EastEnders actor to give advice to budding screenwriters

29 October 2015

EastEnders actor to give advice to budding screenwriters

EastEnder actor Ann Mitchell

Students on Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) MA Fiction Writing programme will be given a class by distinguished and award-winning actor Ann Mitchell on Monday, November 2.

Ann, who at present plays Cora Cross in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, will visit students on the University’s flagship writing programme to share her experience of working on one of Britain’s biggest shows.

The popular British actress was cast to play the mother to established characters Tanya Branning and Rainie Cross in 2011. During her long career in film and television, Ann has led in three of the most successful British TV Series starring as the majestic but vulnerable Dolly Rawlins in Widows Series one and two and She’s Out written by Lynda La Plante, for which Ann received the Pye Award for female to have made the greatest impact on television. She is also a prominent theatre actor and was nominated for a Laurence Oliver Award for Through the Leaves. Her work at the Citizens Theatre during the tenure of Giles Havergal gained her acclaim from Scottish audiences.

Ann will speak with students about storylines, creating strong female characters and what it is like to play Cora on one of Britain’s best-loved dramas.

GCU MA TV Fiction Writing lecturer Professor Ann Marie Di Mambro hopes Ann’s success will inspire this year’s postgraduate students. She said: “It’s incredibly exciting and an honour to have an actor of Ann’s calibre and reputation come to Glasgow to speak to our students and to guide them in their scriptwriting. The programme offers students the opportunity to come face to face with actors and producers and we have had many notable guests speak to our students since the programme launched.”

The MA Television Fiction Writing programme is the only dedicated postgraduate course of its type in the UK. It is an intensive one-year programme which gives aspiring TV drama writers, from all backgrounds, the tools and industry contacts needed to embark upon a career in television fiction writing.