Robert Bathurst filmography

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Robert Bathurst (r) recording the DVD audio commentary for Joking Apart with co-star Fiona Gillies (c) and writer Steven Moffat (l). Joking Apart was Bathurst's first major television role, and ran for two series from 1993 to 1995.

The filmography of English actor Robert Bathurst comprises both film and television roles spanning almost 30 years. Bathurst made his acting debut for television in 1982 in the never-broadcast pilot episode for the BBC sitcom Blackadder, though his character Prince Henry was recast when the Black Adder series was commissioned. Throughout the rest of the 1980s, Bathurst appeared in episodes of The Lenny Henry Show, Who Dares Wins, The District Nurse, Red Dwarf, and Chelmsford 123, before starring alongside his Cambridge Footlights colleague Stephen Fry in the short-run series Anything More Would Be Greedy. He also appeared in the films Whoops Apocalypse (1986) and Just Ask for Diamond (1988).

Into the 1990s, Bathurst gained wider recognition from television audiences, first as writer Mark Taylor in Joking Apart from 1993 to 1995, then as David Marsden in Cold Feet from 1998 to 2003.[1][2] The decade also saw him appear in the television series The House of Eliott, The Detectives, and Hornblower, and the films Twenty-One (1991) and Terry Jones's The Wind in the Willows (1996).

In the early 2000s, Bathurst starred in a succession of one-off television dramas before taking the role of British prime minister Michael Phillips in the sitcom My Dad's the Prime Minister. Throughout the rest of the decade, he appeared in episodes of New Tricks, Agatha Christie's Poirot, and Kingdom, played Mark Thatcher in the fact-based drama Coup!, had a recurring role in the sitcom My Family, and starred in the costume drama Emma. He starred as John Le Mesurier in the Hattie Jacques television biopic Hattie and returned to a weekly TV series role in Wild at Heart in 2012.

Alongside his television and film roles, Bathurst has developed a theatre career. He appeared in several Cambridge Footlights Revues between 1977 and 1981, and co-directed the 1978 Footlights pantomime with Martin Bergman.[3][n 1] From his first professional stage role playing Tim Allgood in Michael Frayn's Noises Off (1983),[2] Bathurst has starred in Judgement (1987), Getting Married (1993), The Nose (1995), The Rover (1996), Alarms and Excursions (1998–1999), The Three Sisters (2003), Whipping it Up (2006, 2007), Present Laughter (2010), and Blithe Spirit (2010, 2011).

He currently plays Lord Thomas Davenport in the British-American drama series Dracula (NBC 2013)

