• Anton Lesser is an English actor known for roles in “Game of Thrones” and “The Crown”
• He is Jewish and studied at the University of Liverpool and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
• His notable roles in plays include in “Romeo and Juliet”, “Hamlet”, “The Plantagenets” and “Julius Caesar”
• He starred in more than 130 movies and TV series, with notable roles in “Vanity Fair”, “Endeavour”, “The Man Who Crossed Hitler” and “Allied”
• Married with two children, he enjoys collecting vintage cars, reading, traveling and his favorite TV series is “The Simpsons”.
Who is Anton Lesser (The Crown)?
Anton Lesser was born in Birmingham, West Midlands, England, on February 14, 1952 – his zodiac sign is Aquarius and he is a British national. He’s an actor who is probably best known for his portrayal of Qyburn in the action adventure drama series ‘Game of Thrones’ which aired from 2011 to 2019, and starring Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage and Kit Harington. Closely based on two books written by George RR Martin, the story follows nine noble families as they battle to take control of Westeros. The series won 375 awards, including a Golden Globe, and was nominated for 607 others.
Anton is also known for his portrayal of Harold MacMillan in the historical drama series “The Crown”, which has been airing since 2016 and is about Queen Elizabeth II and her reign. It is a huge hit and has won 63 awards, including three Golden Globes. , while being nominated for 161 others.
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Is he Jewish?
Anton played a Jewish character in a play by Charles Dickens in 2017 he stated in an interview that he is also jewish in real life.
Youth and education
An only child, Anton was raised in Birmingham by his father, who was an architect, and his mother, who was a housewife. Spurred on by his father, Anton focused on his education and studied at Moseley Grammar School, where he preferred reading books and watching films to playing sports with his peers. He graduated in 1970, and subsequently enrolled at the University of Liverpool where he graduated in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree. During his second year there, he became interested in acting, and so Anton enrolled in the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 1975, graduating with a master’s degree in theater in 1977, also receiving a Bancroft Gold Medal as the most promising actor of his year.
Roles in plays
Anton is best known for his roles in Shakespeare plays – his first appearance in a theater was in 1980 in “Romeo and Juliet”, starring Romeo, and two years later he played the titular character in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, performed at Donmar Warehouse in London.
He next starred in the Shakespearean tragedy “Troilus and Cressida” in 1985, and was next cast as Richard III in “The Plantagenets”, which follows the House of Plantagenet who ruled England between 1154 and 1485. Anton also played the lead character, Enter Henry Billingbrook another play by Shakespeare “Richard II”and some of his next on-stage roles were in “The Taming of the Shrew” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, both in 1992, and “Art” in 1997.
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When Anton Lesser came to Manchester last year to record his lines for @tickticktickfilm I was well aware that with only 7 lines as narrator it would be over in a heartbeat, so we tried to give him extra things to say and drag out the great experience as long as possible. I wrote Department of Necrosis a long time ago, and thankfully I remembered. I tucked him the line of dialogue under his lines for TICK TICK TICK, and I was a little nervous about doing that too, since it’s technically a different movie, not one he technically signed up for. Fortunately, when I entered the booth to plead my case, he had read the rules and thought they were hilarious. At the time we had no idea how or even if we’d be able to film DoN, but those audio clips of one of Britain’s most respected actors saying the words were the first loose bits of gravel to slowly gain traction. When @pjmortlock asked if we had anything to flex our creative muscles and shake off the corona blues, Anton’s soft tones rang in my ears and I thought ‘yes… yes we do’. And here we are, the Department of Necrosis train whizzes along, the snowball becomes the avalanche: footage is with editing superstar @gluedfilms and I can’t wait to see the next phase. I’ve scoured the newspapers and some of the photos alone left me in awe. I really hope this translates into the final movie! #antonlesser #bafta #gameofthrones #scarfolkcouncil #departmentofnecrosis #1974 #publicinformationfilm
In 1999, he played Elyot in the comedy “Private Lives”, and later appeared as Iachimo in “Cymbeline”. One of his most notable performances is his portrayal of Marcus Brutus in the tragedy “Julius Caesar”.
Three of Anton’s most recent roles in plays were in “The Winter’s Tale” in 2006, “The Vertical Hour” in 2008 and “A Doll’s House” in 2009.
Roles in TV series
Anton has been credited with appearing in about 130 movies and TV series, and we’re about to list some of his most notable performances in this article.
He made his TV series debut in 1979, playing Philip Wakem in two episodes of the drama “The Mill on the Floss”, based on the novel of the same name written by George Eliot.
In the same year, he guest-starred as Orestes in three episodes of the drama “Oresteia”and then appeared in a few episodes of many series such as the courtroom drama “Crown Court” in 1982, the biographical series “Freud” in 1984 and the drama “Anna of the Five Towns” in 1985. He made a cameo appearance as The Robber in the episode “Monsignor Quixote” of the anthology series “Great Performances” in 1987 and then was invited to play Stanley Spencer in the drama “Screen Two”.
