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Parker at the 2015 Whatsonstage.com Awards
18 May 1962 |
|Spouse(s)||Anna Patrick (m. 1992)|
Nathaniel Parker (born 18 May 1962) is an English actor best known for playing Detective Inspector Thomas "Tommy" Lynley in the BBC crime drama series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.
Parker was born in London, the son of the businessman (and one-time British Rail chairman) Sir Peter Parker and Gillian, Lady Parker, a GP and expert gardener who wrote "The Purest of Pleasures:Creation of a Romantic Garden". Parker's brother is the film director Oliver Parker. He also has another brother, Alan Parker, who is chairman of Brunswick Group Ltd. Nathaniel Parker is married to Anna Patrick. The couple live in Gloucestershire with their daughters Raphaella (born 1998) and Angelica (born 1996).
Parker was educated at Fox Primary School, a state school in Kensington in West London, and at two independent schools: Moulsford Prep School in the village of Moulsford, near Wallingford in Oxfordshire, and Leighton Park School, a boarding school in the town of Reading in Berkshire. He joined the National Youth Theatre, and after training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Life and career
Parker portrayed Bassanio in Peter Hall's 1989 production of The Merchant of Venice in both London and on Broadway, co-starring with Dustin Hoffman. In 1997, Nathaniel portrayed David in a made-for-TV film of the life of the biblical character King David. In 2000, he played Bob in Rupert Goold's West End revival of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow. "With his unforced, tough demeanour and conviction Parker substantially carries the evening," wrote John Thaxter in The Stage (July 6, 2000).
In a 2007 Radio Times interview, Parker said that his first big television break came in 1988 when he played a Battle of France pilot in ITV's glossy six-part drama Piece of Cake. Another early role was Wilfred Owen in Derek Jarman's War Requiem, a 1989 film adaptation of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem. It co-starred Laurence Olivier, in his last screen role, as an old soldier. Four years later, Parker played Edward Rochester in John Duigan's 1993 film adaptation of Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea.
Parker established his reputation by playing a variety of television costume drama roles, such as Martin Jordan in the 1995 TV production of Joanna Trollope's A Village Affair, Gabriel Oak in the ITV production of Far From the Madding Crowd (1997), Martin Tanley in the comedy film Beverly Hills Ninja (1997), Rawdon Crawley in a BBC version of Vanity Fair (1998) and, notably, Harold Skimpole in the BBC1 dramatisation of Bleak House (2005). He starred in the BBC series Merlin as Lord Agravaine, Arthur's uncle.
From 2001 to 2007, Parker played Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley in the long-running BBC1 thriller series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. It co-starred Sharon Small as his assistant, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. During that time he also played Edward Gracey in Disney's film adaptation of The Haunted Mansion (2003), Albert Speer in the BBC production of 2006 Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial and Dunstan Thorne in the fantasy film Stardust (2007). Parker also starred briefly in St Trinian's (directed by his brother, Oliver).
Parker is a voiceover artist and has done work in audiobooks, including Eoin Colfer's children's Artemis Fowl series, the first three books in Charlie Higson's Young James Bond series, and The Gardens of The Dead by William Brodrick. He read Mark Haddon's novel A Spot of Bother for BBC Radio Four's Book at Bedtime and played Axel in Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth, first broadcast on BBC Radio Four Extra on 20 November 2011 and again on 12 November 2012.
In 2011, Parker joined the cast of Merlin, to play the character of Agravaine for all 13 episodes to the fourth series. He also appeared in the independent comedy-drama The Perfect Host, alongside David Hyde Pierce.
In 2012, Parker was cast alongside YouTube reviewer Stuart Ashen in the Alienware sponsored sci-fi thriller series The Proxy. He also appeared as Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec in the film adaption of Louise Penny's murder mystery novel Still Life, set in rural Quebec. He also starred in the TV series, Me and Mrs Jones.
Parker played King Henry VIII in Wolf Hall (and Bring up the Bodies) for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2013, earning a 2015 Olivier Award for best actor in a supporting role for the London production and appearing in New York City when the show moved on to Broadway, where his performance received a Tony Award nomination.
