You can’t be Sirius? Harry Potter star to study at UEA

Harry Potter start to study at UEA from September. Picture: @Rohan_Gotobed

Harry Potter start to study at UEA from September. Picture: @Rohan_Gotobed - Credit: Archant

Young actor to swap Hogwarts for halls, as he prepares to start his Drama and English Literature degree at the University of East Anglia.

Rohan in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. as young Sirius Black Picture: @Rohan_Gotobed

Rohan in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. as young Sirius Black Picture: @Rohan_Gotobed - Credit: Archant

Rohan Gotobed, 18 from Poole, Dorset played young Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and after achieving a spellbinding 3A's at his A-Levels was accepted into the competitive course.

He starred in Snape's flashback in the last film as the young Sirius with his partner in crime James Potter, where it is revealed they used to taunt the professor.

Since he appeared in the franchise, Harry Potter fans have followed his every move and fansite Mugglenet, with over 400,000 members, wished him a happy 17th birthday on their site and asked him to appear at their Expo Patronum.

Staring in Harry Potter, aged 12, was a dream come true for Rohan.

Rohan starring in the Trebor Mints Adverts (2015) Picture: @Rohan_Gotobed

Rohan starring in the Trebor Mints Adverts (2015) Picture: @Rohan_Gotobed - Credit: Archant

'I loved JK Rowling's world growing up and it was amazing to meet so many wonderful actors on set and at the premiere.

'Daniel Radcliffe is probably the nicest guy I've ever met, and he was so welcoming and down to earth, even when he didn't need to be.

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'I've been able to attend lots of fan conventions and I've met so many exciting people through Harry Potter, both actors and Potterheads, that the entire experience has been incredible.'

The aspiring actor already has other impressive credits under his belt, including Hoff the Record (2015), alongside David Hasselhoff, Doctors and he recently appeared in the Trebor Softmint Advert.

Rohan at the premiere with the late, great Alan Rickman Picture: @Rohan_Gotobed

Rohan at the premiere with the late, great Alan Rickman Picture: @Rohan_Gotobed - Credit: Archant

'Dad I like softmints and they like me back in a way strong mints never could.'

The drama course at UEA lets in fewer than 50 students a year and is consistently ranked in the Top 10 in the league tables.

Prospective students have to audition to secure their offer, so Rohan's experience certainly paid off along with his top grades in Drama, English Literature and History.

UEA Drama alumni include the tenth doctor Matt Smith, Radio 1 DJ Greg James and Lord of the Rings star John Rhys-Davies, who also founded the drama society.

His decision to study in Norwich comes just weeks after Norfolk actors Sam Clemmett and Poppy Miller began their run at the Palace Theatre, as Albus Potter and Ginny Weasley in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Rohan is excited to come to Norwich and swap Goblet of Fire for Ring of Fire, when he begins his three year spell as a UEA student.

'Other than being the home of the Norwich Nifflers (UEA's muggle quidditch team), I chose UEA because the course covers a huge variety of theatre and books, as well as giving lots of practical opportunities and partly because of how wonderful Norwich as a city is.

'When I came to audition for the course in January, I instantly fell in love with UEA, so it ended up being a pretty easy decision'

He also has family that live in Dereham, so already has links to the area.

He can next be seen on our screens starring in an episode of Casualty on BBC1, airing November 12 at 9pm.

Rohan is also a keen blogger and regularly posts his film reviews and thoughts on the acting world. https://rohangotobed.wordpress.com/

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