Star alumnus Jonathan Pryce returns to Edge Hill

Hollywood actor and Edge Hill star alumnus Jonathan Pryce is returning to the campus for a special one-off event to mark the University’s 125th anniversary.

The former Edge Hill student will host a question and answer session in front of an audience on Tuesday 19th October. He will talk about his journey from trainee teacher to award-winning international star of stage and screen, inviting questions from the audience about his glittering career as a Hollywood actor.

After studying on a teacher training course at Edge Hill, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After graduation he joined the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and became Artistic Director.

From Liverpool, his career went from strength to strength, appearing in London stage productions such as Hamlet and The Taming of the Shrew. His Broadway debut in The Comedians won him his first Tony award, also picking up an Olivier and Tony Award for his first musical Miss Saigon.

Demonstrating his versatility, Jonathan’s film roles range from blockbusters to indie films. He’s worked alongside some of cinema’s most iconic actors including Robert De Niro in cult film Brazil and Al Pacino in the Oscar-nominated Glengarry Glen Ross. More recently, he shone as Bond villain in Tomorrow Never Dies, andstarred in box office hits such as Evita and all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

The critically-acclaimed actor has been honoured by his home country of Wales with a BAFTA special achievement award and the 2009 Cymry for the World Honour. In 2009 he was also awarded a CBE for services to drama.

Returning to the campus for the first time since the 1960s, he said: The job of an actor is to entertain , inform and educate, much the same as that of a teacher…..and my days of teaching practice while at Edge Hill were nothing if not entertaining.

Edge Hill University’s Vice-Chancellor Dr John Cater said: “It is an absolute privilege to welcome Jonathan back to Edge Hill University. All of us have watched the career of our most famous alumnus with the greatest of interest and we are delighted that a few decades on he is honouring us with his presence in our 125th anniversary year.”

The free event starts at 6pm and includes refreshments. Be quick – spaces are limited. Email corporateevents@edgehill.ac.uk to reserve a place.