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X-Factor drama scholarship in memory of Potter star

PUBLISHED: 18:15 14 October 2009 | UPDATED: 09:06 12 August 2010

AN X-FACTOR style competition to win a £7,000 scholarship to a drama school where the murdered Harry Potter actor Rob Knox trained has

AN X-FACTOR style competition to win a £7,000 scholarship to a drama school where the murdered Harry Potter actor Rob Knox trained has been launched.

His parents Colin and Sally Knox approached bosses at D&B School of Performing Arts offering funding through the Robert Knox Memorial Fund.

The 18-year-old was killed by habitual knife carrier Karl Bishop, 22, outside the Metro Bar, Sidcup, in May last year.

His father Colin, of Ingress Park, Greenhithe, said: "It is a chance for us to do something positive and show not all youngsters are bad.

"It is something Rob and Jamie both loved to do, but it is something that a lot of parents cannot afford. I imagine a lot of talent goes undiscovered for that reason alone and this is an opportunity for us to help someone really deserving, someone really talented."

Rob's brother Jamie Knox is still studying at drama school based in Bromley and is starring alongside actor Ray Winstone in Cold Kiss, a

15-minute film about knife crime, as revealed in the Reporter.

On Tuesday he spoke for the first time about his brother's murder, saying: "You could feel sorry for yourself or close yourself off to everything. Or you could think, 'No, this is going to make me a stronger person'. It fuels you."

Speaking about his course he added: "Acting is an ambition I had but mainly I want to do it for Rob. Because he started something that I love doing, I want to finish it. I want to do as best I can for him."

A series of open days and audition dates have been scheduled for the chance to win a scholarship lasting three years, with three terms per year fully funded.

Open days are due to be held on November 13 and January 28 next year with auditions planned on November 24 and February 12 next year.

Those selected will attend the final judged by a panel consisting of Colin and Sally Knox and founders of the school, sisters Bonnie and Donna Sullivan, on June 1.

Bonnie Sullivan said: "Rob was a fab guy. He had that extra special something, the X-Factor. We are delighted to have been approached about the scholarship and we hope to find someone with Rob's qualities."

To find out more visit www.dandbperformingarts.co.uk on 0208 698 8880.

* A Rob Knox Charity Dinner is due to be held at Charlton FC's Valley ground tonight.

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