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Maidstone actor wins Welsh BAFTA with Leonardo role

By Alan Smith

It’s all coming good for former Loose School pupil Tom Riley,

This week , Mr Riley won the BAFTA Cymru award for best actor for his role as Leonardo Da Vinci in the TV series, Da Vinci’s Demons, which he is also producing.

The historical fantasy charts the younger days of the Renaissance artist and is already into its third series.

Tom Riley giving his BAFTA acceptance speech
Tom Riley giving his BAFTA acceptance speech

Mr Riley was presented with his award by opera singer Katherine Jenkins at a glitzy ceremony in Cardiff.

Mr Riley was born in Loose in 1981 and went to Maidstone Grammar School before taking a First in English Literature at Birmingham University. He went on to complete a three-year acting course at LAMDA.

His credits already include the movies A Few Days In September, I Want Candy and Kill Your Friends, while he has appeared on our small screens in Lewis, Poirot, Bedlam, and most recently as Robin Hood in Dr Who.

Mr Riley, who now lives in London, is currently filming on location in Swansea.

His mother Jane Stymest, who still lives in Loose, said: “The whole family is immensely proud of him.

“We knew he was going to be a talented actor ever since he first appeared in a school play at Loose, aged five, when he knew everybody’s else’s lines as well as his own.”

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