LAMDA Scholarships and Student Support

Support Our Students

LAMDA is committed to recruiting the most talented students, regardless of their financial background. Fighting against rising tuition fees, we are determined that cost should never be a barrier to accessing our training.

We work hard to ensure that we are open to everyone and that we find the best. Each year we audition and/or interview every individual who applies to LAMDA, at audition centres across the globe, from Newcastle to New York. We increase access to our training for hard-to-reach groups through our Access & Widening Participation programme.

Once students have secured a place at LAMDA, we aim to ensure that there is financial support available for everyone who needs it. To achieve this, we need your help.

LAMDA’s Scholarships & Bursaries scheme and Student Hardship Funds rely entirely on donations. To find out more about supporting our students, contact Anna at [email protected] or on
+44 (0)20 8834 0514.

If you are a student seeking support, click here for more details about the student support available at LAMDA. All scholarships and bursaries are allocated at the Academy’s discretion.




Click through the tabs below to read about some of our graduates who benefited from LAMDA’s Scholarship & Bursaries scheme.

Case Studies

Samuel Barnett

Samuel Barnett
Genesis Foundation

Samuel Barnett (Genesis Foundation scholar) trained on LAMDA’s Three Year Acting Course, graduating in 2001. He was awarded a Genesis Foundation Scholarship on taking up his place at the Academy and received support for all three years of his training. 

After leaving LAMDA, Samuel created the role of Posner in the National Theatre’s acclaimed production of The History Boys, directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner; reprising this role in the film and on tour. Most recently he has appeared alongside Mark Rylance in Twelfth Night and Richard III, which also toured to New York. Samuel’s work on television includes the BBC’s Desperate Romantics and BAFTA-award winning comedy Twenty Twelve.

Gary Carr

Gary Carr
Leverhulme Trust

Gary Carr (Leverhulme Trust scholar) trained on our BA (Hons) Professional Acting from 2005-2008. He was awarded the Leverhulme Trust scholarship at the beginning of his training and the Trust supported him for all three years of his course. 

Since leaving LAMDA, Gary has amassed impressive credits both on stage and screen, including Earthquakes in London at the National Theatre and playing Fidel Best in BBC crime drama Death In Paradise. He is also appearing in series four of ITV drama Downton Abbey

Hera Hilmar

Hera Hilmar
Richard Carne Trust
Lilian Bayliss

Hera Hilmar (Richard Carne Trust scholar and William and Katherine Longman Charitable Trust scholar) came to LAMDA from Iceland to train on our BA (Hons) Professional Acting from 2008-2011. She was also supported through the Lilian Baylis Award in her final year. Hera has already appeared in several major television and film projects, including ITV drama Leaving, literary adaptation World Without End and as recurring character Vanessa in the BBC Worldwide series Da Vinci’s Demons – alongside a host of other LAMDA graduates including Tom Riley (Genesis Foundation scholar and Snipe Charitable Trust scholar) as Leonardo Da Vinci. On the big screen, Hera featured in Joe Wright’s Oscar-nominated Anna Karenina and alongside fellow LAMDA alumnus Benedict Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate.

Hannah Turner

Hannah Turner (Zoë Dominic scholar) trained on LAMDA’s Foundation Degree Stage Management & Technical Theatre, leaving in 2013. Hannah went straight into the industry after her LAMDA placement at the Trafalgar Studios, which saw her working on Jamie Lloyd’s production of Macbeth with James McAvoy in the title role. She so impressed the team that they offered her a full-time position on their next show, Pinter’s The Hot House starring John Simm and Simon Russell Beale.