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18 October 2016

Indira Varma and Joseph Millson join the Actors Centre as new Patrons


The Actors Centre is extremely excited to announce that actors Indira Varma and Joseph Millson have become new Patrons of the Centre and the Tristan Bates Theatre. These two well-known and respected actors will support the Actors Centre as it moves into a new era and approaches its 40th Birthday. 

Indira and Joseph will both be a vital voice for the Actors Centre within the industry and we couldn't be happier to welcome them on board.

On accepting the position Indira Varma said she felt “proud and honoured”.

“One of the things that I think is brilliant about the Actors Centre is that you have a safe environment to explore your boundaries and try things out. Safe, creative and non-judgemental without the worry about the end product. The Actors Centre is a place where people can push their boundaries and that is something I would really like to look at.”

She continued, “One of the things I would like to explore as a Patron is to continue this discussion of diversity within the industry, but also in drama schools. And the opportunities that different people are getting and not getting within this profession; whether it regards age, gender, sexuality, class or disability. I want to explore what can be done to change things and to give people more opportunities.”

Joseph Millson has already been working with the Centre and helped establish and is chief benefactor of the Actors Centre’s Joseph Millson Bursary. The Bursary was created in support of those who want to pursue a career in acting, but have not had access to training due to lack of funds or circumstance. The Bursary is now in its second year.

Millson said, “I was genuinely incredibly honoured to be asked to be a Patron of the Actors Centre, I can remember really vividly coming out of drama school and being out of work and this being a place of solace.”

He continued, “I think the Actors Centre is important to actors in today’s industry because of an emotive reason. Our job is a strange one, I think if you were any other practitioner you would be able to practice your art form at home. But you have to have someone else as an actor. It can be a lonely thing to know that that is what you are and not be able to do it. This is a place [the Actors Centre] where you can practice your craft and learn and fail; having freedom to fail in a room where it’s safe.”

Our Chair of the Board Paul Clayton commented, “How thrilling to get two fabulous working actors as our new Patrons. Real role models for the many young actors who use the Actors Centre as a way of maintaining a vital foothold in the industry.”

Actors Centre CEO Louise Coles added, “We are so happy to welcome two new Patrons who are vehement about supporting diversity and the next generation of actors in our profession. They will make fantastic Patrons representing the Actors Centre as it moves into a new exciting phase of its development.”

We hope you will all join us in welcoming these two fantastic new Patrons. We now look to the coming years with excitement and anticipation, stay tuned for what comes next.


Meet Indira Varma

Indira Varma is a noted television and film actor with roles spanning from feature film Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love to television series, The Canterbury Tales, Rome, Luther, Human Target, and most recently three series of Game of Thrones. Recently she played opposite Ralph Fiennes in Man and Superman at the Royal National Theatre, where she has made several appearances. Other work includes leading roles at Shakespeare’s Globe, The Donmar Warehouse, The Royal Court Theatre and with Harold Pinter at the Lincoln Centre New York. Currently she is on our screens in the gripping ITV thriller series Paranoid.


Meet Joseph Millson

Joseph Millson has acted for both stage, television and screen. He has played leading roles for the National Theatre, The Royal Court, The Almeida, Old Vic, Peter Hall Company, The Donmar Warehouse, Shared Experience and the Royal Shakespeare Company where he is an associate artist. He recently played Macbeth at Shakespeare's Globe to great acclaim. He was an award winning original Raoul in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies. Millson is currently playing the title role in The Rover for the Royal Shakespeare Company. TV and film work includes 24: Live Another Day, Penny Dreadfuls, Banished, Last Kingdom, Holby City, Casino Royale and I Give It A Year.