Award-winning actor Gary Oldman was once told by RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) that he couldn’t act and that he should consider doing something else with his life. He told Metro newspaper that following an audition for the highly-respected British school, he was given the advice. Oldman, who was born in London, said: “Maybe I wasn’t ready, or maybe I just had a bad day? Maybe my audition wasn’t very good? But you can’t not enjoy the irony. I really wanted to go. That was my sort of dream because so many of the people I looked up to had been there.” Oldman instead received a B.A. in theatre arts in 1979 from Britain’s Rose Bruford Drama College, then went on to study with the Greenwich Young People’s Theatre. His work is revered by many of his fellow actors, including his Harry Potter co-star, Daniel Radcliffe. Oldman has also been the recipient of many acting honors, including Master Screen Artist Tribute at the USA Film Festival and an Icon Award at the 2011 British Empire Awards.