Nigel Lindsay

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Nigel Lindsay
Born St John's Wood, London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present

Nigel Lindsay is an English stage and screen actor. He was nominated for Best British Comedy Performance in Film at the 2011 British Comedy Awards[1] for his performance as Barry, the Muslim convert in Chris Morris's BAFTA winning film Four Lions. Additionally, he played the title role in the original West End run of Shrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Early life and education[edit]

Lindsay was born in St John's Wood in London. He attended Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood and the University of Birmingham, where he studied English and French. After university, he worked for three years as a financial analyst specialising in French and Belgian equities at stockbrokers Savory Milln and Swiss Bank SBC. After performing in a friend's charity production of Robert Bolt's The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew, he gave up the City to take a two-year course at the Webber Douglas Academy, where he won the Amherst Webber scholarship. His finals show, Charley's Aunt, was directed by Michael Fry, who gave him his first professional job with his Lincolnshire touring company Great Eastern Stage.


Lindsay's early work was mainly in theatre. One of his first London stage roles saw him play the King of France in King Lear at the Royal Court Theatre, with Tom Wilkinson as Lear and Andy Serkis as the Fool. At a weekly Monday night poker game organised by the actor Samuel West, Lindsay was asked by Patrick Marber to attend a week's improvisational workshop of a play he was devising about poker. This became Dealer's Choice, which premiered at the National Theatre in February 1995 with Lindsay as Mugsy and Ray Winstone and Phil Daniels among the original cast. The play transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre, and won that year's Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and Writers' Guild Award for Best Play. Other theatre work includes: Max in The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard which won three Tonys on Broadway in 2000; Ariel in the 2004 Olivier award-winning National Theatre production of Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman, with Jim Broadbent and David Tennant; Nathan Detroit in Michael Grandage's Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre in 2005, and Charlie Maggs in Sucker Punch by Roy Williams at the Royal Court in 2010. Lindsay has appeared in five plays at the Almeida Theatre, including as Lenny in Harold Pinter's The Homecoming with Ken Cranham and Danny Dyer in 2009 and as Moe Axelrod alongside Stockard Channing and Jodie Whittaker in Awake and Sing by Clifford Odets, for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the 2008 Whatsonstage Awards.[2]

Lindsay has appeared in many regular series, including: Spooks, Silent Witness, Waking the Dead, Midsomer Murders, New Tricks and Between the Lines. He played Odo Stevens in the 1997 Channel 4 adaptation of A Dance to the Music of Time; Ewan McGregor's boss Ron Baker in the film Rogue Trader; the Jewish terrorist Levi in Rome; Sheriff Johnny Behan in the BBC's Gunfight at the O.K. Corral; Lt Col Mervyn Gonin in the BAFTA nominated The Relief of Belsen with Iain Glen; and opposite Jack Dee in Simon Nye's fairground comedy Tunnel of Love. He has worked with Steve Coogan on Alan Partridge, with Armando Iannucci on the Armando Iannucci Shows, with Jennifer Saunders in two series of Jam and Jerusalem, and again with Chris Morris on Brass Eye.

Lindsay won the 2011 Whatsonstage Award for Best Supporting Actor as Dr Harry Hyman in Arthur Miller's Broken Glass at the Tricycle Theatre.[3] On 27 February 2012, he finished playing the title role in the original West End production of Shrek the Musical, which opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on 14 June 2011 and for which he was nominated for 2012 Laurence Olivier and Awards for Best Actor in a Musical.[4][5][6][7][8] Later theatre work includes playing Bolingbroke opposite David Tennant in the RSC production of Richard II at Stratford and the Barbican; and Jack McCracken in the National Theatre revival of the Alan Ayckbourn play A Small Family Business in the Olivier theatre.

