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Mark Napper O’Connor Tandy is an Irish stage, film and television actor.


Early lifeEdit

Mark Tandy was born in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland on February 8, 1957.[1] His childhood was spent between the Republic of Ireland and the Persian Gulf. Educated at Winchester College and University of Bristol Drama Department, member of the National Youth Theatre 1974-76.[2] He is a descendant of the Irish revolutionary leader and founding member of the United Irishmen Napper Tandy.


His first professional engagement in the theatre was for the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon, England in 1979 where appearances included the original stage production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby which played for three seasons at the Aldwych Theatre, London and at the Plymouth Theatre, New York.[3] Tandy has since appeared irregularly at the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, The Old Vic, London’s West End and around the UK.[4]

His first television role was as WB Yeats for the BBC in 1982 and many subsequent television appearances include The Jewel in the Crown, Inspector Morse, Portrait of a Marriage, Poirot, Absolutely Fabulous,[5] The Buccaneers, Longitude, Evolution: Darwin's Dangerous Idea[6] and Shackleton. Tandy appears as Cecil Beaton in the first two seasons of The Crown for Netflix.[7]

He first appeared on film as Viscount Risley in Merchant Ivory’s Maurice. Other film appearances include Howards End, Defence of the Realm, Wings of Fame, Luzhin Defence, Briget Jones - The Edge of Reason, Tristam Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story and Dad’s Army.

Selected film and television rolesEdit

Selected TheatreEdit


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed 9 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Past Productions" (PDF).
  3. ^ League, The Broadway. "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Broadway Play – Original | IBDB". Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  4. ^ "Mark Tandy - Artists - ATG Tickets". Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  5. ^ "Absolutely Fabulous". Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  6. ^ Mumford, Gwilym; Robinson, John; Skegg, Martin; Raeside, Julia; Davies, Hannah J.; Jones, Mark; Verdier, Hannah; Mueller, Andrew (2013-03-12). "TV highlights 12/03/2013". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  7. ^ "What 14 Characters from 'The Crown' Look Like in Real Life". ELLE UK. 2017-11-07. Retrieved 2017-12-11.

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