Salford student swaps college hallways for career on big-screen

Tom Glynn-Carney, former Pendleton Performing Arts student, made his big-screen debut in the box office hit, Dunkirk. She starred alongside the likes of Tom Hardy, Harry Styles and Cillian Murphy.

Since then he has landed a leading role on the West End’s, The Ferryman, and a starring role in the BBC military drama The Last Post.

The 23-year-old attended Cannon Slade School in Bolton before studying at Pendleton in Salford, between 2011 and 2013. The model student left college with a triple distinction star in performing arts. He went on to study at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London, before embarking on a successful, film, TV and theatre career.

“I can’t help but feel like I’ve won a lottery with every job I’ve had. I have learnt a lot from some of the greatest actors and directors of our generation, and to be able to say that aged just 23, is still difficult for me to comprehend.”

But, despite his early successes, Tom is eager to remain level-headed and close to his heritage. He said: “I hope that with a bit of Northern humour and a grounded, humble approach, I will continue working with my heroes and continue to have some pretty cool stories to tell.

Following on from his success in Dunkirk, Tom has also taken a leading role in the West End as Shane Corcoran in the Jez Butterworth play, The Ferryman. The show opened at the Royal Court Theatre last year.

New role

He will be starring in the new Netflix feature film, The King, alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Robert Pattinson, Lily-Rose Depp and Ben Mendelsohn, with Brad Pitt amongst producers.

The young star will also play the role of Christopher Wiseman in the biographical drama of Tolkien, based on the life of Lord of the Rings writer, J.R.R Tolkien. The film, which also stars Lily Collins and Nicholas Hoult, is expected to hit big-screens later this year.

He said: “I am under no illusion that I am extremely lucky and fortunate. I am immensely grateful for the people, opportunities and establishments, including Pendleton, which have assisted me in achieving some very exciting things so far.

“I have a lot to thank Pendleton College for, and the staff who were there when I was. The college was largely responsible for the position I am in today. It provided me with skills I use every day, socially and professionally. I met some of my best friends at Pendleton and will always be grateful for that.

“I will remain a keen supporter of its future, growth and development”.

TNT Lifestyle

Photo Credit: Salford City College

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