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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best creativity magazine in the UK“, globally renowned actor Brian Cox teaches Acting on BBC Maestro’s online platform of world-class experts.

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Actor Brian Cox photographed for his BBC Maestro course. August 2023 Photographer Gareth Iwan Jones

Brian Cox Teaches Acting

Ever dreamt of walking in the footsteps of acting greats like Anthony Hopkins or Meryl Streep? Now, you can take a masterclass from one of today’s most captivating performers: globally renowned actor Brian Cox. His course, Acting, on BBC Maestro’s online platform of world-class experts shines a spotlight on how to deliver award-winning performances, capture — and hold — an audience’s collective attention, and embody a multitude of iconic characters.

Forget dry lectures and theoretical mumbo jumbo. Cox dives headfirst into the practicalities of crafting a compelling performance. With over five decades of experience on stage and screen, he knows the acting world inside and out, and he’s not afraid to share his hard-won insights.

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Across his lessons, Brian will direct aspiring actors through practical exercises designed to help them master both stage and screen. Lessons will delve into character development, script analysis, and the essential techniques to take into their next audition. The course will include a discussion of the key components of acting, insights from a casting director, and a practical workshop led by Brian to help current drama students hone their craft.

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I am thrilled to be collaborating with BBC Maestro and sharing my passion for acting with a wider audience. As an actor, you’re there to interpret the script. It’s only by examining, and fully understanding, the script that you can then have the freedom to develop an intuitive style and deliver every line with authenticity. I hope the advice I share will help you find your place within the industry and provide the skills needed for a decades-spanning career.

-Brian Cox
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Actor Brian Cox photographed for his BBC Maestro course. August 2023 Photographer Gareth Iwan Jones

A stage actor of distinction who has also enjoyed a formidably prolific career in film and television, Brian Denis Cox CBE is a performer of great versatility. He is best known on screen for gruff authority figures, benign and malign, and for his skill at endowing even the most loathsome of them with an eerie humanity.

Brian played Logan Roy in HBO’s hugely successful series Succession. His performance earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series and a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series.

He has also won two Olivier Best Actor awards, for Titus Andronicus and Rat in the Skull. His most notable film credits include Ken Loach’s award-winning Hidden Agenda, Braveheart, The Boxer, Wes Anderson’s Rushmore, X-MEN 2 (2003), TROY, The Bourne Identity & The Bourne Supremacy, and The Escapist, amongst many others. His stage credits include the National Theatre’s King Lear, Richard III, The Music Man, Art, and Uncle Varick.

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BBC Maestro

BBC Maestro launched in October 2020 to phenomenal success. The first four courses attracted more than one million people to the service, with thousands signing up to learn from their favourite Maestro.

Whether you are a novice or an amateur enthusiast, BBC Maestro allows you to indulge in your area of passion from the comfort of your own home and learn from the experts. Each course is beautifully filmed in 4K and offers several hours of content, broken down into 14 to 40 easily digested lessons accompanied by downloadable course notes filled with hints, tips, and a breakdown of each lesson.

Brian is the latest Maestro, joining Alan Moore, Billy Connolly, Carol Ann Duffy, Doreen Lawrence, Edgar Wright, Gary Barlow, Jancis Robinson, Jed Mercurio, Jojo Moyes, Julia Donaldson, Ken Follett, Lee Child, Malorie Blackman, Marco Pierre White, Mark Ronson, Mo Gawdat, Paula Scher, Peter Jones, Pierre Koffmann, Rangan Chatterjee, Rankin, Richard Bertinet, Richard Greene, Sir Tim Rice, and Vineet Bhatia.

BBC Maestro taps into the fast-growing space of e-learning – because of the way technology has revolutionised teaching and learning, lessons no longer need to be confined to the classroom. In 2020, the number of people using online learning videos rose dramatically, with an estimated 200 million users worldwide.

The global ‘Mass Open Online Courses’ market size is expected to increase from $3.9 billion in 2018 to $20.8 billion by 2023. BBC Maestro is a commercial platform developed and operated by Maestro Media Ltd under license from BBC Studios Distribution Ltd. BBC is a trademark of the British Broadcasting Corporation and is used under license.

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The BBC Maestro platform features a series of extended, in-depth lessons filmed in 4K with an eclectic mix of prestigious experts. It allows participants to explore new areas of learning from the comfort of their own home.

The commercial online education platform developed and operated by Maestro Media Ltd offers individual courses which can be purchased for £79, and annual subscriptions for £120.

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