Bertie Carvel

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Bertie Carvel
Born (1977-09-06) 6 September 1977 (age 38)
London, England
Alma mater University of Sussex
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2003–present

Robert "Bertie" Carvel (born 6 September 1977) is an Olivier Award-winning English actor, best known for his work in the realm of musical theatre.


Carvel was born in London, England, the son of a psychologist mother and John Carvel, a journalist. Carvel was educated at University College School.[1] He studied English at the University of Sussex before training as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating in 2003.[2]


Carvel has appeared in Revelations at the Hampstead Theatre, Rose Bernd with Headlong, Coram Boy at the Royal National Theatre, The Life of Galileo at the National Theatre, The Man of Mode at the National Theatre, Parade at the Donmar Warehouse, and Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Carvel was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in Parade in 2008. He won the award in 2012 for his performance as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda the Musical,[3] a production that won six other Oliviers.[4] Carvel also won the UK's TMA Award for Best Performance in a Musical and was similarly nominated for the London's Evening Standard Award.[5] He played Enrico in Damned By Despair at the National Theatre.[6]

In March 2013, he reprised his role as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre.[7] This won him a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and a nomination for Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.[8][9]

Roles in other media[edit]

Carvel has appeared in several other film, TV and theatre roles, including The Wrong Mans, Babylon, Doctor Who (episode "The Lazarus Experiment"), Sherlock (episode "The Blind Banker"), Bombshell, Hawking, The Crimson Petal and the White, Money and Midsomer Murders (episode "The Great and the Good"). He played Lord Carmarthen in John Adams. In the television film Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures he played Christie's second husband Max Mallowan. Carvel appeared as Bamatabois in the film Les Misérables, based on the musical of the same name.[10] Carvel is also the voice of the male Imperial Agent in the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic.

In 2015 Carvel starred as Jonathan Strange in the BBC 1 serialisation of the book by Susanna Clarke entitled Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, opposite Eddie Marsan as Gilbert Norrell.[11] He also played Nick Clegg in the Channel 4 drama Coalition and in September appeared as the unfaithful husband of Suranne Jones's title character in the BBC 1 thriller series Doctor Foster.


  1. ^ Kellaway, Kate (4 December 2011). "Bertie Carvel: 'The Trunch needs to be a tyrant over 5-year-olds'". The Guardian (London, UK). 
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed 14 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Carvel Takes Home Best Actor". Olivier Awards. 15 April 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Thomas, Liz; Glennie, Alasdair (15 April 2012). "Matilda makes history: Musical wins SEVEN Olivier awards (and a best actress gong for its four stars to share)". (London, UK: Daily Mail). Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Evening Standard Theatre awards". London Evening Standard. 7 November 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bertie Carvel: My Damned By Despair character is on a bender of violence". Metro. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Olivier Winner Bertie Carvel to Reprise Role as Evil Headmistress Miss Trunchbull in Matilda on Broadway". Broadway World. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Nominations Announced for 67th Annual Tony Awards",; 30 April 2013.
  9. ^ 2013 Drama Desk Nominations Announced - GIANT & HANDS ON A HARDBODY Lead with 9, Followed by MATILDA, PASSION & DROOD,; 29 April 2013.
  10. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (16 March 2012). "Flirty Bertie gets hands-on with Anne". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Bertie Carvel and Eddie Marsan to Star in BBC's JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL". Broadway World. 2013-10-10. 

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