Simon Russell Beale

Birth Place: Penang, MALAYSIA

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Simon Russell Beale's theatre career began with plays at the Traverse and Lyceum Theatres in Edinburgh. His first London appearance was in William Gaskill's Royal Court production of Women Beware Women.

For the National Theatre: Timon of Athens, Collaborators (in the Cottesloe and Olivier theatres), London Assurance, Major Barbara, Much Ado About Nothing, The Life of Galileo, The Alchemist, Jumpers (also West End and New York, where he was nominated for a 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor), Humble Boy (also West End), the title role in Hamlet (2000 Evening Standard Best Actor, Critics' Circle Award for Best Shakespearean Performance and the Boston Critics' Association Outstanding Actor in a Large Company), Battle Royal, Candide (2000 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical), Summerfolk, Money, Othello, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Volpone (1996 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor).

For the RSC, Simon Russell Beale has performaed in : The Tempest, King Lear, Ghosts, the title roles in Richard III and Edward II, The Seagull, Troilus and Cressida, The Man of Mode and Restoration.

West End: Death Trap
Other theatre: Bluebird, The Winter's Tale, The Cherry Orchard, Monty Python's Spamalot, The Philanthropist (2005 Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Best Actor), Uncle Vanya, Twelfth Night (both winning him 2002 Evening Standard, Critics' Circle and Olivier Awards for Best Actor and Drama Desk award nominations in the US. For Uncle Vanya: Village Voice Obie for Best Actor), Julius Caesar, Macbeth and The Duchess of Malfi.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

American Experience, Dunkirk, The Young Visiters, Great Historians: Gibbon, A Dance to the Music of Time (1997 Royal Television Society Best Actor and BAFTA Best Actor), Persuasion and The Mushroom Pickers. He is the presenter of BBC Four's Sacred Music.

My Week with Marilyn, The Deep Blue Sea, The Gathering, Alice in Wonderland, An Ideal Husband, The Temptation of Franz Schubert and Hamlet.

Extensive recording credits, including The Complete George Smiley, War and Peace; Oscar in The Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Sisterhood, Waiting for Godot, Art and A Dance to the Music of Time.


Several books, three roles for the Shakespeare CD Series, and a 10-part television series on The National Trust. Also a 10-part series on The National Trust and presenter of Sacred Victoria, Symphony and Sacred Music.


First Night of the Proms, Ivan The Terrible, Artaxerxes, Façade, Music and Poetry: Auden and Britten, The Firebrand of Florence and Stravinksy Promenade.

Simon Russell Beale is an associate of the National and Almeida theatres, and an associate artist of the RSC. In 2003 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the Arts.

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Simon Russell Beale STAGE CREDITS

[West End]
EBENEZER [Replacement]

[West End]

Original Broadway Production, 2021
Henry Lehman

Park Avenue Armory North American Premiere, 2019

[West End]
Original West End Production, 2018

Bent, LGBT+, London, National Theatre, George Mackey, Simon Russell Beale, 2017

[West End]

[West End]
National Theatre Production, 2011
Joseph Stalin

[West End]
London Revival, 2010
Sydney Bruhl

[West End]
London Production, 2006
King Arthur [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 2005
King Arthur [Replacement]

