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Lion King actor and former college student gets award
Lion King actor Shaun Escoffery was among five high-achieving further education alumni receiving a prestigious Association of Colleges’ (AoC) Gold Award this year.

Lion King actor and former college student gets award

22 January 2018

Shaun studied performing arts at Barking & Dagenham College in the 1990s, where he became good friends with fellow student Idris Elba.

He’s now a successful R&B singer and songwriter and actor. From 2008-2014, Shaun played the lead role of Mufasa in the London production of The Lion King.

The Gold Awards celebrate the success of further education alumni and acknowledge the vital role that colleges play in building the foundation of successful careers.

Shaun, along with four other alumni from colleges across the country was recognised for his achievements at a presentation ceremony at the House of Commons on 17 January.

The alumni were surrounded by staff and students from their former colleges as they were presented with their AoC Gold Award. Shaun attended with his wife and manager along with representatives from his former college including Barking & Dagenham College’s Principal and CEO, Yvonne Kelly who commented: “We are delighted that Shaun’s success and achievements have been recognised. The college provided an environment to recognise and nurture his talent and the award provides an opportunity to celebrate the impact the college has had on his life and the lives of our students.”

On receiving his award, Shaun Escoffery, said: “It’s such an honour to be put forward for one of these awards. It just shows the impact that the college had on me. It’s only now that I look back and realise how much I learnt. That experience is invaluable and I still use those skills I learnt back then in my daily life now.”

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges said: “Colleges provide a fantastic array of opportunities and it is an honour to be able to recognise those who have built on their time at college to shape a successful career. Congratulations to our Gold Award winners – I wish them all the very best for the future.”

Other winners of the award in 2017 included BBC reporter Sima Kotecha and Theatre Director Phillip Breen.

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