Adam Godley (born 22 July 1964) is an English actor. He has been nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards for his performances on the London stage which include, Cleo, Camping, Emanuelle and Dick in 1999, Mouth to Mouth in 2002, Rain Man in 2008, and The Lehman Trilogy in 2019. He made his Broadway debut in 2002 in a revival of Noël Coward's Private Lives for which he earned a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway debut. In 2011 he returned to Broadway in the musical Anything Goes for which he earned a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical nomination. In 2021, The Lehman Trilogy made its Broadway transfer to great critical acclaim.
(m. 1999; div. 2004)
His film roles include Love Actually (2003), and the children's films Around the World in 80 Days (2004), Nanny McPhee (2005), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). He also has recurring roles as Elliott Schwartz in AMC's Breaking Bad, BBC's A Young Doctor's Notebook (2012), Netflix's The Umbrella Academy (2019 to present), and Hulu's The Great (2020-present).
Early life and educationEdit
Godley was born to Jewish parents in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. His father was a solicitor, and his mother was a magistrate. He grew up near Watford, Hertfordshire, and went to Rickmansworth School.
He began his acting career at the age of 9, in a BBC radio production of Hemingway's My Old Man. His first stage role came at age 11, as Prince Giovanni in The White Devil at The Old Vic. His childhood career also included work at the National Theatre, in Lillian Helman's Watch on the Rhine, and Close of Play, directed by Harold Pinter. Godley achieved national prominence after playing the lead in the 1984 BBC TV adaptation of J. Meade Falkner's Moonfleet.
In 1986, Godley joined Alan Ayckbourn's theatre company in Scarborough, where he stayed for three seasons. Productions included June Moon and The Revengers' Comedies, both of which transferred to the West End, and Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays, which transferred to the National Theatre.
He spent one season as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, before creating the role of Cliff in Sam Mendes's production of Cabaret at the Donmar Warehouse in 1993. Several major productions followed, including Mouth to Mouth at the Royal Court, The Front Page at the Donmar, and The Rivals in the West End. after which Godley went on to create a series of roles at the National, including Kenneth Williams in Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick; and the title role in Howard Davies' production of Paul. In 1999 he played Jack Worthing in the West End production of The Importance of Being Earnest
In 2002 he made his film debut in Claude Lelouch's epic And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen starring Jeremy Irons and Patricia Kaas which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. He continued acting in films such as the Christmas classic Love Actually (2003), and the children's films Around the World in 80 Days (2004), Nanny McPhee (2005), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). During this time he also had recurring roles as Elliott Schwartz in AMC's Breaking Bad and as Wayne Kirkeby in Mad Men.
In 2002 he starred as Victor Prynne alongside Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan in a revival of Noël Coward's Private Lives at the Richard Rogers Theatre in New York City, where Godley made his Broadway debut. For his performance he earned a Theatre World Award. The following year Godley starred as Michal in Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman opposite Jim Broadbent and David Tennant at the Royal National Theatre.
In 2010 he played Jonathan Powell in the HBO television film The Special Relationship about Tony Blair's relationship with Bill Clinton. He also appeared in BBC's A Young Doctor's Notebook (2011), CBS's The Good Wife (2012), USA Networks's Suits (2012), Showtime's Homeland (2015), and NBC's The Blacklist (2017). In 2008 played Raymond Babitt in the West End production of Rain Man opposite Josh Hartnett. In 2011 he played Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Roundabout Theatre's multi-award-winning Broadway revival of Anything Goes. The production starred Sutton Foster, John McMartin, Jessica Walter and Joel Grey. For his performance he earned a Tony Award nomination, a Drama Desk Award nomination, and an Outer Critics Circle Award. In 2013 he led a new adaptation by Dennis Kelly of Georg Kaiser's 1912 German expressionist masterpiece, From Morning to Midnight, at the National Theatre.
