Max Beesley

Maxton Gig Beesley Jr. (born 16 April 1971) is an English actor and musician. He is best known for his role as Charlie Edwards in the British television drama Hotel Babylon and has appeared in a variety of television shows such as Bodies, an adaptation of The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, London Ink, Survivors, Mad Dogs, Suits, Ordinary Lies, and Jamestown.

Max Beesley
Maxton Gig Beesley Jr.

(1971-04-16) 16 April 1971
ResidenceMulholland Drive, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1983–present

Early life

Beesley was born on 16 April 1971 in Burnage, Lancashire. His father, Maxton Beesley, Sr., was a professional jazz drummer, and his mother was a jazz singer who performed under the stage name Chris Marlowe.[1] He has a step-brother, Jason Milligan, who is also an actor.[2] His parents divorced when he was a baby. His middle name was inspired by the American actor Gig Young. His father was also a regular guest on the Ted Rogers show 3-2-1, doing impressions amidst several sketches.



Beesley came to prominence with his first major acting role in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, a 1997 television mini-series based on the book of the same name. In 2001, he appeared in the film Glitter, a critical and commercial failure for which he was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor. He also appeared in the film Kill Me Later. He starred in the BBC Three medical drama Bodies, which ran from 2004 to 2007. He also starred in the BBC One series Hotel Babylon from 2006 to 2008. He left the show in March 2008, and returned for a guest appearance in one later episode.

In June 2007, Beesley starred in the ITV series Talk to Me. He also appeared in the film Red Roses and Petrol, and in the BBC thriller The Last Enemy. In September, Beesley was a guest on ITV's Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, where he and Jonathan Wilkes were successful against Ant & Dec in the "Beat the Boys" competition. In October 2008, he appeared in BBC One's remake of the 1970s drama Survivors, as remorseless former criminal Tom Price. The series consisted of six episodes, with a second series of six episodes transmitted in January 2010. He starred in the ITV drama The Reckoning in April 2011. Beesley gained more exposure with American audiences with a recurring role on Suits and from October 2015 with another recurring role, this time in the popular US Spy Drama Homeland as ex British special forces bodyguard Mike Brown.

Beesley is the narrator for several TV advertisements, including ITV, NFU Mutual's insurance, Energizer's lithium batteries, and PC World.[3] He also provided the voiceover for Manchester United's 2008–2009 season review DVD. In 2011, he appeared in a TV campaign for the UK recruitment company jobsite, and is also featured on their homepage. Beesley narrated the documentary Chatsworth, shown on BBC One in May 2012.


Beesley is also a musician, having had a successful career before becoming an actor. He was a chorister at Manchester Cathedral and studied at Chetham's School of Music.[4] He also studied percussion at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with soul singer Omar and toured with the Brand New Heavies on keyboards and percussion. He is also a vibraphone player.[5]

Beesley has performed in concert as a percussionist and pianist for Robbie Williams, Take That, Jamiroquai, and the Paul Weller Movement.[4] He played percussion and piano at Williams' Knebworth gigs in summer 2003 and at Hyde Park for Live 8 London. Williams' first concert of his Close Encounters Tour in Perth on 30 November 2006 saw Beesley as percussionist for the second half of the show. He also played drums during the performance of "Rudebox" at Williams' second Brisbane concert and during a BBC Electric Proms show.

Beesley was a member of the jazz band Incognito, but after an eight-month tour with them, decided to end his music career and start acting.[5] On 28 October 2006, Beesley appeared as a special guest pianist for James Brown during his performance at the Roundhouse in London as part of the BBC's Electric Proms festival.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1983Last of the Summer WineColin's mate1 episode
1986Last of the Summer WinePasserby1 episode
1997The Broker's ManJoe Goodwin2 episodes
1997The History of Tom Jones: A FoundlingTom Jones / Reverend Summer5 episodes
1999Five Seconds to SpareWilliam
1999The MatchWullie Smith
2000It Was an AccidentMickey Cousins
2001Kill Me LaterCharlie Anders
2001The Last MinuteBilly Byrne
2001GlitterJulian "Dice" Black
2002Fields of GoldMark Hurst
2002Anita and MeHairy Neddy
2003The Emperor's WifeEmperor
2003Red Roses and PetrolJohnny Doyle
2004The PorterPorterShort film
2004–2006BodiesDr. Rob Lake17 episodes
2005BloodlinesDC Jake Bannerman
2005HustleJake Henry1 episode
2005Her Name is CarlaJack
2006–2009Hotel BabylonCharlie Edwards22 episodes
2007Talk to MeMitch Moore4 episodes
2007–2008London InkNarrator6 episodes
2008The Last EnemyMichael Ezard5 episodes
2008–2010SurvivorsTom Price12 episodes
2011–2013Mad DogsWoody14 episodes
2011CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationThomas StewartSeries 11, Episode 3: "Blood Moon"
2011The ReckoningMark Dobson2 episodes
2013SuitsStephen Huntley7 episodes
2015Ordinary LiesMike6 episodes
2015Strike BackRay McQueen2 episodes
2015HomelandMike Brown1 episode
2015–2016EmpireGuy3 episodes
2017–2019JamestownHenry Sharrow16 episodes


  1. "BBC - Drama - People Index Max Beesley". BBC. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  2. "Jason Milligan (III)". Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  3. "Press Releases: Julie Graham, Max Beesley, Nikki Amuka-Bird & Paterson Joseph star in Survivors for BBC One". BBC Press Office. 30 May 2007. Retrieved 7 December 2008.
  4. "Notable Alumni". Chetham's School of Music. Retrieved 21 July 2011. Ex-Chet's students include [...] actor Max Beesley, who achieved first recognition as percussionist and keyboard player with Jamiroquai, Take That and Robbie Williams
  5. "Max Beesley Discography at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  6. Dowden, Neil. "James Brown + The Zutons @ Roundhouse, London". musicOMH. Retrieved 21 July 2011. Max Beesley played piano for JB to sing Ray Charles' Georgia On My Mind
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