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Adrian Scarborough

Last updated 27 July 2014

Adrian Scarborough
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Adrian Scarborough

Born: 1968 (age: 53)


Adrian Philip Scarborough is an English character actor and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in 2011.

He played a character named Kahler Jex in the 2012 Doctor Who story  'A Town Called Mercy'.

Scarborough was born in Melton MowbrayLeicestershire and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, winning the Chesterton Award for Best Actor.

Scarborough made his big-screen debut in 1994 in The Madness of King George. His other movie appearances have included Elizabeth: The Golden AgeVera DrakeNotes on a ScandalThe History BoysGosford ParkThe King's Speech and the upcoming Les Misérables.

One of Scarborough's early television roles was J.G. Quiggin in the 1997 adaptation of A Dance to the Music of Time. He was also seen in the BBC series Let Them Eat Cake with Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. He played "Bouffant", the gay couturier/servant/confidante to Saunder's character, the "Countess The Vache". His other appearances on television have included productions such as Cranford, the television film Into the StormPsychoville and in the BBC comedy series Miranda. He has also appeared in two episodes of Midsomer Murders, playing separate characters in series 5 and series 10. 

Scarborough is particularly well known for his appearances with Julia Davis in the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey and for his role as the butler Mr. Pritchard in the new BBC series Upstairs, Downstairs

Scarborough also is known for appearing in the late 2012 ITV series Mrs Biggs starring as co Gavin & Stacey star Sheridan Smith's on-screen father Bernard. He plays the role of the real life father of Charmian Brent the ex wife of Ronnie Biggs.

On stage, Scarborough makes frequent appearances at the Donmar, the Almeida, and in the West End and he has appeared in twenty productions for the Royal National Theatre. On 19 June 2011, Scarborough took part in The Barn Theatre presents... with Elliot Brown at the Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City