Published on 9 Jul 2017

Why are so many famous British actors posh? Can it change?

From posh period dramas to films about gilded youth – it’s becoming increasingly difficult for anyone from a working class background to get into acting – let alone make a name as a star. Especially when the hottest and highest paid actors all seem to hail from private schools. But shouldn’t it all be about talent? And isn’t acting the ultimate meritocracy?

A group of Labour MPs have launched an inquiry into how to improve access to careers in the performing arts.

We discuss the issue¬†with¬†the actor Adam Deacon – who starred in the films Kidulthood and it’s sequel Adulthood – and Mike Buchanan who chairs the headmasters and headmistresses association.