Nathaniel Parker

Nathaniel Parker

Born: May 18, 1962
Age: 62
Birthplace: London, England
Please login to contact Nathaniel Parker...
Don't have an account yet?  Join Today!

Nathaniel Parker (born 18 May 1962) is an English stage and screen actor best known for playing Detective Inspector Thomas "Tommy" Lynley in the BBC crime drama series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.



Parker joined the National Youth Theatre, and after training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1986.



Parker portrayed Bassanio in Peter Hall's 1989 production of The Merchant of Venice in both London and on Broadway, co-starring with Dustin Hoffman.

In 2000, he played Bob in Rupert Goold's West End revival of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow.

Parker returned to the stage in 2013 for the Westend production of The Audience, starring Dame Helen Mirren, written by Peter Morgan (The Queen) and directed by Stephen Daldry. The play ran for four months at the Gielgud Theatre in London. It was also transmitted worldwide via National Theatre Live and was seen by more than 110,000 viewers in the UK and USA alone.

Parker played King Henry VIII in Wolf Hall (and Bring up the Bodies) for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2014, earning a 2015 Olivier Award for best actor in a supporting role for the London production and appearing in New York City when the show moved on to Broadway, where his performance received a Tony Award nomination.

Film and television

In 1997, Parker portrayed David in a made-for-TV film of the life of the biblical character King David.

Parker established his reputation by playing a variety of television costume drama roles, such as: Martin Jordan in the 1995 TV production of Joanna Trollope's A Village Affair, Gabriel Oak in the Granada/WGBH-TV co- production of Far From the Madding Crowd (1997), and Martin Tanley in the comedy film Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) with Chris Farley and Chris Rock. He also played Rawdon Crawley in a BBC version of Vanity Fair (1998). The New York Times reviewer Caryn James said of his performance: "More than anyone else in the series, Nathaniel Parker brings some complexity to his character." He also played Harold Skimpole in the BAFTA-winning BBC1 dramatisation of Bleak House (2005).

In a 2007 Radio Times interview, Parker said that his first big television break came in 1988 when he played a Battle of France pilot in ITV's glossy six-part drama Piece of Cake. Another early role was Wilfred Owen in Derek Jarman's War Requiem, a 1989 film adaptation of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem. It co-starred Laurence Olivier, in his last screen role, as an old soldier. Four years later, Parker played Edward Rochester in John Duigan's 1993 film adaptation of Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea. Reviewing this 'prequel' to Jane Eyre, Vincent Canby said in his review that Parker: "is exceptionally good in a difficult, shadowy role".

From 2001 to 2007, Parker played Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley in the long-running BBC1 crime series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, perhaps his best-known role. His co-star was Sharon Small as his assistant, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. When the series premiered on PBS in 2002, The Wall Street Journal declred it is "fully worthy of the Mystery! label." During that time he also played Edward Gracey in Disney's film adaptation of The Haunted Mansion (2003), Albert Speer in the BBC production of 2006 Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial and Dunstan Thorn in the fantasy film Stardust (2007). Parker also starred briefly in St Trinian's (directed by his brother, Oliver).

In 2011, Parker joined the cast of Merlin, to play the character of Agravaine for all 13 episodes of the fourth series. He also appeared in the independent comedy-drama The Perfect Host, alongside David Hyde Pierce.

In 2012, Parker was cast alongside YouTube reviewer Stuart Ashen in the Alienware sponsored sci-fi thriller series The Proxy. He also appeared as Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec in the film adaption of Louise Penny's murder mystery novel Still Life, set in rural Quebec. He also starred in the TV series, Me and Mrs Jones broadcast in 2012.

In July 2015, Parker played the domestic bully Dicky Carmichael in the BBC’s two-part television adaptation of Sadie Jones’ debut novel The Outcast. In June 2015 it was announced that Parker would play the role of King Achish in ABC TVs series Of Kings and Prophets.

