A LIVERPOOL actress is set to shine on the big stage after receiving a prestigious gold medal from a world-renowned drama school.
Katherine Rose Morley, from Woolton, joins a glittering roll of honour for the award, given by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London to just one exceptional performer each year.
Today the modest 22-year-old, who made her acting debut aged 12 in a production of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe at Woolton’s St Julie’s high school, thanked parents Joan and Victor for their support and financing her successful audition to gain a sought-after place at the Guildhall.
Katherine has just completed a three-year BA honours degree in acting at the fame school but also leaves with this year’s Gold Medal For Drama.
The award is the institution’s most prestigious drama prize and is awarded to an actor or actress who has “embraced the training and the ethos of the ensemble and has genuine potential for a life in the profession”.
She caught the eye taking on a number of acting roles, including Miss Knag in Nicholas Nickleby Part One and the title role in Jenufa.
She has followed in the footsteps of other notable Gold Medal graduates including Michelle Dockery, who was Emmy nominated for her role as Lady Mary Crawley in TV drama series Downton Abbey, and Jodie Whittaker, Oscar-nominated for 2006 film Venus.
The proud graduate said: “I feel really privileged to get this award.
“I owe everything to the Everyman. I went there from the age of 13 to 19 and it was just an incredible and vibrant place to be. They had confidence in me.”
Katherine, who lives in North London, always enjoys her return to her Woolton family home and seeing her beloved lurcher dog Buster.
She said: “He is too big to fit in my flat.”
Other Guildhall graduates include Heswall-born James Bond star Daniel Craig.