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Former RuTC Student Wins BAFTA Award

Wednesday 9 June 2021

 We are delighted to announce that Malachi Kirby, a former Performing Arts student of RuTC, won a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Small Axe.

Malachi played the role of Darcus Howe in Mangrove, the first installment of films from the Small Axe series. Mangrove is based on the true story of the Mangrove Nine, a group of Black Activists who had clashed with police during a protest march in Notting Hill in 1970.

Malachi was nominated among elite actors such as Kunal Nayyar, Criminal: UK (Netflix) Michael Sheen, Quiz (ITV) Micheal Ward, Small Axe (BBC One) Rupert Everett, Adult Material (Channel 4)Tobias Menzies, The Crown (Netflix), but he himself took the BAFTA award.

Previous to this, he has had appearances in Eastenders , Roots Doctor Who and Black Mirror.

Richmond-upon-Thames College is extremely proud of the achievement of our former student and Malachi’s personal tutor Jane Swift at the college spoke of her delight on his win - “I’m ecstatic because of how hard he worked, to be able to get work acting consistently and always looking to build on his career.”

Jane said she was “really proud to see him getting the recognition that he deserved.”

She remembers him being a “shy, quiet student but never missed a day. He carried on grafting every day, learning a wide range of acting techniques and styles of performance because he all he wanted to do was be an actor.”

For information on our Acting course at Richmond-upon-Thames College click here


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