Broadway Revival, 2004

[West End]
Royal National Theatre Production, 1999

Simon Russell Beale Movies

[1992]Orlando Earl of Moray

[1995]Jane Austen's Persuasion Charles Musgrove

[1996]Hamlet Second Gravedigger

[1999]An Ideal Husband Sir Edward

[2002]The Gathering Luke Frer

[2010]National Theatre Live: London Assurance Sir Harcourt Courtly

[2011]The Deep Blue Sea Sir William Collyer

[2011]National Theatre Live: Collaborators Joseph Stalin

[2011]My Week with Marilyn Cotes-Preedy

[2012]Timon of Athens Timon

[2014]King Lear Lear

[2014]Into the Woods Baker's Father

[2016]The Legend of Tarzan Mr. Frum

[2017]The Death of Stalin Lavrenti Beria

[2017]My Cousin Rachel Couch

[2017]Royal Shakespeare Company: The Tempest Prospero

[2018]Operation Finale David Ben-Gurion

[2018]Mary Queen of Scots Robert Beale

[2018]Museo Frank Graves

[2019]Radioactive Professor Lippmann

[2019]The Tragedy of King Richard the Second King Richard II

[2019]The Lehman Trilogy Henry Lehman

[2020]A Christmas Carol Scrooge, Simon Russell-Beale

[2021]Benediction Robbie Ross

[2021]Operation Mincemeat Winston Churchill

[2022]The Outfit Roy

[2022]Thor: Love and Thunder Dionysus

Simon Russell Beale TV Shows

MI-5 Home Secretary, William Towers

Penny Dreadful Ferdinand Lyle

Simon Russell Beale Awards and Nominations

Evening Standard Awards - 2012 - Best Actor

Simon Russell Beale, Collaborators

Drama Desk Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Actor in a Play

Simon Russell Beale, The Winter's Tale

Evening Standard Awards - 2005 - Best Actor

Simon Russell BealeThe Philanthropist

Evening Standard Awards - 2005 - Best Actor

Simon Russell BealeThe Philanthropist

Obie Awards - 2003 - Performance

Simon Russell Beale, Uncle Vanya

Olivier Awards - 2003 - Best Actor

Simon Russell BealeUncle Vanya

Evening Standard Awards - 2002 - Best Actor

Simon Russell BealeUncle Vanya

Evening Standard Awards - 2002 - Best Actor

Simon Russell BealeTwelfth Night

Olivier Awards - 2002 - Best Actor

Simon Russell BealeHumble Boy

Olivier Awards - 2001 - Best Actor

Simon Russell BealeHamlet

Olivier Awards - 1998 - Best Actor

Simon Russell BealeOthello

Olivier Awards - 1992 - Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Simon Russell BealeTroilus And Cressida, RSC

Olivier Awards - 1990 - Outstanding Performance of the Year in a Supporting Role

Simon Russell BealeMan Of Mode, Restoration, Playing With Trains and Some Americans Abroad

Tony Awards - 1985 - Best Musical

Richard Kagan, Leader of the Pack

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Simon Russell Beale News

Stage Door Jonny Will Appear In Conversation With Emily Mortimer And Alessandro Nivola At Jermyn Street Theatre

Jermyn Street Theatre has announced the second live edition of the hit podcast Stage Door Jonny following this Summer's sell-out show which featured Nicholas Hytner and Simon Russell Beale.

Emma Corrin Becomes Patron Of MGCfutures

MGCfutures has announced that Emma Corrin becomes a patron, joining Judi Dench, Dawn French, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Daniel Radcliffe, Simon Russell Beale, Sheridan Smith, Aidan Turner, David Walliams and Ben Whishaw who already support the work of the charity.

Julianne Moore-Led MARY & GEORGE to Stream on STARZ With Nicholas Galitzine

STARZ has acquired the U.S. and Canada rights to “Mary & George”, an audacious historical psychodrama starring Academy Award-winner Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Nicholas Galitzine (Red, White & Royal Blue), about a treacherous mother and son who schemed, seduced and killed to conquer the Court of England and the bed of King James I.

15 Stars You May or May Not Have Known Were in SPAMALOT

With Spamalot returning to Broadway, we're taking a walk down memory lane and reflecting on some of the stars who have appeared in previous productions of the musical. From Broadway to London, Chicago, touring productions, Las Vegas, the Hollywood Bowl, and more, there have been many faces you may recognize who have taken on these roles. 

Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective to Make U.S. Debut At Shriver Hall Concert Series

Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective makes its U.S. debut at Shriver Hall Concert Series with a program featuring major quintets from American composers Amy Beach and Florence Price, as well as works by Franz Schubert and George Walker.

Review: THE SCORE, Theatre Royal Bath

If the multi award-winning TV drama Succession taught us anything, it’s that no one can take Brian Cox’s place. Fans of the Scottish actor will be pleased to know that he commands centre stage – with Logan Roy-esque verve – in Trevor Nunn’s The Score, a new play by actor-playwright OIiver Cotton at Theatre Royal Bath.

Interview: Producing Artistic Director, Sean Hagerty of The Curtain in Jersey City Producing “Romeo & Juliet”

We had the opportunity to interview The Curtain’s Producing Artistic Director, Sean Hagerty about his career and 'Romeo & Juliet.'

BBC to Run Extensive Shakespeare Season to Celebrate 400th Anniversary of First Folio

The BBC is celebrating this extraordinary anniversary with an ambitious season of content across TV, Radio, BBC iPlayer & BBC Sounds exploring why, 400 years on, Shakespeare's relevance and influence is as strong as ever. A wealth of programming featuring major actors and leading experts, including new documentaries, performance, music, drama, comedy, news coverage and the best of the BBC archive, as well as special items on flagship BBC shows, will celebrate the man, his world and his timeless writing.

A SPAMALOT Recap- Everything You Need to Know!

The search for the grail will continue on Broadway this fall! Direct from a sold out run at the Kennedy Center, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical comedy Monty Python’s SPAMALOT will return to Broadway at the St. James Theatre.

Michael Grandage Will Direct Penelope Wilton and Luke Evans in the World Première of BACKSTAIRS BILLY

The world première of Marcelo Dos Santos' new play Backstairs Billy looks at a pivotal moment in the 50 year relationship between the Queen Mother and her loyal servant William “Billy” Tallon.