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Television[4]
Year(s) Title Role(s) Description
1982 Black Adder, TheThe Black Adder Prince Henry Unaired pilot episode
1984 Lenny Henry Show, TheThe Lenny Henry Show Various Television series
1986 New World Cast member Television film
1986 Who Dares Wins Various 1 episode of television series:
  • Series 3, Episode 6
1987 District Nurse, TheThe District Nurse Christian 1 episode of television series:
  • "Myths and Follies"
1988 Red Dwarf Frank Todhunter 1 episode of television series:
1988 Chelmsford 123 Gaius 1 episode of television series:
  • "Arrivederci Roma"
1989 Mr Christie Larry Craig Television film
1989 Anything More Would Be Greedy Dennis Medlam 6-part television serial
1990 Up Yer News Various Live television sketch series
1991 About Face Dave 1 episode of television series:
  • "Briefcase Encounter"
1991 Lazarus & Dingwall Justin De Jong 1 episode of television series:
  • "You Expect Us To Believe That?"
1991 Comic Asides: Joking Apart Mark Taylor Television pilot
1992 No Job for a Lady Tony 1 episode of television series:
  • "Lobby Terms"
1992 Early Travellers in North America William Makepeace Thackeray 2 episodes of television series:
  • "Bed and Board"
  • "Slavery"
1992 House of Eliott, TheThe House of Eliott Hector Furneux 1 episode of television series:
  • Series 2, Episode 10
1993–1995 Joking Apart Mark Taylor 2 series of television series, 1993–1995
1994 Detectives, TheThe Detectives Thomas 1 episode of television series:
  • "Never Without Protection"
1994 Screen One: A Breed of Heroes Major Edward Lumley Television film
1997 Get Well Soon Squadron Leader Fielding 1 series of television series
1997 Comedy Premieres: Cold Feet David Marsden Television pilot
1998 Hornblower Lt. Eccleston 1 episode of television series:
1998–2003 Cold Feet David Marsden 5 series of television series, 1998–2003
1999 The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything English Ambassador
Sir Francis Drake
Television film
2001 Goodbye, Mr Steadman Alan Steadman Television film
2002 The Secret Alex Faraday 2-part television film
2002 White Teeth Marcus Malfen 4-part television serial
2002 The Safe House Dr Adam Daley Television film
2003–2004 My Dad's the Prime Minister Prime Minister Michael Phillips 2 series of television series, 2003–2004
2004 New Tricks Martin Lombard 1 episode of television series:
  • Series 1, Episode 6
2004 Three Sisters, TheThe Three Sisters Vershinin Televised play
2005 The Stepfather Christopher Veazey Television film
2005 Comic Strip Presents..., TheThe Comic Strip Presents... Charles 1 episode of television series:
  • "Sex Actually"
2006 Agatha Christie's Poirot Gilbert Entwhistle 1 episode of television series:
  • "After the Funeral"
2006 Coup! Mark Thatcher Television film
2006–2009 My Family James Garrett 3 episodes of television series, 2006–2009:
  • "The Art of Being Susan" (2006)
  • "Dutch Art and Dutch Courage" (2007)
  • "Bringing Up Janey" (2009)
2007 Kingdom Philip Collins 1 episode of television series:
  • Series 1, Episode 5
2009 Emma Mr Weston 4-part television serial
2009 The Queen Anthony Eden 1 episode of television series:
  • Episode 1
2010 Pillars of the Earth, TheThe Pillars of the Earth Percy Hamleigh 4 episodes of television miniseries:
  • "Master Builder"
  • "Anarchy"
  • "Redemption"
  • "Battlefield"
2010–2011 Downton Abbey Sir Anthony Strallan 6 episodes of television series:
  • Series 1, Episode 5
  • Series 1, Episode 6
  • Series 1, Episode 7
  • 2011 Christmas special
  • Series 3, Episode 1
  • Series 3, Episode 2
2011 Hattie John Le Mesurier Television film
2012 Wild at Heart Ed Lynch Television series
2012 Toast of London Ed Howzer-Black Television pilot
2013 Dracula Lord Thomas Davenport
2013-2014 Blandings Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe Episodes:
  • "Pig-hoo-o-o-o-ey"
  • "Problems with Drink"
  • "Dirty Work at the Crossroads"
  • "Hallo to All This"
  • "Custody of the Pumpkin"

Film[edit]

Film[4]
Year Title Role Description
1986 Whoops Apocalypse Damien Feature film (debut)
1988 Just Ask For Diamond Vicar Feature film
1991 Twenty-One Mr Metcalfe Feature film
1993 The Euphoric Scale Raymond Tanner Short film
1996 Wind in the Willows, TheThe Wind in the Willows St John Weasel Feature film
2005 Heidi Mr Sessemann Feature film
2006 Thief Lord, TheThe Thief Lord Dottore Massimo Feature film
2006 Talk Afghan Hound Owner Short film
2006 Scoop Strombel's Co-worker Feature film
2007 Life:XP Dr Eckhart Short film
2009 Family Portrait, AA Family Portrait Robert Short film

Theatre[edit]

