Bright Young Thing: Meet young actor and singer Alex Coombs

Alex Coombs at school

Alex Coombs at school - Credit: Archant

Multi-talented Forest School pupil Alex Coombs talks to WEL about being the star performer in the School’s recent production of Cabaret and leaving for Oxford University this September

Alex in Cabaret

Alex in Cabaret - Credit: Archant

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Alex and I’m 18-years-old. I am in year 13 pupil at Forest School in Snaresbrook and I am currently studying for my A Levels. The subjects I am doing are classics, history and philosophy.

Where do you live and what do you like about it?

I live in South Woodford and I like the close proximity the area has to central London and to Westfield in Stratford.

Tell us about your family?

I have one older brother, Connor, who is currently studying dentistry at King’s College London. My dad works in the travel industry and my mother is the bursar at Forest School. My mother is South African, so I’ve been lucky enough to visit Africa on several occasions and I enjoy the weather and wildlife.

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What is the most exciting thing that has happened to you over the past year?

It’s a choice between two things. I recently received an offer from the University of Oxford to study archeology and anthropology, which I’m delighted about. This year I was also cast as the Emcee in Forest’s musical production of Cabaret. Whilst I am a reasonably accomplished singer, it was a real challenge to try acting for the first time, but I loved every minute of it.

Who are your biggest influences?

I would say that documentary maker Louis Theroux has certainly played a role in developing my interests in different communities around the world; he’s one of the reasons I became interested in anthropology.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

The degree I want to do doesn’t necessarily have a direct career path, so who knows what I will be doing. I’d want a job where I am able to be active, rather than sitting at a desk all day. Alternatively, if I don’t succeed, I have always said that I will live in my brother’s basement, enjoying life at his expense!

How do you relax?

I usually relax by playing games on my PC with my friends, or watching Netflix. I’ve recently become hooked on House of Cards, which I’d definitely recommend.

What makes you smile?

I have a terrible sense of humour, so any bad pun is likely to make me laugh.

What is your worst habit?

I tend to crack my knuckles all the time, which drives my mother insane

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