Image above: Omari Douglas and Isabella Pappas
Chiswick’s independent performing arts school, ArtsEd, have said they are ‘delighted’ with two of their former students featuring on recent primetime TV shows.
Omari Douglas, who studied BA Musical Theatre in 2015, and more recent graduate Isabella Pappas, who was at Sixth Form in 2020, have been front and centre on It’s a Sin and Finding Alice respectively.
Image above: Omari Douglas in It’s a Sin
It’s A Sin
In It’s A Sin, Omari plays the lead role of Roscoe Babatunde alongside Years and Years singer, Olly Alexander. The series is set during the AIDS epidemic in the 1980’s. Since its release on 22 January it has ben immensely popular. Omari has been interviewed on a number of platforms discussing Roscoe’s extroverted character, and how people like him shaped the gay landscape for future generations.
On 5 February, at the end of National HIV Testing Week in the UK, sexual health charity organisation Terrence Higgins Trust said that it had seen an enormous increase in HIV tests ordered after the show’s success.
The five-part series is available to stream online on 4 on Demand.
Image above: Isabella Pappas in Finding Alice
In ITV drama Finding Alice, Isabella plays the role of Charlotte, 16-year-old daughter of Alice and Harry, played by Keeley Hawes and Jason Merrells. The show also stars Joanna Lumley, another ArtsEd alumnus Nigel Havers, along with Gemma Jones, Kenneth Cranham and Sharon Rooney.
The plot revolves around the story of Alice and her ‘honest, dark and comical journey of grief, love and life after the death of Harry – her partner of twenty years – who falls down the stairs of their new dream home he designed.’
Finding Alice can be watched on the ITV Hub.
ArtsEd said: ‘We are delighted to see two of our alumni playing lead roles in new TV shows this year, and we hope you will be tuning in if you haven’t already!’
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