Nathaniel Parker

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Nathaniel Parker
Born(1962-05-18) 18 May 1962 (age 52)
London, England England
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Anna Patrick (1992–present)
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This article is about the English actor sometimes known as Nat Parker. For the American actor, see Nate Parker.
Nathaniel Parker
Born(1962-05-18) 18 May 1962 (age 52)
London, England England
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Anna Patrick (1992–present)

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

Personal life[edit]

Parker was born in London, the son of the businessman (and one-time British Rail chairman) Sir Peter Parker and Jillian, Lady Parker, a GP and expert gardener who wrote "The Purest of Pleasures:Creation of a Romantic Garden".[1] He was educated at Fox Primary School, Colet Court and Leighton Park School[2] in Reading, Berkshire.

Parker's brother is the film director Oliver Parker. He also has another brother, Alan Parker, who is chairman of Brunswick Group Ltd. Nathaniel Parker is married to actress Anna Patrick. The couple live in London with their daughters Raphaella (born 1998) and Angelica (born 1996).


Parker joined the National Youth Theatre, and after training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art,[3] became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He 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 1997, Nathaniel portrayed David in a made-for-TV film of the life of the biblical character King David. In 2000, he played Bob in Rupert Goold's West End revival of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow. "With his unforced, tough demeanour and conviction Parker substantially carries the evening," wrote John Thaxter in The Stage (6 July 2000).

In a Radio Times interview in 2007, 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. Other early roles include playing Wilfred Owen in Derek Jarman's War Requiem, a 1989 film adaptation of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, co-starring Laurence Olivier as an old soldier in his last screen role before his death, and playing Edward Rochester in John Duigan's 1993 film adaptation of Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea.

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 ITV production of Far From the Madding Crowd (1997), Martin Tanley in the comedy film Beverly Hills Ninja (1997), Rawdon Crawley in a BBC version of Vanity Fair (1998), and notably Harold Skimpole in the BBC1 dramatisation of Bleak House (2005). He starred in the BBC series Merlin as Lord Agravaine, Arthur's uncle.

From 2001 through 2007, Parker played Detective Inspector Lynley in the long-running BBC1 thriller series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, co-starring Sharon Small as his sidekick Det. Sgt. Barbara Havers. He played Edward Gracey in Disney's 2003 film adaptation of The Haunted Mansion, Albert Speer in the 2006 BBC production Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial and Dunstan Thorne in the 2007 fantasy film Stardust. Parker also starred briefly in St Trinian's (directed by his brother, Oliver).

Parker is a voiceover artist and has done work in audio books, 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. Parker also appeared in the indie comedy-drama The Perfect Host, alongside David Hyde Pierce.

In 2011, Parker joined the cast of Merlin,[4] where he played the character of Agravaine for all 13 episodes to the fourth series. He 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.[5]

In 2012, Parker was also cast alongside YouTube reviewer Stuart Ashen in the Alienware sponsored sci-fi/thriller series The Proxy. Despite his British accent, he was also cast 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.[6] He also starred in the TV series, Me and Mrs Jones.


1988Piece of CakeFlying Officer 'Flash' Gordon
1989Inspector Morse: Deceived By FlightJamie Jasper
1989Never Come Back[8]Desmond Thane
1989War RequiemWilfred Owen
1990Harry Enfield's Television Programme"Fire Man"Episodes 1-4
1990Heroes II: The ReturnIvan Lyon
1991Absolute Hell[9]Sam Mitchum
1991Agatha Christies's Poirot: The Affair at the Victory BallChris Davidson
1991The War that Never EndsAlcibiades
1991The Black Candle[10]Lionel Filmore
1992Look at It This Way[11]Miles
1992The BodyguardClive Healy
1993The Vision Thing[12]Michael Fisher
1993Rik Mayall Presents: Dancing QueenNigel
1993Wide Sargasso SeaEdward Rochester
1994Unsigned (the shooting Gallery)[13]The Devil
1994Without walls for one night only - Errol Flynn[14]Errol Flynn
1994A Village AffairMarin Jordan
1994Squanto: A Warrior's TaleThomas Dermer
1994Dangerous Games [Gefährliche Spiele][15]Thomas Cranmer
1995A Touch of Frost: QuarryStephen Milmore
1995A Little Loving[16]Greek God Pan
1996The Short Cut[17]RossShort film
1997Beverly Hills NinjaMartin Tanley
1997Into Thin Air: Death On The EverestRob Hall
1997The Bible: David[18]David
1998Far from the Madding CrowdGabriel Oak
1998Vanity FairRawdon Crawley
1999Trust[19]Andrew Pearce
1999McCallum: Beyond Good and EvilDan GallagherSeries 3
2000Lover's Prayer (aka All Forgotten)[20]Valdimir's Father
2000Pretending to be Judith[21]James Lovel
2001-2007The Inspector Lynley MysteriesInspector Thomas Lynley
2003The Haunted MansionMaster Gracy
2003The Private Life of Samuel PepysCharles II
2004Happy Birthday Oscar WildeHimself
2005Bedtime StoriesNarrator
2005Bleak HouseHarrold Skimpole
2005Fade to BlackGuido Viola
2006FlawlessOliver Ashtoncroft
2006StardustDustan Thorn
2006Nuremberg: Nazis on TrialAlbert Speer
2006A Class Apart[22]Anthony Troth
2007I really hate my jobGuy IICameo role
2007St. Trinian'sChairman of the National GalleryCameo role
2008Hotel Babylon: Is Love Really in the Air?Alexander CrawfieldSeries 3 episode 2
2009Malice In WonderlandHarry Hunt
2009The Perfect HostDetective Morton
2009The Courageous Heart of Irena SendlerDr Juliusz Majkowski
2009Land GirlsLord Lawrence Hoxleyseries 1
2009Lewis: The dead of winterLieutenant Philip ColemanSeries 4
2009My FamilyUncle RichardBBC; Christmas episode 2009
2010The Domino EffectTramp
2010Sergeant Slaughter[23]Father
2010Tell MeDr. Anton Sharple
2010The Chronicles of Narnia (Dawn Treader)Caspian IXCameo role
2010InjusticeMarin Newall
2011MerlinAgravaineSeries 4
2012The ProxyPeter Baker
2012The Charles Dickens Show[24]Doctor Guffquatt
2012Me and Mrs JonesTom Marshall
2012Still Life: An Inspector Gamache Mystery [6]Chief Inspector Armand Gamache
2014Moomins on the RivieraMoominpappavoice role

