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(1979) Played Samwise Gamgee in the BBC production of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" alongside Ian Holm and Michael Hordern.

2001 - Played Robert in "Blue/ Orange", a new play by Joe Penhall - National Theatre, London (2000)/ Duchess Theatre, London (2001).

Played Mr Wisel in the radio production of "Yes, Minister" in the episode "Open Government", with Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne.

(November 2006) Played on Broadway with Julianne Moore in "The Vertical Hour", a new play by David Hare, directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes.

Played in "Occupy!" - Everyman Theatre, Liverpool (1976).

Played in "Illuminatus!", a nine-hour stage adaptation by Ken Campbell of the science fiction/fantasy trilogy of novels by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson - Liverpool Theatre of Science Fiction (1975)/ National Theatre, London (1977).

Played Vernon in "Comings & Goings" by Mike Stott - Hampstead Theatre Club, London (1978).

Played in "The Warp" by Neil Oram & Ken Campbell - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London/ Everyman Theatre, Liverpool (1979).

Played Gorman in "Illuminations" by Peter Jenkins - Lyric Hammersmith, London (1980).

Played Stephen Andrews in "Map of the World" - National Theatre, London (1983).

Played Eaton Sylvester in "Pravda" - National Theatre, London (1985).

Played Edgar in Shakespeare's "King Lear" - National Theatre, London (1986).

Played Julian in "Mean Tears" - National Theatre, London (1987).

Appeared in "Betrayal" by Harold Pinter - Almeida Theatre, London (1991).

Played Bernard Nightingale in "Arcadia", a new play by Tom Stoppard - National Theatre, London (1993).

Played Trigorin in Chekhov's "The Seagull" - National Theatre, London (1994).

Played Andy in "A Kind of Alaska" by Harold Pinter - Donmar Warehouse, London (1998).

Played Timmy in "Speak Now" - Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (2004).

Played Tom in "Skylight" by David Hare - Vaudeville Theatre, London (1995)/ UK tour (1997).

(1980) He acted in Peter Jenkins' play, "Illuminations," was performed at Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, London, England with Paul Eddington CBE, Nigel Stock, Judy Loe, and directed by Richard Cottrell.

(1998) He acted in Harold Pinter's "The Collection, The Lover," and "A Kind of Alaska," at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre in London, England with Penelope Wilton OBE, Harold Pinter CBE, Douglas Hodge, Lia Williams, Colin McFarlane, directed by Joe Harmston.

(2007) Reader of "Eric Clapton: The Autobiography" Audiobook

(February 1983 to March 1983; July 1983 to September 1983) He acted in the British National Theatre Season Repertoire at the Cottesloe, Lyttelton, and Olivier Theatres in London, England in Frank Leosser's musical, "Guys and Dolls;" John Gay's play, "The Beggar's Opera;" Alan Ayckbourn's play, "Way Upstream;" Bertolt Brecht and Eisler's play, "Schweyk In the Second World War;" Oscar Wilde's play, "The Importance of Being Earnest;" Thomas Kyd's play, "The Spanish Tragedy;" David Hare's play, "A Map Of the World;" George Bernard Shaw's play, "Major Barbara;" Peter Gill's plays, "A Kick for Touch," and "Small Change;" William Shakespeare's play, "A Midsummer's Night Dream;" Harold Pinter's play, "Other Places;" Alfred Du Musset's play, "Lorenzaccio;" Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play, "The Rivals;" Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's play, "You Can't Take It With You;" Jean Giradoux's play, "The Trojan War Will Not Take Place;" John Marston and David A. Blostein's play, "The Fawn;" plays, "One Woman Plays;" Christopher Hampton's play, "Tales from Hollywood;" and David Mamet's play, "Glengarry Glen Ross;" with Clive Arrindell, Norman Beaton, Michael Bryant, Yvonne Bryceland, Kenneth Cranham, Annette Crosbie, Edward De Souza, Judi Dench, J.G. Devlin, Jane Downs, Susan Fleetwood, Barry Foster, Michael Gambon, Brian Glover, Stefan Gryff, Nigel Havers, Patricia Hayes, Tony Haygarth, James Hazeldine, Greg Hicks, Ronald Hines, Michael Hordern, Martin Jarvis, Karl Johnson, Paul Jones, Jane Lapotaire, James Laurenson, Patti Love, Brewster Mason, Anna Massey, Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, John Normington, Nicola Pagett, Bill Paterson, Trevor Peacock, Edward Petherbridge, Sian Philips, Diana Quick, Ralph Richardson, Paul Rogers, Patrick Ryecart, Paul Scofield, Roshan Seth, Fiona Shaw, Jack Shepherd, Belinda Sinclair, Imelda Staunton, Maggie Steed, Zoe Wanamaker June Watson, Billie Whitelaw, Penelope Wilton, and David Yelland in the cast.

