Billy Howle: Being asked about schooling gets my back up
Howle said his own experience of school was not a happy one.
On Chesil Beach star Billy Howle says he is fed-up of being asked where he went to school at auditions.
Privately-educated British actors are enjoying big success in Hollywood.
Howle, who stars alongside Saoirse Ronan in the film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novella On Chesil Beach, told the Observer: “It’s something that still bugs me about acting.
“The number of auditions I go to where they ask where I went to secondary school, it’s crazy.
“That really gets my back up. Just because you went to Eton, it doesn’t make you a better actor.”
Howle, who grew up mostly in Scarborough, said his own experience of school was not a happy one.
“I just couldn’t see how most of the stuff they taught us could be applied to anything, so I spent most of the time challenging the teachers,” he said.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Dominic West and Damian Lewis are among the privately-educated actors to have made it in Hollywood.