Previously appeared at Chichester as Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Festival Theatre) and Macbeth in Macbeth (Minerva Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music New York, Lyceum Theatre Broadway New York. Evening Standard Best Actor Award, Olivier Best Actor Nomination and Tony Award Nomination for Best Actor).
Theatre credits for the RSC include Claudius in Hamlet (Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role), Prospero in The Tempest, Antony in Antony and Cleopatra, title role in Henry IV, title role in Titus Andronicus, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (SWET Best Actor Nomination), Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra (SWET Best Actor Award), Shakespeare in Bingo, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Doctor in Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Basho in The Bundle, Larry Slade in The Iceman Cometh, Eilert Lovborg in Hedda Gabler, Astrov in Uncle Vanya, Aaron in Titus Andronicus, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Aufidius in Coriolanus, title role in King John, Edward IV in Richard III, Hippolito in The Revenger’s Tragedy, Hector in Troilus and Cressida, Touchstone in As You Like It, Worthy in The Relapse, Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew.
Other theatre credits include Vladimir in Waiting for Godot (UK tour and Theatre Royal Haymarket), Robert in A Life in the Theatre (Apollo), Halvard Solness in The Master Builder (UK tour and Albery), Shylock: Shakespeare’s Alien and Robert Johnson in Johnson Over Jordan (West Yorkshire Playhouse), George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Guthrie Theatre Minneapolis), Lyman Felt in The Ride Down Mount Morgan (Public Theatre New York and Broadway), Davies in The Caretaker (Broadway), title role in Othello (Shakespeare Theatre Washington DC), Prospero in The Tempest (Delacorte Theatre New York and George Wolfe Broadhurst Theatre New York), Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Los Angeles, Broadhurst Theatre New York, Old Vic Theatre, Richard Rodgers Theatre New York. Olivier Award Best Entertainment, Drama Desk Award Best Solo Performer, What’s On People’s Choice Award Best Solo Performance), George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Young Vic. London Fringe Best Actor Award), Yonadab in Yonadab (National Theatre), Galileo Galilei in The Life of Galileo (Bristol Old Vic).
On television he originated the role of Jean-Luc Picard in the series Star Trek: The Next Generation (SAG Best Actor Nomination) which aired from 1987 to 1994. Other television credits include Eleventh Hour, Extras (Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series), The Lion in Winter (Golden Globe Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie), Frasier, King of Texas, A Christmas Carol (Screen Actors Guild Nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a TV movie or Mini-Series), Moby Dick (Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie, Golden Globe Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie), The Canterville Ghost, The Devil’s Disciple, Hamlet, Smiley’s People, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, I Claudius, North and South, Antony and Cleopatra, Fall of Eagles, Television voice work includes American Dad, Family Guy, Earth, Animal Farm, The Simpsons.
Films include X-Men:The Last Stand/X-Men 2/X-Men, The Game of Their Lives, Star Trek: Generations/First Contact/Nemesis, Safe House, Dad Savage, Masterminds, Conspiracy Theory, Let It Be Me, Jeffery, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, LA Story, Lady Jane, The Doctor and the Devils, Lifeforce, Dune, Excalibur, Little Lord Fauntleroy, Hedda. Film voice work includes Chicken Little, Steamboy, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Nausica: Valley of the Winds, The Prince of Egypt, Pagemaster.
Trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.