Anton Lesser

Anton Lesser

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1952-02-14 · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Birmingham, England, UK

44 Movies · 44 TV shows

Biography

Anton Lesser (born 14 February 1952) is an English actor. He is particularly well known for his roles as Qyburn in the HBO series Game of Thrones, as Thomas More in Wolf Hall, as Harold Macmillan in The Crown, and as Chief Superintendent Bright in Endeavour.

Early Life

Born in Birmingham, West Midlands, Anton Lesser attended Moseley Grammar School and the University of Liverpool, where he read architecture. He then went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and on graduation in 1977 he was awarded the Bancroft Gold Medal as the most promising actor of his year. He is of Jewish background.With his wife Madeleine, he has two children, Harry and Lily Lesser. Lily is an actress, who has acted alongside her father in Endeavour and Wolf Hall.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie
The Courier

The Courier

5.5
2021
The Cuban Missile Crisis was caused by a Cold War spy.

2020.

2 Movies
Kindred

Kindred

4
2020
When her boyfriend Ben suddenly dies in an accident, mother-to-be Charlotte collapses upon receiving the news. She wakes up in Ben’s family home, a crumbling old manor house in the middle of nowhere w...
Gatecrash

Gatecrash

2020
A dark psychological thriller which follows a couple who find themselves in a hit and run situation, with the evidence suggesting that there was no accident.

2019.

1 TV show
TV
The Trial of Christine Keeler

The Trial of Christine Keeler

2019
The minister, his mistress, and her lover the spy. The story of the woman at the centre of one of the 20th century's biggest scandals – which changed Britain forever.

2018.

1 Movie
On Chesil Beach

On Chesil Beach

9
2018
In 1962 England, a young couple finds their idyllic romance clashing with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.

2017.

2 Movies
The Exception

The Exception

6
2017
A German soldier tries to find out if the Dutch resistance planted a spy in the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the beginning of World War II, but falls in love with a young Jewish Dutch woma...
Disobedience

Disobedience

6.5
2017
A woman learns of her father's death. A childhood friend is married.

2016.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Hooten & The Lady

Hooten & The Lady

7.2
2016
Hugely charismatic, roguish American adventurer Hooten and his fantastically feisty partner in crime, Lady Alexandra travel the world, from the Vatican to The Himalayas, the Amazon to Egypt, in their ...
TV
The Crown

The Crown

6.96
2016
The inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain's post-war destiny is gripping. The intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that sh...
Allied

Allied

4
2016
In 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female Resistance fighter. When they are in London, their relationship is tested.
A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom

5.5
2016
The inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland, and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948, in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the Britis...

2015.

3 TV shows
TV
Dickensian

Dickensian

4
2015
Dickensian weaves the world of fictional characters in Charles Dickens novels in half-hour episodes as their lives intersect in 19th century London. Next to each other are the Three Cripples Pub and F...
TV
Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall

5.38
2015
The drama is based on a book. In the 1520's, it is a heartbeat from disaster for England. If the King dies without a male heir, the country will be destroyed. The marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boley...
TV
Life In Squares

Life In Squares

6
2015
The three-part series centres on the close and often fraught relationship between sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, and Vanessa’s sexually complicated alliance with gay artist Duncan Grant as t...

2014.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
The Game

The Game

6
2014
"The Game" is about the world of espionage. The story of the invisible war fought by MI5 is told.
TV
The Musketeers

The Musketeers

6.78
2014
Set in 17th century Paris, musketeers Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan are members of an elite band of soldiers who fight for what is just. They are heroes because they can be trusted and believe...
Closer to the Moon

Closer to the Moon

2014
A group of people, including a police officer, are pretending to be filming a movie in order to pull off a bank robbery.

2013.

5 TV shows
TV
Father Brown

Father Brown

8
2013
Father Brown is related to G. K. A priest is a detective.
TV
The Escape Artist

The Escape Artist

3.5
2013
A legal thriller explores the line between law and justice. Will Burton, a junior barrister of peerless intellect and winning charm, is known for spiriting people out of tight legal corners. He has ne...
TV
Atlantis

Atlantis

1
2013
A world of legendary heroes and mythical creatures is the setting for a fantasy drama. Far from home and desperate for answers, he washes up on the shores of an ancient land. It was said that the city...
TV
Endeavour

Endeavour

5.22
2013
His early years as a detective with the Oxford City Police will shape his future.
TV
Spies of Warsaw

Spies of Warsaw

2013
A military attache at the French embassy in Warsaw is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salon and back alleys of Warsaw. A classic tale of espionage, intrigue, a...

