Former Lewes student stars in hit Netflix show Shadow & Bone

A former performing arts student at East Sussex College’s Lewes campus has nabbed a starring role in the hit Netflix show Shadow & Bone.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 10:51 am
Amita Suman studied performing arts in Lewes

The eight-part American fantasy series, created by Eric Heisserer, was released last month and shot straight to the number one spot in Netflix’s UK top ten.

Based on the bestselling books by Leigh Bardugo, the fantasy series has been dubbed ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ meets ‘Game of Thrones’, and creator Heisserer has already been teasing plans for a second series.

Nepali-born Amita, 23, plays the role of Inej Ghafa.

Amita studied Performing Arts at the Lewes campus of East Sussex College (formerly Sussex Downs College), from 2013 to 2015.

After college, Amita studied at The Academy of Live & Recorded Arts and has been acting ever since.

Amita said: “My teacher, Kerry [Smallhorne] didn’t put me in a box and told me I could play whatever role I wanted without limiting me to a stereotypical Asian character.”

“I loved my time at Sussex Downs College (now ESC).

“It provided me with all the tools and advice I needed to get into drama school.

“The Performing Arts course at East Sussex College is excellent and I would recommend it to any student!”

Amita’s former teacher, Kerry Smallhorne, said: “When Amita started her journey with us she was a smart, talented, and thoughtful student who had a voracious drive and enthusiasm to be challenged in a wide range of diverse roles.

“She was always gracious, generous, and experimental and really broke the mould in her approach to acting and performance.

“Watching her journey from Doctor Who to Inej the complex assassin with a heart of gold has been captivating.

“We all wish her the best as she goes on to be a ground-breaking actress who is definitely one to watch in future roles.”

Shadow & Bone series one is out now on Netflix.