St John's Wood, London, England
Nigel Lindsay is a British stage and screen actor. He was nominated for Best British Comedy Performance in Film at the 2011 British Comedy Awards for his performance as Barry, the Muslim convert in [1 ] Chris Morris's BAFTA winning film . Additionally, he played the title role in the original West End run of Four Lions at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Shrek the Musical
Early life and education [ edit ]
Lindsay was born in
St John's Wood in London. He attended Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood and the University of Birmingham, where he read English and French. After university, he worked for three years as a financial analyst specialising in French and Belgian equities at stockbrokers Savory Milln and Swiss Bank SBC. After performing in a friend's charity production of Robert Bolt's The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew, he gave up the City to take a two-year course at the Webber Douglas Academy, where he won the Amherst Webber scholarship. His finals show, , was directed by Michael Fry, who gave him his first professional job with his Charley's Aunt Lincolnshire touring company Great Eastern Stage.
Lindsay's early work was mainly in theatre. One of his first London stage roles saw him play the King of France in
at the King Lear Royal Court Theatre, with Tom Wilkinson as Lear and Andy Serkis as the Fool. At a weekly Monday night poker game organised by the actor Samuel West, Lindsay was asked by Patrick Marber to attend a week's improvisational workshop of a play he was devising about poker. This became , which premiered at the National Theatre in February 1995 with Lindsay as Mugsy and Dealer's Choice Ray Winstone and Phil Daniels among the original cast. The play transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre, and won that year's Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and Writers' Guild Award for Best Play. Other theatre work includes: Max in by The Real Thing Tom Stoppard which won three Tonys on Broadway in 2000; Ariel in the 2004 Olivier award-winning National Theatre production of Martin McDonagh's , with The Pillowman Jim Broadbent and David Tennant; Nathan Detroit in Michael Grandage's at the Guys and Dolls Piccadilly Theatre in 2005, and Charlie Maggs in by Roy Williams at the Royal Court in 2010. Lindsay has appeared in five plays at the Sucker Punch Almeida Theatre, including as Lenny in Harold Pinter's The Homecoming with Ken Cranham and Danny Dyer in 2009 and as Moe Axelrod alongside Stockard Channing and Jodie Whittaker in Awake and Sing by Clifford Odets, for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the 2008 Whatsonstage Awards. [2 ]
Lindsay has appeared in many regular series, including:
, Spooks , Silent Witness , Waking the Dead , Midsomer Murders and New Tricks . He played Odo Stevens in the 1997 Between the Lines Channel 4 adaptation of ; A Dance to the Music of Time Ewan McGregor's boss Ron Baker in the film ; the Jewish terrorist Levi in Rogue Trader ; Sheriff Johnny Behan in the BBC's Gunfight at the O.K. Corral; Lt Col Mervyn Gonin in the BAFTA nominated Rome with Iain Glen; and opposite Jack Dee in Simon Nye's fairground comedy Tunnel of Love. He has worked with The Relief of Belsen Steve Coogan on Alan Partridge, with Armando Iannucci on the Armando Iannucci Shows, with Jennifer Saunders in two series of , and again with Chris Morris on Jam and Jerusalem . Brass Eye
Lindsay won the 2011 Whatsonstage Award for Best Supporting Actor as Dr Harry Hyman in
Arthur Miller's Broken Glass at the Tricycle Theatre. On 27 February 2012, he finished playing the title role in the original [3 ] West End production of , which opened at the Shrek the Musical Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on 14 June 2011 and for which he was nominated for 2012 Laurence Olivier and Whatsonstage.com Awards for Best Actor in a Musical. [4 ] [5 ] [6 ] [7 ] Later theatre work includes playing Bolingbroke opposite [8 ] David Tennant in the RSC production of at Stratford and the Barbican; and Jack McCracken in the National Theatre revival of the Richard II Alan Ayckbourn play in the Olivier theatre. A Small Family Business
Theatre and filmography [ edit ]
Theatre [ edit ]
Television [ edit ]
Bye Bye Baby
TV Film written by
Between the Lines
Insp. Alan Grant
Episode: "Nothing to Declare"
The Bill PC Tyler
Episode: "The Right Man for the Job"
A Few Short Journeys of the Heart
The Bill Peter Robinson
1 episode "Mitigating Circumstances"
1995 - 1998
Dressing for Breakfast Dave
Nigel appeared in all 21 episodes
Brass Eye Various Roles
A Dance to the Music of Time
2 episodes of 4
TV Movie part of Channel 4 "Shockers" Season
1 episode "A Quiet Storm"
Too Much Sun
Mel Smith Nigel appeared in all 6 episodes
Armando Iannucci Shows Various
Nigel appeared in 5 of 8 episodes
I'm Alan Partridge
Midsomer Murders DS James Noland
episode "Painted in Blood"
Casualty Jed Blackburn
episode "Never Judge a Book"
My Family Tube Driver/Roy
2 episodes inc. Christmas Special
Murphy's Law DC Gary Fender
episode "Bent Moon on the Rise"
Tunnel of Love
The Bill DS Pete Lancaster
New Tricks Alan
All About George
2006 - 2008
Jam and Jerusalem Marcus
Known as Clatterford in the US. Nigel was in 9 episodes over 2 series
6 episodes second series. Joint HBO/BBC production
The Gunfight at the OK Corral
Sheriff John Behan
Part 1 of the 3 part BBC Wild West series
The Relief of Belsen Mervyn Gonin
BAFTA winning Channel 4 TV Film
Waking the Dead Devlin
Nigel appeared in both episodes of "Substitute"
Silent Witness DS Gus Rogerson
Nigel appeared in both episodes of "Intent"
Spooks Jacob Chapman
Known as MI-5 in the US. 1 episode
Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge
episode "Tora Bora Alan"
Best of Men
Inspector George Gently DS Reece Statham
episode "Gently in the Cathedral"
Channel 4 series. Nigel was in all 4 episodes
Part of Sky Playhouse series
Agatha Christie's Poirot Francesco
Penultimate ever episode "The Labours of Hercules"
Nigel appeared in 4 episodes of 10
Clayton del Mar
episode "High Castle"
Rogue Trader Ron Baker
Mike Bassett: England Manager Mirror Journo
Blackball Targitex Chairman
On a Clear Day Sharp Suit
Scoop Strombel's Co-worker
Four Lions Barry
nominated for British Film Comedy Award
First Night Martin Mayes
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Jason Tresswell
Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson
Royal Shakespeare Company: Richard II
Live worldwide cinema screenings
National Theatre: A Small Family Business
Live worldwide cinema screenings
Crossing the Equator
BBC World Service
People Like Us
Episode "The Photographer""
BBC World Service
Frederick and Augusta
BBC Woman's Hour Play
The House of Milton Jones Ian
All six episodes Series One
The Face of the Enemy
BBC Book at Bedtime
A Pin to See the Peepshow
BBC Play for Today
The Far West
Lewis Smiley MP
BBC Radio 4
Alex Tripped on my Fairy
BBC Play for Today
The Great Animal Orchestra
BBC Book of the Week
Two Minute Hate
BBC Radio 4 Play
A Canticle for Leibowitz
Book of the Week
BBC Radio 4 Xtra
On the Map
BBC4 Book of the Week
The Reluctant Spy
BBC 3 Part Series
The Stranger's Will
BBC Radio 3 Play
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