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 Hugh "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 One adaptation of Susanna Clarke's novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, opposite Eddie Marsan as Gilbert Norrell.[11] He 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. He also performed as Yank in the play The Hairy Ape at The Old Vic in November of the same year.[12]



Year Title Role
2008 Les Misérables Bamatabois


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Hawking George Ellis Television film
2004 Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures Max Mallowan Television film
2005 Beethoven Ferdinand Ries 2 episodes
2006 Bombshell Lieutenant Roddy Frost 7 episodes
2006 Holby City Martin Phillips Episode: "Looking After Number One"
2007 Doctor Who Mysterious Man Episode: "The Lazarus Experiment"
2008 John Adams Lord Carmarthen Episode: "Reunion"
2009 Primeval Ryan Mason Episode 3, Season 2
2009 Waking the Dead Dr Dench 2 episodes
2009 Midsomer Murders Justin Hooper Episode: "The Great and the Good"
2010 Sherlock Sebastian Wilkes Episode: "The Blind Banker"
2010 Just William Uncle Neville Episode: "Parrots for Ethel"
2011 The Crimson Petal and the White Ashwell 3 episodes
2011 Hidden Alexander Wentworth 4 episodes
2012 Restless Mason Harding Episode: Part Two
2014 Babylon Finn Kirkwood 7 episodes
2014 The Wrong Mans Nathan Cross Episode: "White Mans"
2015 Coalition Nick Clegg Television film
2015 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Jonathan Strange 7 episodes
2015 Doctor Foster Simon Foster 5 episodes


Year Title Role Theatre Refs.
2003 Revelations Jack Hampstead Theatre [13]
2005 Faustus Faustus Etcetera Theatre [14]
2005 Coram Boy Alexander Ashbrook (adult) National Theatre
2005 Professor Bernhardi Dr Kurt Pflugfelder/Professor Filitz Arcola Theatre [15]
2006 The Life of Galileo Ludovico Marsili Royal National Theatre
2007 The Man of Mode Medley Royal National Theatre
2008 The Pride Oliver Royal Court Theatre
2008 Parade Leo Frank Donmar Warehouse
2009 Rope Rupert Cadell Almeida Theatre
2011 Matilda the Musical Miss Trunchbull Courtyard Theatre
9 November 2010 – 30 January 2011
Cambridge Theatre
25 October 2011 – July 2012
Schubert Theatre
4 March 2013 – 1 September 2013
2011 Damned By Despair Enrico Royal National Theatre
2015 Bakkhai Pentheus, Agave Almeida Theatre
2015 The Hairy Ape Yank The Old Vic

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role
2008 Haze Shane Carpenter
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Male Imperial Agent
2012 The Secret World The Forest God, Callisto

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actor in a Musical Parade Nominated
2012 Evening Standard Award Best Actor Matilda The Musical Nominated
2012 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actor in a Musical Matilda The Musical Won
2013 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Matilda The Musical Won
2013 Tony Award Best Actor in a Musical Matilda The Musical Nominated


  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. 
  12. ^ "Review: THE HAIRY APE at The Young Vic". London Box Office. 2015-11-13. Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  13. ^ Fisher, Philip (c. 2003). "Theatre review: Revelations at Hampstead Theatre". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  14. ^ Szalwinska, Maxie (20 June 2005). "My Party This Way/Faustus". The Guardian (London, UK). 
  15. ^ Ramsden, Timothy (2 May 2005). "PROFESSOR BERNHARDI. To 7 May.". Reviews Gate. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 

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