Adrian Lester

Actor, Singer
Actor Adrian Lester, the son of Jamaican immigrants, sang with the local church choir, and performed with the Birmingham Youth Theatre. He went on to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. By 1992, he ... Read more »
Born: 08/14/1968 in Birmingham, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (23)

London Spy 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Undercover 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Red Band Society 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

JIMI: All Is By My Side 2014 (Movie)

Michael X (Actor)

Robot Chicken 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Case 39 2010 (Movie)

Wayne (Actor)

Merlin 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ballet Shoes 2008 (Movie)

Mr Sholsky (Actor)

Doomsday 2008 (Movie)

Norton (Actor)

Starting Out in the Evening 2007 (Movie)

Casey Davis (Actor)

As You Like It 2006 (Movie)

Oliver De Boys (Actor)

Hustle 2003 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scenes of a Sexual Nature 2006 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

Dust 2003 (Movie)

Edge (Actor)

Best 2001 (Movie)

Rocky (Actor)

Born Romantic 2001 (Movie)

Jimmy Shearsmith (Actor)

Maybe Baby 2001 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Jason and the Argonauts (TV) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Love's Labour's Lost 2000 (Movie)

Dumaine (Actor)

Primary Colors 1998 (Movie)

Henry Burton (Actor)

Up on the Roof 1997 (Movie)

Scott (Actor)

The Affair (TV Show)

Actor

The Final Curtain (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Actor Adrian Lester, the son of Jamaican immigrants, sang with the local church choir, and performed with the Birmingham Youth Theatre. He went on to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. By 1992, he made his television debut in the made-for-TV movie "Touch and Die." Six years later he earned the lead in the Mike Nichols political comedy "Primary Colors," a thinly veiled look at the Clinton presidential campaign. The film showed Lester could hold his own against big name stars like Emma Thompson, John Travolta, and Kathy Bates. Two years later, he was featured in Kenneth Branagh's musical adaptation of the Shakespeare classic "Love's Labour's Lost." The film was scorned by critics, but Lester's portrayal of Dumaine earned him a British Independent Film Award nomination for Best Actor. In 2006, Lester re-teamed with Branagh for his Asian-inspired take on Shakespeare's "As You Like It." Lester established a career on both sides of the pond in TV and film. In the States, he snagged the recurring role of Ellis Carter of the popular comedy series "Girlfriends," while in the United Kingdom he became a series regular on the crime drama "Hustle."

Relationships

Lolita Chakrabarti Actor

Wife

Jasmine Lester

Daughter

Lila Lester

Daughter

EDUCATION

Birmingham Youth Theatre

Birmingham

Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts

Milestones

2008

Featured in the sci-fi film, "Doomsday"

2007

Co-starred in "Starting Out in the Evening" with Frank Langella and Lili Taylor

2006

Cast in Kenneth Branagh's "As You Like It"

2005

Had a major guest-starring role in Channel 4's police drama, "The Ghost Squad"

2004

Played big-time con artist Michael "Mickey Bricks" Stone in the BBC TV series "Hustle"

2002

Appeared as Ellis in the UPN sitcom "Girlfriends"

2001

Had the title role in the US tour of "The Tragedy of Hamlet"

2000

Appeared in Kenneth Branagh's musicalization of "Love's Labor's Lost"

1998

American film debut as a campaign manager in Mike Nichols' film "Primary Colors"

1997

Feature acting debut in the ensemble comedy-drama "Up on the Roof"

1996

Earned critical praise for his performance in the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical "Company"

Portrayed the con artist in the London production of John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation"

Played Rosalind in an all-male production of "As You Like It"

Began performing in youth choirs at age 10

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