BA (Hons) Acting graduate, Yvonne Grundy graduated in the summer of 2018, at which time she had already landed a major part in a new Thomas and Friends film, Big World, Big Adventures, voicing the Kenyan train, Nia.

We caught up with Yvonne to find out about life post-AUB in the acting industry.

What have you been up to since you graduated?

“I graduated in June. A week after my graduation I went to the Thomas and Friends Big World, Big Adventures premiere at Leicester Square, that was really incredible. I then went back home to Kenya for a bit of a holiday and spent some time emailing agents looking for an agent and luckily, I got myself one quite quickly.

And so, I guess the fact that you attended the premiere for Thomas and Friends means you had already started working on the film before graduating?

I got my audition in the second to last term. So, I was recording for the film, going backwards and forwards between Bournemouth and London to record and then coming back to do my uni work.

Was it hard juggling uni life and work?

I was lucky enough that my last AUB show was in January and I was actually crewing on the final term show, Oh What a Lovely War.

Only a few people knew (about the role in Thomas and Friends). None of my peers knew, only my tutors did, and they were really lovely – they said it was fine if I needed to go and were really helpful when I came back and needed to catch up, letting me know what I had missed.