Film and TV stars band together to support Arts Centre

By Julie McNicholls Vale   |   Deputy news editor   |
Monday 1st February 2016 12:00 pm
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Jacob Ifan in Cuffs, Taron Egerton in Kingsman: The Secret Service and poet Gillian Clarke are banding together to support Aberystwyth Arts Centre

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LOCAL stars of film and TV have come tog­ether to support Aberyswyth Arts Centre.

Film star Taron Egerton and Jacob Ifan, the current star of BBC series, Cuffs, have become patrons of the Friends of the Arts Centre, a community organisation to support the Aberystwyth-­based building.

Both actors have offered their support as pat­rons, joining other internationally-renowned creatives including artist Shani Rhys James and poet Gillian Clarke.

Taron is an actor known for the films Kingsman: The Secret Service, Testament of Youth and Legend, as well as the TV series, The Smoke.

He attended Ysgol Penglais and was a member of Aberystwyth Arts Centre Youth Theatre before going to RADA.

His latest film, Eddie the Eagle, in which he stars with Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken, is to be released in 2016.

Jacob Ifan attended Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig, was a member of Aberystwyth Arts Centre Youth Theatre and attended the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

He was recently seen starring in the BBC series­, Cuffs.

Sue Jones Davies from the Friends of the Arts Centre committee said: “Both actors have been strong supporters of the Arts Centre and have frequently publicly talked about the imp­ortance of the youth theatre in their choice of careers.

“We are really proud of what both these boys have achieved already and are thrilled they have agreed to be Patrons of Friends of the Arts Centre.”

Friends of the Arts Centre has over 700 members and seeks to support the Arts Centre with various initiatives including funding campaigns and promotional activity.

Membership of the organisation is free.

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