The year 1994 heard him utter Leontes in the episode “The Winter’s Tale” of the animated series “Shakespeare: The Animated Tales”, and in 1996 Anton voiced Joseph in the eponymous episode of the Anglo-Russian animated series “Testament: The Bible in Animation” .
He gained recognition in 1998 when he was invited to play Mr. Pitt Crawley, one of the main characters in the romantic mini-series “Vanity Fair”, starring Natasha Little, Frances Gray and Philip Glenister, which is an adaptation of the story by William Makepeace Thackeray. about Becky Sharp.
Some of Anton’s next roles were in single episodes of both the 2000 drama “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and the 2001 crime drama “Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes”, while in 2002 he appeared in three episodes of the docudrama “Dickens” , and two episodes of the police procedural crime drama “Waking the Dead”.
His next notable appearance was in 2008 when he starred as Mr. Merdie in seven episodes of the miniseries “Little Dorrit”, starring Claire Foy and Matthew Macfadyen, and which follows Amy Dorrit as she earns money to support her family.
In 2013, Anton began playing the main character Chief Superintendent Bright in the detective drama “Endeavour”, while the following year he appeared in the episode “The Mysteries of the Rosary” of the period drama “Father Brown”, and the episode “The Homecoming” of the historical action drama ‘The Musketeers’.
Three of Anton’s most recent roles in TV series were in the drama “Dickensian” in 2015, the historical web drama “The Crown” in 2017, and the drama “The Trial of Christine Keeler” in 2019.
Roles in movies
Anton made his film debut in 1981, when he was cast to play Trofimov in the drama film “The Cherry Orchard”, while also playing the lead role in the film adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy “Troilus & Cressida” in the same year.
In 1983, he played the role of Edgar in the movie “King Lear” based on Shakespeare’s play of the same name, and some of his next roles in movies were in the 1983 drama “Good and Bad at Games”, the American drama ” Sakharov” in 1984. And the drama “The Assam Garden” in 1985. In 1989, he played Karl, one of the main characters in the biographical war drama “Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story”, which also starred Ben Kingsley, Renee Soutendijk and Craig T. Nelson, and is about Simon Wiesenthal, a famous nazi hunter.
His next notable appearance was in the romantic drama “Lorna Doone” as Counselor Doone in 2000, and the following year he played two characters in the drama “Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story”. In 2002, Anton played Sir Gawain in the historical drama “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”, based on the Middle English romance written in the late 14th century.
In 2004, Anton appeared as Charles in the drama “Dirty Filthy Love” and in 2005 he played George in another drama “The Girl in the Café”. In 2008, he played Fritz Haber in the movie “Einstein and Eddington”, and three years later, Anton guest-starred in the historical movie “The Man Who Crossed Hitler”.
Three of his most recent roles in films were in the war thriller “Allied” playing Emanuel Lombard in 2016, the romantic war film “The Exception” also playing General Falkenberg in 2016 and the romantic war drama “Disobedience” as Rav Kruschka in 2017 .
Anton has recently been cast to appear in three films: he will play Sid in the thriller drama “Gatecrash”, Dr. Richards in the horror mystery drama “Kindred” and The Narrator in the short comedy “Seasonal Contract”.
A very happy birthday to the great Anton Lesser from all the cast and crew #Adventure pic.twitter.com/YoCabw91zS
— Endeavor (@EndeavourTV) February 14, 2019
Love life and wife
Anton exchanged wedding vows with his other half, Madeleine Lesser in her early thirties – the two have kept the exact date of their marriage a secret. According to the rumors circulating on the internet, the two had known each other for more than 10 years before getting married. Madeleine gave birth to their son Harry a few months after the wedding, and their daughter Lily followed two years later – Lily has also become an actress and appeared in two series with Anton, “Endeavour” and “Wolf Hall”.
Anton has not spoken about other women he may have been with before Madeleine, and many people believe that she is his first love – as of September 2020 he is married with two children.
Hobbies and other interests
Anton likes to read books in his spare time – reportedly more than 500 – while his favorites are books based on true historical events such as “The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great” by Eva Stachniak, and “The Diary of a Young Girl’ by Anne Frank.
He is fond of collecting vintage cars and has more than 20 in his private collection.
One of Anton’s main hobbies is traveling and he has been all over Europe and many US states shooting for movies and TV series – his dream travel destination is Miami in Florida.
Some of Anton’s favorite actors today are Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Tom Hanks, and a few of his favorite movies include “The Godfather,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Saving Private Ryan” trilogy. He also enjoys watching animated comedy series – his favorite is “The Simpsons”.
New value and height
Anthony is 68 years old. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, is 1.66 m tall and weighs about 59 kg.
As of September 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $10 million.