Julian Wadham

Julian Neil Rohan Wadham (born 7 August 1958) is an English actor of stage, film and television. He was educated at Ampleforth College and the Central School of Speech and Drama, third son of Rohan Nicholas Wadham DFC and Juliana Wadham, née Macdonald Walker.[1]

Julian Wadham
Julian Neil Rohan Wadham

(1958-08-07) 7 August 1958 (age 62)
EducationAmpleforth College
Central School of Speech and Drama
Years active1981–present


Wadham attended Ampleforth College and the Central School of Speech and Drama[2]


His theatre work includes playing Barclay, soon after leaving the Central School, in the original West End production of Julian Mitchell's Another Country at the Queens Theatre with Rupert Everett and Kenneth Branagh. In 2014 he played Vaughan Cunningham, a visitor to the school, in the Trafalgar Studio revival of the play.[3]

For the English Stage Company at the Royal Court he was directed by Max Stafford-Clark in Falkland Sound, as Lieutenant David Tinker RN (with Paul Jesson, Lesley Manville and Marion Bailey), as Captain Plume in George Farquhar's The Recruiting Officer, as Lt. Ralph Clark in Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good and as Jake in Caryl Churchill's Serious Money (with Linda Bassett, Lesley Manville, Alfred Molina, Gary Oldman and Meera Syal).

For director Jeremy Herrin he appeared with Lindsay Duncan, Matt Smith and Felicity Jones as Hugh in Polly Stenham's That Face, both at the Royal Court and at the Duke of York's Theatre. Herrin also directed him in the National Theatre production of James Graham's This House, as Humphrey Atkins, in both Cottesloe and Olivier theatres, and in the West End revival of Another Country, in which he played Vaughan Cunningham.[4] Other National Theatre work includes productions directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner of The Madness of King George (in which he played Prime Minister William Pitt opposite Sir Nigel Hawthorne's King George), Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing (with Simon Russell Beale and Zoe Wanamaker), Polixenes (with Alex Jennings, Deborah Findlay, and Claire Skinner) in The Winter's Tale, Tartuffe (with Martin Clunes, David Threlfall and Maggie Tyzack), The Changeling (with Miranda Richardson, directed by Richard Eyre) and Mountain Language (directed by Harold Pinter).

Other theatre includes Antonio in The Tempest at the Haymarket (directed by Trevor Nunn with Ralph Fiennes), as Duke Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Rose Theatre (with Judi Dench and directed by Peter Hall), Marshall Dorfling in The Prince of Homburg at the Donmar Warehouse, Raymond Brock in Plenty (with Cate Blanchett) for the Almeida at the Albery, Elyot in Private Lives (Theatre Royal Bath), The Good Samaritan (Hampstead), A Letter of Resignation at the Comedy (with Edward Fox and Claire Higgins), and When We Are Married at the Whitehall.

Television roles include The Casual Vacancy, Silk, Midsomer Murders, Lewis, Middlemarch, Father Brown, The Trial of Lord Lucan (as Lord Lucan), Rosemary and Thyme and Dalziel and Pascoe.

In December 2014 he finished filming for Miramax The 9th Life of Louis Drax scripted by Max Minghella, with Aaron Paul, Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon, Oliver Platt, Molly Parker and Barbara Hershey.

As at December 2015 he is continuing to recreate the role of John Steed in Big Finish's audio series The Avengers - The Lost Episodes.[5]





  • Another Country, Queens Theatre
  • When We Are Married, Whitehall Theatre
  • Falkland Sound, Royal Court
  • Serious Money, Royal Court
  • Our Country's Good, Royal Court
  • The Recruiting Officer, Royal Court
  • Carrington, Royal National Theatre
  • Mountain Language, Royal National Theatre
  • The Changeling, Royal National Theatre
  • Once in a While the Odd Thing Happens, Royal National Theatre
  • The Madness of George III, Royal National Theatre
  • Plenty, Almeida at the Albery
  • The Good Samaritan, Hampstead Theatre
  • The Winter's Tale, Royal National Theatre
  • Tartuffe, Royal National Theatre
  • Private Lives, Theatre Royal Bath
  • That Face, Royal Court
  • Much Ado About Nothing, Royal National Theatre
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Rose Theatre, Kingston
  • The Prince of Homburg, Donmar Warehouse
  • The Tempest, Theatre Royal Haymarket
  • This House, Royal National Theatre
  • Another Country, Theatre Royal Bath/Chichester Festival Theatre/Trafalgar Studio

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1997 3rd Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (shared with the cast)
The English Patient


  1. ^ Debrett's People of Today, 2015. www.debretts.com
  2. ^ White, Peter. "Julian Wadham: A Patient Englishman". Isle of Wight Life. visitilife.com. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  3. ^ Sierz, Aleks (4 April 2014). "Another Country, Trafalgar Studios". The Arts Desk. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  4. ^ Evans, Lloyd (19 April 2014). "Another Country could almost be a YouTube advert for Eton". The Spectator. The Spectator (1828) Ltd. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  5. ^ "The Avengers". The Avengers. Big Finish Productions. Retrieved 2 December 2015.

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