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Ashley Byam

Ashley trained on The Oxford School of Drama’s Three Year Acting Course, graduating in 2014. That year he was cast by Brian Helgeland for a small part in the Kray Twins biopic Legend (2015), opposite Tom Hardy before filming The Legend of Tarzan (2016). More recently he has appeared in the BBC/Netflix drama Giri/Haji and the BBC’s Death in Paradise.

Ashley is also an accomplished stage actor. Recent credits include Absolute Hell, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins at the National Theatre in London, as well as an international tour of The Velveteen Rabbit (Unicorn Theatre). 

Ashley is also co-founder of the new multi-disciplinary production company ALINEMENT Productions (with two fellow Oxford graduates from his year). The company specialises in telling stories centred around the Global Majority, Female and LGBTQI+ characters. Ashley is currently working on a short film that he wrote during lockdown which he will also produce and direct.

What motivated you to join the Oxford School of Drama Board of Trustees? 

I wanted to join the Board of Trustees because I want to help the board be visible and remove the elite stigma around trustee members. To be a force for change and help implement actions that have been discussed over the past year and, as a recent graduate myself, to make sure the school is achieving to the exceptional standard we expect and know it to be but also to support the students.

What would you like to contribute or achieve as part of your role? 

My knowledge as a recent graduate and working actor currently in the industry will help me to make sure the school is current and really doing the best it can for its students and to ensure that there is diversity across the board – ranging from the faculty staff all the way to the students. My experience on the outreach program, as an actor and producer championing underrepresented voices, will also be something I will contribute as part of my role.