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Lesser in June 2011
|Born||14 February 1952|
Birmingham, West Midlands, England, UK
Anton Lesser (born 14 February 1952)is an English actor. He is particularly well known for his roles as Qyburn in the HBO series Game of Thrones , as Thomas More in Wolf Hall , as Harold Macmillan in The Crown , and as Chief Superintendent Bright in Endeavour .
Born in Birmingham, West Midlands, Anton Lesser attended Moseley Grammar School and the University of Liverpool, where he read architecture. He then went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and on graduation in 1977he was awarded the Bancroft Gold Medal as the most promising actor of his year. He is of Jewish background.
With his wife Madeleine, he has two children, Harry and Lily Lesser. Lily is an actress, who has acted alongside her father in Endeavour and Wolf Hall.
As an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Lesser played a considerable number of Shakespeare's great roles in the BBC Television Shakespeare productions including Troilus ( Troilus and Cressida ), Edgar ( King Lear ), Petruchio, Romeo, Henry Bolingbroke, Brutus ( Julius Caesar ), Leontes ( Winter's Tale ) and Richard III .[ citation needed ]
Lesser is a frequent radio contributor and played the title role in the BBC Radio adaptations of the first five Falco mysteries by Lindsey Davis. He has also recorded many audiobooks, including much of the work of Charles Dickens, and his recording of Great Expectations won him a Talkie Award. Other books range from John Milton's Paradise Lost and Homer to contemporary novels by Robert Harris ( Fatherland ) and Philip Pullman. For two months in 2013, Lesser was heard as a regular cast member playing Robin Carrow in Ambridge Extra , a BBC Radio 4 Extra spin-off from the BBC Radio 4 drama The Archers .[ citation needed ]
In 2015, Lesser was announced as a public supporter of Chapel Lane Theatre Company based in Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK.
Lesser portrayed Thomas More in the BBC mini-series Wolf Hall , and received a nomination for the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance.
|1979||The Mill on the Floss||Philip Wakem||TV series (2 episodes)|
|Oresteia||Orestes||TV series (3 episodes)|
|1981||The Cherry Orchard||Trofimov||TV film|
|Troilus & Cressida||Troilus||TV film|
|1982||Crown Court||TV series (1 episode: "Fair Play: Part 1")|
|King Lear||Edgar||TV film (BBC version with Hordern as Lear) |
Not to be confused with 1983 TV Film with Olivier as Lear
|The Missionary||Young Man|
|1983||Good and Bad at Games||Cox||TV film|
|1984||Sakharov||Valery Chalidze||TV film|
|Freud||Wilhelm Fliess||TV series (5 episodes)|
|1985||Anna of the Five Towns||Willie Price||TV series (2 episodes)|
|The Assam Garden||Mr Sutton|
|1987||London Embassy||Robert Bronhouse||TV series|
|Great Performances||Robber||TV series (1 episode: "Monsignor Quixote")|
|1988||Twelfth Night, or What You Will||Feste||TV film|
|Screen Two||Stanley Spencer||TV series (1 episode: "Stanley Spencer")|
|A Vote for Hitler||A. L. Rowse||TV film|
|1989||Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story||Karl||TV film|
|1991||The Strauss Dynasty||Levi||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No.1.1")|
|1992||Downtown Lagos||Mungo Dawson||TV series|
|Shakespeare: The Animated Tales||Leontes||TV series (1 episode: "The Winter's Tale")|
|1995||The Politician's Wife||Mark Hollister||TV series|
|Bugs||Patrick Marcel||TV series (1 episode: "Pulse")|
|1996||Sharman||Galilee||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No.1.4")|
|Testament: The Bible in Animation||Joseph||TV series (1 episode: "Joseph")|
|1997||Into the Blue||Dr John Ockleton||TV film|
|Bodyguards||Dusan Mezic||TV series (1 episode: "A Choice of Evils")|
|FairyTale: A True Story||Wounded Corporal|
|The Moonstone||Ezra Jennings||TV film|
|1998||Invasion: Earth||Lt. Charles Terrell||TV series (4 episodes)|