Audio and voice over work

Parker is a voiceover artist and has done work on audiobooks, including Eoin Colfer's children's Artemis Fowl series, the first three books in Charlie Higson's Young James Bond series, and The Gardens of The Dead by William Brodrick. He read Mark Haddon's novel A Spot of Bother for BBC Radio Four's Book at Bedtime and played Axel in Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth, first broadcast on BBC Radio Four Extra on 20 November 2011 and again on 12 November 2012. He has also done voiceover work on numerous video games and made many radio appearances as an interviewee and in radio dramas. A complete listing of Parker's extensive audio work can be found online.


Unless noted otherwise, details of Parker's film and television work can be found here.

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Piece of Cake Flying Officer 'Flash' Gordon Six parts
1989 Inspector Morse: "Deceived By Flight" Jamie Jasper
1989 Never Come Back Desmond Thane Three parts
1989 War Requiem Wilfred Owen with Laurence Olivier and Tilda Swinton
1990 Harry Enfield's Television Programme "Fire Man" Episodes 1-4
1990 Heroes II: The Return Ivan Lyon
1990 Hamlet Laertes with Mel Gibson
1991 Absolute Hell Sam Mitchum
1991 Agatha Christies's Poirot: "The Affair at the Victory Ball" Chris Davidson
1991 The War that Never Ends Alcibiades
1991 The Black Candle Lionel Filmore
1992 Look at It This Way Miles Three parts
1992 The Bodyguard Clive Healy with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston
1993 The Vision Thing Michael Fisher
1993 Rik Mayall Presents: Dancing Queen Nigel
1993 Wide Sargasso Sea Edward Rochester
1994 Unsigned The Devil
1994 For One Night Only:Errol Flynn Errol Flynn
1994 A Village Affair Marin Jordan
1994 Squanto: A Warrior's Tale Thomas Dermer
1994 Dangerous Games Thomas Cranmer
1995 A Touch of Frost - "Quarry" Stephen Milmore
1995 Othello Cassio with Laurence Fishburne
1995 A Little Loving Greek God Pan
1996 The Short Cut Ross Short film
1997 Beverly Hills Ninja Martin Tanley
1997 Into Thin Air: Death on Everest Rob Hall
1997 The Bible: David David
1998 Far from the Madding Crowd Gabriel Oak Four episodes
1998 Vanity Fair Rawdon Crawley Parts 2 - 6
1999 Trust Andrew Pearce Part 1
1999 McCallum - "Beyond Good and Evil" Dan Gallagher Series 3
2000 Lover's Prayer (aka All Forgotten) Vladimir's Father
2000 Pretending to be Judith James Lovel
2001-2007 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Inspector Thomas Lynley 23 Episodes
2003 The Haunted Mansion Master Gracy with Eddie Murphy
2003 The Private Life of Samuel Pepys Charles II
2004 Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde Himself
2005 Bedtime Stories Narrator
2005 Bleak House Harrold Skimpole Parts 1 & 2
2005 Fade to Black Guido Viola
2006 Flawless Oliver Ashtoncroft
2006 Stardust Dunstan Thorn
2006 Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial Albert Speer 1 episode
2006 A Class Apart Anthony Troth
2007 I Really Hate My Job Guy II Cameo role
2007 St. Trinian's Chairman of the National Gallery Cameo role
2008 Hotel Babylon - "Is Love Really in the Air?" Alexander Crawfield Series 3 episode 2
2009 Malice In Wonderland Harry Hunt
2009 The Perfect Host Detective Morton
2009 The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler Dr Juliusz Majkowski
2009 Land Girls Lord Lawrence Hoxley Series 1
2009 Lewis - "The Dead of Winter" Lieutenant Philip Coleman Series 4 - ITV
2009 My Family Uncle Richard BBC; Christmas episode 2009
2010 The Domino Effect Tramp
2010 Sergeant Slaughter Father
2010 Tell Me Dr. Anton Sharple
2010 The Chronicles of Narnia (Dawn Treader) Caspian IX Cameo role
2010 Injustice Marin Newall
2011 Merlin Agravaine Series 4
2012 The Proxy Peter Baker
2012 The Charles Dickens Show Doctor Guffquatt
2012 Me and Mrs Jones Tom Marshall
2012 Still Life: An Inspector Gamache Mystery Chief Inspector Armand Gamache
2014 The Outcast Dickie Carmichael
2015 The Proxy: Enhanced Full Cut Peter Baker Actor
2015 Of Kings and Prophets King Achich

