Alex Jennings

Alex Jennings

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1957-05-10 (64 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Essex, England, UK

31 Movies · 25 TV shows

Also Known As: Alexander Jennings

Biography

Alex Jennings (born 10 May 1957) is an English actor of the stage and screen, who has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre. For his stage work on the London stage, Jennings has received three Olivier Awards, winning for Too Clever by Half (1988), Peer Gynt (1996), and My Fair Lady (2003). He is the only performer to have won Olivier awards in the drama, musical and comedy categories.He is also known for his film work, in particular for his performance as Prince Charles in Stephen Frears' film The Queen (2006) opposite Helen Mirren. His other film appearances include The Wings of the Dove (1997), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), Babel (2006), Belle (2013), and recently The Lady in the Van (2015) starring Dame Maggie Smith. Recently Jennings has won acclaim for his performances in television including for his portraying Edward VIII, the Duke of Windsor, in the critically acclaimed Netflix series The Crown acting opposite Claire Foy. He also starred in the PBS series Victoria (2016–2019) opposite Jenna Coleman, as well as Stephen Frears' A Very English Scandal (2018) alongside Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw, and most recently Steve McQueen's Small Axe: Mangrove (2020) starring Letitia Wright.

Early Life

Jennings was born in Essex, the son of Peggy Patricia (née Mahoney) and Michael Thomas Jennings. He attended Abbs Cross Technical High School in Hornchurch and then studied English and Theatre studies at the University of Warwick, graduating in 1978. He said he saw his first theatre when he was in high school and went to the Old Vic Theatre, which led him to be inspired to be an actor.He trained as an actor for two years at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Movies & TV shows

2020.

1 TV show
TV
Small Axe

Small Axe

2020
The stories look at the lives of a group of friends and their families in London's West Indian community from the late 1960s to the early 80s.

2019.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
National Theatre Live: Hansard

National Theatre Live: Hansard

2019
It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Di...
TV
Gold Digger

Gold Digger

6
2019
Julia is wealthy and falls in love with a man 25 years her junior. As the series progresses, the impact their unconventional relationship has on her family is explored and the secrets of their past ar...

2018.

1 TV show
TV
A Very English Scandal

A Very English Scandal

6
2018
The leader of the Liberal party has a secret he's desperate to hide, it's the late 1960s and homosexuality has only just been legalised.

2016.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
Churchill's Secret

Churchill's Secret

2016
The British Prime Minister had a stroke in the summer of 1953 that kept a secret from the rest of the world.
TV
Victoria

Victoria

7.57
2016
The story of Queen Victoria, who came to the throne at a time of great economic turbulence and republicanism, and died 64 years later the head of the largest empire the world had ever seen, has revita...
TV
The Crown

The Crown

6.71
2016
The inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain's post-war destiny. The intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the sec...
Denial

Denial

1
2016
Deborah E is a historian. Lipstadt has to prove the Holocaust happened.

2015.

1 Movie
The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

5.63
2015
The true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who parked her van in Bennett's London driveway and lived there for 15 years.

2014.

1 Movie
Castles in the Sky

Castles in the Sky

2014
Germany is being menaced by the storm clouds of Nazism. Robert Watt and his team of eccentric and brilliant meteorologists are trying to turn the idea of radar into a functional reality.

2013.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes

2013
When her friends' rowdy and unsociable behavior escalates while on holiday in the Balkans, she resolves to seek out some tranquility and travel home alone. When she faints on the platform at the railw...
Belle

Belle

6
2013
The true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy admiral, inspired BELLE. Even though her heritage affords her certain privileges, the color of her skin pre...
Trap for Cinderella

Trap for Cinderella

6.3
2013
A young girl suffering from amnesia after surviving a house fire that takes her childhood friend's life, begins a tormented road to recovery.
National Theatre Live: 50 Years on Stage

National Theatre Live: 50 Years on Stage

2013
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the National Theatre of Great Britain presents National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage, bringing together the best British actors for a unique evening of unforgettable p...

2012.

1 Movie
We'll Take Manhattan

We'll Take Manhattan

2012
In We'll Take Manhattan, the love affair between Jean Shrimpton and David Bailey is explored. The drama is based on a 1962 Vogue photo shoot in New York and tells the story of two young people falling...

2011.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Silk

Silk

6.55
2011
Silk was first shown in 2011. A group of barristers are trying to get the rank of Queen's Counsel.
National Theatre Live: Collaborators

National Theatre Live: Collaborators

2011
There is an imaginary encounter between Joseph Stalin and the playwright.

2010.

2 Movies
National Theatre Live: The Habit of Art

National Theatre Live: The Habit of Art

2010
National Theatre Live broadcasted Alan Bennett's play The Habit of Art in 2010 as part of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations. W H Auden was a friend of Benjamin Britten's and he soug...
On Expenses

On Expenses

2010
The disclosure of MPs' expenses was fought for by Heather Brooke.

2009.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
The Last Days of Lehman Brothers

The Last Days of Lehman Brothers

2009
The heads of Wall Street's biggest investment banks were summoned to an evening meeting by the US Treasury Secretary to discuss the plight of Lehman Brothers. Lehman Brothers was on the verge of colla...
TV
Whitechapel

Whitechapel

6
2009
There are people in London's East End.

