Adam Godley

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Adam Godley
Godley in 2008
Born (1964-07-22) 22 July 1964 (age 55)
Years active1974–present
Home townWatford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Alex Belcourt
(m. 1999; div. 2004)
Partner(s)Jon Hartmere

Adam Godley (born 22 July 1964) is an English actor. He is a Tony Award nominee and has been nominated three times for the Olivier Award.

Early life and career[edit]

Godley was born to Jewish parents in Amersham, Buckinghamshire and grew up in Watford, Hertfordshire, where he went to Rickmansworth Secondary School.[1]

He began his acting career at the age of 9, in a BBC radio production of Hemingway's My Old Man. His first stage role came at age 11, as Prince Giovanni in The White Devil at The Old Vic.[citation needed] His childhood career also included work at the National Theatre, in Lillian Helman's Watch on the Rhine, and Close of Play, directed by Harold Pinter.[citation needed] Godley achieved national prominence after playing the lead in the 1984 BBC TV adaptation of J. Meade Falkner's Moonfleet.

Stage career[edit]

In 1986 Godley joined Alan Ayckbourn's theatre company in Scarborough, where he stayed for three seasons. Productions included June Moon and The Revengers' Comedies, both of which transferred to the West End, and Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays, which transferred to the National Theatre.

He spent one season as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, before creating the role of Cliff in Sam Mendes's production of Cabaret at the Donmar Warehouse. Several major productions followed, including Mouth to Mouth at the Royal Court, The Front Page at the Donmar, and The Rivals in the West End. after which Godley went on to create a series of roles at the National, including Kenneth Williams in Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick; Michal, in Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman, and the title role in Howard Davies' production of Paul. He played Jack Worthing in the West End production of The Importance of Being Earnest and Victor in both the West End and 2001 Broadway production of Noël Coward's Private Lives. He played Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Roundabout Theatre's multi-award-winning Broadway revival of Anything Goes, and played Raymond Babitt in the West End production of Rain Man opposite Josh Hartnett. He was most recently seen in the lead role in a new adaptation by Dennis Kelly of Georg Kaiser's 1912 German expressionist masterpiece, From Morning to Midnight, at the National Theatre. He also played one of the three Lehman brothers in the National Theatre's The Lehman Trilogy.

Personal life[edit]

Godley was briefly married to actress Alex Belcourt; they divorced in 2004.[1] He lives in Los Angeles with his partner, writer Jon Hartmere.[2]

Theatre awards and nominations[edit]

  • Olivier Award nomination – Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play (Mouth To Mouth)
  • Olivier Award nomination – Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play (Cleo, Camping, Emanuelle and Dick)
  • Olivier Award nomination – Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Rain Man)
  • Evening Standard Award nomination – Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Rain Man)
  • What's on Stage Awards nomination – Best Actor in a Play (Rain Man)
  • Theatre World Award – Outstanding Broadway Debut (Private Lives)
  • Outer Critics Circle Award – Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Anything Goes)
  • Tony Award nomination – Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Anything Goes)
  • Drama Desk Award nomination – Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Anything Goes)
  • Olivier Award nomination (shared with Simon Russell Beale and Ben Miles) – Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (The Lehman Trilogy)



Year Title Role Notes
2002 And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen Son of London Jeweller
Thunderpants Placido P. Placeedo
2003 Love Actually Mr. Trench
2004 Around the World in 80 Days Mr. Sutton
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Mr. Teavee
Nanny McPhee Vicar
2007 Elizabeth: The Golden Age William Walsingham
Son of Rambow Brethren Leader
2008 The X-Files: I Want to Believe Father Ybarra
2012 Battleship Dr. Nogrady
The Forger Pinkus
2014 The Theory of Everything Senior Doctor - Cambridge Hospital
2016 The BFG The Manhugger/Lout No. 1
2016 President Under Siege [nl; fr] Chief of Security
2018 Nightmare Cinema Dr. Salvadore


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Thomas & Sarah Tomlinson 1 episode
1991; 1998 The Bill Duxford/Nigel Penway 2 episodes
1992 An Ungentlemanly Act P.C. Anton Livermore Television film
1995 Class Act Graham 1 episode
1998 Casualty Alan Decker 1 episode
2000 Cor, Blimey! Kenneth Williams Television film
2001 Sword of Honour Apthorpe Television film
2002 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Tony Phillips 1 episode
2003 Margery and Gladys Graham Heywood Television film
2004 Hawking Frank Hawking Television film
2006 Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial Gustave Gilbert Miniseries
2007 Coming Up Paul 1 episode
2007 The Old Curiosity Shop Sampson Brass Television film
2008–2013 Breaking Bad Elliott Schwartz 3 episodes
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles The Scientist 1 episode
2008 Mad Men Wayne Kirkeby 1 episode
2009 Numbers Dr. Joseph Baskin 1 episode
2009 Merlin Jonas 2 episodes
2009 Dollhouse Clyde Randolph 1 episode
2010 Private Practice Henry 1 episode
2010 Agatha Christie's Marple Lomax 1 episode
2010 The Special Relationship Jonathan Powell Television film
2011 Lie to Me Sandy Baxter 1 episode
2011 CHAOS Jonathan Aldridge 1 episode
2011 Case Histories Martin Canning 2 episodes
2012 A Young Doctor's Notebook Demyan Lukich Main cast, 8 episodes
2012 Harry's Law Hospital Administrator 1 episode
2012 The Good Wife Leland Carlisle 1 episode
2012 Suburgatory Mr. Jacobs 1 episode
2013 Spies of Warsaw Julius Halbech Miniseries
2013 Elementary British Man (voice) 1 episode, uncredited
2013 Suits Nigel Alexander Nesbitt Recurring role, 5 episodes
2014 Perception Teddy Brennan 1 episode
2014 Manhattan Dr. Adelman 3 episodes
2014 Homeland Jordan Harris 1 episode
2015–2016 Powers Captain Emile Cross Main cast, 20 episodes
2015 The Blacklist Silas Gouldsberry 1 episode
2017 Fallet DCI Tom Brown Main cast, 8 episodes
2018 Lodge 49 Jocelyn Pugh Recurring role, 6 episodes
2019–present The Umbrella Academy Pogo (voice and performance capture) Main cast


Year Title Role Theatre
1993 Cabaret Cliff Donmar Warehouse
1998 Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick Kenneth Royal National Theatre
2002 Private Lives Victor Prynne Richard Rodgers Theatre
2011 Anything Goes Lord Evelyn Oakleigh Stephen Sondheim Theatre
2018 The Lehman Trilogy Mayer Lehman Royal National Theatre
2019 Park Avenue Armory
Piccadilly Theatre


  1. ^ a b Nathan, John (29 August 2008). "Mr shy and mighty". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 15 December 2019 – via PressReader.
  2. ^ "My New Best Friend". Retrieved 27 December 2018.

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