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Jeremy Brett Scholarships Launched to Support Central Students

September 17, 2012

London, UK – 16 September 2011 – On the anniversary of one of the UK’s most celebrated actors’ deaths, an Italian donor and fan of Jeremy Brett (who starred most famously as Sherlock Holmes in the ITV/Granada show of the same name from 1984-1994) has come forward to establish a scholarship awards programme in his honour at the Central School of Speech & Drama for students needing financial support.

To commemorate Jeremy’s contribution to acting and his mental health advocacy work, as well as his dream to found a school for unemployed actors, Ms. Pia Trona of Peruja, Italy, has come forward to give his alma mater, Central, the funds to establish a scholarship programme covering fees for up to 5 students for 2011-12 entry, with a further 2 awards for each of 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Ms. Trona said, “Jeremy Brett is an inspiration to me, and I wanted to be able to find a way to help him to be remembered amongst the next generation of Central students so that his legacy might continue. I couldn’t fund a whole school the way he dreamt of doing, but I hope that by making this gift I can help in some way make a difference in the life of a hard-working, talented student.”

Jeremy Brett, who studied on Central’s stage acting course and graduated in 1954, has a well-established acting legacy, also appearing as Audrey Hepburn’s dashing young suitor, Freddy, in My Fair Lady. As well as his acting portfolio, Jeremy dedicated a considerable amount of time advocating greater awareness for mental health issues as he himself suffered from bi-polar disorder.

With the increase in student fees impending in 2012, the need for student financial support has never been greater. As well as providing financial aid to scholars, the wider benefits of the Jeremy Brett Scholarships will help enable the dramatic arts to flourish in the future.

These scholarships are an integral part of the wider fundraising programme at Central and we hope that other donors will support these awards or alternatively may wish to create and develop other scholarships, encouraging the next generation of students to pursue their vocation, just as Jeremy Brett did.


About the Central School of Speech & Drama

Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London, is at the forefront of training and research in theatre, film and television.

The School offers undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees in acting, music theatre, theatre practice, applied theatre, movement, voice, stage management, puppetry, scenography, sound design, theatre design, drama therapy and drama and media studies teacher training, as well as MPhil/PhD research degrees. With over 55 academic staff, together with visiting artists and lecturers, Central contains the largest grouping of drama/theatre/performance specialists in the UK, who make a major contribution to research in their various disciplines.

For more information, please contact:

Sara Abuzaid
Interim Communications & Events Manager
Central School of Speech & Drama
University of London
Eton Avenue
NW 3 3HY
Tel: +44 (0)20 7722 8183


September 17, 2012


University of London
Eton Avenue
London, United Kingdom


University of London
+44 (0)20 7722 8183
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