2008.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
Hancock & Joan

Hancock & Joan

2008
The drama tells the story of Tony Hancock's love affair with his friend's wife, and her fight to save the man and his career.
TV
Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales

2008
Cinderella, The Emperor's New Clothes, and Billy Goats Gruff are all modern versions of classic fairy tales.
TV
10 Days to War

10 Days to War

2008
There are short dramas about the war in Iraq.
The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

2008
A mining engineer on a holiday from the African colonies finds London life dull. It's more than he bargained for when a secret agent comes into his room and gives him a notebook about the beginning of...
The Disappeared

The Disappeared

2008
Matthew Ryan is trying to put his life back together after the disappearance of his brother. The past keeps coming back to him.

2007.

4 TV shows
TV
Cranford

Cranford

6.25
2007
A comedy about a small town on the verge of change in the 1840s. The novels were written by Elizabeth Gaskell.
TV
The Restaurant

The Restaurant

2007
Nine couples are competing for the chance to work with chef Raymond Blanc.
TV
The Graham Norton Show

The Graham Norton Show

9.5
2007
GrahamNorton talks about what's happening. The guests are talking. Graham is playing an instrument.
TV
Lewis

Lewis

6
2007
Oxford's learned inhabitants throw tough cases at Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway.

2006.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Babel

Babel

3.67
2006
There is an interlocking story involving four different families after a tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation.
The Queen

The Queen

7.75
2006
After the death of Diana, the Royal family and the public demanded an overt display of mourning, but the Queen and Prime Minister Tony Blair were able to reach a compromise between what was a private ...
TV
The State Within

The State Within

6
2006
Grainne Marmion was the producer of The State Within, a seven-episode British television political drama, which was broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation in the United Kingdom on Thursday,...

2005.

2 Movies
Riot at the Rite

Riot at the Rite

2005
Gabriel Astruc opened a theater on the Champs Elysées in 1913. The Ballet Russes danced the premiere of 'The Rite of Spring'. The rehearsal process is fraught because the orchestra and dancers dislike...
A Very Social Secretary

A Very Social Secretary

2005
The drama inspired by David Blunkett's private affair, starring Bernard Hill and Victoria Hamilton, was held up for very public scrutiny.

2004.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Five Children and It

Five Children and It

2004
Five children are playing in a gravel pit. The results of which will last until sunset, is a reward for finding him, and it grants the children one wish a day.
TV
London

London

2004
London is a three-part documentary series on the history of London.
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

5.62
2004
It's becoming uncomfortable in her relationship with Mark. She has to deal with a new boss, a strange contractor and the worst vacation of her life after discovering that he's a conservative voter.

2002.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Spooks

Spooks

6
2002
The British Security Service work against the clock to safeguard the nation in a tense drama series. The series follows the work of a group of MI5 officers based at the service's Thames House headquar...
The Four Feathers

The Four Feathers

2002
The story is set in 1885 and follows a British officer who resigns his post when he learns of a plan to ship out to Sudan. Four white feathers were sent to him by his friends and fiancée. He disguises...

2000.

2 TV shows
TV
Waking the Dead

Waking the Dead

4.67
2000
A detective team uses new techniques to solve old crimes.

1999.

2 Movies
The Hunley

The Hunley

1999
The true story of the crew ofCSS Hunley is told in the film. The Hunley was the first to sink an enemy boat during the war. The temperament of the 9 men who led the Hunley into history is related to t...
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

1999
The musical tells the story of Joseph.

1997.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Liberty!

Liberty!

6
1997
A documentary about the birth of the American Republic and the struggle of a group of states to become a nation.
The Wings of the Dove

The Wings of the Dove

1997
Kate is in love with a journalist. Kate knows her Aunt won't approve of the match since her mother lost all her money in a marriage to a drug dealer. When she met a dying American heiress, Kate came u...

1996.

1 Movie
A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

1996
The Royal Shakespeare Company made a film out of Shakespeare's comedy. As a small boy dreams, the play unfolds in a landscape of umbrellas and lightbulbs.

1994.

1 Movie
Hard Times

Hard Times

1994
Charles Dickens' novel about the challenges of life in 19th-century London comes to life with an outstanding cast and brilliant cinematography.

1991.

1 TV show
TV
Ashenden

Ashenden

1991
British intelligence recruited a writer into espionage work during the First World War. Based on the writings of a man.

1989.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Agatha Christie's Poirot

Agatha Christie's Poirot

6.24
1989
From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first clas...
War Requiem

War Requiem

1989
A film with no dialogue follows the music and lyrics of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem", which include WWI soldier poet Wilfred Owen's poems reflecting the war's horrors. The story of an Englishman s...

1988.

1 TV show
TV
The Franchise Affair

The Franchise Affair

1988
A girl who has been missing for weeks returns home. She identifies the mother and daughter who live there as the people who kidnapped her, held her captive and beat her. The lawyer has only a few days...

1987.

1 TV show
TV
Inspector Morse

Inspector Morse

4.83
1987
Colin Dexter wrote a series of Chief Inspector Morse novels. A large cast of notable actors and actresses, as well as John Thaw and Kevin Whately, starred in the series.

1982.

1 TV show
TV
Smiley's People

Smiley's People

6
1982
The Circus is so overwhelmed by political considerations that it doesn't want to know what happened, that it was called out of retirement to settle the affairs of a friend. A high person in the Russia...

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art

Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art

The final version of The Habit of Art, a play in which a group of actors rehearse a play about W.H, was critically acclaimed. Both Auden and Benjamin Britten were poets.
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