ArtsEd graduate Leo Woodall has huge success with new Netflix series One Day

Image above: Ambika Mod and Leo Woodall in One Day; photograph Ludovic Robert / Netflix

Leo Woodall (White Lotus) and Ambika Mod (This Is Going to Hurt) play Dexter and Emma

In the world of television and drama all eyes are on One Day, the adaptation of David Nicholls’ best-selling novel, which started streaming in the UK on Thursday (8 February) on Netflix as a 14 episode series.

The book, and then the 2011 film of the book starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, have been huge hits, partly because the format of the romantic drama breaks with the usual format and instead of the cliches, revisits the relationship as snapshots of their lives on the same day – St Swithin’s Day, 15 July – as they grow older.

The Netflix series has Leo Woodall as Dexter Mayhew and Ambika Mod as Emma Morley, the two students who first meet at Edinburgh University, become good friends and eventually fall in love over a decade later.

The character Dexter has a good start in life, coming from a wealthy background, but his path once he leaves university is not easy, and those who have already watched the new series have expressed their shock at the devastating plot twists he has to negotiate.

The actor playing the part, on the other hand, has seen a meteoric rise since he graduated from ArtsEd’s drama school in 2019. Leo Goodall’s breakthrough part was in the season of White Lotus set in Sicily, where he played the part of Jack, a working class British lad who helps his non-biological uncle Quentin (Tom Hollander) plan a murder.

“We are very excited to see Leo Woodall cast as Dexter Mayhew” said Kim Vithana, Director of the School of Acting at ArtsEd.

“His success is reflective of his hard work and how the BA Acting Course prepares our students for a professional career in the performing arts.”

Image above: ArtsEd graduate Stevie Doc; photograph ITV pictures

Musical theatre graduate Stevie Doc wins Mamma Mia! I Have A Dream

The Musical Theatre school has also had some recent successes. Esme Bowdler and Stevie Doc emerged as finalists in the flagship ITV programme, Mamma Mia! I Have A Dream, which Stevie went on to win, with Esme as runner up.

The eight-part series, which aired on ITV in the autumn, sought to find next generation of musical theatre stars to play the roles of Sophie and Sky in the London production of MAMMA MIA! Filming involved ‘boot camp’ on a Greek island, and the competition ended with a live final broadcast from a theatre in the West End.

Stevie won the role of Sophie and Tobias Turley won the role of Sky.

Scarlet Grace (Day school and Sixth form class of 2021) lands role in Disney + short film The Shepherd

Not to be outshone by the graduate schools, the Day school and Sixth form are also celebrating the success of their graduate Scarlet Grace, who landed a part in the Disney+ short film The Shepherd, from the book by Frederick Forsyth. Scarlet plays one of the main characters, Sally.

On Christmas Eve 1957, a young RAF pilot flying home across the North Sea finds himself in peril when his radio and electric power cut out, leaving him stranded and running out of fuel. Just when it appears his luck is about to run out, a mysterious good Samaritan appears through the fog.

The 39 minute film stars John Travolta, with Ben Radcliffe as Freddie Hook.

Images above: Leo Woodall; Scarlet Grace; Stevie Doc