Gavin Henderson CBE (Le. 1960-65), Principal of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, grew up in Brighton - where his first work in the theatre comprised holiday jobs backstage at the 'weekly rep' on the Palace Pier, and in pantomime at Wimbledon.
The history of the College would be non-existant without the stories of its alumni who were educated and grew up within its walls. It is people who make the College what it is today, and we are proud to share with you a few stories below of what our alumni have achieved throughout the College's 172 year history.
Born: 25 May 1888, Croydon, Surrey. Died: 15 March 1969 - British actor, scriptwriter and playwright. Malleson is probably most familiar as the genteel hangman of Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) or as Canon Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest (1952).
A loyal MP in the Thatcher years, now a tireless champion of good causes, most notably in the area of asylum and immigration... Keith Best attended Brighton College before attaining both his BA and MA in Jurisprudence from Keble College at Oxford.
PAUL LEWIS was born into a family of professional musicians in Brighton, England, in 1943. As a child he was fascinated by history and ancient buildings, reluctantly learning the piano from the age of nine. At twelve he saw the Shakespeare films of Laurence Olivier with Walton's music and immediately realized he had to be a composer. He purposely avoided all formal training, choosing instead to leave school at fifteen and enter music publishing to find out how the music business worked from inside.
Mark Haworth-Booth served as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 1970-2004 and helped to build up its great collection of photography. He is now an Honorary Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art.