Alexander Stephen Hassell (born 7 September 1980) is an English actor, and co-founder of The Factory Theatre Company. He has played roles on screen in Bonkers (2007), Suburbicon and The Miniaturist (2017), Genius (2018), The Boys (2019), Cowboy Bebop (2021), and His Dark Materials (2022).

Alex Hassell
Hassel at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival
Alexander Stephen Hassel

(1980-09-07) 7 September 1980 (age 43)[1]
Years active2001–present

Early life and education edit

Hassell was born in Southend, England, the youngest of four, to a vicar.[2] After completing his education at Moulsham High School, in Chelmsford, Essex,[3] he studied acting for a further two and a half years at the Central School of Speech and Drama.[2]

Career edit

He has appeared in a number of stage roles, most recently as Hal in Henry IV Parts I and II, and Henry in Henry V, for the Royal Shakespeare Company.[2][4][5] He is co-founder of The Factory Theatre Company[2] whose patrons include Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, Mark Rylance and Emma Thompson.[3]

His debut television appearance was in 2001, in an episode of Queen of Swords.[5] His first Hollywood role was in George Clooney's Suburbicon (2017), in a cast which included Matt Damon and Julianne Moore.[6] and later that year he appeared in his first major television role in the BBC adaptation of Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist, alongside Anya Taylor-Joy, which first aired on Boxing Day 2017.[6]

In 2019, he appeared as Translucent in the first season of The Boys (2019) on Amazon Prime Video,[7] and played Vicious in Netflix's Cowboy Bebop in 2021.[8], and portrayed Metatron in the final season of the BBC/HBO fantasy series His Dark Materials.[9]

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Cold Mountain Orderly
2008 The Sickhouse Nick
2011 Anonymous Spencer
2012 The Grind Drug Dealer
2014 Miss in Her Teens The Player
2015 Two Down John Thomas
2017 Suburbicon Louis
2018 The Isle Oliver Gosling
2019 The Red Sea Diving Resort Max Rose
2021 The Tragedy of Macbeth Ross
2022 Violent Night Jason Lightstone
2023 Locked In Doctor Robert

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Queen of Swords Andreo Rey Episode: "The Pretender"
2003 Murder in Mind Jules Episode: "Contract"
2003 Danielle Cable: Eyewitness Stephen Cameron Television film
2003 Death in Holy Orders Peter Buckhurst 2 episodes
2003 Warrior Queen Roman Officer Television film
2003 The Private Life of Samuel Pepys Balty
2005 Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore Mike
2005 Murphy's Law Scott Garvey Episode: "Extra Mile"
2006 Robin Hood 2nd Sheriff's Man 2 episodes
2006 Torchwood Mark Lynch Episode: "Combat"
2007 Bonkers Felix Nash 6 episodes
2008 Love Soup Jake Randall Episode: "Green Widow"
2008 The Bill Marcus Kendall Episode: "After the Fall"
2009 A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander / Flute Television film
2009 Legend of the Seeker Eryn Episode: "Fever"
2009 Miranda Edmund Dettori Episode: "Excuse"
2011 Hustle Viscount Manley Episode: "Silent Witness"
2013 Jo Piet Nykvist Episode: "Place de la Concorde"
2013 Way to Go Philip Episode: "Dead End"
2013 Life of Crime Colin Nash 2 episodes
2013 Big Thunder Abel White Television film
2014 Silent Witness Simon Turner 2 episodes
2017 The Miniaturist Johannes Brandt 3 episodes
2018 Genius Manach 2 episodes
2018 The Bisexual David Episode #1.5
2019 Grantchester Ernest Carter Episode #4.4
2019 The Boys Translucent 3 episodes
2021 Cowboy Bebop Vicious 10 episodes
2022 His Dark Materials Metatron Main role
2023 Everything Now Rick Main role
TBA Rivals Rupert Campbell-Black Lead role[10]

References edit

  1. ^ "The Boys on Instagram: "Happy birthday @alexanderhassell! Your birthday will never truly vanish from our calendar". instagram. 17 September 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Hoggard, Liz (1 November 2015). "Alex Hassell: 'Of course you hope people will say – yes, I saw his Henry V'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Moulsham High School Alumni". Retrieved 24 December 2022.
  4. ^ Billington, Michael (23 September 2015). "Henry V review – Alex Hassell catches the conscience of the king". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Alex Hassell | United Agents". Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  6. ^ a b Conrad, Anna (26 December 2017). "Alex Hassell on his mysterious role in The Miniaturist".
  7. ^ Abhishek, Aharon (22 April 2020). "'The Boys': 'If it ain't the invisible c***', fans react to Translucent's look in new photo". Meaww. Retrieved 31 October 2021.
  8. ^ Volpe, Allie (22 October 2021). "How 'Tragedy of Macbeth' Star Alex Hassell Became a Shakespeare Whisperer". Backstage. Retrieved 31 October 2021.
  9. ^ Clark, Campbell. "His Dark Materials Casts Metatron In Alex Hassell For Final Season". LRM Online. Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  10. ^ "Victoria Smurfit and Aidan Turner star in adaptation of racy Jilly Cooper novel". 21 March 2023.

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