Brian Bedford

Birth Place: Morey, ENGLAND

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Brian Bedford was a British actor who was born on February 16, 1935, in Morley, Yorkshire, England. He was known for his work on stage, television, and film. Bedford began his career in the theater in England, where he appeared in several productions in the West End. He later moved to Canada, where he became a citizen and continued his career in theater.
Bedford made his Broadway debut in 1959 in the play "Five Finger Exercise." He received critical acclaim for his performance and went on to appear in several other Broadway productions, including "The Private Ear" and "The Public Eye," "The School for Scandal," and "Jumpers." In 1971, he won a Tony Award for his performance in "The School for Scandal."
In addition to his work on stage, Bedford also appeared in several films and television shows. He had a recurring role on the television series "Nixon's the One" and appeared in the films "Grand Prix" and "Nixon." He also provided the voice for the character of Robin Hood in the Disney animated film of the same name.
Despite his success in film and television, Bedford remained committed to the theater throughout his career. He continued to appear in productions in Canada and the United States, including the Broadway revival of "The Misanthrope" in 1999 and the Broadway production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" in 2011. He also directed several productions, including "The Misanthrope" and "The School for Scandal."
Bedford was known for his versatility as an actor and his ability to bring depth and nuance to his performances. He was particularly celebrated for his work in classical theater, and he was regarded as one of the finest Shakespearean actors of his generation. He was also known for his wit and humor, and he was a beloved figure in the theater community.
Bedford's last Broadway appearance was in the 2011 production of "The Importance of Being Earnest," in which he played the role of Lady Bracknell. The production was a critical and commercial success, and Bedford's performance was widely praised. He continued to work in the theater until his death on January 13, 2016, at the age of 80.

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Brian Bedford STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2011
Lady Bracknell

[Off-Broadway]
2005
Jacques

[Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2003
Orgon

[Broadway]
1997
Sir Harcourt Courtly

[Broadway]
1993
Timon

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1992
Williams Charles Macready

[Off-Broadway]
1990
Performer

[Broadway]
1983
Alceste

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1974
George

[Broadway]
1971
Arnolphe

[Broadway]
1969
Elyot Chase

[Broadway]
1968
Acaste

[Broadway]
1968
Edward Chamberlayne

[Broadway]
1967
General

[Broadway]
1967
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
1964
Tom

[Broadway]
1962
Derek Pengo

[Broadway]
1959
Clive Harrington

Brian Bedford Productions

 
[Broadway, 2011]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1990]
Director

Writing


Brian Bedford Movies

[1957]Miracle in Soho Johnny

[1960]The Angry Silence Eddie Barrett

[1962]Number Six Jimmy Gale

[1963]The Punch and Judy Man 1st. Escort

[1966]The Pad (and How to Use It) Bob Handman

[1966]Grand Prix Scott Stoddard

[1973]Robin Hood Robin Hood - A Fox

[1995]Nixon Clyde Tolson


Brian Bedford TV Shows

The Equalizer Harold Ross, Emil Kostov, Paul Coble

Brian Bedford Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Brian Bedford, The Importance of Being Earnest

Drama Desk Awards - 1992 - Outstanding Actor - Play

Brian Bedford, Two Shakespearean Actors

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1992 - Best Actor - Play

Brian Bedford, Two Shakespearean Actors

Drama Desk Awards - 1971 - Outstanding Performance

Brian Bedford, The School for Wives

Obie Awards - 1965 - Performance

Brian BedfordThe Knock

Brian Bedford Videos

Brian Bedford News


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Brian Bedford FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Brian Bedford has appeared on Broadway in 16 shows.

Brian Bedford has not appeared in the West End.

Brian Bedford has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He was nominated for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play at the Drama Desk Awards and the Outer Critics Circle Awards for his role in "The Importance of Being Earnest." He was also nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for the same production. Bedford received nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for his performance in "Tartuffe." He was also nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "Tartuffe." Additionally, Bedford received nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for his roles in "London Assurance," "The Moliere Comedies," and "Timon of Athens." He was nominated for Outstanding Actor - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Timon of Athens." Bedford's nominations also include Outstanding Actor - Play at the Drama Desk Awards and Best Actor - Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Two Shakespearean Actors." He was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for the same production. Other nominations include Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Production at the Helen Hayes Awards for "Merchant of Venice," Outstanding Performance at the Drama Desk Awards for "Jumpers," and Outstanding Performance at the Drama Desk Awards for "The School for Wives." Bedford was also nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "The School for Wives." Furthermore, Bedford received nominations for Outstanding Performance at the Drama Desk Awards for "Private Lives" and Best Performance at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for the same production. He was also nominated for Outstanding Performance at the Drama Desk Awards for "The Misanthrope" and received a Performance award at the Obie Awards for "The Knock."

Brian Bedford has won several awards for his performances in various plays. He received the Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play award from the Drama Desk Awards and the Outer Critics Circle Awards for his role in "The Importance of Being Earnest." He also won the Outstanding Actor - Play award from the Drama Desk Awards for his performances in "Timon of Athens" and "Two Shakespearean Actors." Additionally, he received the Outstanding Performance award from the Drama Desk Awards for his roles in "Jumpers" and "The School for Wives." Bedford was honored with the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play award at the Tony Awards for his performance in "The School for Wives." He also won the Outstanding Performance award from the Drama Desk Awards for "Private Lives" and the Best Performance award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for the same play. Furthermore, he received the Outstanding Performance award from the Drama Desk Awards for "The Misanthrope" and a Performance award from the Obie Awards for "The Knock."

Brian Bedford has written 1 shows including The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet (Creator).

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