Simon Russell Beale

61, from Penang, Malaysia

Artwork for The Legend of TarzanImage of Simon Russell Beale


Sir Simon Russell Beale CBE (born 12 January 1961) is an English actor. He is known for his appearances in film, television and theatre, and work on radio, on audiobooks and as a narrator. For his services to drama, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in 2019.

He has spent much of his theatre career working in productions for both the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre. He has received ten Laurence Olivier Award nominations, winning three awards for his performances in Volpone (1996), Candide (2000), and Uncle Vanya (2003). For his work on the Broadway stage he has received a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play nomination for his performance as George in the Tom Stoppard play Jumpers in 2004. For his role as Henry Lehman in The Lehman Trilogy, he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and was nominated for an Olivier Award. Beale has been described by The Independent as "the greatest stage actor of his generation".

Beale made his film debut in Sally Potter's period drama Orlando (1992). He continued acting in films such as Persuasion (1995), Hamlet (1996), My Week with Marilyn (2011), The Deep Blue Sea (2011), Into the Woods (2014), and Mary Queen of Scots (2018). In 2017, he starred in Armando Iannucci's dark comedy The Death of Stalin playing Lavrentiy Beria for which he received the British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. He has also appeared in the television projects The Young Visiters (2003), Dunkirk (2004), and as Falstaff in the BBC made-for-television films Henry IV, Part I and Part II (2012). He was part of the main cast of Showtime's Penny Dreadful.


2022Aged 61

  • Poster for The Outfit

    Roy Boyle

  • Poster for Operation Mincemeat

    Winston Churchill

  • Poster for Benediction

    Robbie Ross

  • Poster for Thor: Love and Thunder


2020Aged 59

  • Poster for Radioactive

    Professor Lippmann

  • Poster for A Christmas Carol

    Scrooge's voice (voice)

2019Aged 58

  • Poster for National Theatre Live: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second

    Richard II

  • Poster for National Theatre Live: The Lehman Trilogy

    Henry Lehman

2018Aged 57

  • Poster for Museo

    Frank Graves

  • Poster for Operation Finale

    David Ben-Gurion

  • Poster for Mary Queen of Scots

    Robert Beale

2017Aged 56

  • Poster for RSC Live: The Tempest


  • Poster for My Cousin Rachel


  • Poster for The Death of Stalin

    Lavrenti Beria

2016Aged 55

  • Poster for Shakespeare Live! From the RSC


  • Poster for Cunk on Shakespeare


  • Poster for The Legend of Tarzan

    Mr. Frum

2014Aged 53

  • Poster for National Theatre Live: King Lear

    Lear, King of Britain

  • Poster for Into the Woods

    Baker's Father

2013Aged 52

  • Poster for Muse of Fire


  • Poster for National Theatre Live: 50 Years on Stage


  • Poster for Legacy


2012Aged 51

  • Poster for Shakespeare's Sonnets


  • Poster for National Theatre Live: Timon of Athens


2011Aged 50

  • Poster for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Opera House)

    The Duchess / Introduced by

  • Poster for The Deep Blue Sea

    Sir William Collyer

  • Poster for My Week With Marilyn


  • Poster for National Theatre Live: Collaborators


2010Aged 49

  • Poster for BBC Proms: Sondheim's 80th Birthday

    Himself - Performer

  • Poster for National Theatre Live: London Assurance

    Sir Harcourt Courtly

  • Poster for A Christmas History


2006Aged 45

  • Poster for Deep Water

    Donald Crowhurst (voice)

2003Aged 42

  • Poster for The Young Visiters

    Prince of Wales

2001Aged 40

  • Poster for The Gathering

    Luke Fraser

1999Aged 38

  • Poster for Alice in Wonderland

    King Cedric of Hearts

  • Poster for An Ideal Husband

    Sir Edward

1996Aged 35

  • Poster for Hamlet

    Second Gravedigger

1995Aged 34

  • Poster for Persuasion

    Charles Musgrove

1992Aged 31

  • Poster for Orlando

    Earl of Moray

Year unknown