Kalungi Ssebandeke, aged 27 from Battersea in London, is awarded £5,000 to support his studies for the MA in Acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Kalungi was mentored by Cyril Niri for the first year of his scholarship, and Ray Panthaki for the second.
I am beyond elated to be awarded a BAFTA Scholarship
Kalungi has been acting for 10 years, and has appeared on hit television shows such as Casualty, Holby City, Doctors, Cucumber and Skins, and in stage productions at London theatres such as The Bush, The Gate and The Tricycle, as well as Sheffield Studios. His most recent acting role was an episode of Doctor Who (Series 10), which was broadcast on the BBC earlier this year. Alongside acting, Kalungi is a writer. In spring 2017, his debut play Assata Taught Me ran to a sold out audience at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill.
He holds a BA in Business Management from the University of Sheffield, and graduated in 2012. Kalungi says: “I am beyond elated to be awarded a BAFTA Scholarship. This is because I can really focus on my training with the additional financial backing from BAFTA. Having access to BAFTA resources, especially mentorship, means that I can re-enter the industry with the confidence that I will go on to have a long-lasting career.”
Kalungi is one of our 2018 returning scholars.