7th November 2016
York College is delighted to see former Performing Arts student Sophie Hopkins playing a leading role in the exciting new Dr Who spin-off drama series Class, currently showing on BBC Three.
Photograph: BBC/Simon Ridgeway
Sophie plays the role of April in the science fiction series based at Coal Hill School in Shoreditch, where dark and deadly secrets lurk. Her character April is one of four Coal Hill School six formers dealing with hidden secrets and desires, alien threats and possibly the end of existence.
Photography credit: BBC/Todd Antony
Sophie, formerly of Woldgate School, came to York College in 2007 to study a National Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting) and a National Award in Musical Theatre, graduating in 2009. She then moved to London and spent a year with repertory theatre company Fourth Monkey and has since worked on a handful of short films and indie projects.
Says Sophie: “My time at York College made me certain that acting was the career I wanted. I joined the College during its first year on the new campus and it was fantastic to have our own theatre and dance studio. The facilities were great. We worked with the technical theatre and stage design course too, it felt like a professional environment which is key if you're going to be ready for the real world. I worked so hard when I moved to London, at one point I had three jobs plus auditions and acting work! It was gruelling but every second was worth it. I was picked up by my agent (Identity Agency Group) last October and then everything changed. I’d had auditions before and then the calibre of the roles I was going for was crazy! Towards the end of 2015 I found out that I had landed the role of April in the BBC series Class. It's so wonderful being part of the Doctor Who world! My agency in London has just partnered up with United Talent Agency in L.A so I’m excited for what the future holds.”
Photography credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway
Peter Capaldi, Dr Who himself, made an appearance in the opening episode of Class (available on BBC iPlayer) in which he saved the day and informed the young alien-fighters of their new roles. He commented: “The Doctor Who family is growing, and it’s fantastic to be able to welcome the young new cast of Class in to the Whoniverse.”