AN award-winning actor has visited his old school in Crediton for the first time since he left.
Luke Treadaway, originally from Sandford, has appeared in countless films and on stage since he left Queen Elizabeth's Community College 10 years ago.
He then went onto join the National Youth Theatre with his twin brother Harry, who also went to the school.
Earlier this year he won the Laurence Olivier award for best actor in his stage performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Last Monday he made his way back to the college to meet current A Level drama and theatre students as well as returning on Wednesday for the school's annual celebration evening, where he delivered an entertaining and motivational speech.
Vicky Evans, head of drama, said: "I asked Luke if he would like to come and talk to my drama students. So he came in and he spoke about what he did, how he got into it and what he was doing now and he gave some really good advice.
"The students really enjoyed it and they found it really interesting to learn that some one who has been through the same school and from the area and has made it successfully as an actor.
She added: "One said it was really nice to see that someone who started it out at QE has made it and shows that you can make it as an actor. I think people generally say it's really hard to get into and you're never going to go anywhere with it and now I think they've realised they can do it."
She also added that Luke was really excited to be back and noted that the school brought back so many memories for him.
John Wright, Luke's former maths teacher, said: "Luke was an excellent student whilst at school with a very strong determination to succeed and the talent to match. He has very obviously taken this attitude forward with him in his chosen profession given his level of success.
"The most pleasing thing about meeting him again is how little fame has affected him. He is a very genuine and humble, down to earth character who is very grateful to all who have helped him along the way.
"He is still close friends with the same crowd he hung out with at school. He stays in close contact with his drama teacher from QE and regularly visits him in France.
"He went out of his way to welcome a school group that went to see his performance in The Curious Incident of the Dog, taking them backstage to show them the set and facilities and answering many questions."