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1 November 1943 |
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, UK
John McEnery (born 1 November 1943) is an English actor and writer.
Born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, he trained (1962–64) at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, playing, among others, Mosca in Ben Jonson's Volpone and Gaveston in Marlowe's Edward II. At the age of 20 he found his first stage work, spending three seasons with the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. He joined the National Theatre company in 1966. While working at the Everyman, he met actress Stephanie Beacham, whom he later married. The couple had two daughters, Phoebe and Chloe, but subsequently divorced.
He starred alongside Claude Jade and Jean-Pierre Cassel in Gérard Brach's bittersweet The Boat on the Grass about a girl between two friends, but his first notable screen role was as Mercutio in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet; he was nominated for a BAFTA for his performance. He later played Kerensky in Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), and took the title role in the 1972 film Bartleby, in which he starred opposite Paul Scofield.
In 1998 he wrote the play Merry Christmas, Mr. Burbage in honour of the 400th anniversary of the creation of the Globe Theatre. In 2011 he appeared as Rowley in The School for Scandal (directed by Deborah Warner) at the Barbican Centre. In 2008, he appeared in a guest role in Sidetracked, the first episode of Wallander.