Jennings, Alex 1957–

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JENNINGS, Alex 1957


Born May 10, 1957, in Essex, England (some sources say Upminster, England); son of Michael Thomas and Peggy Patricia (maiden name, Mahoney) Jennings; companion of Lesley Moors, beginning c. 1990; children: Ralph, Georgia. Education: University of Warwick, B.A.; attended drama school in Bristol, England.

Addresses: Agent ICM, Oxford House, 76 Oxford St., London W1D 1BS, England.

Career: Actor. Royal Shakespeare Company, associate artist.

Awards, Honors: Laurence Olivier Award, comedy performance of the year, Society of West End Theatre, London Critic's Circle Theatre Award (England), best actor, 1988, both for Too Clever by Half; Plays and Players Actor of the Year Award, 1988; Olivier Award nomination, best comedy performance, c. 1990, for The Liar; Laurence Olivier Award, best actor, 1996, for Peer Gynt; Helen Hayes Award, best lead actor, nonresident production, 1999, for Hamlet; Hon. D.Litt., University of Warwick, 1999; Evening Standard Award, best actor, 2001, for The Winter's Tale; Olivier Award, best actor in a musical or entertainment, 2003, for My Fair Lady.


Stage Appearances:

The Scarlet Pimpernel, Her Majesty's Theater, 1985.

Lucio, Measure for Measure, Royal Shakespeare Company, 19871988.

The Country Wife, Royal Exchange Manchester, 1988.

Gloumov, Too Clever by Half, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1988.

Kittel, Ghetto, Royal National Theatre, London, 1989.

Hjalmar Ekdal, The Wild Duck, Peter Hall Company, 1990.

Dorante, The Liar, Old Vic Theatre, 1990.

Title role, Richard II, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1990.

Captain Plume, Recruiting Officer, National Theatre, London, 1992.

John Worthing, The Importance of Being Earnest, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1993.

Title role, Peer Gynt, Royal Shakespeare Company, Swan Theatre, StratforduponAvon, England, 1994.

Angelo, Measure for Measure, Royal Shakespeare Company, Main House Theatre, 1994.

Easter Bonnet Competition, Palace Theatre, New York City, 1996.

(Broadway debut) Theseus/Oberon, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Royal Shakespeare Company, LuntFontanne Theatre, 1996.

Title role, Hamlet, Royal Shakespeare Company, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 19961998.

Albert Speer, Lyttelton Theatre, London, 2000.

The Winter's Tale, Royal National Theatre, New York City, 2001.

The Relapse, Royal National Theatre, New York City, 2001.

Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London, 2002.

Brand, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, 2003.

Also appeared in Hyde Park, Royal Shakespeare Company; The Taming of the Shrew, Royal Shakespeare Company; Much Ado about Nothing.

Major Tours:

Oberon, A Midsummer Night's Dream, U.S. cities, c. 1996.

Film Appearances:

Blind soldier, War Requiem, Anglo International, 1988.

Theseus/Oberon, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1996.

Lord Mark, The Wings of the Dove, Miramax, 1997.

Solo Shuttle, 1998.

Colonel Hamilton, The Four Feathers, Paramount, 2002.

Television Appearances; Series:

Julian EdgbastonBowles, Too Much Sun, BBC, 2000.

Television Appearances; Movies:

King Ferdinand, Bye Bye Columbus, BBC, 1991.

Alexander, The Hunley, TNT, 1999.

Joe Harker, Bad Blood, 1999.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

PC Hall, Smiley's People, syndicated, 1982.

John Ashenden, Ashenden, Arts and Entertainment, 1992.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Victor Preece, The Sins of the Fathers (also known as Inspector Morse: The Sins of the Fathers ), PBS, 1992.

Sebastian Parish, "Death at the Bar," The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries (also known as Mystery! ), PBS, 1995.

Bitzer, Hard Times, 1995.

King George III, Liberty! The American Revolution, PBS, 19971998.

Reader, The Noel Coward Story, PBS, 1999.

Butler, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream-coat, PBS, 2000.

Himself, The Laurence Olivier Awards 2003, 2003.


Taped Readings:

Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, 1997.

Frances Fyfield's Undercurrents, Chivers Audiobooks, 2001.



Interview, May, 1990, pp. 44.