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Greg Austin
We took rising star British actor Greg Austin to London’s Olympic Park to talk about his lead role in BBC’s Doctor Who spin-off, ‘Class’. Plus he draws his favourite Pokemon.

What were your initial thoughts on Class when you got the script?

When I first got the script, we weren’t allowed to know anything. We weren’t allowed to know it was part of Doctor Who, so I just thought that my character was just a little bit socially awkward. A bit like me when I was that age, in sixth form, not quite understanding social cues and all that. So I saw a lot of myself in him, and then I eventually found out oh he’s actually an alien. That makes sense, that how I feel normally [laughs] in social situations feel a bit like an alien. So I could draw on that a lot, I really liked the script. I mean I’m such a geek anyway that sci-fi was always something I want to do.

How would you sum up your character Charlie in one sentence?

Charlie is…He’s a weird one with a lot on his shoulder.

You mentioned you can relate to Charlie a lot in social situation what other ways do you think you relate to him?

I think he’s observing a lot, I always thought of myself as an observer.

A people stalker or people watcher, which on would you describe yourself as?

[Laughing] A bit of both! People stalker, I like that! There’s something a little bit more intense about that, I kind of like that.

Yeah he definitely has to do a lot of observation because he’s still trying to learn a lot and I definitely need to as a teenager I never quite really got to grips with other people until I was late into my teens. So I take a lot from that when I’m trying to play Charlie and I try a put a little bit of my geekiness into him as well. He wasn’t necessarily geeky in the script but I was like oh chuck a few little things in there.

I think it noticeable adds a finer detail, dimension to his character.

Yeah I think so. Each of the characters in Class has their own stereotype. Fady who plays Ram is the Jock. Vivian who plays Tanya is the geek and I’m like the socially awkward one who doesn’t quite fit in. I think what’s nice about them that they do have their own layers to them. You see them first as stereotypes that very clearly defined and then everyone kind of says ‘oh no I’m not that person’. They also do a lot more to them which is really nice like I think that’s what’s part of what makes playing Charlie fun.

The show revolves around the four of you, how did you guys bond over the project to give a dynamic that plays so well on-screen? Is that the same off-screen, or do you just hate each other!?

Funnily enough, I hate them. [Laughs] No I’m only joking! I love them to pieces. It was weird really, were each so unique, so different to one another: I’m like a posh, English boy from down South; Fady is like the London lad; Sophie is the Northern lass; and Vivian is just sass on legs, she’s great. We’re all so different but we just clicked as soon as we went into our rehearsals. We all just started having a great time and laughing and that just continued throughout the shoot. Even with Jordan who plays my boyfriend I just get on so well with him which is so nice. Boyfriend on the show obviously! I keep introducing him as my boyfriend as well, my wife gets really annoyed with that! [laughs] we all get on super well it’s just so lovely to have a job where you get on so well your other actors, it makes a job a lot easier and a lot more fun.

What are you most excited for us to see from this series?

My favourite episodes are six and eight. The season finale is super cool, it’s pretty epic and that’s all I’ll say about that! So six is very unique it’s err…again I won’t say why it’s unique but it was a very unique acting challenge and it’s not something I expect to do ever again.

How important is it that Class champions diversity with it characters?

I think for diversity and sexuality in television it is always great to have, as long as its truthful to the situation, the show is set in Shoreditch in 2016 it’s going to be diverse so yeah it’s integral. As long as it makes sense within the story and within the truth of what we’re trying to tell then absolutely it’s 100% necessary and for this show absolutely it needs to be there. It’s great to have that diversity on-screen. It gives people something to see themselves in, from every walk of life.

I think it refreshing that the show deals with it in such a nonchalant way that it there and it doesn’t matter.

