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Simon Russell Beale

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Simon Russell Beale

English actor and music historian add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1961.

Countries: United Kingdom (90%), (5%), United States (3%)

Main connections: Harold Pinter, John Simm, John Caird (director)

Linked to: Home Secretary, Clifton College, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Guildhall School of Music and Drama




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Simon Russell Beale was born in 1961 add something


Beale first came to the attention of theatre-goers in the late 1980s with a series of lauded comic performances, on occasion extremely camp, in such plays as "The Man of Mode" by George Etherege and "Restoration" by Edward Bond at the Royal Shakespeare Company add something


After Clifton, he went to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and obtained a first in English, after which he was offered a place to do a PhD. He graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1983 add something


He broadened his range in the early 1990s with moving performances as Konstantin in Chekhov's "The Seagull", as Oswald in Ibsen's "Ghosts", Ferdinand in "The Duchess of Malfi" and as Edgar in "King Lear" add something


Since 1995 he has been a regular at the National Theatre where his roles have included Mosca in Ben Jonson's "Volpone" opposite Michael Gambon, George in Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers" and the lead in "Humble Boy" by Charlotte Jones written especially for him add something


In 1997 he portrayed the pivotal role of Kenneth Widmerpool in a television adaptation of Anthony Powell's "A Dance to the Music of Time", for which he won the Best Actor award at the British Academy Television awards in 1998 add something


Jonathan Cake - Cake next worked with Pam Ferris, James Fleet and Patrick Barlow in "Cows" , a television comedy written by Eddie Izzard and Nick Whitby, offered a memorable portrayal of Jack Favell in the 1997 Anglo-German miniseries "Rebecca", which was based on the 1938 novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier, and portrayed Peter Templer in a TV miniseries adaptation of Anthony Powell's "A Dance to the Music of Time" , which starred James Purefoy, Simon Russell Beale and Paul Rhys


John Caird (director) - He continued to direct plays at the National under the Artistic Directorship of Trevor Nunn with "Peter Pan" in 1997 starring Daniel Evans as Pan and Ian McKellen as Hook and, in the NT Ensemble season of 1999, Bulwer-Lytton's "Money" and his own new version of the Voltaire/Bernstein "Candide", both with Simon Russell Beale and the late Denis Quilley


He played the King of Hearts in a 1999 television adaptation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" add something


In 1999 he was a key part of Trevor Nunn's ensemble, playing in Leonard Bernstein's "Candide", Edward Bulwer Lytton's "Money" and Maxim Gorky's "Summerfolk" at the National add something


John Caird (director) - In 2000, he again directed Simon Russell Beale, this time in "Hamlet", a production that toured the UK and Europe, going to Elsinore, Stockholm and Belgrade, before transferring to the Brooklyn Academy in New York


Christopher Hall (producer) - One of Hall's drama productions, made as a Christmas show for the BBC in 2003, was the BAFTA-winning The Young Visiters starring Jim Broadbent, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Sally Hawkins and Simon Russell Beale


In 2005, Beale was directed by Deborah Warner as Cassius in "Julius Caesar" alongside Ralph Fiennes as Antony add something


In autumn 2006 he played Galileo in David Hare's adaption of Brecht's add something


In 2007 he reprised his Broadway role as King Arthur in the Monty Python musical "Spamalot" at the Palace Theatre, London add something


From December 2007 to March 2008 he played Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing" directed by Nicholas Hytner and from February to July 2008, he played Andrew Undershaft in Hytner's production of Shaw's "Major Barbara"; he appeared in Harold Pinter's "A Slight Ache" and "Landscape" add something


In 2008 he made his début as a television presenter, fronting the BBC Four series "Sacred Music" with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen about Western church music add something


In the spring of 2009 Beale and Sam Mendes collaborated on "The Winter's Tale" and "The Cherry Orchard", in which Russell Beale played Leontes and Lopakhin respectively, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, later transferring to the Old Vic Theatre add something


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - In 2009, BBC Radio 4 broadcast new dramatisations, by Shaun McKenna, of the eight George Smiley novels by John le Carré, featuring Simon Russell Beale as Smiley


A second series was broadcast on BBC Four in Spring 2010 add something


In 2010 he played Sir Harcourt Courtly in "London Assurance", again at the National add something


In March 2011 he made his debut with The Royal Ballet in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" add something


In October 2011 he returned to the National to star in the premiere of "Collaborators", for which he won Best Actor at the 2012 Evening Standard awards add something


He played the title role in "Timon of Athens" at the Royal National Theatre from 10 July 2012 add something


The production was broadcast to cinemas around the world on 1 November 2012 through the National Theatre Live programme add something


He will star in a revival of Peter Nichols' "Privates on Parade" as part of Michael Grandage's new West End season at the Noel Coward Theatre from December 2012 to March 2013 add something


In 2013 he won the British Academy Television award for Supporting actor for his performance as Falstaff in the BBC's The Hollow Crown series of TV films about Shakespeare's historical dramas "Richard II"; "Henry IV, Part 1;" "Henry IV, Part 2;" and "Henry V" add something


He will star alongside John Simm in Harold Pinter's "The Hothouse" at the Trafalgar Studios from May to August 2013, directed by Jamie Lloyd add something


John Simm - From May-Aug 2013 he returned to The Trafalgar studios in London's west end to Star opposite Simon Russell Beale in a new production of Harold Pinter's "The Hothouse"


Jamie Lloyd (director) - In 2013 he began the Trafalgar Transformed season with Macbeth starring James McAvoy, he continued with The HotHouse starring Simon Russell Beale and John Simm


King Lear - In January 2014 he will play the title role in "King Lear" at the National Theatre, directed once again by Sam Mendes add something


From May to July 2015 he will star in "Temple", a new play at the Donmar Warehouse about the 2011 United Kingdom anti-austerity protests add something


In September and October 2015 he will play Samuel Foote in "Mr Foote's Other Leg" at the Hampstead Theatre add something


In November 2016 he will return to the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon, to play Prospero in "The Tempest" add something


In June 2017 it will transfer to the Barbican Centre in London add something


In July 2018 Beale will return to the National, to star opposite Ben Miles and Adam Godley in "The Lehman Trilogy", again directed by Mendes add something


Beale will star in the title role of "Richard II" at the Almeida Theatre from December 2018 to February 2019 add something