Masters of the Bench
Sir Simon Russell Beale KT CBE
Full Title: Sir Simon Russell Beale KT CBECategory: Honorary Benchers
Bench Call Date: 15.7.2010
Simon Russell Beale first came to the attention of theatre-goers in the late 1980s. It was at the RSC that he first worked with Sam Mendes. Since 1995 he has been a regular at the National Theatre. In 1997 he portrayed the pivotal role of Kenneth Widmerpool in a television adaptation of Anthony Powell’s A Dance to the Music of Time, for which he won the Best Actor award at the British Academy Television Awards in 1998. In 2008 he made his début as a television presenter, fronting the BBC Four series Sacred Music about Western church music. Most recently he has performed in London Assurance and Deathtrap. In 2010, Simon revived his role as Hamlet in a charity theatre production in aid of the Kalisher Trust in Peter Moffat’s Dunsinane Two: The Trial of Lord and Lady Macbeth at the Royal Courts of Justice.