(1983) He acted in David Hare's play, "A Map of the World," in a British National Theatre production at the Lyttelton Theatre in London, England with Roshan Seth, Diana Quick, Stefan Gryff, and Ronald Hines in the cast. David Hare was also director.

(1985) He acted in Howard Brenton and David Hare's play, "Pravda," in a British National Theatre production at the Olivier Theatre in London, England with Anthony Hopkins and Kate Buffery in the cast. David Hare was also director.

(December 1985-January 1986) He acted in the British National Theatre Repertoire Season at the Cottesloe, Lyttelton, and Olivier Theatre in London, England in Peter Shaffer's play, "Yonadab;" Tom Stoppard's play, "The Real Inspector Hound;" Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play, "The Critic;" Alan Ayckbourn's play, "A Chorus of Disapproval;" Howard Brenton and David Hare's play, "Pravda;" William Congreve's play, "Love for Love;" George Bernard Shaw's play, "Mrs. Warren's Profession;" Richard Peaslee's play, "Animal Farm;" John Webster's play, "The Duchess of Malfi;" Anton Chekhov's play, "The Cherry Orchard;" Athol Fugard's play, "The Road to Mecca;" and William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet;" with Robin Bailey, Ian Bartholomew, Alan Bates, Eleanor Bron, Michael Bryant, Yvonne Bryceland, Selina Cadell, Charlotte Cornwell, Gemma Craven, Michael Gambon, Sheila Hancock, Greg Hicks, Anthony Hopkins, Kelly Hunter, Jonathan Hyde, Sara Kestelman, Roy Kinnear, Leigh Lawson, Nigel Le Vaillant, Hugh Lloyd, Tim McInnery, Ian McKellen, Stephen Moore, Claire Moore, Wendy Morgan, Bob Peck, Edward Petherbridge, Joan Plowright, Amanda Redman, Moira Redmond, Imelda Staunton, and Jane Wenham in the cast.

Starred as Richard in BCC Radio Four 2003 The Midwtich Cuckooos

(January-February 1986, June 1986, October-December 1986) He acted in the British National Theatre Repertoire Season at the Cottesloe Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, and Olivier Theatre in London, England in Peter Shaffer's play, "Yonadab;" Tom Stoppard's plays, "The Real Inspector Hound," and "Dalliance;" Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play, "The Critic;" Alan Ayckbourn's plays, "A Chorus of Disapproval," and "Tons of Money;" Howard Brenton's play, "Pravda;" Neil Simon's play, "Brighton Beach Memoirs;" William Congreve's play, "Love for Love;" George Bernard Shaw's play, "Mrs Warren's Profession;" John Webster's play, "The Duchess of Malfi,;" Charlotte Chandler's play, "Not About Heroes;" William Shakespeare's plays, "Hamlet," and "King Lear;" Athol Fugard's play, "The Road to Mecca;" Anton Chekhov's play, "The Cherry Orchard;" Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's play, "The Threepenny Opera;" Sarah Daniels's play, "Neaptide;" play, "Futurists;" David Wood's play, "The Pied Piper;" Richard Peaslee's play, "Animal Farm;" Franz Werfel's play, "Jacobowsky and The Colonel;" Arthur Wing Pinero's play, "The Magistrate;" David Hare's play, "The Bay At Nice;" Arthur Miller's play, "The American Clock;" Stephen Poliakoff's play, "Coming In To Land;" and Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz's play, "The Mother;" with Robin Bailey, Desmond Barrit, Alan Bates, Suzanne Bertish, Brenda Blethyn, Eleanor Bron, Michael Bryant, Yvonne Bryceland, Selina Cadell, Simon Cadell, David Calder, Charlotte Cornwell, Gemma Craven, Tim Curry, Daniel Day Lewis, Frances De La Tour, Sally Dexter, Russell Dixon, Simon Dutton, Julian Fellowes, Alison Fiske, Michael Gambon, Robert Glenister, Sheila Hancock, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Head, Greg Hicks, Clare Higgins, Anthony Hopkins, Kelly Hunter, Geoffrey Hutchings, Jonathan Hyde, Barry Ingham, Sara Kestelman, Roy Kinnear, Leigh Lawson, Nicholas Le Prevost, Nigel Le Vaillant, Hugh Lloyd, Stephen Mackintosh, Anna Massey, Tim McInnery, Ian McKellen, Claire Moore, Stephen Moore, Wendy Morgan, Bob Peck, Edward Petherbridge, Joan Plowright, Amanda Redman, Moira Redmond, Jack Shepherd, Michael Simkins, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Stewart, Ken Stott, Zoe Wanamaker, Marcia Warren, Jane Wenham, and Irene Worth in the cast.

