Professional actress to inspire St Mary’s pupils to take centre stage

Professional actress Millie Binks is returning to her former school, St Mary’s, Colchester, to inspire young pupils to enjoy acting.

Millie, a scholar at St Mary’s from 2005 to 2010, was a successful child actress and appeared in the stage production of ‘Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang’ at The London Palladium aged ten, and in the CBBC series, ‘The Roman Mysteries’, among other radio, film, stage and television roles. At St Mary’s she will teach London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) lessons for pupils aged four to 11, focusing on performance techniques and encouraging self-confidence and good communication skills.

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“When I was at St Mary’s I loved being part of our school productions, ‘Daisy Pulls it Off’ and ‘Joseph’,” said Millie. “I also had lots of work as a child actress and the support and help the school gave me meant I was able to keep up my academic studies whilst absent for film or theatre work.”

After leaving St Mary’s, Millie studied Drama at Goldsmith’s, University of London, and trained in teaching with the LAMDA, whilst pursuing her acting career alongside. She now teaches Drama at two schools in London as well as at Colchester’s Theatre Arts Academy, held at St Mary’s Senior School, Lexden Road at weekends.

She is excited at the prospect of supporting more students: “To teach somewhere that I was taught is beautiful and makes me feel very grown up! It’s lovely to watch children become much more confident and outgoing.”

Millie stars as Juliet in the Vault Festival production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, being staged in the Vaults, Waterloo, London on 14 February.