Since receiving a grant from the BBC Performing Arts Fund, Poppy has embarked upon a successful career in straight theatre, film and musical theatre.
Poppy trained at the London School of Musical Theatre in 2009. Following graduation she took on the role of Janet in the West End production of The Children's Hour directed by Ian Rickson alongside Keira Knightley, Elisabeth Moss, Ellen Burstyn and Carol Kane.
The BBC Performing Arts Fund is so important, without it I wouldn't have gone to drama school and done what I have done.
Poppy says, "The BBC Performing Arts Fund is so important, without it I wouldn't have gone to drama school and done what I have done. I know so many people where it's just not an option to be able to pay for it... it's such an incredible fund that helps so many people."
She has also appeared in a number of films including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and the role of Lola in St Trinians. She was also one of the singers selected by the Fund last year to take part in the BBC Prom's Stephen Sondheim concert at the Royal Albert Hall in celebration of his 80th birthday.
"Being at the Royal Albert Hall was incredible... to be stood beside everyone who's won a bursary and values it and treasures it so much was just an amazing day and an amazing experience."
Victoria received a Training in Musical Theatre Bursary in 2007 which enabled her to continue her singing and dance training at the Central School of Speech and Drama. The money also helped with marketing and auditions, including travel costs, headshots and subscriptions.
Originally from Cwmbran, South Wales, Benjamin-Brook trained at the Arts Educational School London, graduating with a BA in Musical Theatre. He says, "It means so much that I am able to continue training in such a fantastic school, without the burden of finance looming over me."
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