four for acting and dance classes.
His first TV role was in Grange Hill in 2004 and the young TV star went on to appear in popular shows including Holby City, Emmerdale and Shameless.
For the past couple of years Joshua has worked on a theatre-in-education project about bullying – a reflection of his Grange Hill days, where his character Alex was bullied.
And in an unusual twist, one of the actors he worked with played the Grange Hill bully.
But now Joshua, of Asquith Fields, Batley, is keen to help nurture the acting talent of tomorrow.
His acting school, as well as offering classes in acting for camera, acting for theatre, improvisation, script work and more, will also have the backing of Joshua’s casting agency Linton Management.
His agent will be dropping into classes to keep an eye out for emerging talent and will also bring scripts to the school.
Joshua had to travel outside of Batley for his training, and hopes to deliver the same opportunities to others on his own doorstep.
“I hope to give people the experience and skills that I had to travel for,” he said.
“My agent has faith in me. she knows what I’m capable of.”
On Saturday the Joshua Brown School of Acting, next to the Vauxhall garage in Bradford Road, will throw open its doors, 10am-5pm, promising taster workshops, performances and visits from celebrities including Emmerdale actors Jamie Shelton and Danny Miller, and Andy Ellis, who played Gadget in the film This Is England.
Joshua plans to get children and parents involved in the fun and has installed a chalk wall for visitors to sign their name.
The school will teach children from the age of six and also plans to host adult classes.
Joshua will also appear in film The Knife That Killed Me, which is set to be released in the coming months and was filmed enitrely in green screen.
For more information, call Joshua on 07545196249.