Billy Howle: Being asked about schooling gets my back up

    Billy Howle attending a special screening of On Chesil Beach at the Curzon Mayfair, London.
    Billy Howle attending a special screening of On Chesil Beach at the Curzon Mayfair, London.

    On Chesil Beach star Billy Howle says he is fed-up of being asked where he went to school at auditions.

    Privately-educated British actors are enjoying big success in Hollywood.

    Howle, who stars alongside Saoirse Ronan in the film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novella On Chesil Beach, told the Observer: “It’s something that still bugs me about acting.

    “The number of auditions I go to where they ask where I went to secondary school, it’s crazy.

    “That really gets my back up. Just because you went to Eton, it doesn’t make you a better actor.”

    Howle, who grew up mostly in Scarborough, said his own experience of school was not a happy one.

    “I just couldn’t see how most of the stuff they taught us could be applied to anything, so I spent most of the time challenging the teachers,” he said.

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Dominic West and Damian Lewis are among the privately-educated actors to have made it in Hollywood.

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