Our Patrons

Our Patrons

We are passionate about forming links with our industry and raising the profile of our mission and our students. We are delighted to have such wonderful Patrons to help us to do that. They provide support, a voice for our Academy and are role models for our students. 

Irvine Iqbal


Irvine Iqbal is a highly experienced Actor, Singer and Voice Over Artist. Training: BA Hons Degree in Drama, Film/TV - Brunel University. Postgraduate in Musical Theatre - The Royal Academy of Music

Masters in Business (MBA) - University of Westminster. Irvine is the first and only British Asian actor to have performed in all three British Asian musicals in the West End which include Bombay Dreams, The Far Pavilions and Bend it like Beckham. In 2017, Irvine was awarded ARAM Associate at The Royal Academy of Music. Irvine is currently playing The Sultan in Disney's Aladdin at The Prince Edward Theatre, West End, London

Irvine is a huge advocate for Diversity in Performing Arts.

“As established professionals working in the industry, we have a duty to support young people. Learning drama at a young age provides children with basic tools; this involves helping in confidence and to be self aware. This access has never been so crucial. Here at The Boury Academy, children will get invaluable access to Drama, Singing and Dancing.”

Shalisha James-Davis


Shalisha James-Davis is an Actor who has worked extensively in Theatre, Film and Television. Her most notable credits in TV are in BBC’s I May Destroy You, Silent Witness and Death in Paradise. In theatre, Romeo & Juliet at The Globe theatre, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at The Bridge and Our Country’s Good at The National Theatre. Shalisha won a scholarship at a theatre and tv school in Nottingham before joining the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain where she trained in their 2016 REP Company.

Shalisha loves investing in young people and watching them flourish and grow, she believes that investing in oneself is invaluable and life is not a rehearsal, it should always be lights, camera, action!

She says ...

‘The Boury Academy is the most genuine, hard working and experienced performing arts training school I have ever come across, not to mention TALENTED! Having taught at the school, I have seen students go from strength to strength not only in skill but in confidence and I am here for that! I am so honoured to become a Patron of The Boury Academy, the ethos is everything I stand for and they are truly making a difference to so many young people lives.’

Shalisha taught at our school before becoming so busy with filming and theatre work and we are DELIGHTED that she has agreed to stay connected to us by joining our existing Patron, Irvine Iqbal, in becoming a voice for our Academy and a support and role model for our young people