Adrian Lester

Actor, Director & Writer

About Adrian

Award winning actor and director Adrian Lester OBE started his career with a string of successful West End productions including Company, for which he won an Olivier Award for Best Actor and Sweeny Todd. He played Hamlet, directed by Peter Brook and Henry V and Othello for Nicholas Hytner at the National Theatre. He played Ira Aldridge in Red Velvet in London and New York, receiving the Critics Circle Award for Best Actor. More recently he appeared in Guys & Dolls at the Royal Albert Hall and Cost of Living at Hampstead Theatre. Movies include Primary Colors, Day After Tomorrow, Loves Labour’s Lost and Oscar nominated Mary Queen of Scots. Adrian is also well known for his TV work including the BBC1 series Hustle, Undercover, Trauma and Riviera. As a director, credits include Hustle, Riviera, The Greatest Wealth and the forthcoming Calmer at the Birmingham Rep. Adrian can soon be seen in the long-awaited Mike Bartlett drama Life for BBC1.