We are delighted to announce that celebrated stage and screen actor Tom Hiddleston (OD 1994) is to open the 69th Dragon Christmas Charity Sale this year. Tom is very much looking forward to returning to the Dragon as he attributes his acting career to winning the school Balloon Debate in 1993 - quite something when you consider that in in the past year alone Tom has starred as the villainous Loki in Hollywood blockbuster The Avengers and in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris as well as performing the title role in the BBC’s production of Henry V and playing the young Prince Hal in Henry IV parts I and II!
"I had the time of my life at The Dragon. I don’t remember actively ‘learning’ anything because it all seemed so much fun at the time, and yet in retrospect I realise I learned everything, including the most valuable lesson of all, which is that curiosity - intellectual, physical, imaginative, academic, experiential - should and always would be fun. That’s the whole point of education: to expand the heart, mind & body in every possible direction. I discovered so much during my time at The Dragon - my love of literature and language, my passion for rugby and running, my eternal ineptitude on the cricket pitch, my independence, and some of my very closest friends. I feel so honoured to have been asked back to open The Dragon Sale this year. I remember being inspired by Ronnie Corbett, when he came to open the Sale when I was in E Block. I can’t hope to offer the same level of inspiration, but I’ll do my best!"