John McEnery

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John McEnery
Born (1943-11-01) 1 November 1943 (age 73)
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1964–present
Spouse(s) Stephanie Beacham (m. 1973–1979)
Children 2

John McEnery (born 1 November 1943) is an English actor and writer.

Born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, he trained (1962–64) at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, playing, among others, Mosca in Ben Jonson's Volpone and Gaveston in Marlowe's Edward II. At the age of 20 he found his first stage work, spending three seasons with the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. He joined the National Theatre company in 1966. While working at the Everyman, he met actress Stephanie Beacham, whom he later married.[1] The couple had two daughters, Phoebe and Chloe, but subsequently divorced.

His first notable screen role was in 1968 as Mercutio in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet; he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for his performance. In 1970 he starred in a major role alongside Claude Jade and Jean-Pierre Cassel in Gérard Brach's bittersweet The Boat on the Grass about a girl between two friends. In this film are references to his stage roles when he declaim Hamlet or when he sing in duet with Claude Jade God Save the Queen. He later played Russian politician Alexander Kerensky in Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), and took the title role in the 1972 film Bartleby, in which he starred opposite Paul Scofield. His other film credits include The Land That Time Forgot (1975) and The Krays (1990) as gangster Eddie Pellam.

In the 1980s, at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre, he took the title role in Gogol's The Government Inspector, directed by the Russian actor and director Oleg Tabakov.

In 1998 he wrote the play Merry Christmas, Mr. Burbage in honour of the 400th anniversary of the creation of the Globe Theatre. In 2011 he appeared as Rowley in The School for Scandal (directed by Deborah Warner) at the Barbican Centre. In 2008, he appeared in a guest role in Sidetracked, the first episode of Wallander.

One of his brothers is actor Peter McEnery, and another is photographer David McEnery.

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1965 Othello Senators-Soldiers-Cypriots
1968 Romeo and Juliet Mercutio
The Other People John
1970 The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun Yves-Marie aka Philippe
Bartleby Bartleby
1971 The Boat on the Grass Oliver
Nicholas and Alexandra Kerensky
1972 The Ragman's Daughter Old man in wagon
1973 One Russian Summer Vadim
1974 Little Malcolm Wick Blagdon
The Land That Time Forgot Captain Von Schoenvorts
Galileo Federzoni
1976 Schizo Stephens uncredited
1977 The Duellists Chevalier
1978 The Word Florian Knight TV miniseries
1983 Jamaica Inn Reverend Francis Davey TV miniseries
1987 Little Dorrit Captain Hopkins
1990 The Krays Eddie Pellam
The Fool Mr. Maclean
Hamlet Osric
1991 Prince of Shadows Walter
1993 The Buddha of Suburbia Uncle Ted TV miniseries
1994 Black Beauty Mr. York
1996 When Saturday Comes Joe Muir
1998 Merlin Lord Ardente
2003 Girl with a Pearl Earring Apothecary

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