A star of stage and screen dropped in to Luton Sixth Form College to run a day of acting masterclasses for BTEC and A-level students.
Rik Makarem, who played Nikhil Sharma in ITV’s Emmerdale, is currently part of a nationwide tour of play Dead Simple, an adaptation of the Peter James bestseller.
And when the production stopped off at Milton Keynes Theatre last week, Rik took time out from his busy schedule to pass on tips to a budding next generation of actors.
Students were able to get to grips with a range of techniques in Friday’s hands-on workshops, including choral work and acting in front of a video camera.
Rik, whose TV credits also include Torchwood and Foyle’s War, also hosted a Q&A session where he gave details about his journey through the industry.
He said: “Coming from the same pedigree as these students and now having gone on to work successfully in the TV, film and theatre industry, it was an absolute joy to share in their creative space, at the level at which I began.
“The students were just brilliant, effervescent, energetic and committed.
“We did some very detailed work and they responded impeccably, exploring new ground with ‘choral method’ and acting for camera.
“Drama can be such a rewarding career path and these students today have really shown potential.”
The masterclass day also gave Rik a chance to be reunited with his former college drama teacher. Steve Crayon, now section leader for performing arts and music at Luton Sixth Form College, taught Rik when he was a sixth form student at Chesterfield College.
Rik added: Steve really made me aware of my potential, so generous with positive constructive support.
“Most importantly he ensured I was drama school ready! I am so grateful to him.”