Friday 30 September 2016

Eton educated Tom Hiddleston says class debate in acting is 'socially divisive'

Published 24/01/2016 | 11:36

Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston

Eton and Cambridge educated actor Tom Hiddleston says the debate about class in the acting profession has become "socially divisive".

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Hiddleston, best-known for his role as Loki in the Marvel films, attended public boarding school Eton before going to university and then studying at Rada.

In an interview with the Observer magazine, he objected to the idea that the industry was dominated by Eton alumni.

"There are so many successful actors who didn't go there," he said. "Like Michael Fassbender and Daniel Craig and Domhnall Gleeson and Luke Evans and Gemma Arterton and Andrea Riseborough. There's so many, the list goes on and on and on. Idris Elba."

Acknowledging the issue of inequality of opportunity, he said the debate itself could be divisive.

He explained: " It's socially divisive in a way it shouldn't be, because I think wherever you are from you should be able to follow your passion.

"Wherever you went to school, if you have something authentic to contribute, you should be allowed to. There is an acknowledged problem of access and inequality of opportunity - I don't know how to remedy that.

"But yeah, I'm on everyone's side; I'm on the side of the actors. I'm not there to divide the world into pieces."

On his own boarding school experience, he said: "I was very vulnerable when I first went. I went to boarding school when I was seven and then I sort of learned how to deal with it. So I must have somehow got more independent through that experience.

"I don't think it was ... I've never sort of had analysis about this or anything, so I have no idea, but ... You just kind of move on.

"It wasn't damaging, but I'm sure it made me independent."

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