(1987) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "King Lear," in a British National Theatre production at the Olivier Theatre in London, England with Anthony Hopkins, Michael Bryant, Douglas Hodge, and Anna Massey in the cast. Michael Rudman was director.

(June 1987-July 1987; August 1987-December 1987) He acted in the British National Theatre Repertoire Season at the Cottesloe Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, and Olivier Theatre in London, England in Alan Ayckbourn's plays, "A Small Family Business," and "Tons of Money;" William Shakespeare's play, "Antony and Cleopatra," and "King Lear;" Luigi Pirandello's play, "Six Characters In Search of An Author;" August Strindberg's play, "Miss Julie;" Ivan Turgenev and Brian Friel's play, "Fathers and Sons;" Moliere's play, "School for Wives;" Arthur Wing Pinero's play, "The Magistrate;" Henrik Ibsen's play, "Rosmersholm;" Frederico Garcia Lorca's play, "Yerma;" Arthur Miller's play, "A View from a Bridge;" John Cecil Holm and George Abbott's play, "Three Men on a Horse;" Thurston E. Temple's play, "The Wandering Jew;" Nick Darke's play, "Ting Tang Mine;" Peter Gill's play, "Mean Tears;" David Wood's play, "The Pied Piper;" A.R. Gurney's play, "Entertaining Strangers;" play, "Countrymania;" Samuel Beckett's play, "Waiting for Godot;" play, "Down Cemetery Road;" William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet," by the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Stockholm, Sweden; William Shakespeare's play, "Macbeth," and Euripedes's play, "Medea," by the Ninagawa Company of Japan; and the play, "Tomorrow Was War," by the Mayakovsky Theatre Company of Russia with Robin Bailey, Desmond Barrit, Alan Bennett, Suzanne Bertish, Richard Bonneville, Michael Bryant, Simon Cadell, Garry Cooper, Gemma Craven, Julian Curry, Judi Dench, Sally Dexter, Paola Dionisotti, Russell Dixon, Robert Eddison, Ralph Fiennes, Julia Ford, Michael Gambon, Patrick Garland, Nigel Hawthorne, Barbara Hicks, Douglas Hodge, Anthony Hopkins, Celia Imrie, Barbara Jefford, Karl Johnson, Nicholas Le Prevost, Philip Locke, Anna Massey, Alec McCowen, Sylvester McCoy, Richard Pasco, Tim Pigott-Smith, Mark Rylance, Leslie Sands, Michael Simkins, Juliet Stevenson, Sian Thomas, Philip Voss, and Marcia Warren in the cast.

(1980) He acted in Peter Jenkins's play, "Illuminations," at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, London, England with Paul Eddington, Nigel Stock, and Judy Loe in the cast. Richard Cottrell was director.

(2012) He played Dr Frank Bryant, opposite Laura Dos Santos as Rita White, in the BBC Radio 4 version of Willy Russell's play Educating Rita (1983).

(1991) He acted in Harold Pinter's play, "Betrayal," at the Almeida Theatre in London, England with Cheryl Campbell and Martin Shaw in the cast. David Leveaux was director.

(1998) He acted in Harold Pinter's play, "The Lover," at the Donmar Theatre in London, England with Harold Pinter, Penelope Wilton, Douglas Hodge, Lia Williams, and Colin McFarlane in the cast. Karel Reisz and Joe Harmston were directors.

