Olivier award winning actress Sharon D Clarke has been appointed Vice President of ArtsEd, one of the most successful performing arts school in the UK.
In a career spanning more than three decades, Clarke has garnered critical acclaim for dramatic and musical roles on stage and screen. Nominated for several Olivier Awards she has won three: Best Actress in a Supporing Role for James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner at the National Theatre in 2014; Best Actress for playing Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman at the Young Vic in 2020; and Best Actress in a Musical for Caroline of Change (West End) in 2019, a role which she is due to reprise on Broadway in 2021.
She is the first person to be nominated in all four performing categories of the Olivier Awards. She was nominated for Best Performance in a Support Role in a Musical for Once On This Island, We Will Rock You and Ghost.
Clarke is best known to television audiences for her role as Lola Griffin in the medical drama Holby City, and as Grace O’Brien in Doctor Who.
Clarke said “Attending the ArtsEd 2018 Graduation Ceremony I was delighted to see Olivia Hibbert, who I had just worked with at The Hackney Empire on King The Musical. I couldn’t have been more proud watching her receive her Degree.
I have had the joy of working with many ArtsEd alumni and applaud them for the talented triple threat performers, choreographers, directors, producers; beautiful humans with good work ethics, that they nurture and guide and enrich this industry with.
I am truly delighted and honoured to be appointed Vice President of this wonderful Conservatoire of Excellence who are addressing change at a grass roots level, ever pushing forward to Equality, Inclusivity and Diversity, I look forward to us working together.”
Chris Hocking, ArtsEd Principal said of Sharon’s appointment, “Sharon’s outstanding and varied career speaks for itself, and I’m thrilled that she is joining the ArtsEd family as Vice President. Her integrity, her passion and her commitment to creating change where it needs to happen in our industry will be an inspiration to us all. I very much look forward to introducing her to our students and to working together.“
Clarke will join David Grindrod and Robert Powell in the role of Vice President. ArtsEd’s President is Andrew Lloyd Webber.