Patrick Kennedy (actor)

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Patrick Kennedy
Born (1977-08-26) 26 August 1977 (age 43)
London, England
OccupationActor/ Director
Years active2002–present

Patrick Kennedy (born 26 August 1977) is an English actor and director.

He studied English literature and language at St John's College, Oxford, and then attended LAMDA.

Kennedy's first screen role was in Peter Greenaway's The Tulse Luper Suitcases, followed by the role of Julian Bell in the BBC's Cambridge Spies.

Kennedy's first lead role was playing Richard Carstone in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' Bleak House, and he followed this with roles in Joe Wright's Atonement, Steven Spielberg's Munich, Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles, and Michael Hoffman's The Last Station.

Kennedy recurred on the television series Boardwalk Empire in 2012, earning a nomination for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, and played the role of McKechnie in Parade's End, directed by Susanna White, written by Tom Stoppard.

Kennedy's recent television roles have included Neil in Peep Show (Season 8), the lead role in ITV's Murder on the Home Front, a lead opposite Brendan Gleeson in the HBO pilot The Money, Sampson in ITV's Downton Abbey, Jock Colville with Michael Gambon in Churchill's Secret, directed by Charles Sturridge, and recurring roles in Hulu's The First, Mrs Wilson for the BBC, and Allston Wheatley in Scott Frank's The Queen's Gambit for Netflix.

Kennedy’s more recent film roles include Lieutenant Waverly in Steven Spielberg's War Horse, Roger Donaldson's November Man, Bill Condon's Mr Holmes (with Ian McKellen), Babak Najafi's London Has Fallen, Lt. Col. Guy L'Estrange in Mike Leigh's Peterloo; Edward Aveling opposite Romola Garai in Susanna Nicchiarelli's Miss Marx.

Kennedy's stage roles include Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Bristol Old Vic (directed by David Farr); George Holly in Michael Grandage's production of Suddenly Last Summer with Diana Rigg and Victoria Hamilton in the West End; the lead role of Jonathan in Everything is Illuminated at The Hampstead Theatre; Camille in Therese Raquin, at the National Theatre, directed by Marianne Elliott; Tom in The Glass Menagerie, for Shared Experience; Oliver in Polly Stenham's No Quarter, directed by Jeremy Herrin at the Royal Court; Don Caspar in Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51, with Nicole Kidman, directed by Michael Grandage at the Noel Coward Theatre.

In 2017 Kennedy took the lead roles in Harold Pinter's The Lover and The Collection, directed by Michael Kahn for the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh Theatre, Washington D.C.

Kennedy has worked on several films with the British artist Nathaniel Mellors, playing the recurring Neanderthal character Voggen Williams in The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview, Neanderthal Container, and the pub lecher, Uncle Tommy, in the Ourhouse series

In 2018 Kennedy wrote and directed the short film The Human Voice, starring Rosamund Pike, adapted from the Jean Cocteau play La Voix Humaine.

Kennedy portrayed astronaut Michael Collins in the documentary of the Apollo 11 mission, 8 Days: To the Moon and Back, shown on BBC2 on 10 July 2019.


Year Film Role Notes
2002 Spooks Radio Operator TV series (1 episode: "Episode #1.4")
Nine Lives Tim
2003 Cambridge Spies Julian Bell TV mini-series (2 episodes)
The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story Hercule
2004 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Gideon Martin TV series (1 episode: "A Traitor to Memory")
2005 Mrs Henderson Presents Pilot
The Somme Sgt. R. H. Tawney TV movie
Bleak House Richard Carstone TV mini-series (12 episodes)
Munich English Reporter in Munich Underground
2006 A Good Year Trader #2
2007 Atonement Leon Tallis
2008 In Tranzit Peter
Dreaming of Leo Jonathan short
Me and Orson Welles Grover Burgess (Ligarius)
Consuming Passion Gerald Mills TV movie
Einstein and Eddington William Marston TV movie
Scratch Simon
The 39 Steps Hellory Sinclair TV movie
2009 The Last Station Sergeyenko
2010 Married Single Other Dr. Dominic TV series (1 episode: "Chink")
2011 War Horse Lt. Waverley
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides English Father
Black Mirror Section Chief Walker Episode: "The National Anthem"
2012 Parade's End McKechnie
Boardwalk Empire Dr. Douglas Mason TV series: 7 episodes
2013 Murder on the Home Front Lennox Collins TV series: 2 episodes
Downton Abbey Terence Sampson Season 4
2014 HBO's The Money John Castman
The November Man Edgar Simpson
2015 Person of Interest Dr. Shane Edwards Season 4 (Episode 17: "Karma")
Mr. Holmes Thomas Kelmot
2016 London Has Fallen John Lancaster, MI5 Intelligence Chief
2018 Peterloo Lt. Col. Guy L'Estrange Directed by Mike Leigh
Mrs Wilson Dennis Wilson TV mini-series (3 episodes)
2019 8 Days: To the Moon and Back Astronaut Michael Collins BBC2 TV documentary
2020 The Queen's Gambit Mr Allston Wheatley Netflix
2020 Miss Marx Edward Aveling


Year Production Role Venue Notes
2002 Maps of Desire Charles Southwark Playhouse, London
2003 A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander Bristol Old Vic
Les Liaisons dangereuses Danceny Bristol Old Vic
2004 Suddenly, Last Summer George UK Tour
2006 Everything is Illuminated Jonathan Hampstead Theatre, London
Therese Raquin Camille National Theatre, London
2010 The Glass Menagerie Tom Shared Experience Tour
Measure for Measure Lucio Touring Company- London
2013 No Quarter Oliver Royal Court Theatre
2015 Photograph 51 Donald Caspar Noel Coward Theatre
2016 Oil Samuel Almeida Theatre
2017 The Lover Richard Shakespeare Theater Company, Washington DC
2017 The Collection James Shakespeare Theater Company, Washington DC

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