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Robert Powell

Agent: Lesley Duff | ld@diman.co.uk | 020 7631 0400

Robert has starred as the lead in the critically acclaimed production of King Charles III, both on tour in the UK and in Australia. Prior to that he was Hercule Poirot in Black Coffee, and played RS Simpson in Singin' in the Rain at the Palace Theatre. Robert starred in the National Tour of Doctor in the House. His extensive theatre credits include most recently a hugely successful UK tour of Jeffery Bernard is Unwell. Robert has appeared in repertory seasons at Stoke, Scarborough and Bolton; A Smashing Day at the Arts Theatre;  Ubu Roi and Pirates at The Royal Court Theatre; Hamlet at The Leeds Playhouse; The Lady From The Sea (Greenwich Theatre); Glasstown (Prospect Theatre Company);  Travesties by Tom Stoppard for The Royal Shakespeare Company;  Terra Nove at the Watford Palace Theatre; Private Dick at the Whitehall Theatre and Tovarck at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and a season in the West End at the Piccadilly Theatre.  He starred in Sherlock Holmes- The Musical at the Bristol Old Vic and then on a national tour and played Louis Mazzini in Kind Hearts and Coronets and starred with Suzannah York in Double Double on national tours.  In the spring of 2002 he played Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt in a tour of Alan Bennett’s Single Spies alongside Liza Goddard, and in 2003 toured The Picture of Dorian Gray, playing Lord Henry.  

For his portrayal of ‘Jesus’ in Franco Zefferelli’s 'Jesus of Nazareth', Robert received Best Actor awards from TV Times and Italian TV Times, The International Arts Prize at the Fiuggi Film Festival, Grand Prize at the Saint-Vincent Film Festival and a nomination as Best Actor from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.  Other television appearances include most recently Mark Williams in four series of 'Holby City' for the BBC, the title role in the 1971 BBC TV film 'Shelley', Jude in 'Jude the Obscure', 'Mrs Warren's Profession', 'You Never Can Tell', 'Mr Rolls and Mr Royce', 'Looking for Clancy', 'The Causican Chalk Circle', 'Pygmalion'.  He starred in the 10 part  TV serial, 'Shaka Zulu' . Robert also played Richard Hannay in two series of 'Hannay' for Thames Television,  he starred as Cortez in the world TV premiere of Arthur Miller’s 'The Golden Years'. He also starred in 'Pride of Africa'.  Robert starred opposite Jasper Carrott in five series of the BBC TV comedy 'The Detective'.

US television credits include 'The Four Feathers' (NBC), 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' (CBS), 'Frankenstein' (Showtime) and an adaptation of Solzhenitsyn’s 'The First Circle' for US and Canadian TV playing the lead role of Gleb Nerzhin.

Robert’s many film appearances include 'Secrets, Running Scared', 'The Ashfix', Liliana Cavani’s 'Beyond Good and Evil', Merchant Ivory’s 'Jane Austin in Manhatten', Sergio Nasca’s 'D'Azzunio', 'The Survivor', 'The Jigsaw Man', Krzyzstof Zanussi’s 'The Long conversation with a Bird', Dale Bradley’s acclaimed  New Zealand film 'Chunuk Bear' and 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'.  For Ken Russell, he played the title role in 'Mahler' and Captain Walker in 'Tommy' and was Richard Hannay in 'The 39 Steps'.  He won Best Actor Award at the Paris Film Festival for 'Harlequin' and was adjudged Best Actor at Venice Film Festival for his performance in 'Imperative', directed by Krzystof Zanussi.