2012.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
The Scapegoat

The Scapegoat

2012
Set in 1952, as England prepares for the coronation, The Scapegoat tells the story of two very different men who have one thing in common - a face.
TV
The Hollow Crown

The Hollow Crown

7.1
2012
The Hollow Crown is a series of British television films featuring William Shakespeare's History Plays. The first Season is an adaptation of Shakespeare's second historical tetralogy, the Henriad: Ri...
TV
Secret State

Secret State

2012
The relationship between the government, big business and the banks is explored in Secret State.

2011.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

6.25
2011
Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past, and he's not sure if it's love or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. Jack doesn't know ...
The Man who Crossed Hitler

The Man who Crossed Hitler

2011
In the summer of 1931, with Germany on the brink of economic collapse, and the city of Berlin turning into a paramilitary war-zone, audacious young prosecutor Hans Litten (Stoppard) chose to summon a ...
TV
The Hour

The Hour

6.21
2011
A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news programme.
Flutter

Flutter

2011
John is willing to take a calculated risk. When he meets Stan, he discovers that there's more to gambling than just greyhounds and horses. After beinglured by her huge payoffs, John was sucked into a ...

2010.

1 TV show
TV
Five Daughters

Five Daughters

2010
The stories of five young women who were murdered.

2009.

1 TV show
TV
Garrow's Law

Garrow's Law

2009
The concept of 'innocent until proved guilty' was introduced at London's Old Bailey by William Garrow, who acted as counsel for the accused.

2008.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit

6
2008
Amy Dorrit is looking after her father who is in a London prison. Arthur Clennam, Amy's employer's son, returns from overseas to solve a mystery in his family's past.
Einstein and Eddington

Einstein and Eddington

2008
A look at Einstein's relationship with Sir Arthur Eddington, the first physicist to understand his ideas, and the evolution of Einstein's theory of relativity.

2007.

1 TV show
TV
The History of the World Backwards

The History of the World Backwards

2007
The History of the World Backwards is a comedy sketch show written and starring Rob Newman. It is a mock history programme set in an alternative world, where time flows forwards, but history flows bac...

2006.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Miss Potter

Miss Potter

2006
The story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children's book, 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit', and her struggle for love, happiness and success.
TV
Vital Signs

Vital Signs

2006
Vital Signs is a British television drama series airing on ITV from 2006. It stars Tamzin Outhwaite as a supermarket check-out operator who decides to become a doctor. The series co-stars William Beck...

2005.

6 Movies · 1 TV show
Ahead of the Class

Ahead of the Class

2005
Drama based on real-life events. Marie Stubbs, a diminutive Glaswegian headmistress who is coming up to retirement age, takes on one last challenge: to improve the fortunes of St George's School in no...
TV
Class of '76

Class of '76

2005
DI Tom Monroe is investigating the deaths of a group of classmates from the same class.
Class of '76

Class of '76

2005
Inspector Tom Monroe is looking into the deaths of several people that the only thing they have in common is being classmates. The deaths appear to be related to a faceless child.
River Queen

River Queen

2005
An intimate story set in the 1860s in which a young Irish woman Sarah and her family find themselves on both sides of the turbulent wars between British and Maori during the British colonization of Ne...
Einstein's Big Idea

Einstein's Big Idea

2005
Over 100 years ago, Albert Einstein grappled with the implications of his revolutionary special theory of relativity and came to a startling conclusion: mass and energy are one, related by the formula...
Dirty Filthy Love

Dirty Filthy Love

2005
A man's life is ruined by his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in this touching and funny tale.
The Girl in the Café

The Girl in the Café

2005
A civil servant is in love. When Lawrence takes her to the G8 Summit, their bond is tested.

2004.