|2002||And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen||Son of London Jeweller|
|Thunderpants||Placido P Placeedo|
|2003||Love Actually||Mr. Trench|
|2004||Around the World in 80 Days||Mr. Sutton|
|2005||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||Mr. Teavee|
|2007||Elizabeth: The Golden Age||William Walsingham|
|Son of Rambow||Brethren Leader|
|2008||The X-Files: I Want to Believe||Father Ybarra|
|2014||The Theory of Everything||Senior Doctor - Cambridge Hospital|
|2016||The BFG||The Manhugger/Lout No. 1|
|2018||Nightmare Cinema||Dr. Salvadore|
|2019||Missing Link||Lord Bilge||Voice|
|1978||A Horseman Riding By||Simon Craddock||3 episodes|
|1979||Thomas & Sarah||Tomlinson||1 episode|
|1984||Moonfleet||John Trenchard||6 episodes|
|1991; 1998||The Bill||Duxford/Nigel Penway||2 episodes|
|1992||An Ungentlemanly Act||P.C. Anton Livermore||Television film|
|1995||Class Act||Graham||1 episode|
|1998||Casualty||Alan Decker||1 episode|
|2000||Cor, Blimey!||Kenneth Williams||Television film|
|2001||Sword of Honour||Apthorpe||Television film|
|2002||The Inspector Lynley Mysteries||Tony Phillips||1 episode|
|2003||Margery and Gladys||Graham Heywood||Television film|
|2004||Hawking||Frank Hawking||Television film|
|2006||Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial||Gustave Gilbert||Miniseries|
|2007||Coming Up||Paul||1 episode|
|2007||The Old Curiosity Shop||Sampson Brass||Television film|
|2008–2013||Breaking Bad||Elliott Schwartz||3 episodes|
|2008||Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||The Scientist||1 episode|
|2008||Mad Men||Wayne Kirkeby||1 episode|
|2009||Numbers||Dr. Joseph Baskin||1 episode|
|2009||Dollhouse||Clyde Randolph||1 episode|
|2010||Private Practice||Henry||1 episode|
|2010||Agatha Christie's Marple||Lomax||1 episode|
|2010||The Special Relationship||Jonathan Powell||Television film|
|2011||Lie to Me||Sandy Baxter||1 episode|
|2011||CHAOS||Jonathan Aldridge||1 episode|
|2011||Case Histories||Martin Canning||2 episodes|
|2012||A Young Doctor's Notebook||Demyan Lukich||Main cast, 8 episodes|
|2012||Harry's Law||Hospital Administrator||1 episode|
|2012||The Good Wife||Leland Carlisle||1 episode|
|2012||Suburgatory||Mr. Jacobs||1 episode|
|2013||Spies of Warsaw||Julius Halbech||Miniseries|
|2013||Elementary||British Man (voice)||1 episode, uncredited|
|2013||Suits||Nigel Alexander Nesbitt||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2014||Perception||Teddy Brennan||1 episode|
|2014||Manhattan||Dr. Adelman||3 episodes|
|2014||Homeland||Jordan Harris||1 episode|
|2015–2016||Powers||Captain Emile Cross||Main cast, 20 episodes|
|2015||The Blacklist||Silas Gouldsberry||1 episode|
|2017||Fallet||DCI Tom Brown||Main cast, 8 episodes|
|2018–2019||Lodge 49||Jocelyn Pugh||Recurring role, 10 episodes|
|2019–present||The Umbrella Academy||Pogo||Main cast|
Voice and motion capture role
|2020-present||The Great||Archbishop||Main cast|
|2021||The Great North||Dick Chateau||Voice role, 1 episode|
|1991||The Revengers' Comedies||Oliver Knightly||The Strand Theatre|
|1992||June Moon||Fred Stevens||Vaudeville Theatre|
|1993||Cabaret||Cliff Bradshaw||Donmar Warehouse|
|1994||The Rivals||Faulkland||Albery Theatre|
|1996||The White Devil
Three Hours After Marriage
The General From America
|Royal Shakespeare Company|
|1997||The Front Page||Bensinger||Donmar Warehouse|
|1998||Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick||Kenneth Williams||National Theatre|
|1999||The Importance of Being Earnest||John Worthing||Haymarket Theatre|
|2002||Private Lives||Victor Prynne||Richard Rodgers Theater, Broadway|
|2003||The Pillowman||Michal||National Theatre|
|2008||Rain Man||Raymond Babbit||Apollo Theatre|
|2011||Anything Goes||Lord Evelyn Oakleigh||Stephen Sondheim Theater, Broadway|
|2013||From Morning to Midnight||The Bank Clerk||National Theatre|
|2018||The Lehman Trilogy||Mayer Lehman||National Theatre|
|2019||Park Avenue Armory|
|2021||Nederlander Theatre, Broadway|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1999||Laurence Olivier Awards||Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play||Cleo, Camping, Emanuelle and Dick||Nominated|
|2002||Mouth To Mouth||Nominated|
|2009||Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play||Rain Man||Nominated|
|2019||Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
shared with Simon Russell Beale and Ben Miles
|The Lehman Trilogy||Nominated|
|2011||Tony Award||Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical||Anything Goes||Nominated}|
|2011||Drama Desk Award||Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical||Nominated|
|2011||Outer Critics Circle Award||Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical||Won|
|2002||Theatre World Award||Outstanding Broadway Debut||Private Lives||Won|
|1998||Evening Standard Theatre Awards||Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play||Rain Man||Nominated|
- Nathan, John (29 August 2008). "Mr shy and mighty". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 15 December 2019 – via PressReader.
- "RSC Performances- The White Devil". Royal Shakespeare Company. Retrieved 3 January 2021.}}
- "Adam Godley - Profiles". National Theatre. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
- "Moonfleet". BFI. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
- "THEATRE / A choice evening: Paul Taylor on Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays at the Cottesloe". The Independent. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
- "'The Lehman Trilogy' has been a critical standout on Broadway this fall. Its superb cast sheds light on how that happened". Washington Post. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
- ‘The Umbrella Academy’: Cameron Britton, Colm Feore, Adam Godley & Ashley Madekwe Join Netflix Series
- Petski, Denise (4 February 2020). "'The Great': Sebastian De Souza Joins Elle Fanning & Nicholas Hoult In Hulu Comedy Series". Deadline. Archived from the original on 21 May 2020. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
- ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ is so good, it expands your sense of what three actors on a stage can conjure