Nicholas Farrell

Nicholas C. Frost (born 1955), known professionally as Nicholas Farrell, is an English stage, film, and television actor.

Nicholas Farrell
Nicholas C. Frost

1955 (age 65–66)
Brentwood, Essex, England
Other namesNick Farrell
EducationFryerns Comprehensive School
University of Nottingham
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Years active1975–present
(m. 2005)


Farrell was educated at Fryerns Grammar and Technical School in Basildon, Essex, followed by the University of Nottingham and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, alongside fellow pupil Daniel Day-Lewis.

Life and careerEdit

Farrell's early screen career included the role of Aubrey Montague in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire. In 1983, he starred as Edmund Bertram in a television adaptation of the Jane Austen novel, Mansfield Park. In 1984, he appeared in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes and The Jewel in the Crown.

Since then, his film and television work has included several screen adaptations of Shakespeare's works, including Kenneth Branagh's 1996 Hamlet, in which he played Horatio, a role he had played previously with Branagh for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also appeared in film adaptations of Twelfth Night (1996), Othello (1995) and In the Bleak Midwinter (1995). He provided the voice of Hamlet for the animated television adaptation Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (1992). He played the role of Albert Dussell in the 2009 adaption of The Diary of Anne Frank, a BBC production. In 2011, he played Margaret Thatcher's close friend and advisor Airey Neave in The Iron Lady. In 2014, he portrayed Eyre Crowe in the British documentary drama miniseries 37 Days, about the weeks leading up to World War I.

Other television appearances have included two Agatha Christie's Poirot films, Sharpe's Regiment, To Play the King, Roman Mysteries, Torchwood and Collision. He has also appeared in episodes of Lovejoy, Foyle's War, Absolute Power, Spooks, Midsomer Murders, Drop the Dead Donkey, Call the Midwife and Casualty.

Farrell's theatre work includes performances of The Cherry Orchard, Camille and The Crucible as well as Royal Shakespeare Company productions of The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar and Hamlet. In the 2011 Chichester Festival he played schoolmasters Dewley and Crocker-Harris in the double bill of South Downs and The Browning Version.[1]

Farrell also appeared in the Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco alongside Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth, and the short film The Pit and the Pendulum: A Study in Torture, based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story.

He is married to Scottish actress Stella Gonet.

Selected film and television appearancesEdit




  1. ^ Shenton, Mark (16 September 2011). "South Downs/The Browning Version". The Stage.

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