The Info List - Adrian Lester

Adrian Anthony Lester, OBE (born 14 August 1968), born Anthony Harvey, is an English actor, director, and writer.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Theatre 2.2 Television 2.3 Film 2.4 Other work

3 Personal life 4 Honours 5 Filmography

5.1 Feature films 5.2 Television

6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Lester was born in Birmingham, West Midlands, the son of Jamaican immigrants, Monica a medical secretary, and Reginald, a manager for a contract cleaning company.[2][3][4] From the age of nine, Lester sang as a boy treble in the choir of St. Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham. At 14, he began acting with the Birmingham
Youth Theatre. After leaving Archbishop Masterson RC School, he attended Joseph Chamberlain VI Form College for one year, before completing three years of training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
in London. Career[edit] Theatre[edit] Lester received an Ian Charleson Award commendation[5] and a Time Out Award[citation needed] for his 1991 performance as Rosalind in Cheek by Jowl's all-male production of As You Like It.[6] In 1993, he played Anthony Hope in the National Theatre's production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.[7] He has also appeared on stage as Robert in the musical Company, for which he won an Olivier Award, and in the title role of Hamlet
(Carlton TV Theatre Award). In 2003, Lester played the title role in Henry V at the National Theatre. In 2010, he played the part of Brick in Tennessee Williams' play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre
Novello Theatre
in London. In 2012, Lester appeared as Ira Aldridge
Ira Aldridge
in the play Red Velvet, written by his wife Lolita Chakrabarti. Lester played the part of Othello
in the Shakespeare play of the same name in 2013 alongside Rory Kinnear
Rory Kinnear
as Iago
at the National Theatre. Both actors won the Best Actor award in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for their roles; the award is traditionally given to only one actor, but the judges were unable to choose between the pair.[8] Television[edit] Lester is known for playing a big-time con artist named Michael "Mickey Bricks" Stone on the BBC
television series Hustle between 2004 and 2012. The character was written out of the fourth series and replaced by Ashley Walters, although Lester returned from the fifth series (2009) onwards. On American television, Lester appeared on the successful sitcom Girlfriends from 2002 to 2003, as Ellis Carter, a film star who dated Tracee Ellis Ross's character, Joan Clayton. In late 2005, Lester had a major guest starring role in Channel 4's hard-hitting police drama The Ghost Squad. In 2008, Lester starred on the BBC
drama Bonekickers, a programme focusing on a team of archaeologists. He also played the character Myror on the British television drama Merlin. Film[edit] Lester played campaign manager Henry Burton in Mike Nichols' film Primary Colors (1998), based on the novel by Anonymous (Joe Klein). His character is believed to represent George Stephanopoulos. This part earned him a Chicago Film Critics Association award nomination for "Most Promising Actor". Lester appeared in Kenneth Branagh's Love's Labour's Lost, an adaptation of the William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
play, set in the 1930s. The film itself was poorly received, but Lester received a British Independent Film Awards nomination for his performance. In The Day After Tomorrow, Lester had a minor role as Simon, one of the three researchers who drink a toast of "twelve-year-old Scotch" shortly before freezing to death. Lester filmed scenes for Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3
(2007), as a research scientist who is sought after by the Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) to find a cure for his ailing daughter. He was seen in one teaser trailer for the film; however, his scenes were cut from the final theatrical version. Other work[edit] In 2010, Lester appeared in the documentary When Romeo Met Juliet together with his wife Lolita Chakrabarti as acting mentors to the pupils of two Coventry
schools involved in a production of Romeo and Juliet. Lester recorded Alpha Force: Survival, an audio book written by Chris Ryan. Personal life[edit] Lester is married to actress Lolita Chakrabarti. They live in South East London with their two daughters, Lila and Jasmine. In 2007, Lester took part in Empire's Children, a Channel 4 documentary exploring the journey taken by the "Windrush Generation" to the United Kingdom. Lester's grandfather, Kenneth Nathaniel Lester, was to be included in the documentary, but was unwell during filming in Jamaica and could not be interviewed. Kenneth died soon after the documentary completed filming and never saw the programme aired. In April 2013, Lester appeared on the Cultural Exchange feature of Front Row on Radio Four, a feature of the programme where people had to choose a piece of art that meant a great deal to them. He chose "Redemption Song" by Bob Marley. Lester holds a second degree black belt in Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo. Honours[edit] Lester was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire
(OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to drama.[9] In July 2013, he received an honorary degree from the University of Warwick.[10] Filmography[edit] Feature films[edit]

Les Soeurs Soleil
Les Soeurs Soleil
(1997) Up on the Roof (1997)... Scott Primary Colors (1998)... Henry Burton Love's Labour's Lost (2000)... Dumaine Maybe Baby (2000)... George Best (2000)... Rocky Born Romantic (2000)... Jimmy Dust (2001)... Edge The Final Curtain (2002)... Jonathan Stitch The Day After Tomorrow
The Day After Tomorrow
(2004)... Simon As You Like It
As You Like It
(2006)... Oliver De Boys Scenes of a Sexual Nature
Scenes of a Sexual Nature
(2006)... Pete Starting Out in the Evening
Starting Out in the Evening
(2007)... Casey Davies Doomsday (2008)... Sgt. Norton Case 39
Case 39
(2009)... Wayne Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013)... Michael X Grey Lady (2017)... Julius Johnson Euphoria (2017)


