Simon Russell Beale

TV Actor

Simon Russell Beale was born in Penang, Malaysia on January 12th, 1961 and is the TV Actor. At the age of 63, Simon Russell Beale biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, movies, TV shows, and networth are available.

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Date of Birth
January 12, 1961
United Kingdom, Malaysia
Place of Birth
Penang, Malaysia
63 years old
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Film Actor, Music Historian, Musician, Stage Actor, Television Actor, Television Presenter
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St. Paul’s Cathedral School, Clifton College, Gonville and Caius College, the University of Cambridge, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
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Lt. General Sir Peter Beale, Julia Winter
Simon Russell Beale Career


Beale first captured the attention of theatregoers in the late 1980s with a series of lauded comedies, some of which were extremely camp in such plays as The Man of Mode by George Etherege and Restoration by Edward Bond at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). With touching appearances as Konstantin in Chekhov's The Seagull, Ferdinand in The Duchess of Malfi and as Edgar in King Lear, he broadened his horizon in the early 1990s. In January 1991, he received a special award for his 1990 appearances of Konstantin in The Seagull, Cressida, and Edward II, all at the RSC.

Richard III and Ariel in The Tempest, respectively, when he first met him at the RSC, when he commanded him as Thersites in Troilus and Cressida. Mendes also directed him in Othello at the Royal National Theatre in 2002, Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, in which Beale appeared as the title actor, and Twelfth Night, in which he appeared in Malvolio. He received the Laurence Olivier Award for Uncle Vanya in 2003.

Since 1995, he has been a regular at the National Theatre, including Mosca in Ben Jonson's Volpone opposite Michael Gambon, George in Tom Stoppard's Jumpers and Charlotte Jones' lead in Humble Boy. Kenneth Widmerpool was a central figure in a television adaptation of Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time in 1997, for which he received the Best Actor award at the British Academy Television Awards in 1998. In the ensuing year, he was a key part of Trevor Nunn's band, appeared in Leonard Bernstein's Candide (Voltaire/Pangloss), Edward Bulwer-Lytton's Money, and Maxim Gorky's Summerfolk at the National. In fall 2006, he appeared in Galileo in David Hare's adaptation of Brecht's Life of Galileo and as Face in The Alchemist.

He appeared in Hamlet in a National Theatre production directed by John Caird in 2000, a role for which he was referred to as "portly [and] remarkably long in the tooth" by The Daily Telegraph. Beale was directed by Deborah Warner as Cassius in Julius Caesar, as Antony's Ralph Fiennes. He appeared in Macbeth at the Almeida Theatre for the first time in that year. In 2007, he reprised his 2005 Broadway appearance as King Arthur in Monty Python's musical Spamalot at the Palace Theatre, London.

He appeared in Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Nicholas Hytner, from December 2007 to July 2008, and then in Harold Pinter's A Slight Ache and Landscape.

He made his television debut in 2008 as a host on BBC programs Sacred Music with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen. Several specials and a second series have since been released; the most recent episode (Monteverdi in Mantua: The Genius of the Vespers) was broadcast in 2015. Beale and Sam Mendes performed together on The Winter's Tale and The Cherry Orchard, a Beale and Lopakhin opera that Beale performed respectively at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, later moving to the Old Vic Theatre in spring 2009.

He appeared in all the John le Carré books in which Smiley appeared from 2009 to 2010. These were broadcast in nineteen 90-minute or 60-minute full cast radio plays. He appeared in London Assurance from March to June 2010, again at the National. He appeared in the first West End revival of Deathtrap by Ira Levin in August 2010. He made his Royal Ballet debut in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in March 2011 as Duchess. In October 2011, he returned to the National Theatre as Joseph Stalin in the premier of Collaborators, for which he received Best Actor at the 2012 Evening Standard Awards.

Beale played the Coalition Home Secretary William Towers in the two final series of BBC One's spy drama, Spooks, in 2010–2011. He appeared in Timon of Athens at the National Theatre from July to October 2012. Through the National Theatre Live programme, the production was distributed to cinemas around the world (as Collaborators earlier). As part of Michael Grandage's new West End season at the No.l Coward Theatre from December 2012 to March 2013, he appeared in a revival of Peter Nichols' Privates on Parade.

He received the British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) for his role as Falstaff in the BBC's The Hollow Crown collection of television films about Shakespeare's historical epics Richard II; Henry IV, Part 2; and Henry V. That year, he appeared in National Theatre Live: The Shakespeare Laughter, Part 1: 13 years On Stage.

Beale appeared in Harold Pinter's The Hothouse at the Trafalgar Studios from May to August 2013, directed by Jamie Lloyd. He appeared in King Lear at the National Theatre from January 2014, directed by Sam Mendes once more. He appeared in Showtime's Penny Dreadful, where he played an eccentric Egyptologist from 2014 to 2016. Beale was named the Cameron Mackintosh Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Oxford University, based at St Catherine's College in 2014.

He appeared in Temple, a new play at the Donmar Warehouse about the 2011 United Kingdom anti-austerity demonstrations from May to July 2015. In September and October 2015, he appeared in Mr Foote's Other Leg at the Hampstead Theatre. It was from October 2015 to January 2016, when it was staged in the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Beale returned to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2016 to perform Prost in The Tempest. It was moved to the Barbican Centre in London in June 2017. Beale returned to the National in July 2018, starring Ben Miles and Adam Godley in The Lehman Trilogy, which was also directed by Mendes. In May 2019, the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End was transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End. Beale appeared in Richard II, the title role at the Almeida Theatre from December 2018 to February 2019.

Beale appeared as a guest speaker to Timon of Athens' performance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beale appeared in JS Bach in the world premiere of Nina Raine's Bach and Sons, directed by frequent collaborator Nicholas Hytner at his company's Bridge Theatre in London in the summer of 2021.

During this period, he rehearsed for the post-COVID return of the National Theatre production of The Lehman Trilogy, which had been interrupted by the pandemic on March 12, 2020. Beale reprised his role (along with Adam Godley), but Ben Miles was replaced by Adrian Lester in London for the RSC in the third part of the Wolf Hall trilogy. Beale was named the recipient of a Tony Award for his Lehman Trilogy.


Simon Russell Beale Awards

Awards and honours

  • 2003 – Appointed a CBE in the 2003 Birthday Honours
  • 2005 – Hon DLitt (Warwick)
  • 2010 – Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple
  • 2010 – Hon DUniv (Open University)
  • 2011 – Honorary Freedom of the City of London for services to drama
  • 2015 – Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre, St. Catherine's College, Oxford
  • 2018 – Premio Shakespeare Award
  • 2019 – Made a Knight Bachelor in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to drama

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