He acted in Brian Friel
's translation of Anton Chekhov
's play, "Uncle Vanya", at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre in London, England with Simon Russell Beale
, Helen McCrory
, Emily Watson
, Mark Strong
, Selina Cadell
, Luke Jardine
, Paul Jesson
, Cherry Morris
, Anthony O'Donnell
, Gary Powell
and Gyuri Sarossy
in the cast. Sam Mendes
Did You Know?
When he asked if I would interested, I almost bit his hand off! Mark [Mark Gatiss
] has written such a wonderful script not only about the birth of a cultural phenomenon, but a moment in television's history. William Hartnell
was one of the finest character actors of our time and as a fan I want to make sure that I do him justice. I'm so looking forward to getting started.
He was awarded the Laurence Olivier
Theatre Award in 1991 (1990 season) for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for "King Lear" at the Royal National Theatre.