1997 DPhil (PhD), Media Studies, University of Sussex. Thesis: "Cinema and Civility in Post-Mao China" (supervisors: Craig Clunas and Roger Silverstone, examiners: William Outhwaite, Stephan Feuchtwang, Ginette Vincendeau)
1992 MA, with Distinction, Culture and Society in Contemporary Europe, University of Southampton. Thesis: "Violence, Women, and the Law: A Study of Abortion and Domestic Violence in Contemporary France" (supervisors: Bill Brooks, Erica Carter and Alan Bance)
1986 Acting Diploma, Drama Studio, London.
1983 BA (Hons), Oriental Studies: Chinese, Brasenose College, University of Oxford.