Hot Fuzz actor Simon Pegg lends his name to drama academy
LOCAL boy made good Simon Pegg has become patron of a Stroud based theatre school.
Actor Simon, who was born in Gloucester and attended Brockworth Comprehensive and King's School, went on to star most notably in the films Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead.
Now, through a mutual friend, he's accepted the patronage of the peripatetic Stroud Drama Academy and the hope is that he will give a talk to its students at some future date.
"We are very excited by this as it means Simon, who is originally from Gloucestershire, lending his name to our academy which really helps it get the attention it deserves," proprietor Chas Dyson said.
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"It is lovely that he agreed to do this. People tend to go off and not remember their roots."
More recently Simon played "Scotty" in the 2009 Star Trek movie.
Stroud Drama Academy currently offers its tuition at Rodborough Tabernacle.
Actor and tutor Mr Dyson has both RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) and LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) training.
He said he aimed to teach people of all ages to develop their potential in performance, and to educate them in confidence and stage presence. Mr Dyson's wife Philippa, a trained music therapist, is also involved in the business.
"Our aims are for groups of individual students to learn how to be more confident, creative and self assertive by using particular stage methods," said Mr Dyson, who said his methods could also be utilised in everyday life.