When Nottingham actress Vicky McClure picked up the 2011 Bafta for Best Leading Actress, it was yet another success story for the city’s Television Workshop.
McClure, who won the award for her role as Lol in This Is England ’86, beat off competition from fellow nominees Anna Maxwell Martin (South Riding) and Juliet Stevenson (Accused).
As she went on stage to collect the award she said: “I cannot believe this is happening. Thank you so much.”
Vicky McClure was born in Nottingham in 1983. She was one of many actors from the East Midlands area to appear in Shane Meadows’ gritty TV drama set in the region. Many of the actors in the drama were trained at the Nottingham Television Workshop, including McClure.
The Workshop was set up in 1983 to train young actors for the stage and screen. Another success story of the organisation is Samantha Morton, whose work includes Minority Report, In America, Enduring Love, Band of Gold, Control and Longford.
Other students from the workshop have recently appeared in Shameless, Casualty, Vera, Hooked and Doctors, among many others.
Another former Television Workshop pupil, Misfits star Lauren Socha, 20, from Derby, picked up 2011 Bafta for Best Supporting Actress.
Samantha Morton and Shane Meadows are patrons of the Workshop, which has won plenty of its own awards, including The Children’s Bafta in 2006, in recognition of its outstanding development of young talent for film and television, The British Film Institute Children’s Award in 1995 and The Royal Television Society Midlands Award in 1988.