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Fiona Hopkins is one of those lucky people who is gifted at being both an extremely talented and accomplished Costume Designer and Actor. Her parallel talents have taken her round the world, having spent over 14 years in the UK and Europe before returning to Canberra to settle in 2016.
Studying at London’s International Drama School of Theatre and Performance Rose Bruford College Fiona was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Costume Production (2003) and went on to study the MA Acting- Classical Masters programme (2005) at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London under Dr Rob Clare. Later she spent extended periods in Los Angeles in 2007 and again in 2014 studying screen acting under international acting coach Lisa Pescia.
Fiona’s international experience as a Costume Designer, Wardrobe Supervisor both Resident and on Tour; as well as a Buyer and Assistant to Designers and Costumiers is impressive. She worked for many years with Academy Costumes London in the fast-paced world of Adrian Gwillym and his small team across TV, film, music and all areas of the entertainment industry on bespoke commissions to entire productions dressing and designing for some of the biggest names in the industry. While at Academy she also developed and ran the textile side of the business. Caroline McGinn of Londons Time Out Magazine reviewer of The Representative by Rolf Hochhuth played at The Finborough UK, said costumes ‘were spot-on’ .She also worked for Wexford Opera Ireland, Royal Central School’s Youth Opera, Flying Music and Qdos Entertainment to name but a few.
Fiona’s acting portfolio is equally notable. Fiona has performed in the Hollywood Fringe Festival in the award- winning premiere of Natacha Astuto’s Le Train Denier. She has performed widely in the UK and Europe, appearing in a number of films, including the international success features Landscape of Lies (2018) and Doghouse (2009) and soon to be released Little Necro Red. Hopkins has also completed two Seasons in the Canadian TV series Clays POV (2014-16) in the lead role of Neptuna. Fiona will take up the role again in their 3rd season. Fiona is also delighted to announce her debut as Director on a Feature length thriller already in preproduction set for release later in 2019.
In Canberra, Fiona proudly brings all her professional experience and passion across her expertise to her students at the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art now Perform Australia as their in-house Costume Designer and resident teacher for Screen Acting.
In November 2018 Fiona made her double debut at the Street Theatre as Costume Designer for Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again by Alice Birch directed by Karla Conway and Actor in David Atfield's artful piece Exclusion as Jacinta Ferrier alongside celebrated local actors. The Canberra Times Canberra life reviewer Alanna Maclean said ‘Hopkins is deeply believable as the pragmatic Jacinta’ and voted the play in her top five picks for 2018.
Working on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night directed by Christopher Stollery and produced by Lakespeare & Co has been a real thrill for me! I adore Shakespeare and have brought a fresh, imaginative costuming to the stage while working with incredibly talented and committed artists.
In her spare time, when she doesn’t have a sketch pad or script in hand, Fiona loves hanging out with her adorable pet staffy ‘Denim’, her niece Nina and nephew Paul and enjoying home cooked meals at her big sisters place.
Photo by Robert Coppa - Photographer