Nathaniel Parker

Nathaniel Parker (born 18 May 1962) is an English stage and screen actor best known for playing the lead in the BBC crime drama series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, and Agravaine de Bois in the fourth series of Merlin.

Nathaniel Parker
Parker at the 2015 Whatsonstage.com Awards
Born (1962-05-18) 18 May 1962
London, England
ResidenceGloucestershire, England
Alma materLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
OccupationActor
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)
Anna Patrick (m. 1992)
Children2
Websitewww.nathanielparker.com

Early life

Nathaniel Parker was born in London, the youngest son of the businessman and one-time British Rail chairman Sir Peter Parker and Jillian, a GP and gardener, who wrote The Purest of Pleasures: Creation of a Romantic Garden.[1] He has two older brothers, Alan, chairman of Brunswick Group, and Oliver, a film director, and a sister, Lucy. Parker joined the National Youth Theatre, and after training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art,[2] became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1986.[3]

Career

Stage

Parker portrayed Bassanio in Peter Hall's 1989 production of The Merchant of Venice in London and on Broadway, co-starring with Dustin Hoffman.[4][5]

In 2000, he played Bob in Rupert Goold's West End revival of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow.[6]

Parker returned to the stage in 2013 for the production of The Audience, starring Helen Mirren, written by Peter Morgan and directed by Stephen Daldry. The play ran for four months at the Gielgud Theatre in London. It was also transmitted worldwide via National Theatre Live and was seen by more than 110,000 viewers in the UK and USA.[2]

Parker played King Henry VIII in Wolf Hall (and Bring up the Bodies) for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2014, earning a 2015 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the London production and appearing in New York City when the show moved on to Broadway,[7] where his performance received a Tony Award nomination.[8]

Parker played Jack Weatherill in James Graham's This House at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester in September 2016 and took the same role to the Garrick Theatre in the West End of London on 19 November 2016.

Film and television

In 1997, Parker portrayed King David in a made-for-TV film.[9]

Parker played a variety of television costume drama roles, such as: Martin Jordan in the 1995 TV production of Joanna Trollope's A Village Affair,[10] Gabriel Oak in the Granada/WGBH-TV co- production of Far From the Madding Crowd (1997),[11] and Martin Tanley in the comedy film Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) with Chris Farley and Chris Rock.[12] He also played Rawdon Crawley in a BBC version of Vanity Fair (1998). The New York Times reviewer Caryn James said of his performance: "More than anyone else in the series, Nathaniel Parker brings some complexity to his character."[13] He also played Harold Skimpole in the BAFTA-winning BBC1 dramatisation of Bleak House (2005).[14]

In a 2007 Radio Times interview, Parker said that his first big television break came in 1988 when he played a Battle of France pilot in ITV's six-part drama Piece of Cake.[15] Another early role was Wilfred Owen in Derek Jarman's War Requiem, a 1989 film adaptation of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem. It co-starred Laurence Olivier, in his last screen role, as an old soldier.[16] Four years later, Parker played Edward Rochester in John Duigan's 1993 film adaptation of Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea. Reviewing this 'prequel' to Jane Eyre, Vincent Canby said in his review that Parker: "is exceptionally good in a difficult, shadowy role".[17]

From 2001 to 2007, Parker played the titular character in the long-running BBC1 crime series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, perhaps his best-known role. His co-star was Sharon Small as his assistant, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. When the series premiered on PBS in 2002, The Wall Street Journal wrote that it was "fully worthy of the Mystery! label."[18] Ramsley in The Haunted Mansion,(2003),[19] Albert Speer in the BBC production of 2006 Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial[20][21] and Dunstan Thorn in the fantasy film Stardust (2007).[21][22] Parker also starred briefly in St Trinian's (directed by his brother, Oliver).

