Vicky McClure has said there should be more affordable drama schools in the UK.
The Line Of Duty star trained at a free workshop in Nottingham, and insisted budding actors don't need to attend costly establishments.
She told Radio Times: "It's striking how many successful actors came out of Nottingham.
"We don't need to send people to expensive drama schools.
"When I went to the Nottingham Television Workshop it was free, and even now it's affordable - £100 a term - and if people don't have that there are bursaries and sponsors."
Vicky, 33, added: "There should be places like that in every city."
The actress got her break at 15, when Nottingham-based director Shane Meadows visited the workshop and cast her in his film A Room For Romeo Brass.
She said: "I thought my big break had come because the film was going to be shown in cinemas. Then I found out it was only six cinemas. It's been a blimmin' long, hard slog to get to where I am now. It took another 10 years before I did This Is England 86."
The actress is now set to appear In her first period drama, a three-part BBC adaptation of Joseph Conrad's literary classic The Secret Agent.
She plays Winnie, the wife of Soho sex shop owner and secret agent Anton Verloc, who is played by Toby Jones.
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