Current Principal of The Oxford School of Drama where he combines his role as Principal with both teaching and directing. Previously he was Head of Film,TV and Radio at RADA, a post he held for 11 years supported by Warner Bros. (UK). At the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art he taught across all years of the prestigious three year acting course and directed the acting students in the final year where he produced six shorts films. He also worked with the technical students teaching them how the skills in costume, props and production management transfers to the film and television industries with technical graduates going on to work on Les Miserable, Batman, Spectre, Ab Fab, Mr Turner, Dr Foster, Outnumbered, Holby and Eastenders.
As an acting coach he has worked with private clients on feature films and television shows (including Universal and Sky). He is a regular speaker at film festivals (including Aesthetica, BAFTA, and BFI) has written various screen acting articles, is a contributor to the Actor's Yearbook and is currently writing a Screen Acting book for Bloomsbury.
He started his professional life as a child actor, with Theatre credits including the original West End production of Another Country opposite Daniel Day Lewis, Hampstead Theatre and five years with the Royal Shakespeare Company. His numerous Screen credits as an actor, include First Love: Summer Lightning (Ch 4), The young Michael Palin in East of Ipswich (BBC), Tumbledown (BBC), American Friends (feature), Catherine Cookson's The Dwelling Place (ITV) and numerous continuing dramas including Casualty and Doctors.
Prior to joining RADA, Edward worked at East 15 Acting School as Head of Media where he created an MA Course 'Acting for TV, Film and Radio', the first screen based acting course to be industry accredited.
He is a graduate from London Film School (and a former Governor for the School) and his directing credits include dramas, corporate videos, training films and promotional films in all formats - from a 35mm World War I drama No Man's Land, to an HD advertising campaign for Great Ormond Street Hospital starring Robbie Williams.
His Short films have been selected and screened at numerous film festivals including ASFF (2015 & 2016), BAFTA, Camerimage - Lodz, Cannes, Edinburgh, Fastnet - Ireland (2017 & 2018), ICA, LSFF, Munich, Offline (Ireland), Raindance, Rushes and Washington (USA). In 2016 his screenplay Bicycle (co-written with John Metcalfe) was selected as one of only five finalists in the 2016 IMDb script to screen competition and in 2017 his film The Space won the International UK Veterans Film Festival.
In 2018 his films Prodigal and Bitter Lemon were selected for seven international Short Film festivals and in 2019 he managed to make a portmanteau feature.