Theatre work

Unless noted otherwise, details of Parker's theatre work can be found here.

Year Title Role Company Theatre Notes
1981 Richard III Richard III National Youth Theatre
1982 Macbeth Macbeth National Youth Theatre
1984 Trumpets and Drums (based on The Recruiting Officer) Captain Brazen London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
1985 Claw Ludsby Theatre Clwyd / Mold Theatre Clwyd / Mold
1985 Trumpets and Drums (based on the The Recruiting Officer) Captain Brazen Theatre Clwyd / Mold Theatre Clwyd / Mold
1986 Romeo and Juliet Tybolt Young Vic, London Old Vic 11.02.86
1986 The Gift Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
1986 The Kiss Oliver RSC
1986-1987 The Winter's Tale Florizel RSC Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Tyne Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne, Barbican Theatre, London
1986-1987 Every Man in His Humour Wellbred RSC Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Mermaid Theatre, London, The People's Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne
1986-1987 The Rover Don Pedro RSC Swan Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon, The People's Theatre Newcastle upon Tyne
1986 Richard III Harry Percy RSC Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Tyne Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne, Barbican Theatre, London
1987 The Storm Vanya Kudryash RSC Pit, London
1987 A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander RSC Barbican Theatre, London
1989 The Merchant of Venice Bassanio Peter Hall Company Phoenix Theatre, London, 46th Street Theater, New York (UK) 01.06.1989, (US) 20.12.1989 to 24.02.1990
1997 Cargo Cult Barbican Theatre 02.09.1987
1999 50 Revolutions Oxford Stage Company Whitehall Theatre, London 07.09.1999 to 25.09.1999
2000 Speed the Plow Duke of York's Theatre, London 29.06.2000 to 19.08.2000
2008 Quartermaine's Terms Quartermaine Bill Kenwright 2008 Ltd. Theatre Royal, Windsor; New Victoria Theatre, Woking; The Richmond Theatre, Theatre Royal, Bath, Theatre Royal, Brighton 13.05.2008 to 21.06.2008
2013 The Audience Gordon Brown Gielgud Theatre, London 15.02.2013 to 15.06.2013
2013/14 Wolf Hall Henry VIII RSC Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon 11.12.2013 to 29.03.2014
2013/14 Bring Up the Bodies Henry VIII RSC Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon 19.12.2013 to 29.03.2014
2014 Wolf Hall Henry VIII RSC The Aldwych Theatre, London 10.05.2014 to 04.10.2014
2014 Bring Up the Bodies Henry VIII RSC The Aldwych Theatre, London 10.05.2014 to 04.10.2014
2015 Wolf Hall 1 & 2 Henry VIII RSC Winter Garden Theater, New York 20.03.2015 to 05.07.2015

Personal life

Nathaniel Parker was born in London, the son of the businessman, and one-time British Rail chairman, Sir Peter Parker and Gillian, Lady Parker, a GP, and expert gardener, who wrote The Purest of Pleasures:Creation of a Romantic Garden. Parker's brother is the film director Oliver Parker. He has another brother, Alan Parker, who is chairman of Brunswick Group Ltd and a sister, Lucy. Parker is married to the actress Anna Patrick. The couple live in Gloucestershire with their daughters Raphaella (born 1998) and Angelica (born 1996).

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

Terms Privacy Join Contact
Contact Any Star FanPal • 2024