Gwilym Lee

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Gwilym Lee (born 24 November 1983, in Bristol) is a British actor appearing on stage and on television.


Lee joined a drama group as a teen. He then starred in the 1997-1998 television adaptation of the Animal Ark books. Aged 16 he started working on Richard III with the Royal Shakespeare Company.[1]

Lee appeared in a leading role in the final series of Land Girls (2011) and had several guest roles on television (including Ashes to Ashes, Fresh Meat, Monroe and Henry V).

He has also worked on radio (The Emerald Tiger, The Silver Turk and in an adaptation of The Cruel Sea).

Lee was commended in the 2008 Ian Charleson Awards for his appearance in the National Theatre's production of Oedipus and in 2009 played Laertes to Jude Law's Hamlet in the Donmar West End season.[2]

He won first prize of the 2011 Ian Charleson Award for his role as Edgar in the 2010 King Lear production at the Donmar Warehouse.[3]

In 2012 Lee starred in the Donmar Trafalgar Studios production of Aleksei Arbuzov's The Promise.[4]

At Christmas 2013 Lee began a television starring role as DCI Barnaby's new sergeant, DS Charlie Nelson, in the 16th series of Midsomer Murders, which also included the show's 100th episode, partially shot in Denmark in collaboration with the local national broadcasting corporation, DR.[5]

In early 2014 he appeared in Versailles at the Donmar Warehouse.

In April 2016 it was announced by ITV that Lee was not returning for season 19 of Midsomer Murders. Lee, on his Twitter account, indicated he would be involved in an upcoming series Jamestown_(TV_series).[6]

Personal life[edit]

Lee was born in Bristol to Welsh parents, Tom and Ceinwen. He has three older siblings: Geraint, Owen and Rhiannon. When he was young the family moved to Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham.[7]

He studied English literature at Cardiff University and drama at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he received the Guildhall Gold Medal in 2008.[7]

Lee now lives in London.[1]


  1. ^ a b Mark Kebble (16 December 2013). "Why Gwilym Lee is one to watch". The Resident. 
  2. ^ "Hamlet at the Donmar Warehouse 2009". Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Louis Wise (19 June 2011). "Award for young actors". The Sunday Times. 
  4. ^ "Photo Flash: First Look at Max Bennett, Gwilym Lee and More in Donmar Warehouse's THE PROMISE". 20 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Tom Cole (15 April 2013). "Midsomer Murders: Gwilym Lee joins as Barnaby's new partner". Radio Times. 
  6. ^ "Twitter". Retrieved 2016-05-01. 
  7. ^ a b Kirstie McCrum (13 December 2013). "Actor Gwilym's got murder in mind at Midsomer". Wales Online. 

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