Credits include: Ray Donovan, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Vera Drake, Happy-Go-Lucky, Gangs of New York, 21 Grams, Mission Impossible III, Hancock, War Horse, The Worlds End, Snow White & The Huntsman, Filth, The Illusionist, Atomic Blonde, Little Dorrit, Sherlock Holmes, Deadpool 2, Entebbe &, Hobbs & Shaw
“John was my acting teacher for seven years and I consider him to be the most important influence on my career. I would say that John’s method of training is unique because of it’s holistic approach to the actor, his life and the story that the playwright or filmmaker is trying to tell.
John simplifies everything by encouraging the actor to find the essence of the story, what it is trying to say and to simply serve that. Without ever being puritanical, John encourages his actors to develop a strong ethical code to their work. Through meditation and self-awareness, I was taught to understand the many different aspects of myself and then how to use this knowledge in creating a character.
I personally benefited greatly from the philosophical aspect of John’s work. Over the years he studied and brought into the classroom the influences of Eastern and Western philosophy. This was inspirational. The acting world can be a very competitive and cut-throat profession. John taught me to remain centred and to maintain a healthy balance between ambition and humility. To wish others well, rather than to
compete against them.
During my training with John my career improved tenfold, including; landing leading roles at The Royal National Theatre, being named ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Independent Theatre Awards, a whole host of TV and Film roles. Then, during the final year of training with John, being booked to work on Martin Scorsese’s ‘Gangs of New York’.
John’s teaching represents the cutting edge of Actor Training in the world today.”
Credits include: 24 (Nina Myers), Trust Me, Covert Affairs. NCIS, Law
& Order: SVU, Twilight. The Twilight Saga’s & Bosch
” I was visiting London and saw a production of Mike Leigh’s ‘Ecstasy’, in the West End. I was very impressed by the quality of the actors’ work, and their secret turned out to be their director, John Osborne Hughes.
One conversation with him about his process with the actors, and I was convinced that it was something that I needed to explore. I invited John to come to New York to teach a small group of us, and for almost 10 years he continued to teach his inspired system of acting in NYC.
John is easily the most effective acting teacher I have ever worked with. I experienced dramatic results from his instruction; and it is interesting to note that within a week of completing his course, I booked my first role in a Television series (“24”).
I use John’s technique every time I work and find his ideas to be a continuing source of inspiration.”