Haydn Gwynne & Tom Bradby to Help With History Prize

Exciting news!  Actress Haydn Gwynne and political broadcaster and historical novelist Tom Bradby have agreed to come to the Festival on Sunday 1st July to read excerpts from the finalists’ entries for the Chalke Valley History Prize.

Neither need much introduction.  Haydn Gwynne has been a hugely regarded and popular actor, having starred in a number of highly successful television films and series, including Drop the Dead Donkey, Mersey Beat, Peak Practice, and HBO’s Rome.  She has just returned from Broadway, where she has been starring opposite Kevin Spacey in Sam Mendes’ acclaimed Old Vic production of Richard III. We are thrilled to have an actor of her calibre and popularity bringing to life some of our finalists’ entries.

Tom Bradby is not only Political Editor at ITN, he is also an acclaimed historical novelist.  The film of his book, Shadow Dancer, starring Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough, recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.  Tom was also granted the only interview with Prince William and Kate Middleton on the announcement of their engagement, and has recently launched his own current affairs weekly show, The Agenda, on ITV.