The Actors Centre

Joseph Millson Bursary

Applications for the Joseph Millson Bursary are now CLOSED. Thank you to everyone that applied.


The Joseph Millson Bursary is a fantastic opportunity for anyone aged 22 to 102, who has the desire to act but not yet had the means or capability to explore their potential.

The recipients of this Bursary (worth over £2000) will gain an introduction to the training that is needed to be a working actor, tailored support and mentoring and membership to the Actors Centre. 


What is the Joseph Millson Bursary?

This year two Bursaries will be given to the most promising male and female entrants. They will be allocated fully funded places on two of the Actors Centre’s renowned “Get Into” courses:

Get Into Acting

A month long intensive (4 weekends) covering the fundamental skills areas of vocational acting at an introductory level.

Get Into Screen Acting

A 5-day intensive screen acting course which introduces participants to the world of TV/Film acting, the skills needed to perform on screen and the “business”.

The recipients of the Joseph Millson Bursary will also receive 12 months Standard Membership to the Actors Centre which includes access to our extensive range of professional workshops and courses and the full range of member benefits. We’ll even throw in £30 workshop credit to get you started.

Introducing Joseph Millson:

Joseph Millson 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. This production was subsequently filmed and screened across the world. He was the original Raoul in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies for which he won a WhatsOnStage award. He is currently playing the title role in The Rover for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

On television Joseph was recently seen on BBC2 playing the leading role of Major Ross in Jimmy McGovern's hit drama Banished. Other recent television includes The Last Kingdom, Penny Dreadful and 24: Live Another Day. Before these he was best known for various long running roles as TV doctors, Luc Hemingway in Holby City and Sam Morgan in Peak Practice.

His films include Casino Royale, I Give It A Year and most recently the lead role in Zombie epic The Dead 2.

Joseph was made a Fellow of the Rose Bruford College in 2013.  He is also a member of the advisory panel at the Drama Centre London. 

Who is eligible?

You can apply for this bursary if:

  • You are aged 22 or over (no upper age limit).
  • Have not attended a UK Drama School or had the opportunity to study acting at a higher education or professional level.
  • Are not a current Actors Centre member.
  • We are looking for someone who can take this opportunity and make the most of it; someone who may not have had the chances or opportunity to explore or train in acting due to other life commitments/pressures.


Thinking about applying? Let's hear from 2015's recipient, Thomas Farthing:


We aim to make our application process as easy as possible and we welcome applications from people of all walks of life. There could be one or a number of reasons you might not have had the opportunity to discover acting as a vocation:

  • Financial restrictions
  • Family/cultural/life pressures
  • Late discovery of acting as a vocation
  • Other life commitments
  • Lack of opportunity

Our judges want to identify Bursary recipients who have a genuine need for the opportunities on offer, and will utilise this opportunity to its fullest.

How to enter?

Applications for the Bursary are now CLOSED


The Joseph Millson Bursary has two application rounds. The first round is via the video applications, shortlisted applicants will be invited to Round Two which is an all day workshop round at the Actors Centre on Sunday 29 October 2017; where you will get to meet and workshop with Joseph Millson and other industry practitioners.

The Joseph Millson Bursary is generously supported by Glen McCarty, Joseph Millson and our Corporate Sponsors Feast Creative. Thank you for supporting this project.