Award-winning actor and director Adrian Lester CBE started his career with a string of successful West End productions including Sweeny Todd and Company, for which he received an Olivier Award for Best Actor. He played Hamlet directed by Peter Brook and starred as Henry V and Othello at the National Theatre. He played Ira Aldridge in Red Velvet in London and New York and made is Broadway debut in 2021 in The Lehman Trilogy, for which he received a Tony nomination for Best Actor. Other theatre credits including Cheek By Jowl’s all male As You Like It, Guys & Dolls at the Royal Albert Hall, and the UK premieres of Cost of Living and Hymn.
Movies roles include the lead role in the political drama Primary Colors, also starring John Travolta, Emma Thompson and Kathy Bates, Day After Tomorrow, Loves Labour’s Lost, As You Like It, Maybe Baby, Best, Born Romantic, Final Curtain, Case No39, Doomsday and the Oscar nominated Mary Queen of Scots. Adrian is also well known for his TV roles including Hustle, Undercover, Life for BBC1, Trauma, Trigger Point for ITV, Riviera for SKY, Girlfriends, Red Band Society (US) and The Undeclared War for Ch4.