The Lord Of The Rings star, Orlando Bloom, was a guest at Cheadle Hulme High School. The Hollywood A-lister worked with kids on a series of drama workshops.
Also famous for his role in the Pirates of the Caribbean, the 40-year-old is currently dating US pop star Katy Perry.
Bloom was a guest at the official launch of the new multi-academy chain, the Laurus Trust.
The actor, who rose to fame playing elf Legolas in Lord of the Rings, worked with 11-year-olds teaching the ‘Cicero curriculum’. It is a style of drama education devised by Bloom’s former teacher and world famous voice coach Patsy Rodenburg.
Actor Paapa Essiedu, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s first black Hamlet, also attended the launch.
It is understood both actors taught skills such as improvisation, developing a strong speaking voice, increasing presence and improving posture. Amongst other skills, the actors shared their tips on facial expression and eye contact.
Bloom’s spokesman told The Times that “The thinking is that teaching these skills will not only get students interested in acting”. He said represented it will “also boost their confidence and social ability in a way that will make all the difference when it comes to Oxbridge interviews, competition for top jobs, interviews and impressing in the workplace”.
Cheadle Hulme High is the trust’s founding school, but leaders have ambitions to open two more academies nearby.
The trust are proposing to build a primary school and secondary school on land off Cheadle Road next to Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College.