Fast Facts

  • When studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1977, he won the Bancroft Gold Medal for acting.
  • Frequently performs with the Royal Shakespeare Company; played Bolingbroke in Richard II in 1990 and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew in 1992.
  • Has been associated with reading novels by Charles Dickens for Naxos Audio Books since 2012, including Oliver Twist.
  • Is a patron of the Lynx Animal Welfare Trust.


  • Madeleine Lesser — Wife
  • Lily Lesser — Daughter
  • Harry Lesser — Son


  • University of Liverpool, Liverpool, England (Architecture, 1973); Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England (1977)


  • Birth Place: Birmingham, England
  • Birthday: February 14, 1952, Aquarius
  • Profession: Actor
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