Theatre and filmography[edit]


Year Play Role Theatre Notes
1991 The Girl Who Fell to Earth Potoriek/Danilo Lilian Baylis & tour for Great Eastern Stage
1992 Anna Karenina Stiva Tricycle & tour for Shared Experience, Time Out Award
1992 Relative Values Lord Marshwood Salisbury Playhouse
1993 King Lear King of France Royal Court dir: Max Stafford-Clark
1995 Dealer's Choice Mugsy Royal National Theatre /Vaudeville Evening Standard, Writer's Guild Award
1995 The Tower Landry Almeida Theatre dir: Howard Davies
1996 Blue Remembered Hills John Royal National Theatre
1998 The London Cuckolds Townly Royal National Theatre dir: Terry Johnson
1999 Morphic Resonance Jim Donmar Warehouse
1999-2000 The Real Thing Max Donmar/Albery/Ethel Barrymore - Broadway Tony Award - Best Revival
2002 Push Up Frank Royal Court
2002 Bedroom Farce Nick Aldwych Theatre
2003 The Tempest Stephano Old Vic dir: Michael Grandage
2003 World Music Geoff Fallon Sheffield Crucible dir: Josie Rourke
2003 The Pillowman Ariel Royal National Theatre Laurence Olivier Award - Best Play
2004 Earthly Paradise William Morris Almeida Theatre
2005 Woman Before Frank Royal Court
2005 Romance Defendant Almeida Theatre by David Mamet
2005 Guys and Dolls Nathan Detroit Piccadilly Theatre
2007 Awake and Sing Moe Axelrod Almeida Theatre Nom: Best Supporting Actor Awards
2008 The Homecoming Lenny Almeida Theatre dir: Michael Attenborough
2008 Under the Blue Sky Robert Duke of York's Theatre
2010 Sucker Punch Charlie Maggs Royal Court
2010 Broken Glass Dr Harry Hyman Tricycle Theatre Winner: Best Supporting Actor Awards
2011 Shrek the Musical Shrek Theatre Royal Drury Lane Nom: Best Actor in a Musical Laurence Olivier Award and Awards
2013 The Same Deep Water as Me Barry Patterson Donmar Warehouse dir: John Crowley
2013 Richard II Bolingbroke RSC Stratford/Barbican dir: Greg Doran David Tennant as Richard
2014 A Small Family Business Jack McCracken Royal National Theatre
2014 Speed the Plow Charlie Fox Playhouse Theatre with Lindsay Lohan and Richard Schiff
2015 Bull Carter Young Vic
2016 Guys and Dolls Nathan Detroit Phoenix Theatre takeover from Richard Kind for 6 week run
2016 Harrogate Him Royal Court for High Tide at Royal Court and tour


