Hugh Skinner

Hugh William Skinner (born 6 January 1985) is an English actor.

Hugh Skinner
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Skinner interviewed by MTV in 2018
Hugh William Skinner

(1985-01-06) 6 January 1985 (age 35)
London, England
Alma materLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Years active2007–present

Personal lifeEdit

Skinner grew up in London and Tunbridge Wells,[1] and attended Eastbourne College from 1998 to 2003.[2] He lived in Perth, Australia, for a year at age four.[3] He graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in 2006.[4] Skinner is openly gay.[5]


Skinner has worked in film, television, and theatre, since 2007. His first professional theatre role was in the English Touring Theatre's 2007 production of French Without Tears.[1] In addition to performing in many different theatres in London and across the United Kingdom, he played supporting roles in two BBC series: Felix, the brother of Angel Clare, in the 2008 adaptation of Tess of the d'Urbervilles,[6] and Lionel, the estranged son of the main character Logan Mountstuart, in the 2010 miniseries Any Human Heart.[7] He also played the role of Joly, one of the student revolutionaries, in the 2012 film of Les Misérables.[4]

In the autumn of 2013 it was announced that Skinner would play the role of Luis Carruthers, a closeted gay man who is in love with the show's protagonist, Patrick Bateman, in the world premiere of American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre.[8] He also appeared on the London cast album, which was released in 2016. While performing in American Psycho he began filming the first series of the comedy W1A, playing the role of Will Humphries, an inept yet endearing intern at the BBC.[4] The first series was released in 2014, with subsequent series airing on BBC2 in 2015 and 2017.

Skinner continued to work in both television and on stage in 2014. He played the role of Dr Barnaby Ford in the BBC series Our Zoo. He also appeared at the Theatre Royal, Bath as Camille in Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Thérèse Raquin [9] and as Yephidikhov in Simon Stephens' new translation of The Cherry Orchard at the Young Vic.[10]

He returned to the Young Vic in the summer of 2015 to play dual roles in Nick Gill's adaptation of The Trial.[11] In the autumn of 2015 it was announced that he had been cast as Unwin Trevaunance, an aspiring Member of Parliament, in the second series of the BBC production of Poldark, which aired in 2016.[12] Skinner was also featured in two different comedy series that premiered in 2016: The Windsors, a spoof of the royal family that aired on Channel 4,[13] where he played Prince William, and Fleabag, a BBC3 and Amazon production, where he played the protagonist's hapless boyfriend Harry.[14]

In 2017 he played Sir George Howard in the first series of Harlots, an 18th century costume drama that premiered on ITV Encore and Hulu in March.[15] That year he also played a supporting role in Hampstead opposite Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson, [16] and appeared in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.[17]

Skinner co-starred in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the 2018 sequel to the 2008 film Mamma Mia!, in which he played Young Harry, a version of the character originated by Colin Firth in the first film.[18] In 2018 he also starred in the eighth and final episode of Matthew Weiner's anthology series The Romanoffs, playing the role of Simon Burrows.[19]

He reprised his role as Harry in series 2 of Fleabag, which was released on BBC3 in March 2019 and will be available on Amazon Prime in May 2019.[20] On 5 April 2019, it was announced that Skinner had joined the cast of the period drama Little Birds, which will premiere on Sky Atlantic in 2020.[21]

In December 2019, it was announced that he would be co-starring in the film Falling for Figaro with Danielle Macdonald and Joanna Lumley.[22]



List of film performances
Title Year Role
Les Misérables[4] 2012 Joly
Kill Your Friends 2015 John
Hampstead[16] 2017 Erik
Star Wars: The Last Jedi[17] 2017 Geno Namit
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again[18] 2018 Young Harry
Steven Berkoff's Tell Tale Heart[23] 2019 Sunny
Falling for Figaro 2020 Max


List of television performances
Title Year Role Notes
Bonkers 2007 Daniel Episode 6
Tess of the d'Urbervilles[6] 2008 Felix Clare Miniseries; 4 episodes
Any Human Heart[7] 2010 Lionel Mountstuart Miniseries; 2 episodes
Law & Order: UK 2011 Ian Naylor Episode: "The Wrong Man"
The Wipers Times[24] 2013 Barnes Television film
W1A[4] 2014–2017 Will Humphries Main role
Our Zoo[25] 2014 Dr. Barnaby Ford Miniseries; 4 episodes
Bugsplat![26] 2015 James Television film
The Windsors[13] 2016–present Wills Main role
Fleabag[27] 2016–2019 Harry Main role
Poldark[28] 2016 Unwin Trevaunance 5 episodes
Harlots[15] 2017–2018 Sir George Howard Main role (series 1); guest star (series 2)
The Romanoffs[19] 2018 Simon Burrows Episode: "The One That Holds Everything"
Zog[29] 2018 Zog (voice) Television film
Little Birds 2020 Hugo Cavendish-Smyth Upcoming series


