Hugo Speer

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Hugo Speer
Hugo Alexander Speer

(1968-03-17) 17 March 1968 (age 53)
Education Harrogate Grammar School
Arts Educational Schools, London
OccupationActor, director
Years active1992present
Vivienne Harvey
(m. 2015)

Hugo Alexander Speer (born 17 March 1968) is an English actor and director.


Early life and education

Hugo Speer was born in Harrogate in North Yorkshire and educated at Harrogate Grammar School. [2] He studied acting at the Arts Educational Schools, London. [3]



Speer began his acting career appearing in the TV series McCallum , [4] The Bill , [3] [5] and Heartbeat . He played a minor role in the film Bhaji on the Beach before his first notable appearance as Guy in the film The Full Monty . [3] Following this film's worldwide success he went on to appear in Swing (1999), Deathwatch and The Interpreter (playing Nicole Kidman's brother). However, most of his work has been on TV, including sitcom Men Behaving Badly , dramas Clocking Off , The Last Detective , Boudica (2003), and The Rotters' Club (2005), as well as the 2005 BBC adaptation of Dickens' Bleak House . In 2006, he appeared in the postal worker drama Sorted . In 2008, he starred alongside Martine McCutcheon in Echo Beach . In 2011 he played a repairman whose repairs "come to life" in the supernatural drama Haven , based on a Stephen King story. Speer also provides narration for ITV series, Cops with Cameras, Channel 5's The Bachelor , Channel 4 series 999: What's Your Emergency? and the BBC series Seaside Rescue. He appears as John Foster in the penultimate and final episodes of the fourth series of Skins .

Hugo Speer also narrated a factual programme on Discovery HD called Gold Divers, [6] and Alaska: The Last Frontier. [7]

Since 2010 he has played the lead character of DCI John Stone in eight series of the BBC Radio 4 police drama Stone. [8] From 2013 to 2014 he starred as Inspector Valentine in the new version of Father Brown on BBC TV in the first series and the first episode of the second series. He made a return appearance in the 2020 episode 8.10 "The Tower of Lost Souls"

Starting in 2014, Speer appeared as Captain Treville in The Musketeers . [9] The series concluded in 2016.

Since 2018 he has played the character Lucius in the historical fantasy drama series Britannia, which is produced by Sky Atlantic and Amazon Prime. [10]


In 2010 Hugo Speer made his directorial début with the short film MAM starring Josie Lawrence, Paul Barber and Ronan Carter. The family drama about a 12-year-old boy was scripted by Vivienne Harvey. It was produced by Vigo Films and shot mostly in Sheffield. [11]

Personal life

On 19 February 2015, Speer married Glaswegian actress, writer and director Vivienne Harvey.

In 2009, Speer was involved in a car accident that saw him crash his BMW into a traffic island while driving after drinking over the legal limit. He was returning from a wake. No one was hurt in the incident and Speer was banned from driving for eighteen months. [12]

Speer moved to London after his success in The Full Monty and lived there for fifteen years but moved back to his native North Yorkshire. His pastimes include falconry, walking and music. He is a supporter of Leeds United. [13]

He is friends with fellow actor Andrew Scarborough, whom he worked with in the Hearts and Bones for two series. Speer and Scarborough have known each other since they were children. [14]



1993 Bhaji on the Beach Andy / white youth
1994Mainline RunTaro
1997 The Full Monty Guy
1999 Swing Martin 'Marty' Luxford
2001Barnie et ses petites contrariétésMark
2002 Deathwatch Sgt. David Tate
2003 Boudica Dervalloc
2005 The Interpreter Simon Broome
2010 Carmen's Kiss Joe
2011 Late Bloomers Peter
2012Chiapas the Heart of CoffeeJohn
2013 Nymphomaniac: Vol. I Mr. H
2016When I Grow Up...Sergeant JamesShort film
2019Trick or TreatThe Comedian


1992–1996 The Bill Dave Williamson (1992) /Sean Tranter (1996)2 episodes
1993–2009 Heartbeat Chris Rawlings (1993) / Vic Needham (2009)“Wall of Silence” (1993), “Deadlier Than The Male” (2009)
1993 Woof! Nick Bailey1 episode
1994 So Haunt Me Terry1 episode
1996 Sharman Mayles1 episode
1997 McCallum Dr. Aidan Petit3 episodes
Men Behaving Badly Tony 21 episode
The Drew Carey Show Himself1 episode
1998An Englishman in New YorkDaveyTelevision film
1999Shockers: Ibiza - £99 ReturnAlexTelevision film
2000–2001 Hearts and Bones Richard Rose12 episodes
2001Do or DieNicholasMiniseries, 2 episodes
2002Green-Eyed MonsterRayTelevision film
An Angel for MayBob HarrisTelevision film
2003The DebtDS Edward 'Ed' FosterTelevision film
40Robert / RobMiniseries, 3 episodes
Clocking Off Stuart Savage1 episode
Sons & LoversWalter MorelTelevision film
2005 Bleak House Sergeant GeorgeMiniseries, 10 episodes
Messiah: The HarrowingDI Jack PriceMiniseries, 3 episodes
The Last Detective Sergeant Stephen KayEpisode: "Towpaths of Glory"
The Rotters' Club Bill AndertonMiniseries, 3 episodes
2006 Sorted Charlie King6 episodes
Love Lies BleedingStuart MilburnTelevision film
2007 Fanny Hill Mr. HMiniseries, 2 episodes
Silent Witness DI Dan Jennings“Double Dare: Part 1 & 2”
2008Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple James Abbot“Murder Is Easy”
Echo Beach Mark Penwarden12 episodes
Moving Wallpaper Hugo Speer as himselfEpisode: #1.6, #1.12
Moving Wallpaper: The MoleHugo Speer as himselfEpisode: #1.9
2009 Taggart Ron Cassidy“So Long Baby”
2010 Moving On Dave“Losing My Religion”
Skins John Foster“Effy”, “Everyone”
Five Days Supt. James Carpenter4 episodes
2011–2012BedlamWarren Bettany / Warren12 episode
2011 Death in Paradise DI Charlie Hulme1 episode
Haven Louis Pufahl1 episode
Vera Keith MantelEpisode: “Telling Tales”
Midsomer Murders Geoff Rogers“Not in My Backyard”
2012 Watson & Oliver Various sketch show characters3 episodes
2013Common GroundJackTelevision short, 1 episode
2013–2020 Father Brown Inspector Valentine / Chief Inspector Valentine12 episodes
2014–2016 The Musketeers Treville / Minister Treville28 episodes
2017–2019 Britannia Lucius13 episodes
2018–2020 Marcella Frank Young9 episodes
2019 London Kills DI David Bradford10 episodes
2020 Shadow and Bone BodinUpcoming

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Harrogate is in North Yorkshire