INTRODUCTION


Formal education is important to Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley. After graduating from grammar school with stellar test scores, both celebrities attended the University of Cambridge. Skandar graduated with a BA in Middle Eastern Studies in 2014. His dissertation compared the teaching of history in Iran and Saudi Arabia. Skandar also wrote a travelogue about his study abroad in Lebanon. Georgie graduated with a BA in English in 2016. She performed in plays at both university venues and the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Georgie also worked in various directing roles and contributed articles to university newspapers. Her first short film TIDE (2016) will premiere this autumn.

EDUCATION: SKANDAR KEYNES


University of Cambridge (2010-2014)
Pembroke College
Cambridge, UK

  • Degree (2.1): BA Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic and Persian)
  • Activities: faculty board of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (2011-2013), study abroad in Lebanon (2012-2013), rugby squad (2013-2014)
  • Awards: Marie Shamma’a Frost Prize in Oriental Studies/Arabic (2010-2011), Foundation Scholarship (2011-2013), E. G. Browne Prize for Oriental Studies (2013-2014)
  • Exams: first-class results (2011-2012, 2014)
  • Publications: The Tab – Cambridge (2013)
  • Miscellaneous: AMES student profile

City of London School (2002-2010)
London, UK

  • A-levels (2010): 3 A*s and 2 As in biology, chemistry, maths, further maths, and history
  • GCSEs (2008): 11 subjects, grades unknown

The Anna Scher Theatre (2000-2005)
Islington, London, UK

Thornhill Primary School (1996-2002)
Islington, London, UK

EDUCATION: GEORGIE HENLEY


University of Cambridge (2013-2016)
Clare College
Cambridge, UK

Bradford Grammar School (2005-2013)
Bradford, UK

  • A-levels (2013): A* in History, As in English and Latin
  • GCSEs (2011): A*s in English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, History, Latin, and Russian; As in English Literature and Maths

Moorfield School (2000-2005)
Ilkley, UK

NEWS


2016

  • August 2 – “The 25 Most Inspirational Women Under 25 in Cambridge” (The Tab)
  • April 29 – “‘Unexplored Anger’: An Interview with the Director of Swallow” (The Cambridge Student)
  • February 26 – “Varsity Introducing: Georgie Henley” (Varsity)
  • January 15 – “Preview: Skylight” (Varsity)

2015

  • August 3 – “Tide: A New Short Film About the Lives of a Young Lesbian Couple” (DIVA Magazine)

2014

  • May 27 – “Former Child Actor Reveals What It’s Like to Be a Student at Cambridge” (Business Insider)
  • May 23 – “16 Incredibly Impressive Students at Cambridge University” (Business Insider)

2013

  • August 19 – “A-level Results Press Coverage Examined” (Press Gazette)
  • August 16 – “Georgie is the Star on Results Day as She Secures Place at Cambridge” (Yorkshire Post)
  • August 15 – “A-level Exam Results: Record Number of Students Accepted onto University Courses” (Daily Mail)
  • August 15 – “District Bucks Trend in Steadily Improving A-levels” (The Telegraph & Argus)

2011

  • August 26 – “Chronicles of Narnia Star Gets Top GCSEs” (Ross Parry Agency)
  • August 26 – “Results Bring GCSE Exam Joy to Pupils” (The Telegraph & Argus)
  • August 26 – “Eight A*s for Film Star as She Commutes to and from Narnia” (Yorkshire Post)
  • August 25 – “Georgie’s Anxious Wait for GCSE Results” (Ilkley Gazette)

2008

REVIEWS


“Henley gave one of the most honest and unapologetic performances I have seen. From tiny facial expressions which betrayed massive complexity of character, she was as expressive while speaking as when she wasn’t – utterly magnificent.” – The Tab, Skylight (2016)

“Henley’s portrayal of the transgender Sam is thoughtful, moving, and wonderful to watch. Henley brings a fantastic balance to the stage, between Sam’s endearing and at times hysterical awkward flirting techniques, and their harrowing experiences with violent transphobia.” – TCS, Swallow (2016)

“Henley delivers an incredibly sensitive and powerful performance. She was particularly effective at capturing the rhythmic elements of the play’s monologues, opening with an almost spoken-word style of which I would have liked to have heard more. Her mannerisms impressively drew out Sam’s self-consciousness and she is strong in capturing his understated anger.” – Varsity, Swallow (2016)

“This is what student theatre is all about: a brave, creative reworking of a little-known novel that I never dreamt would make it on to the stage. Georgie Henley and Max Maher have done a fine job of adapting J. D. Salinger’s 1961 book Franny and Zooey.” – TCS, After Seymour (2014)

“All eyes were on Hecuba (Georgie Henley), who was at the centre of a web of wronged women. Her opening speeches were slightly wooden, almost weak. However, she very rapidly grew into her role, displaying her stunning emotional range and superb grasp of tone. Ultimately, it was an excellent performance.” – TCS, The Trojan Women (2014)

“Henley is growing into the play as it progresses. She swells from a tiny little fresher-plant, who stands on a Cambridge stage for the first time, into an enjoyably active lover.” – TCS, Play It Again, Sam (2013)

QUOTES


“Since the beginning, I’ve been captivated by the history, politics, and culture of the wider Middle East and North Africa region. I took up Persian in order to broaden my horizons even further. … Cambridge has been a great environment to meet some really interesting people and freely discuss all sorts of ideas. Bouncing ideas around with top academics in the classroom or with fellow students in the pub has been incredibly fulfilling. … Being able to go to Lebanon last year and have meaningful conversations and bond with people whom I’ve known all my life – but have never been able to communicate with – was something special.” – Skandar Keynes (Business Insider)

“Getting into Cambridge was a really big achievement for me because I’ve had to juggle studying and work commitments, and making the decision to go to university meant that I could only do projects I really wanted to do. I decided that for the three years I’m at Cambridge I want to focus on experimentation, especially with theatre, and take time out of professional work. … I want to continue acting, but also being given the freedom to write and direct in Cambridge has been amazing and made me realise that it is something I want to pursue.” – Georgie Henley (Varsity)

“I am delighted to hear that Georgie has done so well in her exams. She has worked so hard with her studies in and amongst filming her latest film role. She is a credit to the school and shows what can be achieved if you are willing to work hard enough.” – Kevin Riley, BGS Headmaster, 2013 (Yorkshire Post)

“I am absolutely delighted to see Georgina Henley do so well. She has worked extraordinarily hard. Throughout her time at Bradford Grammar she has travelled for filming and the premieres but when she comes back she is the same Georgie. She has proven to be a great ambassador for her family and the school.” – Stephen Davidson, BGS Headmaster, 2011 (Yorkshire Post)

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