1 TV show
TV
London

London

2004
London is a three-part documentary series on the history of London.

2003.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
New Tricks

New Tricks

2003
New Tricks is a British comedy-drama that follows the work of the fictional Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad of the Metropolitan Police Service. Originally led by Detective Superintendent Sandra Pul...
Eroica

Eroica

2003
Ian Hart plays Ludwig van Beethoven in the drama Eroica. The first performance of Beethoven's Third Symphony was in Vienna, Austria, on June 9th, 1804. For the first time, friends have been invited to...

2002.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Foyle's War

Foyle's War

6
2002
As WW2 rages around the world, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front as he investigates crimes on the south coast of England. Foyle's War begins in southern England in the year 1940. In the a...
TV
Spooks

Spooks

6
2002
Tense drama series about the different challenges faced by the British Security Service as they work against the clock to safeguard the nation. The title is a popular colloquialism for spies, and the ...
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

2002
A reworking of the 14th century Arthurian medieval poem as an animated film styled to look like stain glass windows.

2001.

3 Movies · 3 TV shows
Uprising

Uprising

2001
In 1943, Jews rise against the Nazis in the Warsaw ghetto.
TV
Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes

Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes

2001
If Arthur Conan Doyle based Sherlock Holmes on a real person to any degree, it was on his former professor, forensic pathologist Dr. Joseph Bell. This series recounts the fictional murder investigatio...
TV
Messiah

Messiah

2001
The investigations of Red Metcalfe were the subject of a crime drama.
Charlotte Gray

Charlotte Gray

2001
There was a drama set in France during World War II. The story of a young Scottish woman working with the French Resistance in order to rescue her lover is told by Charlotte Gray. The best-selling nov...
TV
Perfect Strangers

Perfect Strangers

6
2001
A darkly comic tale of a young man who comes face to face with his huge family - a variety of eccentrics, all of whom are hiding secrets from their pasts Raymond was presented with a copy of the famil...
Lorna Doone

Lorna Doone

6
2001
1675 is the year. Religion and politics are threatening England. King Charles II's illegitimate son, The Duke of Monmouth, is next in line for the throne, but many Protestants put their faith in his C...

2000.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Waking the Dead

Waking the Dead

4.67
2000
A detective team apply new techniques to old crimes as they solve cold cases.
Esther Kahn

Esther Kahn

2000
In 19th century London, a Jewish girl dreams of becoming a stage actress.
The Miracle Maker

The Miracle Maker

2000
A mother and father in search of help for their sick daughter cross paths with an extraordinary carpenter named Jesus, who has devoted his life to spreading God's word. A miracle shows the true meanin...

1999.

1 TV show
TV
The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel

1999
A series of television dramas set in 1793 during the French Revolution are based on Baroness Emmuska Orczy's novels. It stars Richard E. Grant was the hero and his alter ego. Elizabeth McGovern and Ma...

1998.

3 TV shows
TV
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

1
1998
Becky Sharp is a beautiful, clever and poor girl determined to earn a higher place in society at any cost.
TV
Invasion: Earth

Invasion: Earth

1998
Invasion: Earth is a BBC science fiction TV series. It was made in collaboration with the Sci Fi Channel, and released in 1998 as six fifty minute episodes.
TV
The Echo

The Echo

1998
When a man is found dead in the garage of a beautiful woman, a tough, lone-wolf reporter discovers that things are not what they seem. He enlisted the help of an elderly lawyer friend, a nave photogra...

1997.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
FairyTale: A True Story

FairyTale: A True Story

1997
Two children in 1917 take a photograph that is believed to be the first proof of fairies. It's based on a true story.
TV
Midsomer Murders

Midsomer Murders

6
1997
The Midsomer community is shattered by violent crimes, suspects are placed under suspicion, and it is up to a veteran and his young sergeant to eliminate the innocent and the guilty.
Into the Blue

Into the Blue

1997
Contemporary thriller set partly on the island of Rhodes. A bankrupt former garage owner, now working as a waiter and a caretaker on the Greek isle, is hauled in by the local police when a young Engli...

1996.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
The Moonstone

The Moonstone

1996
Greg Wise (Sense and Sensibility) and Keeley Hawes (Karaoke) star in this sumptuous adaptation of Wilkie Collins' classic mystery, the first detective novel ever written. The Moonstone, a sacred Hind...
TV
Silent Witness

Silent Witness

5.5
1996
Silent Witness focuses on a team of forensic pathology experts.
TV
Bodyguards

Bodyguards

1996
Bodyguards is a British television series that focuses on the cases of a specialized bodyguard unit called the Close Protection Group in service of the UK government. The lead cast members were Sean ...

