Nicholas Farrell

Last updated 23 March 2013

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Born: 1955 (age: 69)


Nicholas Farrell is an English stagefilm and television actor.

Farrell was educated at Fryerns Grammar and Technical School (which merged with another school to become Fryerns Comprehensive School in 1968), in the town of Basildon in the Southern English county of Essex, near London, followed by the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the cathedral city of Bristol in South West England.

Farrell's early screen career included the role of Aubrey Montague in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire. In 1983, he starred as Edmund Bertram in a television adaptation of the Jane Austen novel, Mansfield Park. In 1984, he appeared inGreystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes and The Jewel in the Crown.

Since then, his film and television work has included several screen adaptations of Shakespeare's works, including Kenneth Branagh's 1996 Hamlet , in which he played Horatio, a role he had played previously with Branagh for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also appeared in film adaptations of Twelfth Night (1996), Othello (1995) and In the Bleak Midwinter (1995). He provided the voice of Hamlet for the animated television adaptation Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (1992). He played the role of Albert Dussell in the 2009 adaption of The Diary of Anne Frank, a BBC production. In 2011, he played Margaret Thatcher's close friend and advisor Airey Neave in The Iron Lady.

Other television appearances have included two Agatha Christie's Poirot movies, Sharpe's RegimentTo Play the KingTorchwood and Collision. He has also appeared in episodes of LovejoyFoyle's WarAbsolute PowerSpooksMidsomer MurdersDrop the Dead Donkey and Casualty.

Farrell's theatre work includes performances of The Cherry OrchardCamille, and The Crucible as well as Royal Shakespeare Company productions of The Merchant of VeniceJulius Caesar, and Hamlet. In the 2011 Chichester Festival he played schoolmasters Dewley and Crocker-Harris in the double bill of South Downs and The Browning Version.

He is married to Scottish actress Stella Gonet.

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