Jamie Parker

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This article is about the British singer-actor. For the Australian Greens politician, see Jamie Parker (politician).
Not to be confused with James Parker (disambiguation).

Jamie Parker (born 14 August 1979) is an English actor and singer.


Although Jamie Parker was born in Middlesbrough, Cleveland, on 14 August 1979, he was brought up with his family in Darlington. He attended Loretto School before training in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) from which he graduated in 2002.[1][2][3] Parker originated the role of Scripps in Alan Bennett's play The History Boys. He was involved in The History Boys from the play’s first reading, initially reading the part of Rudge[4] before taking on the role of Scripps in the original London stage production as well as in the Broadway, Sydney, Wellington and Hong Kong productions and radio and film versions of the play.[5][6][7][8] Parker put his musical talents to use in The History Boys, playing piano and singing in several scenes. His other National Theatre credits include a 2008 revival of The Revenger's Tragedy.

In 2008 he appeared as Werner von Haeften in the film of the historical thriller Valkyrie. He can also be seen in the BBC/HBO production of Parade's End.

In 2011 he appeared at Chichester in Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead with fellow History Boy Samuel Barnett—the production subsequently moved to London for a West End engagement. In the autumn of 2012 he appeared as Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. In the first part of 2013 he appeared in the Menier Chocolate Factory production of Proof and in Candida at the Theatre Royal, Bath. He is currently playing the role of Mike Connor in High Society at The Old Vic in London. He also sang several numbers in the Late Night Sinatra concert given by the John Wilson Orchestra during the 2015 BBC Proms season at London's Royal Albert Hall.

In 2015, he appeared alongside his fellow History Boys co-stars in the film adaptation of Alan Bennet's The Lady in the Van. He had a cameo as an estate agent.


In 2009 he played Oliver in As You Like It at Shakespeare's Globe.

He returned in 2010 to play Prince Hal in both Henry IV Part 1 and Henry IV Part 2. His musical talents were further exhibited (briefly) when he played a wooden recorder in an early tavern scene.

During the spring of 2012 he toured the UK in the Globe production of Henry V, a production which subsequently played at Shakespeare's Globe on London's Southbank during the summer of 2012 thereby completing his traversal of the Prince Hal story arc in Shakespeare's history plays at the Globe. Parker was also featured in two of the six episodes of the BBC Four's production Shakespeare Uncovered (2012). Each episode explored and revealed the extraordinary world and works of William Shakespeare and the still-potent impact they have today.[9] The series combined interviews with actors, directors and scholars, along with visits to key locations, clips from some of the most celebrated film and television adaptations, and illustrative excerpts from the plays staged specially for the series at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.[9]

He played Hamlet in BBC Radio 4's production of Hamlet, directed by Marc Beeby. It was first broadcast in March 2014.

Personal life[edit]

He was married in 2007 to actress Deborah Crowe with whom he has a son.[10]

Selected credits[edit]


Year Title Role Theatre Notes
2002 After the Dance[11] Peter Oxford Playhouse, Oxford
2003 The Coffee House[11] Eugenio Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester
Holes in the Skin[11] Dominic
The Gondoliers[11][12] Giuseppe Palmieri[12] musical
Between the Crosses[11] Ian Jermyn Street Theatre, London
2004 Singer[11] various roles Tricycle Theatre, London
2004-6 The History Boys Scripps Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre, South Bank (2004–5)

Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (2006)

St. James Theatre, Wellington (2006)

Sydney Theatre, Sydney (2006)

Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway (2006)

2008 The Revenger's Tragedy[11][13] Hippolito[13] Olivier Theatre, Royal National Theatre, South Bank
2009 As You Like It Oliver Shakespeare's Globe, Southwark
A New World: A Life of Thomas Paine Thomas Jefferson/Timothy Matlack
2010 My Zinc Bed Paul Peplow Royal Theatre, Northampton
Henry IV, Part 1 Prince Hal Shakespeare's Globe, Southwark
Henry IV, Part 2
2011 Racing Demon Rev Tony Ferris Sheffield Crucible
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Guildenstern Chichester Festival Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket Alongside Samuel Barnett, fellow 'History Boy'
2012 Henry V Henry V Shakespeare's Globe, Southwark
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Brick West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
2013 Proof Hal Menier Chocolate Factory
Candida Reverend James Morell Theatre Royal, Bath
2014 Guys and Dolls Sky Masterson Chichester Festival Theatre
Assassins Balladeer Menier Chocolate Factory
2015 A Little Night Music Count Carl Magnus Palace Theatre, London Concert production
High Society Mike Old Vic Theatre
2015-6 Guys and Dolls Sky Masterson Savoy Theatre, London Chichester Festival Theatre production
2016 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Harry Potter Palace Theatre, London


