is a British actor. After graduating from The University of Warwick in 1978 he trained for two years at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and went to a range of roles in regional repertory theatre including Robespierre in The Scarlet Pimpernel
, and Gloumov in Too Clever by Half
at the Old Vic, for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance in 1988. He was nominated in the same category the following year for portraying Dorante in The Liar
. He has also performed for the Royal National Theatre as Kittel in Ghetto
and Captain Plume in The Recruiting Officer
His Royal Shakespeare Company roles include the title role in Peer Gynt, (for which he won an Olivier Award 1995/6 for Best Actor), Theseus/Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream (UK, American tour and Broadway), Angelo in Measure for Measure, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, and the title role in Hamlet. His film appearances include War Requiem, the RSC's film version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lord Mark in the Oscar-nominated movie The Wings of the Dove, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Four Feathers. His television appearances include Smiley's People, The Franchise Affair, Inspector Morse, Alfonso Bonzo, the title role in Ashenden, Dead Poets Society, Inspector Alleyn, Hard Times. Bad Blood, and Peter Ackroyd's London. His many radio credits include Casino Royale, The Way of the World and The Old Curiosity Shop.
He was awarded an honorary degree (an Honorary Doctor of Letters - Hon DLitt) by the University of Warwick. That was his second degree from the University as he was actually once a student of English and Theatre studies at Warwick (1975-8).
Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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