Theatre[5][6][7][8]
Year(s) Title Role Director(s) Performance history
1977 Tag! Various Rhys Jones, GriffGriff Rhys Jones Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 7–18 June 1977
Oxford Playhouse, 20–25 June 1977
Robin Hood Theatre, Averham, 4–9 July 1977
St Mary's Street Hall, Edinburgh (Edinburgh Festival), 19 August–10 September 1977[n 2]
1978 Stage Fright Various Bergman, MartinMartin Bergman Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 6–17 June 1978.
St Mary's Street Hall, Edinburgh (Edinburgh Festival), 18 August–3 September 1978
1978 Aladdin Widow Twankey Bathurst, RobertRobert Bathurst & Martin Bergman ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 21 November–2 December 1978
1979 Nightcap Various Anderson, CliveClive Anderson Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 5–16 June 1979
St Mary's Street Hall, Edinburgh (Edinburgh Festival), 17 August–1 September 1979
1979 Brown Rice with Everything Various McFarland, CharlesCharles McFarland St Mary's Street Hall, Edinburgh (Edinburgh Festival), 21 August–1 September 1979
1981 Botham: The Musical Various [n 3] Tour of Australia: Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, Albury-Wodonga[9]
1982 Beyond the Footlights Various Plowman, JonJon Plowman Lyric, Hammersmith, 5–10 April 1982
1983 Noises Off Tim Allgood Blakemore, MichaelMichael Blakemore Savoy Theatre, from 3 January 1983 (second cast)
1984 Saint Joan Sentry Eyre, RonaldRonald Eyre Olivier (National), 16 February–24 July 1984
1984 Mandragola Cast member[n 3] Gilmore, DavidDavid Gilmore Olivier (National), from 14 June–20 October 1984
1984 Little Hotel on the Side, AA Little Hotel on the Side Cast member[n 3] Lynn, JonathanJonathan Lynn Olivier (National), from 10 August 1984
1986 Swap, TheThe Swap Roger McCrum, MarkMark McCrum Boulevard, Soho, from 9 September–October 1986
1987 Judgement Andrei Vukhov Jepson, PaulPaul Jepson Man in the Moon, 18 August–15 September 1987
1987–1988 Ubu Cast member[n 3] Jepson, PaulPaul Jepson Latchmere, Battersea, 28 December 1987–15 January 1988
1988 Dry Rot Cast member[n 3] Renshaw, ChristopherChristopher Renshaw Theatre Royal, Bath for three weeks
Lyric Theatre, from 28 September 1988–7 January 1989
1990 Next Best Thing, TheThe Next Best Thing Steve Sandford, PatrickPatrick Sandford Nuffield, Southampton, February–March 1990
1990 Importance of Being Earnest, TheThe Importance of Being Earnest Jack Broughton, PipPip Broughton Nottingham Playhouse, 3–20 October 1990
1991 Lady Audley's Secret Cast member[n 3] Castledine, AnnieAnnie Castledine Lyric Hammersmith, 21 October–30 November 1991
1992 Choice, TheThe Choice Consultant Castledine, AnnieAnnie Castledine Salisbury Playhouse (Salberg Studio), 12–28 March 1992
1993 Getting Married Hotchkis Hauser, FrankFrank Hauser Chichester Festival, 30 April–24 June 1993
1994 Comedy of Errors, AA Comedy of Errors Cast member[n 3] Clayton, PaulPaul Clayton Nottingham Playhouse, 1 September–1 October 1994
1995 Nose, TheThe Nose Kovalyov Duncan, MartinMartin Duncan Nottingham Playhouse, 25 March–15 April 1995
1996 Rover, TheThe Rover Willmore Church, JonathanJonathan Church Salisbury Playhouse, 29 April–25 May 1996
1997 Good Copy Cast member[n 3] Campbell, TopherTopher Campbell West Yorkshire Playhouse, 1–5 July 1997
1998–1999 Alarms and Excursions Various Blakemore, MichaelMichael Blakemore Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 14–25 July 1998
Gielgud Theatre, 14 September 1998–6 March 1999
1999 Hedda Gabler Tesman Castledine, AnnieAnnie Castledine Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 18–27 November 1999
Richmond Theatre, 29 November–4 December 1999
Theatre Royal, Brighton, 6–11 December 1999
2003 Three Sisters, TheThe Three Sisters Vershinin Blakemore, MichaelMichael Blakemore Playhouse Theatre, 30 March–18 May 2003
