Doncaster man wins place at leading LA acting school

Tom in LA
Tom in LA

A South Yorkshire man has won a place at one of the world’s leading acting schools - LA’s American Academy of Dramatic Art.

Tomm Houghton will start his three-year placement at the Los Angeles school, which counts Anne Hathaway, Adriaen Brody and Robert Redford among its many legendary alumni, in September 2016.

“I originally sent off for an information pack from the school, and they later called and offered me an audition in London,” said the 22-year-old.

“Four months later I was offered a place, something only 20 per cent of auditionees achieve, I couldn’t believe it.”

Tomm, of Doncaster, has been acting with Sheffield’s Stand By Method acting school since 2013 and has had a handful of independent film and theatre roles in the past two years.

Tomm says he has had a passion for acting since he was a kid, admiring actors like Tom Hanks and, more recently, Bryan Crantson and James Gandolfini. He believes that America will be a good fit for him as an actor.

“I’m not the tallest guy, nobody’s going to cast me as the fancy boyfriend character, but there’s such a big pool of roles and oppporunities out there, I can’t wait to get started.”

Tomm travelled to LA last month to tour his new campus and meet the staff and students he’ll be studying with. And he’s the first to admit a move across the ocean won’t be easy - particularly for his family.

“My mum didn’t like the idea of me moving out when I was going to the next village,” he laughed.

“I don’t think she’ll find a Yorkshire to LA move easy.”