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BA (Hons) Acting Graduate, Oliver Clayton, stars in new BBC drama series 'Overshadowed'

BA (Hons) Acting Graduate / Alumni Course news / Courses / Industry News – Published 27th Oct 17

Based on Eva O’Connor’s award-winning play, Overshadowed aired on BBC One this month telling the story of a young Irish vlogger called Imogene, whose life spirals out of control.

Watch the trailer for Overshadowed here.

Oliver graduated from BA (Hons) Acting in 2017. He shared his recent success with us:

“The audition process was very quick, it all happened over a two week period. I was asked to send in a self-tape and then shortly after I was invited up to Leeds to audition on camera in front of Hildegard (the Director), the Casting Director, Producer and Assistant Producer. I’d originally auditioned with an Irish accent and on the day, they asked me to do a Northern accent which was a little nerve wracking but apparently, I did alright. It was such an amazing opportunity and I’m so, so grateful to everyone involved with the project.

“It wasn’t until I came to AUB that I knew why I wanted to be an actor, to be in the arts. Particularly during my second year there was a lot of things that clicked into place for me, the type of actor and artist I wanted to be, the type of work I want to make and be a part of. If I hadn’t studied at AUB then I don’t think I’d have the same drive I do now. The course gave me something that traditional conservatoire training probably wouldn’t have and I can say that honestly.

“The Acting course at AUB is nurturing and producing real talent. People in my year have already taken work to Fringe Festival, getting a great reception and other friends from the course are currently touring Europe. Before I graduated from AUB, the year below were already making some really exciting work of their own. I’m really excited to see their final year shows.

“It’s definitely the type of course which you get out as much as you put in and when you’re surrounded by so many like-minded creative people it’s really easy to get inspired. I took a chance and it turned out to be one of the best things for me.”

Missed Overshadowed? Catch up on iPlayer.