Game of Thrones star visits former college

7th March 2022

Acting students from Stratford-upon-Avon College were recently treated to a practical workshop with former student and Game of Thrones star Joseph Mawle.

Joseph studied Performing Arts at the College in the early 90s and has warm memories of the time, commenting: “I have many fond memories of studying here, it is a very special place.”

Joseph has gone on to have a rich and successful career, working on a variety of films and TV shows including Ripper Street, Birdsong, In the Heart of the Sea, as well as playing Benjen Stark in the mega-hit TV series Game of Thrones. It has also been announced that he will soon be appearing in the eagerly anticipated series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

Joseph teaching students
Joseph led a practical workshop focused on screen acting techniques

Joseph wanted to be an actor from a young age, despite no experience in the industry: “I had no prior theatre training. But this profession is open to all of us. It is about who has the heart for it, who wants to tell stories.”

Students took part in a practical session with a focus on screen acting techniques and were also able to ask questions about Joseph’s wealth of experience in the industry.

The students found the workshop incredibly helpful and enlightening. Sammy Lees stated: “It is really impressive and cool to see how someone from College can get to where we want to be.” Kenzie Parsons commented: “It was really nice to have his insights and receive tips.” Ryan McCloud added: “I really did learn a lot! It opened my eyes to the research to do before a role and how to keep myself motivated between work.”

Acting Lecturer, Kerry Downing, was delighted to welcome Joseph back to the College: “It was a great experience for the students, as since this course is modelled on drama school training, there is a focus on theatre acting. This experience allowed them to gain a broader insight into the industry from someone who has a wealth of fantastic experience.”

Joseph was happy to help the students on their career path: “If I can send the elevator back down to help others I will!”

Find out more about the College’s Performing & Production Arts courses: SUAC Onstage