Story/Interview April 24, 2019
William Franklyn-Miller | Actor, model and social media star
William Franklyn-Miller is an actor, model and social media star. Having previously had roles in Australian soap Neighbours and CW's Arrow, he recently completed filming for his biggest role so far - the Netflix series - Medici. The flexibility and broad curriculum King's InterHigh offers allows him to gain a quality education whilst pursuing his career.
King's InterHigh has been great as my acting career has developed . . . my school in Ireland was not as helpful in trying to catch up with time away or with the same broad curriculum. The recording of lessons means that I can watch them all across the world and still submit the homework.
Actor, model and social media star
What was your education experiences like before joining King's InterHigh?
I started in London at a private prep school and then we moved to Melbourne. I was so lucky to attend Scotch College in Melbourne. I have some really good friends from my time there and it is an excellent school. They were really good helping me manage my time off and always helped me catch up and get ahead with sport, school and acting. Acting puts you under extra pressure with auditions and learning of scripts, as well as time off for on set work and it is sometimes difficult to get a full balance.
How does studying at King's InterHigh differ?
King’s InterHigh has been great as my acting career has developed. I started just after I landed a role on CW’s Arrow and was filming in Vancouver, and my school in Ireland was not as helpful in trying to catch up with time away or with the same broad curriculum. The recording of lessons means that I can watch them all across the world and still submit the homework (although often at really strange times of day). It would be great if King’s InterHigh offered a tutor system, which is what I miss from Scotch, where one teacher helps with coordinating catch up and missing areas of focus when you are away, but that is only one fault – the system is great and using the online timetable lets me see what I need to catch up on and when I need to submit homework – that’s easy.
What roles/campaigns can pupils and staff at King's InterHigh expect to see you in next? What’s coming up?
My biggest role yet is in Medici: The Magnificent on Netflix at the end of 2019, I have also just filmed the YouTube series for Brat Chicken Girls which was out in March and hopefully have great news on a huge project coming soon, fingers crossed.
Fitting in your studies around your acting and modelling career must be challenging, why did you join King's InterHigh and how does it compare to your previous educational experiences?
King’s InterHigh let’s me balance my study and acting commitments pretty well. I am really aware that acting is such a risky business, that it can all stop tomorrow and that I need different plans and options in case. Also I like learning and I have been surprised at the range of subjects that I can study – I am enjoying film studies too which was new for me this year.
You can study at King's InterHigh wherever there’s an internet connection, what are the most unusual places you’ve had a live lesson?
I have studied in airports, on the beach, in hotel rooms from New York to LA to Tokyo to Rome and of course at home. Given the travel, and time zones a lot of the watching is of the recordings, and it can be frustrating if I am working 9 hours behind but the system hasn’t yet uploaded the video of the lesson, but it gives me an unexpected break at times! I like it most at home at my desk, when it feels like normal school.
Why is King's InterHigh a good option for models and actors?
It is such an obvious choice, giving the opportunity to work at the same time as school, the flexibility is great watching lectures in the evening or weekends and also the feedback from teachers is really quick and detailed. The UK GCSE system is also pretty well respected and so the exams in the end are so useful whether I go to university in the UK or US.