Samantha Bloom will shortly be emerging from Guildhall School of Music and Drama after three years of rigorous training at this prestigious London acting school. Sam, as her family know her, has recently appeared in three recent productions at Guildhall, “A Comedy of Errors,” in which she was especially praised for her performance of the Abbess (“ a Shakespearian actor in the making”), in The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson in which she played Vi
( described as a ‘ gifted actress’) and more latterly in Measure for Measure, in which she played Juliet. She has a major role in the next production – An Italian Straw Hat,” with performances from 22nd March to 25th at Guildhall School. Previous to that she played Mama in the Kiss of the Spider Woman by Terrence McNally.
Sam wanted to act from an early age. She entered Kent Festival for recitals of poetry, prose, Bible-reading, mime from the age of seven upwards and won a string of first’s and trophies which encouraged her to join a local acting group (SMAD) for regular plays in her free time. At Kent College, where she studied for A levels, she usually was given a major part in school plays (The Importance of Being Earnest, Much Ado about Nothing, amongst other plays). She spent her sixth form year at Prior Park College in Bath where she was singled out for high praise for her fine performance as Gertrude, the Queen in Hamlet.
After ‘A’levels, she was diverted from her wish to attend acting school and applied instead for a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages at London University. She became fluent in French, then changed to Communications and Audio Visual Studies at London Guildhall University before deciding that her dream to be involved in drama and cinematology just would not go away. After a year working in film production with the Ridley Scott Film company, being involved the production of such films as Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, she then decided to procrastinate no longer, but to put her wide experience to good use in fulfilling, at last, her long- term ambition to be an actress. She applied to the major acting schools in London and the Old Vic in Bristol successfully and ultimately chose Guildhall School of Music and Drama, so highly recommended by her brother, film actor Orlando Bloom, thus starting her acting degree as a mature student in September 2000. During her second and third years Guildhall awarded her the Kitcheham Bursary, the Van Beers Bursary and the Hoddart Bursary.
“The course has been brilliant and I have been extremely happy at Guildhall. I realize that if you want to act as a career, you simply must train at a first-class Drama school like Guildhall” she says.
What of the future? “I have always loved acting Shakespeare and enjoy character parts so much, but obviously, as long as I can be a working actress, I shall probably be happy whatever comes my way…To gain experience in acting is, of course, my main concern, whether it be theatre, TV or the cinema.” She will be finishing her course at Guildhall by the end of June and hopes to sign on to an agent soon. She flashes that irresistible smile, knowing that she has to prove herself in a tough world crammed full of hopefuls like herself. “ Like many, many other would-be actresses – I shall be hoping for a lucky break!”