“The older I get... the more complicated life becomes!” A quote from the upcoming BBC series which could not be more true for the likes of Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson and IPM’s own Lee Johnson, whose early life experiences moulded them into the exceptional actors they are today.
With the second instalment of BBC’s ‘In the Club’ beginning last week, fans couldn't wait to sink their teeth into the action, with social media simply buzzing around the subject like bees around honey. A wealth of artistes from Team IPM appeared on set of the drama, including Lee Johnson, who didn't break onto the acting scene until well into adulthood. However, this didn’t stop him, and here at IPM, we couldn't be more proud, Lee being a product of the IPM Acting Academy.
As many of you already know, getting a foot in the door of the entertainment industry is not an easy feat by any stretch of the imagination. Some high profile actors, including the likes of Macaulay Culkin and Freddie Highmore, were swept of their feet fresh from pre-school and thrown into blockbusters including Home Alone and Charlie & The Chocolate factory; but for others, such as the late Alan Rickman and fan favourite Samuel L. Jackson, it was not that easy. In fact, even Morgan Freeman, a household name with a voice of velvet, only began to appear on our screen from the early 90’s, well into his 50’s. Crazy right?
But not breaking onto the scene early doors didn't deter these incredibly talented actors from pursuing a career in the industry, and it certainly didn't stop Lee. This week, he appeared on Kay Mellor’s highly commended ‘In the Club' alongside a star studded cast, where he delivered an exceptional performance viewed by thousands, which will do nothing but push Lee further into the limelight in the future.
Lee’s acting career started years ago, being a member of IPM’s Acting Academy for a large number of these, where he learnt and furthered invaluable skills and abilities, from in-depth character building and analysis, to script writing and complex emotion. These indispensable skills will undoubtedly have played a huge part in Lee’s on screen success, and here at IPM, we wish Lee all the luck in the world with his future roles.
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Don't forget to tune in every Tuesday to see if you can spot Lee and other exceptional artistes part of the IPM Team!