British actors are currently the toast of Hollywood with stars like Tom Hardy, Eddie Redmayne and Christian Bale snagging huge blockbuster roles, yet one young thespian who’s on his own path to follow similar footsteps believes the cuts to arts funding is threatening to decapitate the industry.
Actor Ben Lloyd-Hughes, currently featuring in Kiss Me on the West End but most famous for his roles in the Channel 4 series Skins and in the movie Divergent, says: “The arts cuts in schools are terrible. To devalue the arts, to suggest they are a pastime and an extracurricular hobby, is so arrogant. How is anyone expected to expand their mind?”
According to government figures, GCSE entries for Arts subjects fell by 46,000 in the last year, that’s a 9% drop year on year.