That’s the thing it doesn’t matter, it is that’s how the gravity of the world is. What’s that quote, Patrick says it a lot, it’s a variation of ‘be the change you want to see’. It’s kind of if you want to see change in the world, act like it’s already happened and that’s what he’s trying to do with this show. That’s what being shown with my character being gay. The fact that no-one makes a big deal of it in the show is part of my character, great I’m gay but there’s all this other stuff going on that’s more important than that, it’s just there my character isn’t defined by his sexuality its part of it’s not really making a big deal out of it.

HOGWARTS AU

A/N: I’m great with titles as you can see… I’ve never written an AU before and this idea came to me while marathoning HP for the 134th time… This focuses a bit on Omelia but other characters play an important part and I plan on giving other ships some love! 

I’d love everyone’s honest opinion and whether I should continue this or not… Constructive criticism is very much appreciated! 

Hope you like this!


It was his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Owen Hunt couldn’t wait to get started.

The previous year had been a little difficult. He was what they called a Muggle-born. Being the child of two non-magical parents, Owen didn’t know what to expect from the wizarding world nor did he have anyone to ask… Truth be told, he was really confused when he turned 11 and received his Hogwarts letter and even more scared as he embarked the train. He now laughed every time he remembered how confused he had been when he couldn’t find platform 9 3/4…

Now on his second year, Owen felt way more confident walking through the Great Hall. All students were supposed to meet here due to the Sorting Ceremony.  The Sorting Ceremony is a yearly ritual performed at the beginning of each school year at Hogwarts. Its purpose is to assign first year students to one of the four school Houses: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, or Hufflepuff. 

He remembered how nervous he felt when the Sorting Hat was put on his head and sorted him into, what was going to become his house, Gryffindor.

Owen was pulled out of his thoughts by the sound of his best friend’s voice.

“Hey mate!”

It had been a little lonely in the beginning, but he ended up making some good friends. One of them was Nathan Riggs. They first met during the Sorting Hat Ceremony as they were both sorted into Gryffindor and soon the friendship was born as Riggs helped Owen around the castle and during classes. Riggs was a half-blood. Owen remembered him explaining that his mother was a witch but his father was human, a muggle.

“Nate!” they shared a brief hug and patted each other in the back.

“How was summer? I told you to write but you never did!”

“I know, I know. But I was busy doing voluntary work with my family in the Middle East. It was great mate! You would’ve loved it!”

Owen was about to respond when someone jumped on his back. He didn’t even have a change to react when he heard Callie Torres’ voice yell his name.

“Thanks for screaming my own name in my ears…” he said as his friend jumped down to the floor and turned to greet Riggs. As he turned around, he saw Meredith Grey and Alex Karev joining them. All five of them stood in the middle of the Great Hall greeting each other. All wearing their Gryffindor uniforms.

“Come on, let’s sit. Professor McGonagall is about to walk in with the new chicks and ducks.” Meredith said already walking towards the Gryffindor table and getting them seats.

As soon as everyone was seated, the doors of the Great Hall opened, revealing Professor McGonagall leading the new first year students.

“Look at them… They look scared.” Karev laughed but quickly shut up when Callie reminded him he looked exactly the same on his first year.

They all watched as the new students followed Professor McGonagall to where Dumbledore stood waiting to greet them. One by one, Dumbledore called the students name and each was sorted into one of the houses.

Among them there was one boy called Mr. Avery. The Avery family was one of the richest families in the wizarding world and practically everyone knew them. As soon as the Sorting Hat announced he was sorted in Gryffindor, the red table erupted into cheers and applauses, welcoming the new student.

Two girls were called after him and both got sorted in Hufflepuff. Both had a petite frame, but one was blonde with blue eyes and the other had red hair and green eyes. Ms. Robbins and Ms. Kepner, respectively.

Then another petite girl was called. Her name was Ms. Pierce. She had brown eyes, dark hair and dark skin. She was immediately sorted in Ravenclaw, and as usual the blue table cheered, happy to welcome a new genius brain.

There was only one child left to be called. As soon as her last name fell from Dumbledore’s lips a collective gasp was heard. Everyone had heard of her family, known for the great wizards they created as well as for the great tragedy they had endured a few years back.

