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Drama student stars in new BBC Three sitcom

Posted on 14/08/2012
Ethan Lawrence (far left) stars in Bad Education

A student from Royal Holloway, University of London will be starring alongside comedian Jack Whitehall in a new BBC Three sitcom tonight.

Ethan Lawrence, who is studying Drama and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, landed a role in the new comedy Bad Education, which was written by Jack Whitehall and also stars Matt Horne from the hit show Gavin and Stacey.

Ethan explains that he was called in for an audition after the producers saw his credentials on a casting services website.

He said: “Getting the part was a complete shock as it was totally out of the blue. It's all luck. This is my first TV role.” 

He adds: “Getting this part has shown me how extensive my support network is. Characters from my life have all popped up to offer their congratulations. My mum has been unwavering in support and can't stop telling everyone!” Ethan Lawrence (right) in bad Education

Bad Education follows the actions of Alfie (played by Jack Whitehall), the worst teacher ever to grace the British education system, a man who is a bigger kid than his students.

Ethan explains that he plays Joe Poulter, the school whipping boy, constantly bullied by his peers and taken advantage of by Alfie, his teacher.

“Joe takes it all on the chin,” Ethan said. “I have to express how psychologically damaging it is to field fat jokes for 12 hours a day,” he adds. “Filming was hectic and intense since we filmed the whole series in six weeks. I was lucky in that most of the filming dates were in the Easter break. I did have to miss a marked presentation but the department were very understanding. If any more acting comes up after this there are going to be some very difficult decisions to make.”

  • Episode One of Bad Education will be on BBC Three at 10pm tonight, Tuesday 14 August.


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