A TRIMSARAN actor is starring in one of the most talked-about films of the year, to the delight of the artistic director of his former stage school.
Trystan Gravelle, 30, plays Christopher Marlowe alongside Rhys Ifans and Joely Richardson in Anonymous — the controversial film that questions whether Shakespeare actually penned any of the work printed in his name.
The actor also has a leading role in the new Mike Bartlett play 13, at the National Theatre, and Christopher Rees, of Llanelli Youth Theatre, has spoken of his delight at seeing a former pupil's success.
He said: "We are immensely proud of Trystan and all his achievements to date, from his days at RADA to the Royal Shakespeare Company, to the Globe and now at the National Theatre, as well as his numerous other roles on TV, film and in the theatre.
"Trystan is an extremely talented young man and he is absolutely committed to his craft. His work is thorough, polished and fascinating to watch. Since his early days he had 'it' — that special factor which made him unique. It's a combination of charisma, talent, drive, energy and good looks. I am personally so proud of him and have always known he'd be a star." Trystan was a member of the theatre group from 1997 to 1999 and appeared in productions including A Christmas Carol, The King and I, Assassins, Children Of Eden, As You Like It and Everyman.
He also was part of the cast of the youth theatre and Pukka productions of Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth.
"His journey has been incredible," Mr Rees said. "But he has worked extremely hard to get there. He is indeed a name to look out for."
Mr Rees added the film Anonymous was very special to him personally, because he had always taught youngsters in the theatre group that Edward De Vere wrote the plays of William Shakespeare.
"Trystan was fascinated as a member when we were rehearsing As You Like It, and it is now ironic and fitting that he is in the film playing Christopher Marlow," he said. "I am looking forward immensely to seeing both the film and the play next week in London and will quietly immerse myself in a puddle of pride."