Young actors auspicious start

Former Bedales School student Jamie Campbell Bower is on his way to fame and fortune, having appeared in two of the biggest film franchises of the last five years, Twilight and Harry Potter.

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An accomplished actor at only 22 he has already got his teeth into the role of playing a powerful vampire leader and Gellert Grindelwald, an old friend of Albus Dumbledore.

Jamie had just left Bedales School when he landed his first big break – a role in Sweeney Todd, opposite Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter – when he was 18.

Now his latest role sees him in a period drama called Anonymous which is based on the theory that William Shakespeare never put a quill to any of the Bard’s plays and sonnets.
Instead, the greatest works in the English language were actually secretly penned by Jamie’s character Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford – but a drunken actor, William Shakespeare, took the credit.

We await with interest to see Jamie’s forthcoming film role in Mortal Instruments when it comes out next year. Like Twilight and Harry Potter, it’s based on supernatural books, with Jamie playing the demon-fighter Jace, who falls for mortal teenager Lily Collins.

Here at Bedales School we wish him and his acting career well.


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music school. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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