Anton Lesser

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Anton Lesser
Anton Lesser (2011).jpg
Lesser in June 2011
Born (1952-02-14) 14 February 1952 (age 69)
Alma mater
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Madeleine Lesser

Anton Lesser (born 14 February 1952) [1] 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 . [2]


Early life

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 1977 [3] he was awarded the Bancroft Gold Medal as the most promising actor of his year. [4] He is of Jewish background. [5]

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. [6]


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. [7]

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 WakemTV series (2 episodes)
Oresteia Orestes TV series (3 episodes)
1981 The Cherry Orchard TrofimovTV film
Troilus & Cressida Troilus TV film
1982 Crown Court TV series (1 episode: "Fair Play: Part 1")
King Lear EdgarTV 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 CoxTV film
1984 Sakharov Valery ChalidzeTV film
Freud Wilhelm Fliess TV series (5 episodes)
1985 Anna of the Five Towns Willie PriceTV series (2 episodes)
The Assam Garden Mr Sutton
1987London EmbassyRobert BronhouseTV series
Great Performances RobberTV 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 KarlTV film
1990TraitorsTV film
1991The Strauss DynastyLeviTV series (1 episode: "Episode No.1.1")
1992Downtown LagosMungo DawsonTV series
1994 Guinevere EnvoyTV film
Shakespeare: The Animated Tales Leontes TV series (1 episode: "The Winter's Tale")
1995 The Politician's Wife Mark HollisterTV series
Bugs Patrick MarcelTV series (1 episode: "Pulse")
Moses EliavTV film
1996 Sharman GalileeTV series (1 episode: "Episode No.1.4")
Testament: The Bible in Animation Joseph TV series (1 episode: "Joseph")
1997Into the BlueDr John OckletonTV film
Bodyguards Dusan MezicTV series (1 episode: "A Choice of Evils")
FairyTale: A True Story Wounded Corporal
The MoonstoneEzra JenningsTV film
1998 Invasion: Earth Lt. Charles TerrellTV series (4 episodes)
Vanity Fair Mr Pitt CrawleyTV series (5 episodes, of 6 total)
The EchoBilly BlakeTV film
1999Trial by FireBrian RedwoodTV film
Pure WickednessDr Andrew WardTV film
2000 The Miracle Maker Herod TV film
Esther Kahn Sean
Safe as HousesMr DunnTV series
The Scarlet Pimpernel Antoine PicardTV series (1 episode: "Friends & Enemies")
Lorna Doone Counsellor DooneTV film
2001 Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story Vidas Merlinis, Research ScientistTV film
Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes MilburnTV series (1 episode: "The White Knight Stratagem")
Uprising TV film
Charlotte Gray Renech
SwallowPaul ValleyTV series (3 episodes)
Perfect Strangers StephenTV 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 LevinTV series (2 episodes: "Special Relationship")
The Project Stanley HallTV film
Foyle's War Austin CarmichaelTV series (1 episode: "Eagle Day")
2003Danielle Cable: EyewitnessBattenTV film
Y Mabinogi TeyrnonTV series
Imagining Argentina General Guzmán
Eroica SukowatyTV film
Midsomer Murders Eddie DarwinTV series (1 episode: "Birds of Prey")
2004 London Charles Dickens TV film
Silent Witness Marcus GwilymTV series (2 episodes: "Death by Water")
Dirty Filthy Love CharlesTV film
Spooks Nicholas AshworthTV series (1 episode: "Episode No.3.4")
2005 Ahead of the Class Graham RangerTV film
The Girl in the Café GeorgeTV film
E-mc2 Voltaire TV film
River Queen Baine
Class of '76 Martin GibsonTV film
Nova Voltaire TV series (1 episode: "Einstein's Big Idea")
2006 Dalziel and Pascoe Paul GoodmanTV series (2 episodes: "Guardian Angel")
Vital Signs Dr LindsayTV series (3 episodes)
New Tricks Pete MackintyreTV series (1 episode: "Bank Robbery")
The OutsidersMaurice HestonTV film
A Touch of Frost Dennis PriorTV series (1 episode: "Endangered Species")
Miss Potter Harold Warne
2008Messiah: The RaptureSamuel WaiteTV series
The Palace Archbishop of CanterburyTV series (2 episodes)
Midsomer Murders Reverend Wallace StoneTV series (1 episode: "Talking to the Dead")
Agatha Christie's Poirot Inspector KelseyTV series (1 episode: "Cat Among the Pigeons")
Einstein and Eddington Fritz Haber TV film
Little Dorrit Mr MerdleTV series (7 episodes)
2009Deep Sleepshort
Casualty 1909 Dr Henry Head TV series (4 episodes)
2010Primeval: WebisodesGideon
Holby City Sol CaplinTV series (1 episode: "Faith No More")
Five Daughters Dr Nat CaryTV series (2 episodes)
Garrow's Law John FarmerTV series (4 episodes)
Flutter Brunocompleted
2011 Primeval Gideon TV series (5 episodes)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Lord Carteret
The Hour Clarence FendleyTV series (5 episodes)
The Man Who Crossed Hitler Rudolf Olden TV film
2012 The Hollow Crown ExeterTV film (1 episode: Henry V)
2013 Spies of Warsaw Dr Lapp TV film (2 episodes)
Ripper Street Dr Karl CrabbTV series (2 episodes)
The Escape Artist Richard Mayfield, QCTV series (3 episodes)
Atlantis KyrosTV series
2013–19 Game of Thrones Qyburn TV series (22 episodes)
2013– Endeavour Chief Superintendent Bright TV series (26 episodes)
2014 Father Brown Father IgnatiusEpisode: "The Mysteries of the Rosary"
The Musketeers Emile De MauvoisinEpisode: "The Homecoming"
Closer to the Moon Holban
2015 Wolf Hall Thomas More TV series
Nominated—British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor
2015–16 Dickensian Fagin TV series
2016 The Hollow Crown (series 2)Duke of ExeterBBC2 TV series (2 episodes: Henry VI part I and Henry VI part II)
On Chesil Beach Reverend Woollett
A United Kingdom Clement Attlee
Allied Emmanuel Lombard
The Exception General Falkenberg
2017 Disobedience Rav Kruschka
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
TBA Benediction Post-production

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  2. "Anton Lesser talks Qyburn, Jaime Lannister's Gold Hand, & The Mountain". 5 June 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
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  4. Smurthwaite, Nick (28 May 2019). "Actor Anton Lesser: 'I'd much rather be here than stuck halfway up a mountain'". The Stage. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  6. "Lily Lesser" at IMDb.
  7. Harvey-Ball, Thom. "New Supporter - Anton Lesser!". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015.
  8. as spelled in The life and death of Richard II programme by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre 1990