17 June 1973 |
Harrogate, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK
Mark Umbers (born 17 June 1973) is an English theatre, film and television actor.
Born in Harrogate, West Riding of Yorkshire, Umbers was brought up in Wetherby and was educated at Sedbergh School. In 1995 he graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Latin and Greek Literature and Philosophy.
Umbers' first professional engagements were in 1997 in the BBC dramas The Student Prince and Berkeley Square. His first theatre engagement was the lead role in Joseph Papp's version of The Pirates of Penzance at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds and the Theatre Royal, Bath, later remounted at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in London.
In 1999, Trevor Nunn cast Umbers in his multi-award-winning 1999 season at the Royal National Theatre, where he appeared in Candide, Troilus and Cressida and The Merchant of Venice, which was later filmed for broadcast by the BBC. After appearing in the BBC period drama The Scarlet Pimpernel opposite Richard E. Grant, Umbers returned to the National to play Freddy in the critically acclaimed 2001 revival of My Fair Lady, later transferring to Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Umbers then appeared opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor and Francesca Annis in The Vortex, Michael Grandage's inaugural production at the Donmar Warehouse, after which he was cast opposite Scarlett Johansson in A Good Woman. After playing opposite Anjelica Huston and Lauren Bacall in These Foolish Things and John Malkovich in Colour Me Kubrick, he played the lead role of Perkin Warbeck in Channel 4's historical drama Princes in the Tower and a further leading role in the Hallmark mini-series Blackbeard, opposite Jessica Chastain.
In 2007, Rupert Goold cast Umbers as the Gentleman Caller, in The Glass Menagerie alongside Jessica Lange in the West End. He was longlisted for the Evening Standard Award Best Actor Award for his performance. Later that year Steven Soderbergh cast Umbers as British journalist Roth in Che: Part Two.
The following year Umbers starred in Chichester Festival Theatre's 2008 revival of Funny Girl, playing Nick Arnstein opposite Samantha Spiro as Fanny Brice. Soon afterwards he played Dan Tate opposite Sarah Parish in the second series of the BBC1 drama Mistresses and The Master in the BBC1 film of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw opposite Michelle Dockery.
Umbers then starred in the Menier Chocolate Factory's revival of Sweet Charity, the first production of the show to have only one leading man, with Umbers playing all the love-interest roles. The production transferred to the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
After appearing opposite Hattie Morahan in the ITV drama Eternal Law, in 2011 Umbers returned to Chichester Festival Theatre in The Browning Version opposite Anna Chancellor. The play was performed in a double bill with David Hare's new play South Downs and transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre in London in April 2012.
Umbers returned to the Menier Chocolate Factory in November 2012, playing the central role of Franklin Shepard in the multi-award-winning revival of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. The production transferred with its original cast to the Harold Pinter Theatre on 1 May 2013, receiving more 5 star reviews than any other production in West End history, along with the Critic's Circle Award for Best Musical, the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical and the Olivier Award for Best Musical revival. Umbers was long-listed for the Evening Standard Best Actor in a Musical award for his performance. The production was filmed and subsequently screened in cinemas world-wide.
- Miles Kington article in The Independent 1998
- Variety review "My Fair Lady" March 20, 2001
- Washington Post review A Good Woman 2006
- Sydney Morning Herald article
- Financial Times review The Glass Menagerie 2007
- Review round-up The Glass Menagerie 2007
- Evening Standard review The Glass Menagerie 2007
- New York Times review The Glass Menagerie 2007
- Orlando Sentinel review Sweet Charity 2010
- The Spectator review Sweet Charity 2009
- The Independent review Sweet Charity 2009
- The Independent review Sweet Charity 2010
- Daily Telegraph review The Browning Version 2012
- The Arts Desk review The Browning Version 2012
- The Guardian review Merrily We Roll Along 2012
- The Arts Desk review Merrily We Roll Along 2012
- Financial Times review Merrily We Roll Along 2012
- Variety review Merrily We Roll Along 2012
- Daily Telegraph review Merrily We Roll Along 2012
- Daily Telegraph blog 2012
- New York Times review Merrily We Roll Along 2013
- Daily Telegraph review Merrily We Roll Along 2013
- Evening Standard review Merrily We Roll Along 2013
- Guardian review Merrily We Roll Along 2013
- The Independent review Merrily We Roll Along 2013
- Daily Express review Merrily We Roll Along 2013
- The Stage review Merrily We Roll Along 2013
- Sunday Telegraph review Merrily We Roll Along 2013
- Digital Theatre "Merrily We Roll Along"
- New York Times October 2013
- Wall Street Journal October 2013