Sylvia YOUNG (1939-)

Frank Thornton
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Sylvia Young, founder and principal of the Sylvia Young School, was surprised by Michael Aspel during an awards giving ceremony at the school’s Marylebone premises in London.


After organising several fundraisers for her daughters' primary school, Sylvia began 'charging 10p a lesson' to potentially talented youngsters in London’s East End.


In 1981 she set up a Saturday school, in London’s Drury Lane, and within two years the venture had expanded to the Sylvia Young Theatre School – an independent specialist stage school providing a combination of academic and vocational classes for children aged 10 to 16 years.


“What do I say … bit of a shock!”

Sylvia Young recalls her experience of This Is Your Life in an exclusive interview recorded in June 2013

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Sylvia Young articleSYLVIA YOUNG


Stage School Supremo


You 1 July 2012


Being on This Is Your Life in 1998 was a wonderful surprise.


My family told me they were taking me to dinner, but we actually went to a TV studio where my ex-students, family members and friends were. They gave me this photograph album as a souvenir.


programme details...

  • Edition No: 1015
  • Subject No: 990
  • Broadcast date: Mon 21 Dec 1998
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Wed 16 Dec 1998
  • Venue: Teddington Studios
  • Series: 39
  • Edition: 16
  • Code Name: Early

on the guest list...

  • Tony Blackburn
  • Debbie Blackburn
  • Emma Bunton
  • Frances Ruffelle - daughter
  • Alison Ruffelle - daughter
  • Norman Ruffelle - husband
  • Dean Gaffney
  • Nicholas Stapleton
  • Scott Robinson
  • Paul Reynolds
  • Keeley Hawes
  • Naomi - sister
  • David - brother
  • Pamela - sister
  • Michelle - sister
  • Alex - brother
  • Gordon - brother
  • Bobby - sister
  • Muriel Morris
  • Teddy Spooner
  • Nick Berry
  • Paul De Freitas
  • Matthew Ryan
  • Edna Tapley
  • Shirley Partridge
  • Maggie Melville
  • Carmen Silvera
  • Samantha Janus
  • Billie Piper
  • Eliza - granddaughter
  • Nathaniel - grandson
  • Adam Woodyatt
  • The Sylvia Young School Choir
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Denise van Outen
  • Clare Burt
  • Paul Nicholls
  • Sophie Lawrence
  • Letitia Dean
  • Stephen Dean
  • Felix - grandson

production team...

  • Researcher: Kate Greer
  • Writer: Ian Brown
  • Directors: John Gorman, Steve Docherty
  • Producer: Sue Green
  • Executive Producer: John Longley
  • Associate Producer: Helen Gordon-Smith
  • Series Producer: Jack Crawshaw
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 39 subjects: Charles Stewart > Carol Smillie > Roy Walker > Sharron Davies > Christopher Chittell > Barbara Dickson > Frank Thornton > Phillip Schofield > Alastair Stewart > Bob Wilson > Frankie Dettori > Elizabeth Spriggs > Rick Wakeman > Sue Johnston > Bill Deedes > Sylvia Young > Anne Kirkbride > Christopher Biggins > Damon Hill > George Layton > Floella Benjamin > Bill Pertwee > Mark Cook > Gary Mabbutt > Suzi Quatro > Ian Bannen