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Gordon Scammell by Joe Thomas

The star of The Inbetweeners and the BBC’s White Gold recounts a maverick drama teacher who struck a deal with students that gave them free reign to act up

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I had a lot of good teachers at King Edward VI Grammar in Chelmsford, but I suspect, in terms of impact on my life, none of them can quite top Gordon Scammell. I’m 33, and in my head he’s still Mr Scammell, you know? Never Gordon. Without him, I doubt I’d be doing what I do now.

He was kind of a maverick. Unconventional, but very, very passionate. He made performing seem incredibly exciting and risky. He actually got us interested in the adrenaline rush that acting gave us. I guess he got us hooked. We believed we were doing something memorable.

The way that he – for want of a better word – ...

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