Holby City star inspires students at his old school - Attleborough Academy

From left, Attleborough Academy principal Neil McShane, Holby City star and former student Nic Jackm

From left, Attleborough Academy principal Neil McShane, Holby City star and former student Nic Jackman, assistant principal Carmina McConnell and head of sixth form Andy Cole. Picture: ATTLEBOROUGH ACADEMY - Credit: Archant

He's usually watched by millions in his role as a young heartthrob doctor on the hit BBC One medical drama Holby City.

Nic Jackman, starring in Holby City as foundation doctor Cameron Dunn Picture: BBC

Nic Jackman, starring in Holby City as foundation doctor Cameron Dunn Picture: BBC - Credit: Archant

But Nic Jackman faced a totally different kind of audience when he return to his old school, Attleborough Academy, for a sixth form presentation evening.

Mr Jackman, 25, was the guest speaker at the event, which honoured the achievements of the school's Year 13 group from last year.

He gave a speech to the group, talking about the hard work and determination he had needed to succeed.

He told the students to not give up on what they wanted out of life.


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Mr Jackman said: 'Even in the face of rejection you need to persevere and never lose sight of your dreams.

'The most important element of success is how you learn from your failures: you need to always take something from a missed opportunity and work even harder towards the next'.

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After attending the school from Year 7 until he completed sixth form in 2010, Mr Jackman trained at the world-renowned London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (Lamda), completing an honours degree in acting.

Mr Jackman has also appeared in the Arnold Wesker drama Roots, as well as the stage show Red Velvet, which had a run in London before being transferred to New York.

Carmina McConnell, assistant principal, said she was delighted to welcome Mr Jackman back to the school.

Mrs McConnell said: 'It is fantastic to welcome Nic back as our guest for the evening.

'He is a wonderful role model for our students, illustrating how if you maintain high expectations in life and are prepared to make consistent effort towards a goal, then you can achieve great things.'

At the event, students were awarded their A-Level certificates and there were a range of special awards.

The evening was led by head of sixth form Andy Cole. Former head of sixth Brian Hunt, principal Neil McShane and many teachers, tutors and parents were also there.

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