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Jack Holden Excelling as an Actor (Judd 2001-2008)

One of Judd's Alumni, Jack Holden, is forging ahead with his acting career 

We are now reliably informed that Jack will be appearing on the big screen in 2018 film, Journey's End starring alongside Paul Bettany and Tom Sturridge! 

Jack went straight from Judd to train at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Out of the thousands who apply, only twelve students are selected to study at BOVTS every year.

He is most notable for playing the lead role in the West End play War Horse, although he has also appeared in the ITV series Lewis. In 2014 Jack created the role of Joe in the UK première of Johnny Got His Gun based on Dalton Trumbo’s classic anti-war novel adapted by Bradley Rand Smith directed by David Mercatali produced by Metal Rabbit at the Southwark Playhouse. His performance earned rave reviews from The Independent newspaper amongst others.


From December 2014 to March 2015 Holden was with the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) in The Shoemaker's Holiday by Thomas Dekker and directed by Philip Breen and in the world première of Tom Morton Smith's Oppenheimer directed by Angus Jackson. In the latter he attracted attention for his portrayal of Robert R. Wilson, the youngest member of the Manhattan Project team. The play transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End for a limited run in 2015.

Holden recorded several episodes of the BBC Radio drama Home Front, and played the part of Meuss in the BBC Radio 4's broadcast premiere of Orson Welles' unproduced screenplay of Joseph Conrad's celebrated novel Heart of Darkness, starring James McAvoy.

In July/August 2015, Holden appeared in the Theatre Royal, Bath production of Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer directed by Lindsay Posner and starring Anita Dobson and Michael Pennington.

From February 2016, Holden was back with the RSC taking the part of Lysander in their innovative 'Play for the Nation' - a national tour of A Midsummer Night's Dream which visited 12 venues including Belfast, Glasgow, Newcastle, Blackpool, Truro and the RSC's homes at the Barbican Centre and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford.

2017 started at the Curve Theatre, Leicester in Joe Orton's What The Butler Saw. Jack's first school play at Judd was a play called Loot - by Joe Orton!

Holden is now appearing at the Duke of York's Theatre in INK, a new play centred around Rupert Murdoch's purchase and transformation of The Sun newspaper in 1969. Next year, Jack can be seen on the big screen in R C Sherriff's classic, Journey's End

Watch this space for more updates! 

(Ref: Wikipedia and authorised by Jack Holden)