(1998) He acted in Harold Pinter's play, "A Kind of Alaska," at the Donmar Theatre in London, England with Harold Pinter, Penelope Wilton, Douglas Hodge, Lia Williams, and Colin McFarlane in the cast. Karel Reisz and Joe Harmston were directors.

(1998) He acted in Harold Pinter's play, "The Collection," at the Donmar Theatre in London, England with Harold Pinter, Penelope Wilton, Douglas Hodge, Lia Williams, and Colin McFarlane in the cast. Karel Reisz and Joe Harmston were directors.

(November 1993) He acted in Tom Stoppard's play, "Arcadia," in a Royal National Theatre production at the Lyttelton Theatre in London, England with Cherie Lunghi, Emma Fielding, Rufus Sewell, and Harriet Walter in the cast. Trevor Nunn was director.

(March 1993-June 1993; August 1993-January 1994) He acted in the Royal National Theatre season repertoire at the Laurence Olivier Theatre, Cottesloe Theatre, and Lyttleton Theatre in London, England in William Shakespeare's play, "Macbeth;" Arthur Wing Pinero's play, "Trelawny of the 'Wells'; J.B. Priestley's play, "An Inspector Calls;" Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's musical, "Carousel;" Tom Stoppard's play, "Arcadia;" Alan Ayckbourn's play, "Mr. A's Amazing Maze Plays;" Frederick Lonsdale's play, "The Day after Tomorrow;" Pierre De Marivaux's play, "The Game of Love and Chance;" Keith Waterhouse's play, "Billy Liar;" Alan Bleasdale's play, "On The Ledge;" Stephen Sondheim's musical, "Sweeney Todd;" "Springboard" play (New Writing Festival);" David Hare's plays, "The Absence of War," "Murmuring Judges," and "Racing Demon;" Bertolt Brecht's play, "Mother Courage and Her Children;" John Osborne's play, "Inadmissible Evidence;" Alan Bennett's play, "The Madness of King George III;" Luigi Pirandello's play, "The Mountain Giants;" Sophie Treadwell's play, "Machinal;" "Jamais Vu;" Ken Campbell's plays, "Furtive Nudist," and "Pigspurt;" Tony Kushner's play, "Angels in America;" and Kenneth Grahame and Alan Bennett's play, "The Wind in the Willows;" with Alun Armstrong, Robin Bailey, Desmond Barrit, Trevor Baxter, Stefan Bednarczyk, Paul Bhattacharjee, Elizabeth Bradley, Michael Bryant, Anthony Calf, Ken Campbell, Maria Charles, Daniel Craig, Nancy Crane, Kenneth Cranham, Phil Daniels, Janie Dee, Robert Demeger, Stephen Dillane, Alphonsia Emmanuel, Susan Engel, Trevor Eve, Lynn Farleigh, Emma Fielding, Oliver Ford Davies, Adam Godley, Ellie Haddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Michael Hayden, Clare Higgins, Anastasia Hille, Ciaran Hinds, Clare Holman, Alan Howard, Tyrone Huggins, Jason Isaacs, Felicity Kendal, Adam Kotz, James Laurenson, Barbara Leigh Hunt, Adrian Lester, Philip Locke, Betty Marsden, Maggie McCarthy, Helen McCrory, Mark McGann, Julia McKenzie, Ben Miles, Dearbhla Molloy, Paul Moriarty, Jimmy Mulville, Joseph Mydell, Joseph O'Connor, Gary Olsen, Steven Pacey, Richard Pasco, Eve Pearce, Caroline Quentin, Denis Quilley, Sheila Reid, Joanna Riding, Sally Rogers, David Ross, Patricia Routledge, Clive Rowe, Adrian Scarborough, David Schofield, Rufus Sewell, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Steed, Mark Strong, Mark Tandy, John Thaw, Harry Towb, Bridget Turner, Julian Wadham, Harriet Walter, June Watson, Samuel West, Saskia Wickham, Peter Wingfield, Clive Wood, and Paul Wyett in the company.