Year Title Role Station Notes
2007 Life Class[11][14] Paul Tarrant[14] BBC Radio 4 Ten 15 min episodes
2010 Doctor Who - Leviathan Wulfric Big Finish 2 episodes
2012 Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein BBC Radio 4 2 episodes
2014 Pride and Prejudice Mr Darcy BBC Radio 4 3 episodes
Hamlet Hamlet, Prince of Denmark BBC Radio 4 5 episodes


Year Film Role Network Notes
2007 American Experience Philip Hamilton[15] PBS Series 19, Episode 15 "Alexander Hamilton"
Maxwell Farquhar BBC TV film
Silent Witness Alan Peters BBC Series 11, Episodes 5–6 "Hippocratic Oath"
2009 Horne and Corden BBC Series 1, Episode 4
2010 Van Gogh: Painted with Words Theo van Gogh BBC TV film
2011 The Hour Peter Darrall BBC Series 1, Episode 1 (Appears in Episodes 2 and 4 on a recorded tape)
2012 Silk Captain Cassidy BBC Series 2, Episode 2
Shakespeare Uncovered: Derek Jacobi on Richard II[16] As himself and Richard II BBC Four Episode 3 of 6
Shakespeare Uncovered: Jeremy Irons on the Henrys[17] Prince Hal/Henry V BBC Four Episode 5 of 6
Parade's End Brownlie BBC Two Episodes 2–3
2014 Silent Witness Ben Morgan BBC Series 17, Episodes 9–10 "Fraternity"
Endeavour Dr Matthew Copley-Barnes ITV Series 2, Episode 1 "Trove"
2015 Count Arthur Strong Aide BBC Series 2, Episode 3 "We're Listening"
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Grant BBC Series 1, Episodes 3-5
BBC Proms Himself BBC Prom 30


Year Film Role Notes
2006 The History Boys Scripps
2008 Valkyrie Werner von Haeften
2013 Le Weekend Mike Dir. Christopher Granier-Deferre
2015 The Lady in the Van Estate agent Dir. Nicholas Hytner


  1. ^ Kellaway, Kate (8 October 2006). "Kate Kellaway: How We Played a Part in History". The Observer (London). Retrieved 5 November 2006. 
  2. ^ "Jamie Parker". Retrieved 5 November 2006. 
  3. ^ "Between the Crosses – Cast and Crew". Retrieved 5 November 2006. 
  4. ^ Bennett, Alan; Nicholas Hytner (2006). The History Boys The Film. London: Forelake Ltd. p. viii. ISBN 0-571-23173-X. 
  5. ^ "Internet Broadway Database: Jamie Parker Credits on Broadway". Retrieved 5 November 2006. 
  6. ^ "National Theatre : Productions : The History Boys 2004". Retrieved 17 October 2006. 
  7. ^ "The History Boys – Arts Reviews – Arts – Entertainment – smh.com.au". The Sydney Morning Herald. 9 March 2006. Retrieved 17 October 2006. 
  8. ^ "John Smythe: theatre reviews: NZIAF-THE HISTORY BOYS: More is more". Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 17 October 2006. 
  9. ^ a b PBS. Shakespeare Uncovered, New York Public Media, 2013. Shakespeare Uncovered: About
  10. ^ "IMDB – Jamie Parker – Biography". Retrieved 20 August 2009. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h "IMDB – Jamie Parker – Other works". Retrieved 20 August 2009. 
  12. ^ a b "The Gondoliers or The King Of Barataria". Retrieved 20 August 2009. 
  13. ^ a b Benedict, David (5 June 2008). "Variety – The Revenger's Tragedy". Retrieved 20 August 2009. 
  14. ^ a b "RadioListings – Life Class". Retrieved 20 August 2009. 
  15. ^ "American Experience – Alexander Hamilton – The Film and More – PBS". Retrieved 15 May 2007. 
  16. ^ BBC Four. Shakespeare Uncovered: Derek Jacobi on Richard II, Episode 3 of 6, BBC, 30 June 2012. BBC Shakespeare Uncovered
  17. ^ BBC Four. Shakespeare Uncovered: Jeremy Irons on the Henrys, Episode 5 of 6, BBC, 8 July 2012. BBC Shakespeare Uncovered

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