27 Facts About Adrian Lester


Adrian Anthony Lester was born on Anthony Harvey; 14 August 1968 and is an English actor, director and writer.


Adrian Lester is the recipient of a Laurence Olivier Award, an Evening Standard Theatre Award and a Critics' Circle Theatre Award for his work on the London stage.


Adrian Lester received an Ian Charleson Award commendation and a Time Out Award for his 1991 performance as Rosalind in Cheek by Jowl's all-male production of As You Like It.


Adrian Lester has appeared on stage as Robert in the musical Company, for which he won an Olivier Award, and in the title role of Hamlet.


In 2003, Adrian Lester played the title role in Henry V at the National Theatre.


In 2012, Adrian Lester appeared as Ira Aldridge in the play Red Velvet, written by his wife Lolita Chakrabarti.


Adrian Lester played the part of Othello in the Shakespeare play of the same name in 2013 alongside Rory Kinnear as Iago at the National Theatre.


In 2021, Adrian Lester appeared in the live-streamed production of Hymn written by his wife Lolita Chakrabarti for the Almeida Theatre.


Adrian Lester made his Broadway debut in the 2021 production of The Lehman Trilogy, directed by Sam Mendes.


In 1997, Adrian Lester starred in an episode of Silent Witness.


Adrian Lester is known for playing a big-time con artist named Michael "Mickey Bricks" Stone on the BBC television series Hustle between 2004 and 2012.


The character was written out of the fourth series and replaced by Ashley Walters, although Adrian Lester returned from the fifth series onwards.


In late 2005, Adrian Lester had a major guest-starring role in Channel 4's police drama The Ghost Squad.


In 2008, Adrian Lester starred on the BBC drama Bonekickers, a programme focusing on a team of archaeologists.


Adrian Lester played the character Myror on the British television drama Merlin.


Adrian Lester played campaign manager Henry Burton in Mike Nichols' film Primary Colors, based on the novel by Anonymous.


Adrian Lester appeared in Kenneth Branagh's Love's Labour's Lost, a musical adaptation of the William Shakespeare play, set in the 1930s.


The film itself was poorly received, but Adrian Lester received a British Independent Film Awards nomination for his performance.


Adrian Lester filmed scenes for Spider-Man 3, as a research scientist who is sought after by the Sandman to find a cure for his ailing daughter.


Adrian Lester was seen in one teaser trailer for the film; however, his scenes were cut from the final theatrical version.


In 2010, Adrian Lester appeared in the documentary When Romeo Met Juliet together with his wife Lolita Chakrabarti as acting mentors to the pupils of two Coventry schools involved in a production of Romeo and Juliet.


Adrian Lester recorded Alpha Force: Survival, an audio book written by Chris Ryan.


In 1997 Adrian Lester married actress and writer Lolita Chakrabarti, whom he met while they were both students at RADA.


In 2007, Adrian Lester took part in Empire's Children, a Channel 4 documentary exploring the journey taken by the "Windrush Generation" to the United Kingdom.


Adrian Lester holds a second degree black belt in Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo.


Adrian Lester was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Year Honours and Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2020 Birthday Honours, both for services to drama.


In July 2019, Adrian Lester was made an Honorary Doctor of Arts at De Montfort University, Leicester.