Former My Family star studying in Islington to pursue career in human rights

Gabriel Thomson, 28, who formerly appeared in BBC sitcom 'My Family' has been accepted to King's Col

Gabriel Thomson, 28, who formerly appeared in BBC sitcom 'My Family' has been accepted to King's College London with a view to become a human right's barrister - Credit: Archant

Gabriel Thomson received a distinction whilst studying at City and Islington College

Gabriel Thomson, 28, who used to play Michael Harper in the BBC sitcom ‘My Family’ is celebrating gaining a place at top university King’s College London after gaining top grades from City and Islington College.

He will now study Philosophy after gaining maximum distinctions studying for a Humanities and Social Science: Access to Higher Education Diploma at the College’s Centre for Lifelong Learning in Finsbury Park.

Gabriel aspires to become a human rights barrister following the completion of his degree.

He said: “I got to the point in my life where I wanted to do something useful. Making people laugh is important, but I wanted to pursue a career that makes a difference and to transfer my acting skills in to performance in the court room. I am passionate about human rights and plan to take further qualifications after my degree to become a human rights barrister.


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He added: “Studying at City and Islington through the Access route has enabled me to take the first step towards achieving my ambition. I thought I would do a degree in Law but my teachers have really fuelled my passion for philosophy.”

Having not studied A Levels due to his acting career, Gabriel chose the Access route, which is a qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications, such as A Levels, for study at university.

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Grant Glendinning, Centre Director at the College’s Centre for Lifelong Learning in Finsbury Park, said: “Access courses provide a potentially life-changing platform for students from all backgrounds to progress to university. The courses are excellent at instilling self-belief, as well as giving students the necessary tools to function while at university. We are very proud of Gabriel’s academic achievement this year.”

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