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Alex Jennings

Alex Jennings

Acclaimed UK actor Alex Jennings has worked extensively on stage and screen, including with the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre.

Born in Essex, Alex studied English and theatre studies at the University of Warwick and trained as an actor for two years at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, before beginning his career in theatre, film and television in 1980.

Known for his versatility, Alex is the only performer to have won Olivier Awards in the comedy, drama and musical categories.

He won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance in 1988 for his performance as Gloumov in Too Clever by Half at the Old Vic, and was nominated in the same category the following year for playing Dorante in The Liar.

Alex has performed for the Royal National Theatre in a many of plays, including Leontes in The Winter's Tale and the title role in Albert Speer. His Royal Shakespeare Company roles include the title roles in Hamlet and in Peer Gynt, for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in 1996.

In 2002, he appeared in the Cameron Mackintosh/Trevor Nunn revival of My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and won an Olivier Award as Best Actor in a Musical in 2003. He recently returned to Drury Lane as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes.

Alex has also appeared in several films, including the acclaimed 2015 feature The Lady in the Van, opposite Dame Maggie Smith. Other film appearances include The Queen, The Wings of the Dove, The Four Feathers and Babel.

His work in television includes appearances in Smiley's People, Inspector Morse, Lewis, Poirot, Miss Marple, Silk, and the title role in Ashenden. Alex will soon be seen in the Netflix series The Crown, playing the Duke of Windsor.


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