A BA (Hons) Acting graduate has been nominated for two international awards alongside the stars of Spider-Man Homecoming, Black Panther and Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Kevin Leslie left AUB in 2010 and has since gone on to have lead roles in both The Rise of the Krays and The Fall of the Krays, playing the notorious gangster Reggie Kray.
But he is now fighting for two gongs at the International Achievement Recognition Awards for his performance in The Code and the winners of both will come down to a public vote.
In the Best Young Actor category he will be doing battle with John Boyega (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Rupert Grint (Snatch) and Daniel Kaluuya (Black Panther).
He is also up against Tom Holland (Spider-Man Homecoming) in his bid to come away with the Best Emerging Actor award at September’s ceremony in London.
Kevin, who won the Best Actor award at the 2015 Marbella International Film Festival and has also been nominated for Best Actor at the Kew Gardens Film Festival in New York for a film called The Escort, said he only gained the confidence to pursue his dream during his time at AUB.
He said: “I didn’t believe I could be an actor or do it professionally until my second year at AUB when working with the staff on Greek Chorus and Shakespeare unit.
“That’s when I had my breakthrough. I was heavily encouraged and influenced by Ken Robertson, Petronilla Whitfield and Ellie Nixon when I was there – they really shaped my skill set and belief.
“So, to now be recognised for my hard work feels humbling, especially in an industry where at times it feels like it doesn’t want to let you in.”
Associate Professor of Voice and Acting, Dr Petronilla Whitfield, says she will never forget Kevin’s acting when she taught him.
She said: “Kevin was an amazing student when he was here. He worked incredibly hard and I will never forget him.
“He was fearless in his enthusiasm to engage himself in Shakespeare and immersed himself entirely in acting the roles – he showed huge power and ability to connect with the deep emotions required when acting Shakespeare and using the heightened classical language.
“Kevin also has a rich resonant voice which made his communication of the language have great impact – he worked incredibly hard when he was at the AUB with 100 per cent commitment and was a pleasure to teach.”
Voting closes on August 10 and to find out more about the awards click here