List of theatre performances
Title Venue Year Role
French Without Tears[30] English Touring Theatre 2007 Kit
Senora Carrar's Rifles[31] Young Vic 2007 Jose
The Enchantment[32] National Theatre 2007 Viggo
Angry Young Man[33] Trafalgar Studios 2008 D
The Great Game[34] Tricycle Theatre 2009 Ensemble[35] Bush Theatre 2009 Various
2 May 1997[36] Bush Theatre 2009 Ian
'Tis Pity She's a Whore[37] Liverpool Everyman 2010 Giovanni
Where's My Seat[38] Bush Theatre 2011 Conor
You Can't Take It With You[39] Manchester Royal Exchange 2011-2012 Tony
Wild Oats[40] Bristol Old Vic 2012 Harry
Pastoral[41] Soho Theatre 2013 Manz
American Psycho[42] Almeida Theatre 2013-2014 Luis
Thérèse Raquin[9] Theatre Royal, Bath 2014 Camille
The Cherry Orchard[10] Young Vic 2014 Yephidikhov
The Trial[11] Young Vic 2015 Kyle/Block


  1. ^ a b "20 Questions: Hugh Skinner". 24 June 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Hugh Skinner (Pennell 1998–2003) appears in new series of Poldark". Eastbournian Society. 5 September 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Mamma Mia! 2 Exclusive: Jeremy Irvine, Hugh Skinner & Josh Dylan". Studio 10. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2018 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ a b c d e Fishwick, Samuel (16 April 2015). "Why W1A's Ophelia Lovibond and Hugh Skinner are fronting the next generation of British talent". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  5. ^ Steafel, Eleanor (21 December 2018). "Hugh Skinner on Phoebe Waller-Bridge, playing posh Brits and shaking off imposter syndrome". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Tess of the D'Urbervilles press pack: cast and crew". BBC Press Office. 2 September 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  7. ^ a b Fox, Killian (21 November 2010). "Meet the rising stars of Any Human Heart". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  8. ^ "'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith for 'American Psycho' musical". Digital Spy. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  9. ^ a b Billington, Michael (8 August 2014). "Thérèse Raquin review – Pippa Nixon seems destined for stardom". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  10. ^ a b "The Cherry Orchard". Young Vic. 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  11. ^ a b "The Trial". Young Vic. 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Filming under way for Poldark series two". BBC Media Centre. 10 September 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  13. ^ a b Taylor, Frances (24 December 2016). "Meet the cast of Channel 4's The Windsors". Radio Times. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag coming to BBC Three". BBC Media Centre. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  15. ^ a b Bley Griffiths, Eleanor (18 May 2017). "Meet the cast of Harlots". Radio Times. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  16. ^ a b Cranswick, Amie (5 March 2017). "First trailer for Hampstead starring Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson". Flickering Myth. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  17. ^ a b "All the amazing cameos in Star Wars: The Last Jedi". Radio Times. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  18. ^ a b "Principal Photography Begins for Film Sequel to Mamma Mia". Playbill. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  19. ^ a b "'The Romanoffs': Amazon Sets Premiere Date, Unveils Teaser For Matt Weiner Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  20. ^ "BBC Three's Fleabag series two cast announced as filming commences". BBC Media Centre. 23 August 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  21. ^ "Hugh Skinner, Rossy De Palma, Nina Sosanya and Jean-Marc Barr join the cast of Little Birds as filming commences on the Sky original production". Sky. 5 April 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  22. ^ "Hugh Skinner, Shazad Latif, Rebecca Benson board UK comedy 'Falling For Figaro' (exclusive)". Screen Daily. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  23. ^ "Steven Berkoff's Tell Tale Heart". Parkland Pictures. 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  24. ^ Hughes, Sara (12 September 2013). "TV review: The Wipers Times, BBC2 – A bit like Blackadder, only true". The Independent. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  25. ^ "Our Zoo, Episode 3". BBC One. 17 September 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  26. ^ Hogan, Michael (6 May 2015). "Bugsplat!, Channel 4, review: 'current'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  27. ^ "Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag coming to BBC Three". BBC Media Centre. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  28. ^ "Filming under way for Poldark series two". BBC Media Centre. 10 September 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  29. ^ Brown, Helen (25 December 2018). "Zog, review: a hypnotising, inspiring tale for all the family". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  30. ^ "French Without Tears (2007) – cast". English Touring Theatre. 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  31. ^ Berkowitz, Gerald (25 April 2007). "The Big Brecht Fest II: How Much Is Your Iron? and Senora Carrar's Rifles review at Young Vic". The Stage. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  32. ^ Billington, Michael (2 August 2007). "Theatre review: The Enchantment / Cottesloe, London". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  33. ^ Cavendish, Dominic (21 January 2008). "On the road: Angry Young Man, Metamorphosis and Purgatorio". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  34. ^ Clapp, Susannah (26 April 2009). "Theatre review: The Great Game / Tricycle, London". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  35. ^ "". Bush Theatre. 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  36. ^ "2ND MAY 1997 by Jack Thorne". Bush Theatre. 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  37. ^ "'Tis Pity She's a Whore (Liverpool)". 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  38. ^ "Where's my Seat?". Bush Theatre. 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  39. ^ Gardner, Lyn (15 December 2011). "You Can't Take It With You – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  40. ^ "Wild Oats". Bristol Old Vic. 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  41. ^ "Pastoral". Soho Theatre. 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  42. ^ "American Psycho – Cast". Headlong. 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2017.

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