In 2011, Parker joined the cast of Merlin,[23] to play the character of Agravaine de Bois for all 13 episodes of the fourth series. He also appeared in the independent comedy-drama The Perfect Host, alongside David Hyde Pierce.[19]

In 2012, Parker was cast alongside YouTube reviewer Stuart Ashen in the Alienware-sponsored sci-fi thriller series The Proxy.[24] He also appeared as Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec in the film adaptation of Louise Penny's murder mystery novel Still Life, set in rural Quebec.[25] He also starred in the TV series, Me and Mrs Jones broadcast in 2012.[2]

In July 2015, Parker played the domestic bully Dicky Carmichael in the BBC’s two-part television adaptation of Sadie Jones’ debut novel The Outcast.[26] In June 2015 it was announced that Parker would play the role of King Achish in ABC TVs series Of Kings and Prophets.[27]

Audio and voiceover work

Parker is a voiceover artist and has done work on audiobooks, including Eoin Colfer's children's Artemis Fowl series, the five books in Charlie Higson's Young James Bond series, and The Gardens of The Dead by William Brodrick. He read Mark Haddon's novel A Spot of Bother for BBC Radio Four's Book at Bedtime and played Axel in Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth, first broadcast on BBC Radio Four Extra on 20 November 2011 and again on 12 November 2012.[28] He has also voiced numerous video games and made many radio appearances as an interviewee and in radio dramas.[2] A complete listing of Parker's extensive audio work can be found online.[29]

Personal life

Parker is married to actress Anna Patrick. The couple live in Gloucestershire with their two daughters.[2]

Parker is also the brother of Sir Alan Parker, who runs public relations firm Brunswick Group.

Filmography

Unless noted otherwise, details of Parker's film and television work can be found here.[21]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988Piece of CakeFlying Officer 'Flash' GordonSix parts[30]
1989Inspector Morse: "Deceived By Flight"Jamie Jasper
1989Never Come Back[31]Desmond ThaneThree parts[30]
1989War RequiemWilfred Owenwith Laurence Olivier and Tilda Swinton[19]
1990Harry Enfield's Television Programme"Fire Man"Episodes 1-4
1990Heroes II: The ReturnIvan Lyon
1990HamletLaerteswith Mel Gibson[19]
1991Agatha Christies's Poirot: "The Affair at the Victory Ball"Chris Davidson
1991The Black Candle[32]Lionel Filmore
1992Look at It This Way[33]MilesThree parts[30]
1992The BodyguardClive Healywith Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston[34]
1993The Vision Thing[35]Michael Fisher
1993Rik Mayall Presents: Dancing QueenNigel
1993Wide Sargasso SeaEdward Rochester
1994Unsigned[36]The Devil
1994For One Night Only:Errol Flynn[37]Errol Flynn
1994Squanto: A Warrior's TaleThomas Dermer
1994Dangerous Games [Gefährliche Spiele][38]Thomas Cranmer
1995A Village AffairMarin Jordan
1995A Touch of Frost - "Quarry"Stephen Milmore
1995OthelloCassiowith Laurence Fishburne[19]
1995A Little Loving[39]Greek God Pan
1996The Short Cut[40]RossShort film
1997Beverly Hills NinjaMartin Tanley
1997Into Thin Air: Death on EverestRob Hall
1997The Bible: David[41]David
1998Far from the Madding CrowdGabriel OakFour episodes[30]
1998Vanity FairRawdon CrawleyParts 2 - 6[30]
1999Trust[42]Andrew PearcePart 1[30]
1999McCallum - "Beyond Good and Evil"Dan GallagherSeries 3
2000Lover's Prayer (aka All Forgotten)[21][43]Vladimir's Father
2000Pretending to be Judith[44]James Lovel
2001-2007The Inspector Lynley MysteriesInspector Thomas Lynley23 Episodes[30]
2003The Haunted MansionMaster Graceywith Eddie Murphy and Terence Stamp[19]
2003The Private Life of Samuel PepysCharles II
2004Happy Birthday Oscar WildeHimself
2005Bedtime StoriesNarrator
2005Bleak HouseHarrold SkimpoleParts 1 & 2[30]
2005Fade to BlackGuido Viola
2006FlawlessOliver Ashtoncroft
2006StardustDunstan Thorn
2006Nuremberg: Nazis on TrialAlbert Speer2 episodes[20]
2006A Class ApartAnthony Troth
2007I Really Hate My JobGuy IICameo role
2007St. Trinian'sChairman of the National GalleryCameo role
2008Hotel Babylon - "Is Love Really in the Air?"Alexander CrawfieldSeries 3 episode 2
2009Malice In WonderlandHarry Hunt
2009The Perfect HostDetective Morton
2009The Courageous Heart of Irena SendlerDr Juliusz Majkowski
2009Land GirlsLord Lawrence HoxleySeries 1
2009Lewis - "The Dead of Winter"Lieutenant Philip ColemanSeries 4 - ITV
2009My FamilyRichard HarperBBC; Christmas episode 2009
2010The Domino EffectTramp
2010Sergeant Slaughter[21][45]Father
2010Tell MeDr. Anton Sharple
2010The Chronicles of Narnia (Dawn Treader)Caspian IXCameo role
2010InjusticeMarin Newall
2011MerlinAgravaine de BoisSeries 4[23]
2012The ProxyPeter Baker
2012The Charles Dickens Show[46]Doctor Guffquatt
2012Me and Mrs JonesTom Marshall
2012Still Life: An Inspector Gamache Mystery[25]Chief Inspector Armand Gamache
2014The OutcastDickie Carmichael
2015The Proxy: Enhanced Full CutPeter BakerActor
2016Of Kings and Prophets[27]King AchichEpisodes:
"Offerings of Blood"
"Let The Wicked Be Ashamed"
2018Swimming with MenLewis
2019The Warrior Queen of JhansiSir Robert Hamilton
2019GrantchesterMr Davenport

