You might recognise some of these former Godalming students.
Before building Nato's Comprehensive Crisis Operations Management Centre and being responsible for generating and preparing Nato forces for operations worldwide, Andy Salmon was Commandant General of the Royal Marines. He now teaches at the London School of Economics, is Founder and President of the C Group Charity, Founder member of Redmantle, Trustee of Malvern College and Fellow of RSA.
Annabelle has had a successful acting career since her days at Godalming. She has appeared regularly on TV and in film including appearances in About a Boy, Goodnight Mr Tom, Coronation Street and more recently in Call the Midwife.
Ryan is a more recent student of Godalming College and made his first small screen appearance in Heartbeat and has played a variety of television roles in Casualty, Love Soup, Soup Kitchen, Doctors, The Bill, Emmerdale and Coronation Street. Since leaving Heartbeat Ryan has starred in Shakespeare's Globe Cupid and Psyche Season and Neil Bartlett's Oliver Twist at the Lyric in Hammersmith.
Ben Elton attended Godalming when it was a grammar school. He first came to attention as a comedian with his own shows on TV but has gone on to write for screen, stage and film with phenomenal success with credits such as The Young Ones, Blackadder, We Will Rock You, Love Never Dies (a sequal to Phantom of the Opera) and The Thin Blue Line. Ben has also written a series of very successful novels, one of which, Inconceivable, is a well known film, Maybe Baby starring Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson.
A contemporary of Ben Elton, Gabrielle has appeared in his Blackadder series as 'Bob' and has also appeared in Coronation Street, Family Affairs, Jane Eyre, All at No20 and Brookside. Film credits include Buddy's Song and The Heart Surgeon with stage appearances in Rent and Daisy Pulls it Off.
Victoria has had a very successful stage and TV career, nominated for a Tony award for her performance alongside Eddie Izzard in The Life and Death of Joe Egg in the West End. More recently she has been seen as Queen Victoria in Victoria and Albert, opposite Martin Clunes in Goodbye Mr Chips, as Ruby in Lark Rise to Candleford, Mrs Forster in Pride and Prejudice and Maria Bertram in Mansfield Park. She has appeared in the West End and on Broadway and has won and been nominated for may awards.
Isabel is the Assistant Editor of the Spectator and Editor of the magazine's Coffee House Blog. She also writes for The Daily Telegraph, has appeared on Question Time, This Week and the Andrew Marr Show. She also presents the BBC Radio 4 programme The Week in Westminster.
Rufus enjoys a career as a comedian and media personality. He hosts Radio 4’s “My Teenage Diary”, took over from Anne Robinson to present the final series of ‘OutTake TV’ for BBC1 and captained the Blue Team for three series of Dave’s ‘Argumental’.
Ingrid has appeared on TV and film in many parts but is perhaps best remembered for her role as Helen Cooper in Drop the Dead Donkey.
Stephanie Merritt was deputy literary editor of the Observer newspaper and now writes for the Guardian.She is also the author of two novels, Gaveston and Real.
Simon Shaw has had a very successful career in rugby. Currently playing for Wasps and England, he received an MBE for his place in the World Cup winners squad and has also been a member of the British Lions team.
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