Theatre work[25][edit]

1981Richard IIINational Youth Theatre
1982MacbethMacbethNational Youth Theatre
1984Trumpets and Drums (based on the The Recruiting Officer)Captain BrazenLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
1985ClawLudsbyTheatre Clwyd / MoldTheatre Clwyd / Mold
1985Trumpets and Drums (based on the The Recruiting Officer)Captain BrazenTheatre Clwyd / MoldTheatre Clwyd / Mold
1986Romeo and JulietTyboltYoung Vic, LondonOld Vic11.02.86
1986The GiftRSCSwan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon[26]
1986The KissOliverRSC[25]
1986-1987The Winter's TaleFlorizelRSCRoyal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon, Tyne Theatre Newcastle upon Tyne, Barbican Theatre London[26]
1986-1987Every Man in His HumourWellbredRSCSwan Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon, Mermaid Theatre London, The Peoples Theatre Newcastle upon Tyne[26]
1986-1987The RoverDon PedroRSCSwan Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon, The Peoples Theatre Newcastle upon Tyne[26]
1986Richard IIIHarry PercyRSCRoyal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon, Tyne Theatre Newcastle upon Tyne, Barbican Theatre London[26]
1987The StormVanya KudryashRSCPit, London[26]
1987A Midsummer Night's DreamLysanderRSCBarbican Theatre, London[26]
1989Merchant of Venice[27]BassanioPeter Hall CompanyPhoenix Theatre London, 46th Street Theater New York(UK) 01.06.1989, (US) 20.12.1989 to 24.02.1990
1997Cargo CultBarbican Theatre02.09.1987
199950 RevolutionsOxford Stage CompanyWhitehall Theatre07.09.1999 to 25.09.1999
2000Speed the plowDuke of York's, London29.06.2000 to 19.08.2000
2008Quartermaine's TermsQuartermaineTheatre Royal Windsor, New Victoria Theatre Woking, The Richmond Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath, Theatre Royal Brighton13.05.2008 to 21.06.2008
2013The AudienceGordon BrownGielgud Theatre15.02.2013 to 15.06.2013
2013/14Wolf Hall[28]Henry VIIIRSCSwan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon11.12.2013 to 29.03.2014


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  6. ^ a b Kelly, Brendan (2 November 2012). "Louise Penny’s detective novels get small-screen treatment from CBC-TV". Montreal Gazette (Montreal). Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Nathaniel Parker Lists of Work (filmography)". Nathaniel Parker Official Homepage. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Never Come Back Series". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Performance: Absolute Hell". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Black Candle". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Look at it this way". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "The Vision Thing". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Unsigned". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Without Walls : Errol Flynn". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "GEFÄHRLICHE SPIELE". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "A Little Loving". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "The Short Cut". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "La BIBBIA: DAVID". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Trust Series". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "Lover's Prayer". IMDB. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "Pretending to be Judith". BFI. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "A class Apart". BBC. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "Sergeant Slaughter". IMDB. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "The Charles Dickens Show: Health". BBC. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  25. ^ a b "Nathaniel Parker Lists of Work (theatregraphy)". Nathaniel Parker Official Homepage. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  26. ^ a b c d e f g "RSC Archive (Name Search)". RSC Archive Catalogue. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  27. ^ "The Merchant of Venice". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  28. ^ "Wolf Hall RSC". RSC. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 

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