Touch and Die (1991): Lute The Affair (1995): Ray Company (1996): Bobby Storm Damage
Storm Damage
(1999): Danny Jason and the Argonauts (2000): Orpheus The Tragedy of Hamlet
(2002): Hamlet Girlfriends (2002): Ellis Hustle (2004–06, 2009–12, 42 Episodes): Mickey The Ghost Squad
The Ghost Squad
(2005, 1 Episode): DI Gus Philips Ballet Shoes (2007): Mr. Sholsky Bonekickers (2008, 6 Episodes): Ben Ergha Merlin (2009, 1 Episode): Myror Sleep With Me (2009): Richard When Romeo Met Juliet (2010): Himself Robot Chicken
Robot Chicken
(2013): LEGO Man Red Band Society
Red Band Society
(2014–15, 4 Episodes): Dr. Larry Naday London Spy
London Spy
(2015, 1 Episode): Professor Marcus Shaw Undercover (2016): Nick Johnson (Lead) Riviera (2017 TV Series): Robert Carver Trauma (2018 TV series): Jon Allerton


^ "Adrian Lester". Front Row. 25 April 2013. BBC
Radio 4. Retrieved 18 January 2014.  ^ "Touch of Colour takes Brum star Adrian to Hollywood". Sunday Mercury. 11 October 1998. Retrieved 10 December 2007.  ^ MacDonald, Marianne (3 February 2006). "The player; Not only is Adrian Lester the National Theatre's Henry V, he's also the chief con man in Hustle. It's a sparkling career forged on a penniless childhood with an absent father and a struggling mother. Marianne Macdonald meets a man driven to succeed". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 10 December 2007.  ^ Leitch, Luke (16 August 2002). "NATIONAL'S NEW CHIEF CASTS BLACK ACTOR AS HENRY V". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 10 December 2007.  ^ Lees, Caroline. "Classic recipes for success". Sunday Times. 9 February 1992. ^ Donnellan, Declan (12 November 2014). "All you need is love: Adrian Lester and the miraculous all-male As You Like It". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 May 2015.  ^ http://www.sondheimguide.com/sweeney.html ^ Kennedy, Maev (17 November 2013). " Othello
and Iago
share best actor prize in London Evening Standard awards". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 November 2013.  ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 12.  ^ "Warwick honorary degrees for stars of Gavin & Stacey & Hustle, RSC & Royal Court Artistic Directors, scientists, historians, philanthropist & a US government adviser". University of Warwick. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 

External links[edit]

Adrian Lester at the British Film Institute Adrian Lester on IMDb

Awards for Adrian Lester

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Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor


Richard Burton
Richard Burton
(1955) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1956) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1957) Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgrave
(1958) Eric Porter (1959)


Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1960) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1961) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1962) Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgrave
(1963) Nicol Williamson
Nicol Williamson
(1964) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1965) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1966) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1967) Alec McCowen
Alec McCowen
(1968) Nicol Williamson
Nicol Williamson


John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1970) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1971) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1972) Alec McCowen
Alec McCowen
(1973) John Wood (1974) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1975) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1976) Donald Sinden
Donald Sinden
(1977) Alan Howard (1978) Warren Mitchell
Warren Mitchell


Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1980) Alan Howard (1981) Alec McCowen
Alec McCowen
(1982) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1983) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1984) Antony Sher (1985) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1986) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(1987) Eric Porter (1988) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen


Richard Harris
Richard Harris
(1990) John Wood (1991) Nigel Hawthorne (1992) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1993) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1994) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(1995) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1996) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1997) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1998) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane


Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(2000) Alex Jennings (2001) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(2002) Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen
(2003) Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
(2004) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(2005) Rufus Sewell
Rufus Sewell
(2006) Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewart
(2007) Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor
(2008) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance


Rory Kinnear
Rory Kinnear
(2010) Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
and Jonny Lee Miller
Jonny Lee Miller
(2011) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(2012) Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear
Rory Kinnear
(2013) Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston
(2014) James McAvoy
James McAvoy
(2015) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(2016) Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield

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Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical

Anton Rodgers (1979) Denis Quilley
Denis Quilley
(1980) Michael Crawford
Michael Crawford
(1981) Roy Hudd
Roy Hudd
(1982) Denis Lawson
Denis Lawson
(1983) Paul Clarkson (1984) Robert Lindsay (1985) Michael Crawford
Michael Crawford
(1986) John Bardon
John Bardon
and Emil Wolk
Emil Wolk
(1987) Con O'Neill (1988) Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
(1989/1990) Philip Quast (1991) Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett
(1992) Henry Goodman
Henry Goodman
(1993) Alun Armstrong
Alun Armstrong
(1994) John Gordon Sinclair (1995) Adrian Lester (1996) Robert Lindsay (1997) Philip Quast (1998) Jody Abrahams, Loukmaan Adams, Mandisa Bardill, Junaid Booysen, Salie Daniels, and Alistair Izobell (1999) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(2000) Daniel Evans (2001) Philip Quast (2002) Alex Jennings (2003) David Bedella (2004) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(2005) James Lomas, George Maguire, and Liam Mower
Liam Mower
(2006) Daniel Evans (2007) Michael Ball (2008) Douglas Hodge (2009) Aneurin Barnard (2010) David Thaxton (2011) Bertie Carvel (2012) Michael Ball (2013) Gavin Creel
Gavin Creel
(2014) John Dagleish (2015) Matt Henry (2016) Andy Karl
Andy Karl

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