Tom speaks highly of his time at Queen’s, sharing “I had never thought about becoming an actor until the then Head of Drama, John Marston, cast me in George Bernard Shaw’s play Heartbreak House, which we rehearsed in the old Drama hut overlooking The Lower and put on in the newly built Queens Hall. In it I played Hector Hushabye, a sword wielding, moustachioed cad and I think I’ve been making a career out of playing those sorts of roles ever since. Queen’s also supported me throughout my audition for the National Youth Theatre, with which I spent three weeks training in London and then was invited to be in a few of their productions . Then in my final year at Queen’s I was cast in privates on parade as Captain Terry Dennis; the leader of a military song and dance unit in Southeast Asia. A part I very much enjoyed. If it weren’t for the care and support I was shown throughout my time at Queen’s, I’m not sure I would be acting today. Of course, my parents had a huge role to play too; drama school fees are not cheap.