Actor Michael Obiora’s Positivity, Questions and Responses with Students at Thomas Tallis

4 December 2015

Former star of Hotel Babylon and Grange Hill, Michael Obiora read some of his poetry he wrote while in his teens to an enraptured group of 130 year 9 and 10 english and drama students as part of a deeply personal talk at Thomas Tallis School in Greenwich, South East London. Michael spoke openly about the struggles he experienced as a child star of Grange Hill, which he says contributed to his expulsion from school at 15. He also dispensed advice from this and from the more positive experiences that followed which have led him to his current role as a writer and actor of stage and screen.

Michael Obiora speaks to students at Thomas Tallis School

Michael encouraged the students to pursue endeavours that make them happy and can help them live rounded and fulfilling lives. He spoke passionate about inclusion and a positive attitude towards others irrespective of their differences, a point nicely echoed by the support the event received from the school as the talk was BSL signed.

Actor Michael Obiora speaks to students at Thomas Talllis school

He finished the session by answering questions from the cohort on his hopes and plans for the future, the best wigs he’s worn for a role, if he knew anyone famous and what it is like to act and write for a living before being asked for advice for aspiring actors.

Our thanks go to Michael and Thomas Tallis School for a brilliant event!

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