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The Diocese of
Westminster Academy Trust

Hugh Dennis visits The Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School​​​​​​​

On Wednesday 4th July, staff and students were treated to a visit from comedy performer and actor Hugh Dennis. Best known for his role in long standing sitcom ‘Outnumbered’, and an ever-present panellist on BBC comedy show ‘Mock the Week’, Hugh gave a talk on many aspects to do with his career. He spoke about his time at Cambridge University, his initial career ‘in charge of Lynx deodorant’ at Unilever, and the difficult switch to full time comedy at the age of twenty nine.

He offered some sound advice to pupils who were unsure of what they wanted to for a career, and urged pupils to not be fixated on being famous, but to simply want to be the best at something which they are good at. Many pupils later noted this to be simple, yet valuable advice in an ‘X-factor generation’ of entertainment. The audience was made up of a range of pupils from years 9 to 12, and included students from creative writing groups, media studies students and ambassadors.

All pupils were then allowed to ask Hugh questions for forty five minutes, and got to find out about other comedians he has worked with, as well as those actors in outnumbered. He gave some great responses and good stories about his career, with his most embarrassing moment in acting taking place in nearby Ruislip!

Thank you to all students for their excellent behaviour on the day, and the staff for nominating pupils for this event

Mr Rogers , Head of Creative Arts Faculty