SPUTNIK SWEETHEART, Max Wilkinson's UNION and More Set For Arcola Theatre's Summer/Autumn 2023 Lineup

With their production of Sasha Hails’ Possession about to open at the company’s home base, Arcola Theatre, led by Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen and Executive Director Leyla Nazli, has announced their new season.

Christine Allado, Emma Hatton, and Alexia Khadime Perform in an Exclusive New Concert, Available to Stream Now

A Spotlight On Leading Ladies, a concert featuring West End stars Alexia Khadime (currently playing Elphaba in Wicked), Christine Allado (Hamilton, Prince of Egypt) and Emma Hatton (Wicked, Evita, We Will Rock You) will be available to stream for a limited time only. 

Simon Russell Beale to Appear at Shakespeare's Globe's MOVING STORIES, in Support of the UN Refugee Agency

On Sunday 25 June, Shakespeare’s Globe will host ‘Moving Stories’ in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in support of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. The event will include sketches, short plays and songs examining the experiences of refugees, and responses to the crisis.

Simon Russell Beale and Nicholas Hytner Will Appear In Conversation With Stage Door Jonny At Jermyn Street Theatre

Jermyn Street Theatre has announced an addition to their Summer season.  On Sunday 4 June at 6.00pm the theatre will stage the first ever live version of acclaimed actor Jonathan Cake's podcast Stage Door Jonny. 

Simon Russell Beale And Nicholas Hytner To Appear In Conversation With Stage Door Jonny At Jermyn Street Theatre

Jermyn Street Theatre has announced a thrilling addition to their Summer season. 

THE DOCTOR Starring Juliet Stevenson to Begin Performances in June at Park Avenue Armory

This summer, Park Avenue Armory will stage the North American premiere of Robert Icke's multi-award-winning West End hit, The Doctor. See how to purchse tickeets!

Review Roundup: What Did the Critics Make of Sam Mendes' THE LEHMAN TRILOGY?

The National Theatre and Neal Street Productions’ The Lehman Trilogy makes a triumphant return to London following an acclaimed season in Los Angeles and a highly lauded run on Broadway, winning 5 Tony Awards® including Best Play. Directed by Academy Award®, Tony Award® and Golden Globe winner Sam Mendes, The Lehman Trilogy features a cast of three playing the Lehman brothers, their sons and grandsons, in an extraordinary feat of story-telling told in three parts on a single evening. Hailed by The New York Times as 'a genuinely epic production', The Lehman Trilogy is the story of a family and a company that changed the world.

Review: THE LEHMAN TRILOGY, Gillian Lynne Theatre

Sam Mendes' The Lehman Trilogy has criss-crossed the Atlantic since 2008, picking up numerous nominations and awards along the way. An epic history of Western capitalism and a masterclass in theatrical storytelling, it now makes a dazzling return to the West End’s Gillian Lynne Theatre.

North American Premiere of LOVE By Alexander Zeldin Announced At Park Avenue Armory

Next month, Park Avenue Armory presents the North American premiere of LOVE by playwright/director Alexander Zeldin in his New York debut.


Simon Russell Beale has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

Simon Russell Beale has appeared on London's West End in 8 shows.

Simon Russell Beale's first West End show was Candide which opened in 1999

Simon Russell Beale has been nominated for several prestigious awards throughout his career. Some of his notable nominations include Distinguished Performance Awards (Drama League Awards) for his role in "The Lehman Trilogy," Outstanding Actor in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for "The Lehman Trilogy," Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for "The Lehman Trilogy," and Best Actor (Evening Standard Awards) for "Temple," "Collaborators," "The Winter's Tale," "The Philanthropist," and "Jumpers." He has also received nominations for Outstanding Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for "Uncle Vanya," Performance (Obie Awards) for "Uncle Vanya," Best Actor (Olivier Awards) for "Uncle Vanya," "Humble Boy," "Hamlet," "Candide," "Othello," and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Olivier Awards) for "Troilus And Cressida, RSC." Additionally, he has been nominated for Outstanding Featured Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for "Twelfth Night" and Outstanding Performance of the Year in a Supporting Role (Olivier Awards) for "Man Of Mode," "Restoration," "Playing With Trains," and "Some Americans Abroad." Beale has also been part of the Tony Award-winning musical "Leader of the Pack."

Simon Russell Beale has won several awards throughout his career. Some of his notable wins include the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "The Lehman Trilogy," Best Actor at the Evening Standard Awards for "Collaborators," "The Philanthropist," and "Hamlet," Outstanding Actor - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Uncle Vanya," Performance at the Obie Awards for "Uncle Vanya," Best Actor at the Olivier Awards for "Uncle Vanya," Outstanding Featured Actor - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Twelfth Night," and Best Actor in a Musical at the Olivier Awards for "Candide."

Simon Russell Beale's next show will be A Christmas Carol - The Bridge which opens on 12/6/2022 on West End.

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