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Bye Bye Baby Father TV Film written by Jack Rosenthal
1992 Between the Lines Insp. Alan Grant Episode: "Nothing to Declare"
1993 The Bill PC Tyler Episode: "The Right Man for the Job"
1994 A Few Short Journeys of the Heart Drunk written by Andrew Davies
1995 The Bill Peter Robinson 1 episode "Mitigating Circumstances"
1995 - 1998 Dressing for Breakfast Dave Nigel appeared in all 21 episodes
1997 Brass Eye Various Roles Written by Chris Morris
1997 A Dance to the Music of Time Odo Stevens 2 episodes of 4
1999 Déjà Vu Tim TV Movie part of Channel 4 "Shockers" Season
2000 Harbour Lights Charlie Badden 1 episode "A Quiet Storm"
2000 Too Much Sun Dave Stamp Directed by Mel Smith Nigel appeared in all 6 episodes
2001 The Armando Iannucci Shows Various Nigel appeared in 5 of 8 episodes
2002 I'm Alan Partridge Bob Fraser episode "Bravealan"
2003 Midsomer Murders DS James Noland episode "Painted in Blood"
2003 Casualty Jed Blackburn episode "Never Judge a Book"
2003 My Family Tube Driver/Roy 2 episodes inc. Christmas Special
2004 Murphy's Law DC Gary Fender episode "Bent Moon on the Rise"
2004 Frances Tuesday Lambert TV movie
2004 Tunnel of Love Geoff written by Simon Nye
2005 The Bill DS Pete Lancaster episode "301"
2005 New Tricks Alan 1 episode
2005 All About George Mac
2006 - 2008 Jam and Jerusalem Marcus Known as Clatterford in the US. Nigel was in 9 episodes over 2 series
2007 Rome Levi 6 episodes second series. Joint HBO/BBC production
2007 The Gunfight at the OK Corral Sheriff John Behan Part 1 of the 3 part BBC Wild West series
2007 The Relief of Belsen Mervyn Gonin BAFTA winning Channel 4 TV Film
2009 Waking the Dead Devlin Nigel appeared in both episodes of "Substitute"
2010 Silent Witness DS Gus Rogerson Nigel appeared in both episodes of "Intent"
2010 Spooks Jacob Chapman Known as MI-5 in the US. 1 episode
2011 Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge Tommy Gaskell episode "Tora Bora Alan"
2012 The Best of Men Mr Heath TV Movie
2012 Inspector George Gently DS Reece Statham episode "Gently in the Cathedral"
2012 The Fear Donny Channel 4 series. Nigel was in all 4 episodes
2013 Gifted Michael Part of Sky Playhouse series
2013 Agatha Christie's Poirot Francesco Penultimate ever episode "The Labours of Hercules"
2013 The Tunnel Jonno Nigel appeared in 4 episodes of 10
2015 Foyle's War Clayton del Mar episode "High Castle"
2015 You, Me and the Apocalypse DS Frank Arden Sky Atlantic/NBC Ep 1 dir Michael Engler
2015 The Devil You Know Dr Griggs HBO Pilot directed by Gus Van Sant
2016 Death in Paradise Andy Hammond Episode 5.2
2016 Victoria Sir Robert Peel ITV 8 part series
2017 Unforgotten 2 Tony Kelsey Nigel in all 6 eps of this ITV series
2017 Innocent DCI William Beech Nigel in all 4 parts of this ITV series
2017 White Gold Tony Walsh "Walshy" Nigel in all 6 eps of this BBC comedy series
2018 Safe JoJo


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Rogue Trader Ron Baker
2001 Mike Bassett: England Manager Mirror Journo
2003 Blackball Targitex Chairman
2005 On a Clear Day Sharp Suit
2006 Scoop Strombel's Co-worker dir by Woody Allen
2010 Four Lions Barry nominated for British Film Comedy Award
2010 First Night Martin Mayes
2012 The Date Short Film
2013 Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Jason Tresswell
2013 Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson Nigel Maitland
2013 Royal Shakespeare Company: Richard II Bolingbroke Live worldwide cinema screenings
2014 Captcha Short Film
2014 National Theatre: A Small Family Business Jack McCracken Live worldwide cinema screenings
2014 The Divorce Short Film
2017 Access All Areas Mack
2017 Dead in a Week: or Your Money Back Brian in Post Production


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Crossing the Equator Jack BBC World Service
1997 People Like Us Salesman Episode "The Photographer"
2001 Morphic Resonance Jim BBC World Service
2002 Frederick and Augusta Frederick BBC Woman's Hour Play
2003 The House of Milton Jones Ian All six episodes Series One
2005 The Face of the Enemy Jerome Angust BBC Book at Bedtime
2006 Lucky Numbers Reading BBC PM
2007 A Pin to See the Peepshow Harry BBC Play for Today
2008 The Far West Reading BBC PM
2009 Number Ten Lewis Smiley MP BBC Radio 4
2009 Alex Tripped on my Fairy Mark BBC Play for Today
2012 The Great Animal Orchestra Reading BBC Book of the Week
2012 Two Minute Hate Barry BBC Radio 4 Play
2012 A Canticle for Leibowitz Book of the Week BBC Radio 4 Xtra
2012 On the Map Reading BBC4 Book of the Week
2013 The Reluctant Spy Duncan Kavanagh BBC 3 Part Series
2013 The Stranger's Will Charlie BBC Radio 3 Play
2015 The Hook Louis Radio 4 screenplay season written by Arthur Miller
2015 The Mermaid of Zennor Jack Radio 4
2016 Thunderball Captain Clark Radio 4


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