Simon Russell Beale stars in "Penny Dreadful" on Showtime as Ferdinand Lyle, an eccentric Egyptologist.

Simon Russell Beale was born in Penang, Malaysia. He became a chorister at St. Paul's Cathedral then went to Clifton College before going to Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge were he received a First in English.

An Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, his performances for the RSC include Konstantin in "The Seagull," Ariel in "The Tempest," Edgar in "King Lear," Oswald in "Ghosts," "Edward II" and "Richard III."

For the National Theatre his extensive work includes Iago in "Othello," Mosca in "Volpone," Guildenstern in "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," Alfred Evelyn in "Money," "Hamlet," for which he won the Evening Standard Best Actor Award and the John & Wendy Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance from the Critics Circle, the lead in "Humble Boy," also in the West End, George in "Jumpers," also in the West End and on Broadway, "Candide," for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, Face in "The Alchemist," Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing," and Undershaft in "Major Barbara," Edward in "A Slight Ache." In 2010 he starred as Sir Harcourt Courtly in "London Assurance."

Performances as Vanya in "Uncle Vanya" and Malvolio in "Twelfth Night" at the Donmar Warehouse and the Brooklyn Academy New York won him Best Actor at the 2002 Olivier, Critics' Circle and Evening Standard Awards as well as a Village Voice Obie in America.

Beale also played Philip in "The Philanthropist" at the Donmar Warehouse, for which he won the 2005 Evening Standard Award for Best Actor.

He starred as King Arthur in "Spamalot" on Broadway and in the West End. He was part of Sam Mendes' first British/American Theatre Company, the Bridge Project, and appeared in "A Winter's Tale" and "The Cherry Orchard" at the Brooklyn Academy, on an international tour, at the Old Vic Theatre in London and finally at Epidaurus, throughout 2009.

UK television credits include "A Dance to the Music of Time," for which he won the 1997 Royal Television Society Award and the BAFTA Best Actor Award, "Persuasion," "The Young Visiters," "Dunkirk" and most recently two series of "Spooks." He has also presented two series and a Christmas special of "Sacred Music" for BBC4 and is currently filming "Symphony," a further series for BBC4.

Beale's film credits include Simon Curtis' "My Week with Marilyn," starring Michelle Williams, Brian Gilbert's "The Gathering" and Oliver Parker's "An Ideal Husband."

Extensive radio credits include George Smiley in "The Complete Smiley" for BBC Radio 4.
He recently danced the role of The Duchess for the Royal Ballet in their world premiere of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."

Beale was made a CBE in 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the Arts. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honorary Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge and of the British Institute of Psychoanalysis, and he holds Honorary Doctorates from Warwick University and City University, London.


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Age: 56 years old
Birthday: January 12, 1961
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia

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