Hugo Speer

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Hugo Speer
Hugo Alexander Speer

(1968-03-17) 17 March 1968 (age 52)
EducationHarrogate Grammar School
Arts Educational Schools, London
OccupationActor, director
Years active1992–present
Vivienne Harvey (m. 2015)

Hugo Alexander Speer (born 17 March 1968) is an English actor and director.

Life and career[edit]

Hugo Speer was born in Harrogate in the West Riding of Yorkshire,[2][3] and educated at the local Harrogate Grammar School.[4] He studied acting at the Arts Educational Schools, London.[3]

Speer began his acting career appearing in the TV series McCallum,[5] The Bill,[3][6] and Heartbeat. He played a minor role in the film Bhaji on the Beach before his first notable appearance as Guy in the film The Full Monty.[3] Following this film's worldwide success he went on to appear in Swing (1999), Deathwatch and The Interpreter (playing Nicole Kidman's brother). However, most of his work has been on TV, including sitcom Men Behaving Badly, dramas Clocking Off, The Last Detective, Boudica (2003), and The Rotters' Club (2005), as well as the 2005 BBC adaptation of Dickens' Bleak House. In 2006, he appeared in the postal worker drama Sorted. In 2008, he starred alongside Martine McCutcheon in Echo Beach. In 2011 he played a repairman whose repairs "come to life" in the supernatural drama Haven, based on a Stephen King story. Speer also provides narration for ITV series, Cops with Cameras, Channel 5's The Bachelor, Channel 4 series 999: What's Your Emergency? and the BBC series Seaside Rescue. He appears as John Foster in the penultimate and final episodes of the fourth series of Skins.

In 2002 he starred as Sergeant David Tate in the film Deathwatch, a 2002 European horror film directed by Michael J. Bassett.

Hugo Speer also narrated a factual programme on Discovery HD called Gold Divers,[7] and Alaska: The Last Frontier.

Since 2010 he has played the lead character of DCI John Stone in eight series of the BBC Radio 4 police drama Stone.[8] From 2013 to 2014 he starred as Inspector Valentine in the new version of Father Brown on BBC TV in the first series and the first episode of the second series. He made a return appearance in the 2020 episode 8.10 "The Tower of Lost Souls"

Starting in 2014, Speer starred as Captain Treville in The Musketeers.[9] The series ended in 2016.

Since 2018 he plays the character Lucius in the historical fantasy drama series Britannia, which is produced by Sky Atlantic and Amazon Prime.


In 2010 Hugo Speer made his directorial début with the short film MAM starring Josie Lawrence, Paul Barber and Ronan Carter. The family drama about a 12-year-old boy was scripted by Vivienne Harvey. It was produced by Vigo Films and shot mostly in Sheffield.[10]

Personal life[edit]

On 19 February 2015, Speer married Glaswegian actress, writer and director Vivienne Harvey.

In 2009, Speer was involved in a car accident that saw him crash his BMW into a traffic island while driving after drinking over the legal limit. He was returning from a wake. No one was hurt in the incident and Speer was banned from driving for eighteen months.[11]

Speer moved to London after his success in The Full Monty and lived there for fifteen years but moved back to his native North Yorkshire. His pastimes include falconry, walking and music. He is a supporter of Leeds United.[12]

He is friends with fellow actor Andrew Scarborough, whom he worked with in the Hearts and Bones for two series. Speer and Scarborough have known each other since they were children.[13]


  1. ^ Before 1 April 1974 Harrogate was in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
  2. ^ 'West Riding of Yorkshire' is correct.
  3. ^ a b c d Beacom, Brian (16 August 2001). "Star Profile: Hugo Speer". Evening Times. Glasgow. p. 21.
  4. ^ Robinson, Stuart (18 July 2009). "Drink-drive actor Hugo Speer stripped of his driving licence". Yorkshire Evening Post.
  5. ^ "Hugo Speer". Hello!. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Hugo Speer Biography". BuddyTV. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Gold Divers". Discovery UK. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Stone". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Interview with Hugo Speer". BBC Media Centre. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Mam (2010)". IMDb. 1 November 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  11. ^ "North Yorks actor, Hugo Speer, banned from roads for drink-driving". The Northern Echo. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Messiah series four press pack Hugo Speer". BBC Press Office. 8 August 2005. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Andy Gets a Kick out of Life; Acting Is Simply Child's Play for Andrew Scarborough after Renewing an Old Pals Act in Top BBC Drama Hearts and Bones". Daily Record. Glasgow: HighBeam Research. 21 July 2001. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2016.

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