Simon Russell Beale


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Simon Russell Beale is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed talents in British theatre. He spent his early years abroad as his father was Surgeon General to the British Army (his mother is also a doctor), but aged 8 was relocated to England and became a pupil at St Paul's Cathedral School. He then attended Clifton College in Bristol on ... See full bio »

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The Death of Stalin Lavrenti Beria
(2017)
Into the Woods Baker's Father
(2014)
Operation Finale David Ben-Gurion
(2018)
Hamlet Second Gravedigger
(1996)

Filmography

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  Kill the Light (pre-production)
Jimmy Erskine
 2022 Operation Mincemeat (completed)
Winston Churchill
 2021 Benediction
Robbie Ross
 2020 A Christmas Carol
Scrooge's voice (voice, as Simon Russell-Beale)
 2019 Radioactive
Professor Lippmann
 2019 The Lehman Trilogy
Henry Lehman
 2019/I Ambition (Short)
 2018 Mary Queen of Scots
Robert Beale
 2018 Vanity Fair (TV Mini Series)
Mr. John Sedley
- Endings and Beginnings (2018) ... Mr. John Sedley
- In Which a Painter's Daughter Meets a King (2018) ... Mr. John Sedley
- In Which Battles Are Won and Lost (2018) ... Mr. John Sedley
- A Quarrel About an Heiress (2018) ... Mr. John Sedley
- Miss Sharp Begins to Make Friends (2018) ... Mr. John Sedley
 2018 Operation Finale
David Ben-Gurion
 2018 Museo
Frank Graves
 2017 The Death of Stalin
Lavrenti Beria
 2017 My Cousin Rachel
Couch
 2016 The Legend of Tarzan
Mr. Frum
 2014-2016 Penny Dreadful (TV Series)
Ferdinand Lyle
- No Beast So Fierce (2016) ... Ferdinand Lyle
- The Day Tennyson Died (2016) ... Ferdinand Lyle
- And They Were Enemies (2015) ... Ferdinand Lyle
- And Hell Itself My Only Foe (2015) ... Ferdinand Lyle
- Memento Mori (2015) ... Ferdinand Lyle
 2016 Shakespeare Live! from the RSC (TV Movie)
Richard II
 2014 Into the Woods
Baker's Father
 2014 King Lear
Lear
 2013 Legacy (TV Movie)
Hookey
 2013 Fifty Years on Stage (TV Movie)
Hamlet (segment "Hamlet")
 2012 Timon of Athens
Timon
 2012 The Hollow Crown (TV Mini Series)
Falstaff
- Henry V (2012) ... Falstaff
- Henry IV, Part 2 (2012) ... Falstaff
- Henry IV, Part 1 (2012) ... Falstaff
 2012 Simon Schama's Shakespeare (TV Mini Series)
- Hollow Crowns (2012)
- This England (2012)
 2010-2011 MI-5 (TV Series)
Home Secretary / William Towers
- Episode #10.6 (2011) ... William Towers
- Episode #10.5 (2011) ... William Towers
- Episode #10.4 (2011) ... William Towers
- Episode #10.3 (2011) ... William Towers
- Episode #10.2 (2011) ... William Towers
 2011 My Week with Marilyn
Cotes-Preedy
 2011 The Deep Blue Sea
Sir William Collyer
 2011 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (TV Movie)
The Duchess / Introduced by
 2010 National Theatre Live: London Assurance
Sir Harcourt Courtly
 2006 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
John Adams
- John & Abigail Adams (2006) ... John Adams
 2004 Dunkirk (TV Movie documentary)
Winston Churchill
 2003 The Young Visiters (TV Movie)
Prince of Wales
 2002 The Gathering
Luke Fraser
 1999 Blackadder Back & Forth (Short)
Napoleon (as Simon Russell-Beale)
 1999/I An Ideal Husband
Sir Edward
 1999 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
King Cedric of Hearts / Society Man
 1998 Bookmark (TV Series)
Readings
- Mervyn Peake (1998) ... Readings (voice)
 1997 The Temptation of Franz Schubert (TV Movie)
Franz Schubert
 1997 A Dance to the Music of Time (TV Mini Series)
Widmerpool
- Post War (1997) ... Widmerpool
- The War (1997) ... Widmerpool
- The Thirties (1997) ... Widmerpool
- The Twenties (1997) ... Widmerpool
 1996 Hamlet
Second Gravedigger
 1995 Screen Two (TV Series)
Charles Musgrove
- Persuasion (1995) ... Charles Musgrove
 1993 The Mushroom Picker (TV Mini Series)
Anthony
- Episode #1.3 (1993) ... Anthony
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... Anthony
- Episode #1.1 (1993) ... Anthony
 1992 Downtown Lagos (TV Mini Series)
Heron
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... Heron
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Heron
- Episode #1.1 (1992) ... Heron
 1992 Orlando
Earl of Moray
 1988 A Very Peculiar Practice (TV Series)
Mark Stibbs
- Art and Illusion (1988) ... Mark Stibbs
 1985 Time and the Conways (TV Movie)
Party Guest
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He played Edgar in William Shakespeare's play, "King Lear" in a Royal Shakespeare Company production in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. In 1994 the production transferred to the Donmar Warehouse Theatre in London, England with Robert Stephens, Janet Dale, Jenny Quayle, Abigail McKern, Christopher Colquhoun, John Normington, Simon... See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Interviews | 1 Article | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Simon Russell-Beale

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)

Parents:

Beale, Peter | Winter, Julia

Relatives:

Beale, Eileen (grandparent) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I hate my body. I hate it. I hate my looks. I hate my voice. So much of what I do on stage is really saying, 'Love me, despite the fact that I'm ugly.'

Trivia:

He was awarded the 2003 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor of 2002 for his performance in "Uncle Vanya" performed at the Donmar Warehouse. See more »

Trademark:

Rich, aristocratic voice

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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