Our Team

Kingdom Drama School was founded by Principal, Najan Ward, in 2012. Since then, Ashley Walters joined in 2017 as co-founder. Together, they make up the senior management team and head up auditions, admissions and organisation of industry events and other major opportunities for students.

 
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Najan ward

In 2012, award-winning producer, Najan Ward, established Kingdom Drama School an now heads as Principal. 

After a substantial career in the music industry, Najan felt there was a need for a school which takes pride in training students who would not follow the three-year drama school route or who might be 'overlooked' elsewhere in the industry.

Alongside the drama school, Najan is CEO at London production company SLNda and Managing Director at Kingdom's sister talent agency, Apex.

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ashley walters

In 2017, multi-award-winning actor, Ashley Walters, joined the Kingdom family as joint co-founder.

Ashley is currently filming Season 3 of smash Netflix-hit Top Boy and new police drama Bulletproof for Sky One. 

Outside of a hectic filming schedule, Ashley often administers monthly auditions and monologue jams at the school as well as Top Boy masterclasses for our returning students.


Drama tutors

 

To ensure the students benefit from the highest level of preparation and training for the industry, the school only employs tutors who are active, professional actors and who have graduated from top-tier drama institutions. A selection of our tutors are listed.

 
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Robert Whitelock

Robert has appeared in major Hollywood blockbusters alongside Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and more.

TRAINING: RADA

FILM/TV
Hercules, Brett Ratner
Alan Partridge – The Movie, Declan Lowney
The Bank Job, Roger Donaldson
Informer, Sam Mendes, BBC
Misfits, Channel 4

STAGE
This Happy Breed, Peter Hall Company
Category B, Tricycle Theatre
Detaining Justice, Tricycle Theatre
Macbeth, RSC

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george jennings

George is a presitgeous actor, theatre music composer and songwriter, and voice over artist. Outside of a hectic schedule, he is part of the audition panel for a prestigious drama school.

TRAINING: Guildford School of Acting

FILM/TV
Benjamin, Open Palm Films
EastEnders, BBC
Knightfall, History Channel

STAGE
Nell Gwynn, Shakespeare’s Globe/ West End
One Man, Two Guvnor's, Eastbourne Theatre’s
She Stoops To Conquer, UK Tour

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ELISABETH HOPPER

Elisabeth is an actor and producer who has performed in an array of TV, film productions as well as West End shows.

TRAINING: University of Manchester

FILM/TV
Home Fires, iTV
Endeavour
, Mammoth Screen
Doctor Who, BBC
Black Mirror, Netflix

STAGE
Worst Wedding Ever, Salisbury Playhouse
King John, The Rose Kingston
Heather Gardner (Hedda Gabler), The Birmingham Rep
The Tempest, Theatre Royal Haymarket

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CAROLINE MARTIN

Caroline has worked in theatre, radio, TV and film including performances with the RSC and Cheek by Jowl. She is also a visiting tutor at LAMDA. 

TRAINING: RADA

FILM/TV
Happy-Go-Lucky, Mike Leigh
Endeavour, iTV
Foyle's War, iTV
Five Days, BBC
He Knew He Was Right, BBC

STAGE
Medea, National Theatre

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adam buchanan

In 2016, Adam was nominated for an Off-West End Award for 'Best Actor' in After October and was the winner of the 2013 Alan Bates Award.

TRAINING: Guildford School of Acting

FILM/TV
Our World War, BBC
Waking the Dead, BBC

STAGE
As You Like It, Theatre by the Lake
After the Dance, Theatre by the Lake
After October, Finborough Theatre
Diana of Dobsons, New Victoria Theatre
Talent, New Victoria Theatre
Pride & Prejudice, Sheffield Crucible
Elephants, Hampstead Theatre

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JoSEPH richardson

Joseph is a National Theatre practitioner and has appeared in West End and off-West End critically acclaimed shows such as War Horse and Sunny Afternoon.

TRAINING: Guildford School of Acting

FILM/TV
Dead Cat, Lost Boy Productions
Lancaster, Red Dog Films

STAGE
Sunny Afternoon, West End
The Shepherd's Life, Theatre by the Lake
Alice in Wonderland, Guildford Shakespeare Co
War Horse, UK/South Africa Tour
As You Like It, Guildford Shakespeare Co
Thatcherwrite, Theatre503