The Unseen acting school in London has announced that two of its promising students have landed major roles in upcoming BBC and Cineflix productions. The leading drama school and talent agency, which boasts Misfits and Umbrella Academy star Robert Sheehan as one of their Ambassadors, offers affordable courses that combine Meisner, Stanislavski, Laban, and Chekhov methodologies with director led performance sessions. It is quickly becoming recognised as one of the top new acting schools in the UK.
The Unseen’s Archie Renaux will star as Leo Day in the 2019 BBC 6-part miniseries Gold Digger alongside The Punisher’s Ben Barnes and Julia Ormond from Legends of the Fall. The drama tells the story of 60 year old Julia who falls in love with 26 year old Benjamin. Renaux will also be seen as Alex in Neil Burger’s highly anticipated new US sci-fi thriller Voyagers, starring Colin Farrell, Tye Sheridan, and Lily-Rose Depp. Another student of The Unseen, Razan Nassar, has landed a role in Netflix’s reboot of Top Boy coming Autumn 2019, and can also be seen as Moza in the upcoming new series Mirage, a 6-episode Cineflix spy thriller starring Camelot’s Clive Standen as Gabriel.
“Both Razan and Archie came to us with absolutely no acting experience, and are now heading off to do amazing things with their talents,” says Arjun Rose, CEO of The Unseen. “Since we launched, our aim has always been to protect and guide talent within the industry, and it’s fantastic to see our students getting their big breaks.
The students’ successes come at an exciting time for the London-based drama school, whose rapid growth over the past few months has lead to a permanent lease at the iconic Spotlight Casting Studios in Leicester Square, where all future classes are scheduled to be held. The school has succeeded in transitioning from East London right into the heart of the city’s entertainment capital within the thriving West End. With 150 students and seven tutors, The Unseen credits its rapid growth and development to prioritising diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the school.
“Our students come from all walks of life, and from all different backgrounds, and as a mixed race English Indian myself, I know how minority talent especially can be overlooked” continues Rose. “For us, talent is talent, and from day one we’ve worked to bring everyone with amazing promise together in one place, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or anything else, and use this idea of diversity and inclusion to really support each other and guide our rising stars on their own pathway and journey to success”.
Students at The Unseen participate in monthly live showcases which have led to a number of major agency signings, as well as regular live and online showcases that are distributed to a much larger industry network. Students hone their talents through both scheduled classes and expert masterclasses hosted by the likes of Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer and Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya, creating a full and exciting curriculum for London’s young talent.
Several of The Unseen students feature in the new short film SADHBH, co-produced by The Unseen and starring Laura Whitmore, which is currently showing at major film festivals across the country.
To find out more about the academy, visit www.theunseen.co.uk