LAMDA Partners with ITV on The Tony Warren Bursary for Students

LAMDA Partners with ITV on The Tony Warren Bursary for Students

Created by ITV Studios in honour of and in line with the wishes of the late Tony Warren MBE, this new bursary is in recognition of his contribution to ground-breaking British television and creative writing which helped put Greater Manchester on the cultural map, as well as the fact that Tony was an actor before he became a writer.

The Tony Warren Bursary aims to not only to foster acting talent from the North West of England but also to afford eligible recipients from disadvantaged backgrounds the financial means to be able to support themselves throughout their three-year acting course by covering student tuition fees and assisting with maintenance costs.

In order to apply, candidates must:

  • have accepted a place and enrolled on the first year of a new full bachelor’s degree
  • programme in the 2018/17 academic year
  • be from the North West of England
  • demonstrate financial need
  • demonstrate a commitment to the candidate’s course of study.

Applicants who are awarded and accept a place at LAMDA, and who meet the bursary scheme’s eligibility criteria will be invited by LAMDA to apply for The Tony Warren Bursary. Following an audition/interview process, the bursary will then be awarded to successful students by ITV’s Bursary Committee. 

Candidates who have applied or are also applying for academic or maintenance student loans are also eligible for consideration for this bursary.

LAMDA grad, Lancashire native and Coronation Street veteran Julie Hesmondhalgh said: “A bursary for a northern performer would change a life, but also protect the future of our artistic community, ensuring that voices from all sections of our society are represented in our theatres and on our screens for years to come."

LAMDA is one of four drama schools who are pleased to be working with ITV to offer this bursary. The others schools are RADA, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Manchester School of Theatre (part of Manchester Metropolitan University).

Learn more about the other ways you can fund your training at LAMDA here or contact our Admissions Team at

Published on 15 November 2017.

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