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Young actor’s award in honour of stabbing victim

PUBLISHED: 11:12 09 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:28 25 August 2010

A YOUNG actor has accepted an arts award dedicated in memory of his stabbed school friend, Rob Knox.

A YOUNG actor has accepted an arts award dedicated in memory of his stabbed school friend, Rob Knox.

Alexander Cobb, 19, of Seaton Road, Welling, received the merit from his old school Beths Grammar, after securing a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

The Rob Knox Award for Achievement in Performing Arts and the Media, presented to Mr Cobb on September 11, will become an annual award at the school.

Bromley drama student Mr Knox, 18, was killed outside Metro in Station Road, Sidcup, on May 24, shortly after filming for a small part in the latest Harry Potter film.

Five of his friends suffered stab wounds in the incident.

Mr Cobb, who last week appeared in a Walls sausages advert, said: "What was heart breaking for me was that a week before he died, he was telling me about how well he was doing."

"It was an honour to get the award but it was a very surreal one because he was a classmate of mine. It didn't seem five minutes ago I was performing with him."

Mr Knox, who had appeared in The Bill, King Arthur and BBC sitcom After You've Gone, was in a school production of Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui with Mr Cobb. Mr Cobb added: "I was in no doubt that Rob would make a career in the performing arts. He was always doing something, even if he always kept it very, very quiet."

Beth's Assistant Head Teacher, Matthew Neylan, said the Rob Knox award would recognise achievement in exams as well as extra curricular achievement.

Mr Neylan said: "Rob Knox was a positive, clever, outgoing and very enthusiastic member of our drama department, known by boys of all ages. When the tragedy occurred, they all knew who he was and that is what was lovely about the chap."

l Jobless Karl Bishop, 21, of Beaver Lodge, Charlton Road, Sidcup, was charged with Mr Knox's murder and five counts of wounding on May 27. He denied murder on September 2 and is due to stand trial at the Old Bailey on February

9, 2009.

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