Alex Jennings

Alex Jennings was born in Essex in 1957 and trained as an actor for two years at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

He began his theatre career in 1985 and played a variety of roles including The Scarlet Pimpernel as Maximillien Robespierre. He earned acclaim in his role as Glumov in Too Clever by Hal at the Old Vic in 1998, a role, which won him the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy performance. He was also nominated for the same Award the following year for his role in The Liar as Dorante. Over his career he has acted in many plays at the National Theatre including Leontes in The Winter’s Tale and as title character in Albert Speer in 2000, recieving positive reviews. He has also been an active member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in plays such as Peer Grynt, earning his an Olivier Award for Best actor, as title role in Richard II, Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, title role of Hamlet and Angelo in Measure for Measure. In 2002 he won another Laurence Olivier award fot his role in My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He also starred alongside Zoe Wanamaker in His Girl Friday in 2003, other cast included Russell Tovey among others. In 2012 he played the role of Bulgakov alongside Simon Russell Beale in Collaboratoes at the National Theatre, Olivier. More recently he played the role of Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical, directed by Sam Mendes.

Outside the theatre Jennings has appeared in a variety of films including as Charles Prince of Wales in The Queen opposite Helen Mirren, as Alan Bennett in The Lady in the Van (2015) opposite Maggie Smith and as Horatio in Bridget Jones.

Selected London & West End Appearances

Show Role Theatre Year Link
Charlie and the Chocholate Factory Willy Wonka Theatre Royal 2015 Review
Collaborators Bulgakov Olivier 2012 Review
Habit of Art Benjamin Britten Lyttelton 2009  
Alchemist Subtle Olivier 2006  
His Girl Friday Walter Burns Olivier 2003 Review
My Fair Lady Professor Henry Higgins Drury Lane 2003 Review
Night of 1000 Voices   Albert Hall 2003  
Albert Speer Albert Speer   2000 Review
Too Clever Glumov Old Vic 1998  
Measure for Measure Angelo Barbican 1995  
Midsummer Night's Dream Thesus Barbican 1995  


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