Henry Goodman (born 23 April 1950) is an English theatre actor. He trained at RADA in London alongside Jonathan Pryce.
In 1988, he played George Green's brother-in-law Cyril in London's Burning. He played character roles in episodes of the popular UK police drama The Bill. He won the Olivier award for Best Actor in 1993 for his role in Stephen Sondheim's musical Assassins and in 2000 for his role as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice directed by Trevor Nunn.
Other roles include: Wintergreen in Of Thee I Sing (London 1996 - concert staging), Billy Flynn in Chicago (London 1997) and Buddy in Follies (London 2002). He took over for Nathan Lane in the Broadway production of The Producers in 2001, but his interpretation of Max Bialystock met with the disfavour of the producers of the show and he was replaced by Lane's understudy Brad Oscar in the role before he could be seen by reviewers.
He played the lead role of Tevye in Lindsay Posner's 2007 revival of Joseph Stein's Fiddler on the Roof, and in 2008 played the lead character in the radio serial The Way We Live Right Now. He took part in the 2009 London revival of Duet for One with Juliet Stevenson.
In the 2009 film, The Damned United, he played the suave Jewish businessman Manny Cussins, chairman of Leeds United.
In 2010 he played the role of Sir Humphrey Appleby in the stage version of Yes, Prime Minister at the Chichester Festival Gielgud Theatre, in London's West End from 17 September 2010.
In the 15th April 2011 issue of Private Eye Goodman was categorised as a 'Luvvie' for his comments on acting.