Anton Lesser

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Anton Lesser
Anton Lesser (2011).jpg
Anton Lesser in June 2011
Born(1952-02-14) 14 February 1952 (age 62)
Years active1979–present
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Anton Lesser
Anton Lesser (2011).jpg
Anton Lesser in June 2011
Born(1952-02-14) 14 February 1952 (age 62)
Years active1979–present

Anton Lesser (born 14 February 1952) is an English actor.


Lesser attended Moseley Grammar School in Moseley, Birmingham and the University of Liverpool before going to RADA in 1977 where he was awarded the Bancroft Gold Medal as the most promising actor of his year.

As an Associate Artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) he has played a considerable number of Shakespeare's great roles, including Troilus (Troilus and Cressida), Edgar (King Lear), Petruchio, Romeo, Henry Bolingbroke, Brutus (Julius Caesar), Leontes (Winter's Tale) and Richard III.

He is a frequent radio contributor, has starred in the BBC Radio adaptations of the first five Falco mysteries by Lindsey Davis and has recorded many audio books – including much of the work of Charles Dickens – 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. 2/07/2013 – 5/09/2013 was heard as a regular cast member playing Robin Carrow in Ambridge Extra, the BBC Radio 4 Extra spin off from the BBC Radio 4 drama The Archers

Lesser lives in Warwickshire with his wife and their two children.


1979The Mill on the FlossPhilip WakemTV series (2 episodes)
OresteiaOrestesTV series (3 episodes)
1981The Cherry OrchardTrofimovTV film
Troilus & CressidaTroilusTV film
1982Crown CourtTV series (1 episode: "Fair Play: Part 1")
King LearEdgarTV film
The MissionaryYoung Man
1983Good and Bad at GamesCoxTV film
1984SakharovValery ChalidzeTV film
FreudWilhelm FleissTV series (5 episodes)
1985Anna of the Five TownsWillie PriceTV series (2 episodes)
The Assam GardenMr. Sutton
1987London EmbassyRobert BronhouseTV series
Great PerformancesRobberTV series (1 episode: "Monsignor Quixote")
1988Twelfth Night, or What You WillFesteTV film
Screen TwoStanley SpencerTV series (1 episode: "Stanley Spencer")
A Vote for HitlerA. L. RowseTV film
1989Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal StoryKarlTV film
1990TraitorsTV film
1991The Strauss DynastyLeviTV series (1 episode: "Episode No.1.1")
1992Downtown LagosMungo DawsonTV series
1994GuinevereEnvoyTV film
Shakespeare: The Animated TalesLeontesTV series (1 episode: "The Winter's Tale")
1995The Politician's WifeMark HollisterTV series
BugsPatrick MarcelTV series (1 episode: "Pulse")
MosesEliavTV film
1996SharmanGalileeTV series (1 episode: "Episode No.1.4")
Testament: The Bible in AnimationJosephTV series (1 episode: "Joseph")
1997Into the BlueDr. John OckletonTV film
BodyguardsDusan MezicTV series (1 episode: "A Choice of Evils")
FairyTale: A True StoryWounded Corporal
The MoonstoneEzra JenningsTV film
1998Invasion: EarthLt. Charles TerrellTV series (4 episodes)
Vanity FairMr. Pitt CrawleyTV series (5 episodes, of 6 total)
The EchoBilly BlakeTV film
1999Trial by FireBrian RedwoodTV film
Pure WickednessDr. Andrew WardTV film
2000The Miracle MakerHerodTV film
Esther KahnSean
Safe as HousesMr. DunnTV series
The Scarlet PimpernelAntoine PicardTV series (1 episoe: "Friends & Enemies")
Lorna DooneCounsellor DooneTV film
2001Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real StoryVidas Merlinis, Research ScientistTV film
Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock HolmesMilburnTV series (1 episode: "The White Knight Stratagem")
UprisingTV film
Charlotte GrayRenech
SwallowPaul ValleyTV series (3 episodes)
2002DickensCharles DickensTV series (3 episodes)
Sir Gawain and the Green KnightSir GawainTV film
Waking the DeadProfessor Ray LevinTV series (2 episodes)
The ProjectStanley HallTV film
Foyle's WarAustin CarmichaelTV series (1 episode: "Eagle Day")
2003Danielle Cable: EyewitnessBattenTV film
Y MabinogiTeyrnonTV series
Imagining ArgentinaGeneral Guzmán
EroicaSukowatyTV film
Midsomer MurdersEddie DarwinTV series (1 episode: "Birds of Prey")
2004LondonCharles DickensTV film
Silent WitnessMarcus GwilymTV series (2 episodes)
Dirty Filthy LoveCharlesTV film
SpooksNicholas AshworthTV series (1 episode: "Episode No.3.4")
2005Ahead of the ClassGraham RangerTV film
The Girl in the CaféGeorgeTV film
E-mc2VoltaireTV film
River QueenBaine
Class of '76Martin GibsonTV film
NovaVoltaireTV series (1 episode: "Einstein's Big Idea")
2006Dalziel and PascoePaul GoodmanTV series (2 episodes)
Vital SignsDr. LindsayTV series (3 episodes)
New TricksPete MackintyreTV series (1 episode: "Bank Robbery")
The OutsidersMaurice HestonTV film
A Touch of FrostDennis PriorTV series (1 episode: "Endangered Species")
Miss PotterHarold Warne
2008Messiah: The RaptureSamuel WaiteTV series
The PalaceArchbishop of CanterburyTV series (2 episodes)
Midsomer MurdersReverend Wallace StoneTV series (1 episode: "Talking to the Dead")
Agatha Christie PoirotInspector KelseyTV series (1 episode: "Cat Among the Pigeons")
Einstein and EddingtonFritz HaberTV film
Little DorritMr. MerdleTV series (7 episodes)
2009Deep Sleepshort
Casualty 1909Dr. Henry HeadTV series (4 episodes)
2010Primeval: WebisodesGideon
Holby CitySol CaplinTV series (1 episode: "Faith No More")
Five DaughtersDr. Nat CaryTV series (2 episodes)
Garrow's LawJohn FarmerTV series (4 episodes)
2011PrimevalGideonTV series (5 episodes)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesLord John Carteret
The HourClarence FendleyTV series (5 episodes)
The Man Who Crossed HitlerRudolf OldenTV film
2012The Hollow CrownExeterTV film (1 episode: Henry V)
2013Game of ThronesQyburnTV Series
Spies of WarsawDr. LappTV film (2 episodes)
Ripper StreetDr Karl CrabbTV series (2 episodes)
EndeavourChief Superintendent BrightTV series
The Escape ArtistRichard Mayfield, QCTV series (3 episodes)
AtlantisKyrosTV series
2014Father BrownFather IgnatiusEpisode: "The Mysteries of the Rosary"
The MusketeersEmile De MauvoisinEpisode: "The Homecoming"
Closer to the MoonHolban
2015Wolf HallThomas MoreTV series

Theatre performances[edit]


  1. ^ as spelled in The life and death of Richard II programme by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre 1990

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