Max Beesley

Actor, Musician, Singer
With his strawberry-blond hair and handsome features, musician-turned-actor Max Beesley vaulted to stardom in the leading role of the 1997 BBC miniseries "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" (shown in the USA on A&E ... Read more »
Born: 04/15/1971 in Burnage, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (21)

Strike Back 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pawn 2013 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Suits 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wild Blue Yonder 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hotel Babylon 2003 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Looking For Eric 2010 (Movie)

Eric's Father (Actor)

Survivors 2003 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Red Roses and Petrol 2008 (Movie)

Johnny Doyle (Actor)

The Last Enemy 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bodies 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Torque 2004 (Movie)

Luther (Actor)

Hotel 2003 (Movie)

Antonio (Actor)

Hustle 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Anita & Me 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Glitter 2001 (Movie)

Julian Dice (Actor)

It Was An Accident 2001 (Movie)

Mickey Cousins (Actor)

Kill Me Later 2001 (Movie)

Charlie Anders (Actor)

The Last Minute 2001 (Movie)

Billy Byrne (Actor)

The Match 2000 (Movie)

Wullie Smith (Actor)

Henry Fielding's Tom Jones 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Hotel 2003 (Movie)

("Charlee Boux") (Song)

Glitter 2001 (Movie)

(Song)

Biography

With his strawberry-blond hair and handsome features, musician-turned-actor Max Beesley vaulted to stardom in the leading role of the 1997 BBC miniseries "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" (shown in the USA on A&E in 1998). This son of a jazz musician and a jazz singer, in the words of his stepbrother Jason, would do "anything for a laugh [so] everyone assumed that one day Max would end up on television." Beesley, instead, pursued a career in music. Although he won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he dropped out to work as a backup singer and musician for singers and bands ranging from Take That and Jamiroquai to George Michael and Paul Weller. In 1995, Beesley watched the video of Martin Scorsese's 1980 masterpiece "Raging Bull" and was inspired to become an actor. Taking his savings, he flew to NYC and worked with acting coach Sheila Gray. After nine months, he returned to England and eventually auditioned for the role of Tom Jones. Through a combination of talent and charm, Beesley managed to deliver a fine portrayal of the randy hero that matched Albert Finney's in Tony Richardson's 1963 Oscar-winning film. Based on his success, the actor was signed for his first feature role in the romantic drama "The Match" (1999).

Relationships

Maxton Gig Beesley Sr

Father
divorced from Beesley's mother c. 1972

Jason

Step-Brother
born c. 1969

Katie

Half-Sister
born c. 1979

Melanie Brown

Companion
born c. 1975 reportedly dating after her separation from husband Jimmy Gulzar with whom she had a daughter Phoenix Chi

Carmen Ejogo Actor

Companion
Together from 1993-98; Beesley stated couple was sort of engaged, although he did not believe in marriage

Chris Marlowe

Mother
divorced from Beesley's father c. 1972

Melanie Sykes

Companion
living together as of 1999 no longer together

EDUCATION

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

London , England
received scholarship at age 19; dropped out to pursue music career

studied acting in Manhattan with Sheila Gray in 1995

Milestones

2000

Cast in first feature role in "The Match"

1999

Portrayed an artist who becomes hooked on heroin in "The Last Minute" and a musician who witnesses a murder in "Five Seconds to Spare"

1997

Starred in the BBC TV miniseries "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling"; aired in the USA on A&E in 1998 under the title "Tom Jones"

1996

Moved to Manhattan to study acting for nine months (date approximate)

1993

Was a backup singer and percussionist or keyboardist for a number of singers and groups including Take That, Jamiroquai and George Michael

Dropped out of school to pursue a career as a musician

Raised in Burnage, England

Bonus Trivia

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"Oh, the headline will read ROWDY, BUMPY NIGHT WITH FOUR ROCK CHICKS HELPS MAX WITH HIS ROLES. I had naughty times when I was younger. I'm Monogomy Boy now, but I might have drawn on a couple of those experiences when I was a cavelier young man on the road." --Max Beesley on getting into the character of "Tom Jones", quoted in INTERVIEW, April 1998

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