Adam Godley

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Adam Godley
Godley in 2008
Born (1964-07-22) 22 July 1964 (age 53)
Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, U.K.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1974–present
Partner(s) Jon Hartmere

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

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, Godley 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 also 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 was 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.

Personal life[edit]

Adam Godley lives in Los Angeles with his partner, writer Jon Hartmere.

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)
  • 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)




  • From Morning To Midnight - National Theatre, London
  • Anything Goes - Stephen Sondheim Theater, New York
  • Rainman - Apollo Theatre, London
  • Paul - National Theatre, London
  • Two Thousand Years - National Theatre, London
  • The Pillowman - National Theatre, London
  • Private Lives - Albery Theatre, London and Richard Rodgers Theater, New York
  • Mouth To Mouth - Royal Court Theatre, London
  • Mr Kolpert - Royal Court Theatre, London
  • The Importance Of Being Earnest - Haymarket Theatre, London
  • Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle And Dick - National Theatre, London
  • The Front Page- Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London
  • The General From America - Royal Shakespeare Company
  • The White Devil - Royal Shakespeare company
  • Three hours After Marriage - Royal Shakespeare Company
  • The Critic - Royal Exchange, Manchester
  • The Rivals' - Albery Theatre, London
  • Cabaret - Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London
  • A Going Concern - Hampstead Theatre
  • Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays - National Theatre, London
  • June Moon - Vaudeville Theatre, London
  • The Revengers Comedies - Strand Theatre, London
  • Watch On The Rhine - National Theatre, London
  • Close Of Play- National Theatre, London
  • The White Devil - Old Vic Theatre, London


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