1995.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
Moses

Moses

1995
An ordinary man is called upon by God to do the impossible in this lovingly told production of the Old Testament story. The man who leads the slaves to freedom is the Pharaoh of Egypt. The "greatest s...
TV
Bugs

Bugs

6
1995
Bugs was a British television drama series which ran for four series from April 1995 to August 1999. The programme, a mixture of action/adventure and science-fiction, involved a team of specialist ind...
TV
The Politician's Wife

The Politician's Wife

1995
The Politician's Wife is a British television political drama written by Paula Milne, broadcast on Channel 4 in 1995 and starring Trevor Eve and Juliet Stevenson. The story centres around high-flying...

1994.

1 Movie
Guinevere

Guinevere

1994
The young princess Guinevere is taken to live with the High Priestess L'Fei as border wars break out. Guinevere must leave her true love, Prince Lancelot, in order to unite the land when King Arthur c...

1991.

1 TV show

1989.

1 Movie
Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story

Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story

1989
A picture of a famous Nazi hunter. The film follows his rise to become one of the leading Nazi hunters in the world after his imprisonment in a Nazi Concentration Camp. It was written by Anthony Hughe...

1988.

1 Movie
Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Twelfth Night, or What You Will

1988
The tale begins when a brother and sister are separated in a shipwreck, but survive to be washed up on the shore of Illyria. The sister, Viola, disguises herself as a man and takes service with Duke O...

1987.

1 Movie
Monsignor Quixote

Monsignor Quixote

1987
Sir Alec Guiness stars with Leo McKern in the story of a friendship between a Catholic priest and a Communist Mayor. Together they travel from their remote village to Madrid and back exploring their f...

1986.

1 TV show
TV
Perfect Strangers

Perfect Strangers

6
1986
The chronicles of the rocky coexistence of midwestern American Larry Appleton and his distant cousin from eastern Mediterranean Europe, Balki Bartokomous.

1985.

1 Movie
The Assam Garden

The Assam Garden

1985
An insecure, aggressive widow of a tea garden manager reluctantly develops an affectionate relationship with an Indian housewife and her family.

1983.

1 Movie
Good and Bad at Games

Good and Bad at Games

1983
The story, told partly in flashback to 1968, concerns a clique of English public schoolboys who bully and humiliate an unpopular younger pupil (Cox) who is 'bad at games'. Ten years later Cox uses the...

1982.

2 Movies
King Lear

King Lear

1982
King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the ...
The Missionary

The Missionary

1982
In 1905, after 10 years of missionary work in Africa, the Rev. The bishop of England gives Charles Fortesque a new assignment - to minister to London's prostitutes.

1981.

2 Movies
The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

1981
The beloved family estate and cherry orchard will be auctioned off to pay off debts when Madame and her daughter return home from Paris. The former serf, who is now a walthy landlord, wants to divide ...
Troilus & Cressida

Troilus & Cressida

1981
The bitter Trojan War drags on - the Greeks blame Achilles' apathy for low morale, while Troy's hero Hector challenges one of the enemy to a personal duel. And after her father exchanges Cressida for ...

1978.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
BBC Television Shakespeare

BBC Television Shakespeare

1978
The plays of William Shakespeare are the subject of a series of British television adaptations. It was transmitted in the UK from 1978 to 1985 and spanned seven series. The first episode of the series...
The Mill on the Floss

The Mill on the Floss

1978
Adaptation of the George Eliot novel.

1974.

1 TV show
TV
NOVA

NOVA

6
1974
The science behind the headlines is explored in PBS' premier science series. The story of science and technology is told by NOVA.

Unknown Year.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
1899

1899

On a migrant steamship heading west to leave the old continent from London to New York, the passengers, a mixed bag of European origins, are united by their hopes and dreams for the new century and th...
Benediction

Benediction

The story of soldier and poet Siegfried Sassoon, who was decorated for bravery on the Western Front, and is best remembered for his angry and compassionate poems about the First World War, can be foun...
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