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Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) graduate Henry Goodman is a multi-award-winning actor. Out of eight nominations, he has twice won the Olivier Award for his U.K. stage performances; he was honored in 1993, for Assassins, directed by Sam Mendes at the Donmar Warehouse, and again in 2000, for The Merchant of Venice, directed by Trevor Nunn at the Royal National Theatre [RNT] Cottesloe and the RNT Olivier. He reprised his portrayal of Shylock in the latter for the HBO/BBC Masterwork Series television version; for the same series, Mr. Goodman also reprised his stage portrayal of Phillip Gellburg in Broken Glass.
His many U.K. stage appearances also include, for the RNT, Metropolitan Kabarett, Summerfolk, Broken Glass (as Phillip Gellburg), Angels in America (as Roy Cohn), Pericles, After the Fall, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Beatrice and Benedick, and Guys and Dolls (as Nathan Detroit, opposite Imelda Staunton of Taking Woodstock); for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Richard III (in the title role), They Shoot Horses Don’t They? (in the lead role of the M.C., Rocky Gravo), Everyman in his Humour, Henry V, The Devils, Redstar, The Comedy of Errors, Volpone, The Time of Your Life, Jacques and His Master, and Henry VIII; the starring role in the acclaimed 2007 revival of Fiddler on the Roof, at the Sheffield Crucible and in the West End; The Hypochondriac, in the title role, at the Almeida Theater; The Birthday Party, at the Duchess Theatre; Feelgood, in the lead role, at the Garrick Theatre, Hampstead Theatre; Chicago, as Billy Flynn, at the Adelphi Theatre; Hysteria, as Sigmund Freud, at the West End’s Royal Court Theatre; and, currently, Duet for One, at the West End’s Vaudeville Theater.
In the U.S., he has starred on Broadway in Art and Tartuffe, playing the title role in the latter.
Mr. Goodman’s television work includes guest appearances on a host of series, from Spooks (a.k.a. MI-5) to Dalziel and Pascoe to Foyle’s War; such miniseries as the BBC/Channel 4 co-production Cold Lazarus, directed by Renny Rye from the final teleplay of Dennis Potter; telefilms, among them The Mayor of Casterbridge; and the series Unfinished Business, in which he starred opposite Harriet Walter.
Among his previous films are Jon Amiel’s Queen of Hearts; Blake Edwards’ Son of the Pink Panther; Stephen Frears’ Mary Reilly; Betty Thomas’ Private Parts; Phillip Noyce’s The Saint; Roger Michell’s Notting Hill; Peter Richardson’s Churchill: The Hollywood Years, as U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; Lexi Alexander’s [Green Street] Hooligans; Brian W. Cook’s Colour Me Kubrick; Tom Hooper’s The Damned United; and Robert Heath’s Out on a Limb, in the title role.