(June 1994-January 1995) He acted in the Royal National Theatre repertoire season at the Laurence Olivier Theatre, Cottesloe Theatre, and Lyttelton Theatre in London, England in Anton Chekhov's play, "The Seagull;" William Shakespeare's play, "Pericles;" Edward Sorel's play, "Johnny On the Spot;" Arthur Miller's play, "Broken Glass;" Tennessee Williams' play, "Sweet Bird of Youth;" Harold Pinter's plays, "Landscape," and "The Birthday Party;" Jean Cocteau's play, "Les Parents Terribles;" Pierre Corneille's play, "El Cid;" BT National Connections (Youth Theatre), Githa Sowerby's play, "Rutherford & Son;" Tony Kushner's play, "Angels in America;" George Bernard Shaw's play, "The Devil's Disciple;" David Hare's play, "Racing Demon;" Lillian Hellman's play, "The Children's Hour;" Mary Morris's play, "Two Weeks with the Queen;" Lewis Carroll's play, "Alice's Adventures Underground;" Kenneth Grahame and Alan Bennett's play, "The Wind in the Willows;" "Out of a House Walked a Man;" and "Leave Taking;" with Robin Bailey, Patrick Barlow, Duncan Bell, Philip Bird, Richard Bonneville, Jasper Britton, Faith Brook, Dora Bryan, Michael Bryant, David Burke, Selina Cadell, Anna Calder-Marshall, John Carlisle, Sean Chapman, Alan Cox, Daniel Craig, Nancy Crane, Frances Cuka, Frances De La Tour, Edward De Souza, Janie Dee, Judi Dench, Stephen Dillane, Susan Engel, Alison Fiske, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Oliver Ford Davies, Sheila Gish, Henry Goodman, James Grout, Clare Higgins, Douglas Hodge, Ian Holm, Clare Holman, Alan Howard, Kathryn Hunter, Paul Jesson, Edward Jewesbury, Robert Knepper, Diane Langton, Jude Law, Margot Leicester, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Anton Lesser, Gabrielle Lloyd, Susan Lynch, Alan MacNaughtan, Michael Maloney, Tom Mannion, Daniel Massey, Helen McCrory, Joseph Mydell, Phoebe Nicholls, Richard Pasco, Trevor Peacock, Bob Peck, Edward Petherbridge, Norman Rodway, Adrian Scarborough, David Schofield, Jeremy Sinden, Barry Stanton, Mark Strong, Harry Towb, Harriet Walter, June Watson, Emily Watson, Penelope Wilton, and Sophia Winter in the cast.

(June 2000-January 2001) He acted in the Royal National Theatre repertoire season at the Cottesloe Theatre, Laurence Olivier Theatre, and Lyttelton Theatre in London, England in Alan Ayckbourn's play, "House + Garden;" William Shakespeare's plays, "Romeo and Juliet," "Hamlet;" Arthur Miller's play, "All My Sons;" Ken Campbell's play, "History of the Comedy;" David Edgar's play,"Albert Speer;" Joe Penhall's play, "Blue/Orange;" Lisa Loomer's play,"The Waiting Room;" Ruth and Augustus Goetz's play, "The Heiress;" "Singin in the Rain;" Henrik Ibsen's play, "Peer Gynt;" Michael Frayn's play, "Noises Off;" Anton Chekhov's play, "The Cherry Orchard;" Zinnie Harris' play, "Further Than the Furthest Thing;" Yasmine Reza's play, "Life X 3;" Harold Pinter's play, "Remembrance of Things Past;" Neil Bartlett's play, "In Extremis;" and Oscar Wilde's play, "De Profundis;" with Roger Allam, Jane Asher, Shabana Azmi, Ann Bell, Suzanne Bertish, Eve Best, Susie Blake, Michael Bryant, Ken Campbell, Jonathan Cullen, Sorcha Cusack, Ben Daniels, Paola Dionisotti, Janine Duvitski, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Haig, Sheila Hancock, Diana Hardcastle, James Hazeldine, Patricia Hodge, Alan Howard, Alex Jennings, Christine Kavanagh, Sara Kestelman, Beverley Klein, Peter Laird, Julie Legrand, Andrew Lincoln, Peter McEnery, Maxine Peake, Ronald Pickup, Denis Quilley, Charlotte Randle, Corin Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, David Rintoul, Paul Robinson, Simon Russell Beale, Mark Rylance, Liza Sadovy, Michael Siberry, Imelda Staunton, Maggie Steed, Sian Thomas, and Julie Walters in the company.


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