Hugh Coles biography Hugh Coles is a London based rising star in the theatre industry. He was selected for one of the lead roles in the smash-hit feature film The Festival right after graduation. Training: He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and graduated in 2017. Theatre: Hugh made his theatre debut in the new Back To The Future musical in the West End. Film: He played the lead role of Rex in The Festival (2018). This role also marks his professional acting debut. TV: Recently, Hugh appeared in the first season of the BBC television show Defending The Guilty. He played the young barrister Liam in this series by Big Talk Productions, starring alongside the likes of Wil Sharpe, Prasanna Puwanarajah and Katherine Parkinson. He was also part of the final Doc Martin series for ITV in 2019 and Urban Myths: The Mysterious Disappearance Of Agatha Christie for SKY Arts.