|1988||Piece of Cake||Flying Officer 'Flash' Gordon|
|1989||Inspector Morse: Deceived By Flight||Jamie Jasper|
|1989||Never Come Back||Desmond Thane|
|1989||War Requiem||Wilfred Owen|
|1990||Harry Enfield's Television Programme||"Fire Man"||Episodes 1-4|
|1990||Heroes II: The Return||Ivan Lyon|
|1991||Absolute Hell||Sam Mitchum|
|1991||Agatha Christies's Poirot: The Affair at the Victory Ball||Chris Davidson|
|1991||The War that Never Ends||Alcibiades|
|1991||The Black Candle||Lionel Filmore|
|1992||Look at It This Way||Miles|
|1992||The Bodyguard||Clive Healy|
|1993||The Vision Thing||Michael Fisher|
|1993||Rik Mayall Presents: Dancing Queen||Nigel|
|1993||Wide Sargasso Sea||Edward Rochester|
|1994||Unsigned (the shooting Gallery)||The Devil|
|1994||Without walls for one night only - Errol Flynn||Errol Flynn|
|1994||A Village Affair||Marin Jordan|
|1994||Squanto: A Warrior's Tale||Thomas Dermer|
|1994||Dangerous Games [Gefährliche Spiele]||Thomas Cranmer|
|1995||A Touch of Frost: Quarry||Stephen Milmore|
|1995||A Little Loving||Greek God Pan|
|1996||The Short Cut||Ross||Short film|
|1997||Beverly Hills Ninja||Martin Tanley|
|1997||Into Thin Air: Death On The Everest||Rob Hall|
|1997||The Bible: David||David|
|1998||Far from the Madding Crowd||Gabriel Oak|
|1998||Vanity Fair||Rawdon Crawley|
|1999||McCallum: Beyond Good and Evil||Dan Gallagher||Series 3|
|2000||Lover's Prayer (aka All Forgotten)||Valdimir's Father|
|2000||Pretending to be Judith||James Lovel|
|2001-2007||The Inspector Lynley Mysteries||Inspector Thomas Lynley|
|2003||The Haunted Mansion||Master Gracy|
|2003||The Private Life of Samuel Pepys||Charles II|
|2004||Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde||Himself|
|2005||Bleak House||Harrold Skimpole|
|2005||Fade to Black||Guido Viola|
|2006||Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial||Albert Speer|
|2006||A Class Apart||Anthony Troth|
|2007||I really hate my job||Guy II||Cameo role|
|2007||St. Trinian's||Chairman of the National Gallery||Cameo role|
|2007||The Witcher||Berengar||Video game
|2008||Hotel Babylon: Is Love Really in the Air?||Alexander Crawfield||Series 3 episode 2|
|2009||Malice In Wonderland||Harry Hunt|
|2009||The Perfect Host||Detective Morton|
|2009||The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler||Dr Juliusz Majkowski|
|2009||Land Girls||Lord Lawrence Hoxley||series 1|
|2009||Lewis: The dead of winter||Lieutenant Philip Coleman||Series 4|
|2009||My Family||Uncle Richard||BBC; Christmas episode 2009|
|2010||The Domino Effect||Tramp|
|2010||Tell Me||Dr. Anton Sharple|
|2010||The Chronicles of Narnia (Dawn Treader)||Caspian IX||Cameo role|
|2012||The Proxy||Peter Baker|
|2012||The Charles Dickens Show||Doctor Guffquatt|
|2012||Me and Mrs Jones||Tom Marshall|
|2012||Still Life: An Inspector Gamache Mystery||Chief Inspector Armand Gamache|
|2014||Moomins on the Riviera||Moominpappa||voice role|
|2015||The Proxy: Enhanced Full Cut||Peter baker||Actor|
|1981||Richard III||National Youth Theatre|
|1982||Macbeth||Macbeth||National Youth Theatre|
|1984||Trumpets and Drums (based on the The Recruiting Officer)||Captain Brazen||London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art|
|1985||Claw||Ludsby||Theatre Clwyd / Mold||Theatre Clwyd / Mold|
|1985||Trumpets and Drums (based on the The Recruiting Officer)||Captain Brazen||Theatre Clwyd / Mold||Theatre Clwyd / Mold|
|1986||Romeo and Juliet||Tybolt||Young Vic, London||Old Vic||11.02.86|
|1986||The Gift||RSC||Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon|||
|1986-1987||The Winter's Tale||Florizel||RSC||Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon, Tyne Theatre Newcastle upon Tyne, Barbican Theatre London|||
|1986-1987||Every Man in His Humour||Wellbred||RSC||Swan Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon, Mermaid Theatre London, The Peoples Theatre Newcastle upon Tyne|||
|1986-1987||The Rover||Don Pedro||RSC||Swan Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon, The Peoples Theatre Newcastle upon Tyne|||
|1986||Richard III||Harry Percy||RSC||Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon, Tyne Theatre Newcastle upon Tyne, Barbican Theatre London|||
|1987||The Storm||Vanya Kudryash||RSC||Pit, London|||
|1987||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Lysander||RSC||Barbican Theatre, London|||
|1989||Merchant of Venice||Bassanio||Peter Hall Company||Phoenix Theatre London, 46th Street Theater New York||(UK) 01.06.1989, (US) 20.12.1989 to 24.02.1990|
|1997||Cargo Cult||Barbican Theatre||02.09.1987|
|1999||50 Revolutions||Oxford Stage Company||Whitehall Theatre||07.09.1999 to 25.09.1999|
|2000||Speed the plow||Duke of York's, London||29.06.2000 to 19.08.2000|
|2008||Quartermaine's Terms||Quartermaine||Theatre Royal Windsor, New Victoria Theatre Woking, The Richmond Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath, Theatre Royal Brighton||13.05.2008 to 21.06.2008|
|2013||The Audience||Gordon Brown||Gielgud Theatre||15.02.2013 to 15.06.2013|
|2013/14||Wolf Hall||Henry VIII||RSC||Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon||11.12.2013 to 29.03.2014|
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- Kelly, Brendan (2 November 2012). "Louise Penny’s detective novels get small-screen treatment from CBC-TV". Montreal Gazette (Montreal). Retrieved 19 November 2014.
- "Olivier awards 2015 – full list of winners". The Guardian. 12 April 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
- "BBC One: The Outcast: Episode 1 credits". http://www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
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- "Never Come Back Series". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "Performance: Absolute Hell". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "The Black Candle". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "Look at it this way". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "The Vision Thing". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "Unsigned". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "Without Walls : Errol Flynn". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "GEFÄHRLICHE SPIELE". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "A Little Loving". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "The Short Cut". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "La BIBBIA: DAVID". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "Trust Series". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "Lover's Prayer". IMDB. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "Pretending to be Judith". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "A class Apart". BBC. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- "Sergeant Slaughter". IMDB. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "The Charles Dickens Show: Health". BBC. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
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- "RSC Archive (Name Search)". RSC Archive Catalogue. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- "The Merchant of Venice". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
- "Wolf Hall RSC". RSC. Retrieved 2013-07-24.
- Nathaniel Parker Official Homepage
- Nathaniel Parker at the Internet Movie Database