“I thought there were no more Shepherds left in the UK… You poor child…” Dumbledore murmured looking at the girl and a mixture of surprised and shock written all over his face.

“Holy Merlin’s beard! She’s a Shepherd!?” said Alex.

Owen looked around and saw that pretty much everyone looked surprised and shocked. He looked back at the girl. She was very pretty. Not that he noticed those kinds of things… “Is she famous or something?”

His four friends immediately looked at him with ‘you’re kidding right?’ written all over their faces.

“The Shepherds were one of the biggest families in the wizarding world and then one day a few years back they just disappeared…” Meredith explained.

“Why? What happened to them?”

“There are all sorts of theories, some people say it involves dark magic, others say they lost all their fortune, no one knows for sure.” Callie said looking at the girl.

A petite brunette girl, determination shining on her bright blue eyes, sat on the chair waiting for someone to place the hat on her head. She could see everyone looking at her and murmuring among themselves about her and her family. She ignored them. Her mother had warned her about this, so it was expected.

The Sorting Hat immediately sorted her in the Slytherin house. Just like she had been expecting, just like most of her family.

A few people clapped as she made her way to the Slytherin table. Some welcomed her, others didn’t even look her way…

Finally the ceremony ended and everyone went about their lives. The heads of each house showed the new students around the castle and showed them how to get in the common rooms.

Later that day Owen and his friends were walking around the castle and saw a group of older students talking to some of the new ones. The younger students in question were two of last girls to be sorted during the ceremony and Owen immediately noticed that the pretty Shepherd girl was among them. He also noticed the older students had their attention turned to her. Unfortunately those students were ‘the wrong crowd’, the ones who always liked to create trouble… As Owen and his friends got closer they could hear some of the conversation.

“A party? And you’re inviting me? A first year student…?” said the Shepherd girl, doubt evident in her voice.

“Of coursel!”

“Well, can my friends come too?”

“Sorry, pure-bloods only!” said one of the older students. Pure-blood meant that both parents were wizards as well.

“Muggle-borns and half-bloods can be just as great wizards as pure-bloods!” said April Kepner. Kepner herself was a muggle-born and during the train ride over to Hogwarts, she had read some things about the still existing racism in the wizarding world.

“No one asked your opinion, you filthy little Mudblood!” the older student said as he got really close to April, who already had tears forming in her eyes. Calling someone a Mudblood was a huge insult among wizards.

“Hey! That’s rude!” the brunette Shepherd girl pushed the bully away.

He gave her a threatening look and reached for his wand, getting ready to cast her some sort of spell.

Owen’s body is moving before he can even process things. He reaches for his wand and his hand immediately makes the right movement to create the spell he wanted.

“Expelliarmus!”

The older guy looks shocked and somewhat scared as his wand flies from his grasp. Though he was older he was also shorter and skinnier, Owen was quite tall and well-built for his age. He told the guy to run, with his wand still pointing at him.

Once the guy and his friends run away, Owen turns to the group of girls.

“Are you both okay?”

“What was that spell?” the red haired girl asked him.

“Expelliarmus. Also known as the Disarming Charm. It’s a defensive charm which forces the victim to release whatever they are holding at the time, usually a wand.” Shepherd answered, before Owen could open his mouth, while looking directly into his eyes. “You didn’t have to do that! I had it handled!”

“Sure you did…” he smirked.

She rolled her eyes and turned to leave.

“What’s your name?”

“I’m sure you’ve heard.”

“Only your last name. I don’t know what to call you…” he tilted his head.

She looked around, considering if she should tell him or not… Meanwhile his friends were introducing themselves to Kepner.

Realizing she wasn’t going to say anything, Owen lifted his hands in the air, as if in surrender and turned to leave.

“It’s Amelia. Amelia Shepherd.”

Owen smiled but did not turn around to face her again and continued walking.

“I’ll see you around, Amelia Shepherd.”