|Vanity Fair||Mr Pitt Crawley||TV series (5 episodes, of 6 total)|
|The Echo||Billy Blake||TV film|
|1999||Trial by Fire||Brian Redwood||TV film|
|Pure Wickedness||Dr Andrew Ward||TV film|
|2000||The Miracle Maker||Herod||TV film|
|Safe as Houses||Mr Dunn||TV series|
|The Scarlet Pimpernel||Antoine Picard||TV series (1 episode: "Friends & Enemies")|
|Lorna Doone||Counsellor Doone||TV film|
|2001||Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story||Vidas Merlinis, Research Scientist||TV film|
|Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes||Milburn||TV series (1 episode: "The White Knight Stratagem")|
|Swallow||Paul Valley||TV series (3 episodes)|
|Perfect Strangers||Stephen||TV series (2 parts)|
|2002||Dickens||Charles Dickens||TV series (3 episodes)|
|Sir Gawain and the Green Knight||Sir Gawain||TV film|
|Waking the Dead||Professor Ray Levin||TV series (2 episodes: "Special Relationship")|
|The Project||Stanley Hall||TV film|
|Foyle's War||Austin Carmichael||TV series (1 episode: "Eagle Day")|
|2003||Danielle Cable: Eyewitness||Batten||TV film|
|Y Mabinogi||Teyrnon||TV series|
|Imagining Argentina||General Guzmán|
|Midsomer Murders||Eddie Darwin||TV series (1 episode: "Birds of Prey")|
|2004||London||Charles Dickens||TV film|
|Silent Witness||Marcus Gwilym||TV series (2 episodes: "Death by Water")|
|Dirty Filthy Love||Charles||TV film|
|Spooks||Nicholas Ashworth||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No.3.4")|
|2005||Ahead of the Class||Graham Ranger||TV film|
|The Girl in the Café||George||TV film|
|Class of '76||Martin Gibson||TV film|
|Nova||Voltaire||TV series (1 episode: "Einstein's Big Idea")|
|2006||Dalziel and Pascoe||Paul Goodman||TV series (2 episodes: "Guardian Angel")|
|Vital Signs||Dr Lindsay||TV series (3 episodes)|
|New Tricks||Pete Mackintyre||TV series (1 episode: "Bank Robbery")|
|The Outsiders||Maurice Heston||TV film|
|A Touch of Frost||Dennis Prior||TV series (1 episode: "Endangered Species")|
|Miss Potter||Harold Warne|
|2008||Messiah: The Rapture||Samuel Waite||TV series|
|The Palace||Archbishop of Canterbury||TV series (2 episodes)|
|Midsomer Murders||Reverend Wallace Stone||TV series (1 episode: "Talking to the Dead")|
|Agatha Christie's Poirot||Inspector Kelsey||TV series (1 episode: "Cat Among the Pigeons")|
|Einstein and Eddington||Fritz Haber||TV film|
|Little Dorrit||Mr Merdle||TV series (7 episodes)|
|Casualty 1909||Dr Henry Head||TV series (4 episodes)|
|Holby City||Sol Caplin||TV series (1 episode: "Faith No More")|
|Five Daughters||Dr Nat Cary||TV series (2 episodes)|
|Garrow's Law||John Farmer||TV series (4 episodes)|
|2011||Primeval||Gideon||TV series (5 episodes)|
|Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides||Lord Carteret|
|The Hour||Clarence Fendley||TV series (5 episodes)|
|The Man Who Crossed Hitler||Rudolf Olden||TV film|
|2012||The Hollow Crown||Exeter||TV film (1 episode: Henry V)|
|2013||Spies of Warsaw||Dr Lapp||TV film (2 episodes)|
|Ripper Street||Dr Karl Crabb||TV series (2 episodes)|
|The Escape Artist||Richard Mayfield, QC||TV series (3 episodes)|
|2013–19||Game of Thrones||Qyburn||TV series (22 episodes)|
|2013–||Endeavour||Chief Superintendent Bright||TV series (26 episodes)|
|2014||Father Brown||Father Ignatius||Episode: "The Mysteries of the Rosary"|
|The Musketeers||Emile De Mauvoisin||Episode: "The Homecoming"|
|Closer to the Moon||Holban|
|2015||Wolf Hall||Thomas More||TV series|
Nominated—British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2016||The Hollow Crown (series 2)||Duke of Exeter||BBC2 TV series (2 episodes: Henry VI part I and Henry VI part II)|
|On Chesil Beach||Reverend Woollett|
|A United Kingdom||Clement Attlee|
|The Exception||General Falkenberg|
|The Crown||Harold Macmillan||TV series|
|2019||The Trial of Christine Keeler||Michael Eddowes||TV series|
|2020||A Discovery of Witches (TV series)||Judah Loew ben Bezalel||TV Series|
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