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Simon Russell Beale

1961-01-12 Penang, Malaysia

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Sir Simon Russell Beale CBE (born 12 January 1961) is an English actor. He is known for his appearances in film, television and theatre, and work on radio, on audiobooks and as a narrator. For his services to drama, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in 2019. He has spent much of his theatre career working in productions for both the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre. He has received ten Laurence Olivier Award nominations, winning three awards for his performances in Volpone (1996), Candide (2000), and Uncle Vanya (2003). For his work on the Broadway stage he has received a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play nomination for his performance as George in the Tom Stoppard play Jumpers in 2004. For his role as Henry Lehman in The Lehman Trilogy, he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and was nominated for an Olivier Award. Beale has been described by The Independent as "the greatest stage actor of his generation". Beale made his film debut in Sally Potter's period drama Orlando (1992). He continued acting in films such as Persuasion (1995), Hamlet (1996), My Week with Marilyn (2011), The Deep Blue Sea (2011), Into the Woods (2014), and Mary Queen of Scots (2018). In 2017, he starred in Armando Iannucci's dark comedy The Death of Stalin playing Lavrentiy Beria for which he received the British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. He has also appeared in the television projects The Young Visiters (2003), Dunkirk (2004), and as Falstaff in the BBC made-for-television films Henry IV, Part I and Part II (2012). He was part of the main cast of Showtime's Penny Dreadful.


Operation Mincemeat Winston Churchill 2022-04-01
Thor: Love and Thunder Dionysus 2022-07-06
Benediction Robbie Ross 2022-05-13
The Outfit Roy Boyle 2022-03-03
Radioactive Professor Lippmann 2020-03-11
A Christmas Carol Scrooge's voice (voice) 2020-12-04
National Theatre Live: The Lehman Trilogy Henry Lehman 2019-07-25
National Theatre Live: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second Richard II 2019-01-15
Museo Frank Graves 2018-08-23
Operation Finale David Ben-Gurion 2018-08-29
Mary Queen of Scots Robert Beale 2018-12-07
The Death of Stalin Lavrenti Beria 2017-10-20
My Cousin Rachel Couch 2017-06-08
RSC Live: The Tempest Prospero 2017-01-11
The Legend of Tarzan Mr. Frum 2016-06-29
Shakespeare Live! From the RSC 2016-04-23
Cunk on Shakespeare Himself 2016-05-11
National Theatre Live: King Lear Lear, King of Britain 2014-05-01
Into the Woods Baker's Father 2014-12-24
Muse of Fire Himself 2013-09-26
National Theatre Live: 50 Years on Stage Hamlet 2013-11-02
Legacy Hookey 2013-11-28
National Theatre Live: Timon of Athens Timon 2012-11-01
Shakespeare's Sonnets 2012-07-18
My Week with Marilyn Cotes-Preedy 2011-11-23
The Deep Blue Sea Sir William Collyer 2011-09-11
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Opera House) The Duchess / Introduced by 2011-04-23
National Theatre Live: Collaborators Stalin 2011-12-01
BBC Proms: Sondheim's 80th Birthday Himself - Performer 2010-04-19
National Theatre Live: London Assurance Sir Harcourt Courtly 2010-06-24
A Christmas History Presenter 2010-12-24
Deep Water Donald Crowhurst (voice) 2006-12-15
The Young Visiters Prince of Wales 2003-12-26
The Gathering Luke Fraser 2001-06-23
An Ideal Husband Sir Edward 1999-04-15
Alice in Wonderland King Cedric of Hearts 1999-02-28
Hamlet Second Gravedigger 1996-12-25
Persuasion Charles Musgrove 1995-05-01
Orlando Earl of Moray 1992-12-11
Time and the Conways Party Guest 1985-04-07
Firebrand Stephen Gardiner
Curtain Call Jimmy Erskine