Alex Jennings

Alex Jennings is an Associate Actor of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School after graduating from Warwick University. For National Theatre, his stage roles include Alan Bennett in Bennett’s Cocktail Sticks and Hymn, Mikhail Bulgakov in Collaborators, Benjamin Britten in The Habit of Art, Garry Essendine in Present Laughter, George Bush in Stuff Happens, Walter Burns in His Girl Friday, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale and Lord Foppington in The Relapse (Evening Standard Drama Award, Best Actor), the title role in Albert Speer, and Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (Olivier Award, Best Actor in a Musical). In the West End his work includes Too Clever by Half (Olivier Award, Best Comedy Performance, London Theatre Critics’ Awards, Best Actor), The Liar, The Wild Duck, The Importance of Being Earnest, and as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. For the RSC his roles include Richard II, Oberon, Benedick, Peer Gynt (Olivier Award, Best Actor) and Hamlet (Helen Hayes Award, Best Actor). For English National Opera he played Voltaire and Dr Pangloss in Candide. He played Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at the Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris in 2010 and 2013 and at the Sydney Opera House in 2016. Films include War Requiem, The Wings of the Dove, The Four Feathers, Prince Charles in The Queen and Alan Bennett in The Lady in the Van. TV includes A Very English Scandal, The Crown (as the Duke of Windsor), Victoria (as King Leopold), Churchill’s Secret, Foyle’s War, Silk, Lewis, Whitechapel, Marple, Hancock and Joan, Cranford, The State Within, Spooks, Riot at the Rite, Poirot, Bad Blood, Ashenden, Hard Times, Inspector Morse and Smiley’s People.