How to build a career / earn a living post-Covid

Actor Julian Ovenden will be leading a zoom workshop, talking about his experiences as an actor for stage and screen, and sharing his tips on how to build a sustainable career post-Covid.

How to Apply


Due to the format of this Zoom masterclass, we have a limited restriction on the number of people who can meaningfully take part. If you’d like the opportunity to attend, please apply by emailing info@masterclass.org.uk with the subject heading OVENDEN. Please include your photo, CV and a telephone number.

Applications to attend close at 1pm on Thursday 26 November.

Please note you must be a Masterclass member to apply.
If you have been chosen to take part, you will be notified by Monday 30 November. On the day itself, you will be emailed the Zoom link. If you are selected, but find out that you are unable to attend, please let us know ASAP. 
If you do not hear from us, unfortunately you have not been selected on this occasion. Please see our FAQs for more information.

About Julian

Julian Ovenden has built a reputation over the last twenty years as one of the most versatile performers of his generation, in constant demand across the globe on stage, screen, concert hall and recording studio. His artistic training began at an early age as a chorister of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. He subsequently won music scholarships to both Eton College and then to New College, Oxford  University before completing his training on a major Arts Council Bursary at The Webber-Douglas Academy of Performing Arts. 

Julian’s acting career began in a production of King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company directed by the visionary Yukio Ninagawa. He was then cast by Michael Grandage to star in two Olivier Award winning hit shows at the Donmar Warehouse: Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along and Grand Hotel. He subsequently starred in Adrian Noble's A Woman of No Importance at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and Richard Jones' Annie Get Your Gun opposite Jane Horrocks at The Young Vic as well as originating the role of Armand in Michel Legrand's Marguerite at the Theatre Royal Haymarket opposite Ruthie Henshall.  

He made his Broadway debut opposite Nathan Lane in Simon Gray's Butley and created the title role in Maury Yeston's Death Takes A Holiday for The Roundabout Company in New York City. Further stage work includes a hit run at The Donmar and West End transfer of My Night With Reg, starring in Finding Neverland, playing Georges Seurat in the first French production of Sunday in The  Park With George, at the Chatelet in Paris, The Treatment for Lyndsey Turner at The Almeida and most recently opposite Gillian Andersen in Ivo Van Hove’s smash hit All About Eve in the West End.  

As well as his stage work, Julian is well known to audiences on both sides of the Atlantic for his wide body of work in TV, most notably in the worldwide phenomenon Downton Abbey. He played Andrew Foyle in the hugely popular wartime series Foyle's War. He has starred in many other TV shows including Netflix’s The Crown, Steven Spielberg's Smash, Person of Interest, The Forsyte Saga, The Assets, The Royal, Any Human Heart, Poirot, Charmed, Related, Cashmere Mafia, A Christmas Carol and Family Guy. In 2015 he starred as Captain Von Trapp in a live to air movie of The Sound of Music, the first foray into live musicals for  British TV. Recently Julian starred for two seasons of Knightfall for the History  Channel/HBO, and is next to appear opposite Rupert Everett in the Channel 4 mini-series Adult Material and  Shonda Rimes’ new show for Netflix, Bridgerton. 

As a vocalist, Julian has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras including The New York Philharmonic, The Royal Philharmonic, The Royal Concertgebouw, The LPO, The New York Pops, The Gothenburg Symphony, The Australian Symphony Orchestra and enjoys a special relationship with the John  Wilson Orchestra. He has headlined at many of the world’s leading music venues including Carnegie Hall,  The Alice Tully Hall, The Appel Hall, Lincoln Centre, The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, Sydney  Opera House, The Royal Opera House, The Wigmore Hall, The Chatelet, Birmingham Symphony, The  Bridgewater Hall and The National Concert Hall in Dublin. 

In 2013, Julian recorded a debut album for Decca records entitled If You Stay and has since recorded Rogers and Hammerstein at the Movies with John Wilson for Warner Classics and Christmas at Downton Abbey for Warner Music that went double platinum earlier in 2016. In late 2015, he signed a multiple record deal with East West/Warners and his latest album Be My Love was released in April 2016. His live performances have racked up millions of views on YouTube. 

Julian is proud to have performed at many Royal Command performances, in particular for HRH Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle.






Please note, attendance to this masterclass is by application only. Please see above to apply.