Theatre work

Unless noted otherwise, details of Parker's theatre work can be found here.[47]

Year Title Role Company Theatre Notes
1981Richard IIIRichard IIINational Youth Theatre
1982MacbethMacbethNational Youth Theatre
1984Trumpets and Drums (based on The Recruiting Officer)Captain BrazenLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
1985ClawLudsbyTheatre Clwyd / MoldTheatre Clwyd / Mold
1985Trumpets and Drums (based on The Recruiting Officer)Captain BrazenTheatre Clwyd / MoldTheatre Clwyd / Mold
1986Romeo and JulietTyboltYoung Vic, LondonOld Vic11.02.86
1986The GiftRoyal Shakespeare Company (RSC)Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon[48]
1986The KissOliverRSC
1986-1987The Winter's TaleFlorizelRSCRoyal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Tyne Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne, Barbican Theatre, London[48]
1986-1987Every Man in His HumourWellbredRSCSwan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Mermaid Theatre, London, The People's Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne[48]
1986-1987The RoverDon PedroRSCSwan Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon, The People's Theatre Newcastle upon Tyne[48]
1986Richard IIIHarry PercyRSCRoyal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Tyne Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne, Barbican Theatre, London[48]
1987The StormVanya KudryashRSCPit, London[48]
1987A Midsummer Night's DreamLysanderRSCBarbican Theatre, London[48]
1989The Merchant of Venice[49]BassanioPeter Hall CompanyPhoenix Theatre, London, 46th Street Theater, New York(UK) 01.06.1989, (US) 20.12.1989 to 24.02.1990
1997Cargo CultBarbican Theatre02.09.1987
199950 RevolutionsOxford Stage CompanyWhitehall Theatre, London07.09.1999 to 25.09.1999
2000Speed the PlowDuke of York's Theatre, London29.06.2000 to 19.08.2000
2008Quartermaine's TermsQuartermaineBill Kenwright 2008 Ltd.Theatre Royal, Windsor; New Victoria Theatre, Woking; The Richmond Theatre, Theatre Royal, Bath, Theatre Royal, Brighton13.05.2008 to 21.06.2008
2013The AudienceGordon BrownGielgud Theatre, London15.02.2013 to 15.06.2013
2013/14Wolf Hall[50]Henry VIIIRSCSwan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon11.12.2013 to 29.03.2014
2013/14Bring Up the BodiesHenry VIIIRSCSwan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon19.12.2013 to 29.03.2014
2014Wolf HallHenry VIIIRSCThe Aldwych Theatre, London10.05.2014 to 04.10.2014
2014Bring Up the BodiesHenry VIIIRSCThe Aldwych Theatre, London10.05.2014 to 04.10.2014
2015Wolf Hall 1 & 2Henry VIIIRSCWinter Garden Theater, New York20.03.2015 to 05.07.2015
2016This HouseJack WeatherillHeadlongMinerva Theatre, Chichester25.09.2016 to 29.10.2016
2016This HouseJack WeatherillHeadlongGarrick Theatre, London19.11.2016 to 25.02.2017

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