Olivia Grant

Old Bedalian 2007

Have you undertaken any kind of further study since leaving Bedales and have you gained any further qualifications?

Foundation degree: LAMDA 2008. 

BA 2008-2012: 1st Class Honours, University of East Anglia studying American Literature & Creative Writing, with a year abroad at UC Berkeley.

What kind of work are you currently involved in, and how and why have you come to be doing it?

Since I graduated in 2012, I’ve been working as a PA in feature films, including Philomena, The Theory Of Everything, and am about to start work on Florence starring Meryl Streep. This came about from work experience I undertook with film companies while on holidays from university. It’s very long hours, and incredibly hard work, but working within a team has been a very rewarding experience .

Did attending Bedales help you in getting to where you are now and how satisfied are you with what you are doing?

Bedales cemented my passion for the arts, and is the reason I was determined to pursue my career. I had the opportunity at school to direct and be in plays in a fantastic theatre, which I’m so grateful for. Above all, Bedales instilled confidence in me that I never had as an only child at a London day school. My core group of best friends 8 years on are all Bedalians.

Have you been involved in any other interesting activities or occupations since leaving school?

Getting to do a year abroad at UC Berkeley is one of the most daunting things I’ve ever done, but it was the best experience. It gave me an absolute love for gender studies, and I’ve since written two articles on feminism for Harpers Bazaar online.