2005 David Blunkett: The Musical Boris Johnson Paranzino, Mary-JoMary-Jo Paranzino One night only preview, Soho Theatre, 14 April 2005
2006 Members Only Adrien Badrichani, MarianneMarianne Badrichani Trafalgar Studios, 28 March–22 April 2006
2006–2007 Whipping it Up Alistair Johnson, TerryTerry Johnson West End run, 2006 and 2007
  Bush Theatre, 10 November–23 December 2006
  Ambassadors Theatre, 1 March–16 June 2007
National tour, 2007
  New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 4–8 September 2007
  Palace, Southend-on-Sea, 10–15 September 2007
  Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 17–22 September 2007
  Richmond Theatre, 1–6 October 2007
  Theatre Royal, Brighton, 8–13 October 2007
  Theatre Royal, Bath, 15–20 October 2007
  Churchill Theatre, Bromley, 12–17 November 2007
2007–2009 Alex Alex McDermott, PhelimPhelim McDermott West End run, 2007
  Arts Theatre, 18 October–8 December 2007
International tour, 2008
National tour, 2008
  Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, 21–25 October 2008
  Theatre Royal, Windsor, 27 October–1 November 2008
  Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 4–8 November 2008
  Derngate Theatre, Northampton, 10–15 November 2008
  Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 17–22 November
West End run
  Leicester Square Theatre, 21 November 2008–11 January 2009
Nominated, What's on Stage Award for Best Solo Performance
2010 Present Laughter Garry Essendine Lang, BelindaBelinda Lang National tour, 2010
  Richmond Theatre, 18–21 January 2010
  Cambridge Arts Theatre, 8–13 February 2010
  Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 15–20 February 2010
  Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 1–6 March 2010
  Theatre Royal, Bath, 29 March–3 April 2010
2010–2011 Blithe Spirit Charles Condomine Sharrock, TheaThea Sharrock National tour, 2010–2011[10]
  Theatre Royal, Bath, 3–13 November 2010
  Theatre Royal, Brighton, 16–21 November 2010
  Cambridge Arts Theatre, 22–27 November 2010
  Milton Keynes Theatre, 14–19 February 2011
  Richmond Theatre, 21–26 February 2011
West End run, 2011[10]
  Apollo Theatre, 2 March–18 June 2011
2012 Blue/Orange Luscombe, ChristopherChristopher Luscombe National tour, 2012[11]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Bathurst's acting credit for this role was "Bob Bathurst".
  2. ^ Also broadcast on BBC2 on 16 December 1977 as The 1977 Cambridge Footlights Revue.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Some information relating to Bathurst's early theatrical career is not held in nationally published works, though may exist in individual theatre company archives or smaller, local publications.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sturges, Fiona (30 November 2001). "Robert Bathurst: Thingy out of Cold Feet". The Independent (Independent News & Media).
  2. ^ a b Smurthwaite, Nick (11 October 2006). "Filling in the blanks". The Stage: p. 35.
  3. ^ Staff (18 January 1979). "Aladdin". The Stage and Television Today: p. 15.
  4. ^ a b "Filmography: Bathurst, Robert". British Film Institute. Retrieved on 23 July 2010.
  5. ^ "1970". Footlights website. Retrieved on 29 June 2009.
  6. ^ "Archives of the Footlights Dramatic Club". Retrieved on 31 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Scottish Theatre Archive Catalogue". University of Glasgow. Retrieved on 31 July 2010.
  8. ^ "The Stage Archive". The Stage Newspaper Limited. Retrieved on 4 August 2010.
  9. ^ Fry, Stephen (2010). The Fry Chronicles. London: Michael Joseph. p. 204. ISBN 978-0-7181-5483-7.
  10. ^ a b BWW News Desk (16 July 2010). "Hermione Norris and Robert Bathurst Join Cast of Blithe Spirit, Opens 3/2". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved on 16 July 2010.
  11. ^ Caird, Jo (29 June 2012). "Robert Bathurst stars in pre-West End tour of Penhall's Blue/Orange". Whatsonstage.com. URL retrieved on 1 July 2012.