Fast Facts

  • Comes from a long line of journalists – his father, grandfather and great-grandfather all worked for prominent London newspapers.
  • Is a black belt in the Shaolin System Nam-Pai-Chuan of Kung Fu.
  • Originated the role of Miss Trunchbull in the West End production of Matilda the Musical in 2011 and later transferred with the show to Broadway in 2013.
  • While playing the role of Miss Trunchbull, he received fan mail addressed to "Ms. Carvel," which he had framed.
  • Is the voice for the Imperial Agent character in the video game Star Wars: The Old Republic.


  • 2013, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
  • 2012, Olivier Awards — Best Actor in a Musical: Winner
  • 2008, Olivier Awards — Best Actor in a Musical: Nominee


  • John Carvel — Father
  • Bob Carvel — Grandfather


  • University of Sussex, Falmer, East Sussex, England (BA Hons in English, 2000); The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England (2003)


  • Birth Name: Robert Carvel
  • Birth Place: London, England
  • Profession: Actor

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